by: COURTESY OF HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT - Rocks littering the beach in 1999 made the public area at the Hawthorne Bowl less inviting for wading or lying in the sun. Want to help improve Portland’s most centrally located downtown beach on the Willamette River?

Volunteers are invited to help “Unrock the Bowl” Saturday, July 12, at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, when they’ll be lifting rocks out of the sandy area just north of Riverplace Marina and south of the Hawthorne bridge.

The event lasts from noon to 5 p.m., and will include food, drinks and a party afterward.

by: COURTESY OF HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT - The beach seems more like a beach after a volunteer cleanup helped clear out some of the rocks. It’s sponsored by the Human Access Project, sponsor of the annual Big Float event across the river. Volunteers have gradually tidied up the bowl area to make it more inviting for swimming or just laying in the sun.

Volunteers can just show up, or they can RSVP in advance at

Steve Law can be reached at 503-546-5139 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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