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Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park

  • S.W. Naito Pkwy. (Front Ave.) Map It
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  • Market, Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland, Oregon

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Published 01/25/2016

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Named for a former governor revered for his statewide land-use planning initiatives, this park stretches north along the Willamette River for about a mile from near the historic Hawthorne Bridge to Steel Bridge. Broad and grassy, Waterfront Park affords a fine ground-level view of downtown Portland's bridges and skyline. Once an expressway, it's now the site for many annual celebrations, among them the Rose Festival, classical and blues concerts, Gay Pride, Cinco de Mayo, and the Oregon Brewers Festival. The arching jets of water at the Salmon Street Fountain change configuration every few hours, and are a favorite cooling-off spot during the dog days of summer. Both the Hawthorne Bridge and Steel Bridge offer dedicated pedestrian lanes, allowing joggers, cyclists, and strollers to make a full loop along both banks of the river, via Vera Katz Eastside Esplanade.

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S.W. Naito Pkwy. (Front Ave.), from south of Steel Bridge to south of Hawthorne Bridge, Portland, Oregon, 97201, United States

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Published 01/25/2016

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