Welcome to a belated Rose City Wednesday, friends!
Last weekend was truly glorious in Portland: blue & sunny skies, warm, with the fluffy Kwanzan cherries spangling the streets in the north end & the rhododendrons blazing elsewhere. In celebration of this fact, I betook myself for a walk along the Eastbank Esplanade on a brilliant Sunday afternoon..
|The walkway on the lower level of the Steel Bridge, looking east|
The Esplanade goes from the lower deck of the Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge in a north-south direction. At that point it connects with another bike & pedestrian trail, the Springwood Corridor that ultimately leads to the southern suburb of Boring. The Esplanade was built as a replacement for a bicycle bypass that was washed out in a flood in 1996; construction took three years, beginning in 1998 & being completed in 2001. The Esplanade’s full & official name is the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, in honor of the mayor who was in office at the time. It’s a lovely walk, easily accessible from Rose Quarter Transit Center on the east or from Waterfront Park on the west.
Here are some things I saw along the way!
|Fishermen on the Kevin J Duckworth Memorial Dock-also part of the esplanade structure|
|A typical stretch of the Esplanade with the Burnside Bridge in the background|
|This Canada Goose was also enjoying the sunshine!|
|At some points the Esplanade is made up of these small girder bridges|
|View of downtown Portland with paddle wheel steamboat|
|Sculpture near the Oak St sign-although the only exits off the Esplanade are at four the bridges Steel, Burnside, Morrison, Hawthorne), streets are marked along the way|
|The Echo Gate below Morrison Bridge|
|At the southern end of the Esplanade, we leave the floating docks & bridges behind-that's the Hawthorne Bridge in the background|
|Statue of Mayor Vera Katz|