The South Waterfront Greenway Central District project opened to the public on Thursday, May 14th, offering a convergence of park space, trails, and wildlife habitat along the edge of the Willamette River.

The Portland Parks and Recreation’s  South Waterfront Greenway Central District project has been completed. It reopened to the public on Thursday, May 14.

The Greenway extends south from the Marquam Bridge to the River Forum Building on Macadam Avenue. Almost all of the area reclaimed for the combined park, transportation lane and wildlife habitat was once industrial land.

The city used clean materials on top of the remains of past industrial activities, and more than 32,000 tons of contaminated soil and debris were removed and disposed of responsibly.

The park features five benches overlooking the river, extensive grassy areas, and a quarter mile of biking, walking, and running trails.

This project was the first of three South Waterfront Greenway segments that are to be completed. The North and South segments are now in the planning stages.

There is a grand opening celebration planned for Saturday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

South Waterfront Greenway - Central District by the numbers

* Riverbank restoration: 1,050 feet in length
* Park: 1,250 feet in length
* Total budget: $15,498,100 in funding
* Funders: Portland Development Commission (PDC, via North Macadam Urban Renewal Area), TriMet, Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), Portland Parks & Recreation System Development Charges (SDCs)
* RACC 2% for public art: “Cradle” by Buster Simpson, with Peg Butler. RACC is working on a second, interpretive art piece addressing Native American themes. No artist selected yet.