Friday, July 3, 2009

Waterfront Park & Eastbank Esplanade

We visited Tom McCall Waterfront Park right after the Grand Floral Parade. Boy, was it packed! The Rose Festival was still in full swing and there were rides, fun, and foot traffic everywhere. It seems to me that it is usually a very bi-polar park: Depending on the time of year, it is either very crowded or very empty.

It's a great park that is very long. Along the west bank of the Willamette River, there are lots of wide open spaces, lots of grass, and lots of trees. It is so beautiful to walk along and there is always something to look at. Boats, river water, bridges, people, buildings, water fountains, and so much more.

We crossed the river on the Hawthorne Bridge and walked the other direction along the Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade. This was the first time I walked along the east bank of the river and I very much enjoyed it. It is a nice view of the city, as you can see in the pictures. A great bike path stretches along the east side of the river, so we'll have to try that out sometime.

We finished our journey that day under the Burnside Bridge. We wanted to check out the Burnside Skatepark and see some mad skills. We sure did, and I was completely amazed at the talent that some of those guys and girls had that day. I can barely stand on a skateboard and they are making the sport look absolutely beautiful.

More photos here.

Related posts:
Westmoreland Park, Rocky Butte, Kelley Point Park, Hoyt Arboretum, Glendoveer Fitness Trail