The City of Portland has recently announced plans to turn the Kevin Duckworth Memorial Dock, which is located along the east side of the Willamette River near the Steel Bridge, into a “world class” swimming and recreational area.
The dock was originally built to attract boaters downtown to watch the Blazers game; however, it ended up attracting a very different audience, including vandals. The dock is still currently open only to motorized boats.
One of the benefits of the dock is its U-shape, which could allow people to swim along the inside the dock without worrying about the dangers of boat traffic.
Willie Levenson, who works with the Human Access Project and has been working with the City of Portland to create this swimming area, stated in an interview with KGW, “This is going to create one more opportunity for people to get into the river.”
Changes are expected to occur after the year 2021. However, the city and the Oregon State Marine Board are working to make these changes even sooner. The costs of the changes are expected to be around $200,000.