Portland’s City Council met earlier this week, and in addition to voting to add more money in the Police Department, a number of other budget measures were enacted, one of which is to explore a new park in downtown, right next to the Willamette River, near the Burnside Bridge!

It’s being explored by the Human Access Project, which is the group that built beaches and the Swimming Dock downtown.  The group is hoping to pitch a staggered stone steps leading down to the water’s edge, much like the steps seen in Lyon, France, or downtown Boise, Idaho.  

Key to the proposed plans is a ramp leading down from the Burnside Bridge to the park and connecting to the Eastbank Esplanade, rather than the elevator system currently proposed.

The Portland Tribune has the full story.

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