by: PHOTO COURTESY OF HUMAN ACCESS PROJECT - One of the children's poems that will line the new path to the beach under the Marquam Bridge south of Riverplace Marina. Downtown Portland is about to get a more accessible beach on the Willamette River — and what could emerge as an inspiring work of public art.

On Tuesday, July 8, the Human Access Project is inviting the public to the new improved beach under the Marquam Bridge south of the Riverplace Marina, which the group’s ringleader Willie Levenson has informally dubbed “Poet’s Beach.”

The project features a new easy pathway to the beach, plus stones along the path etched with river-themed poems by children living up and down the Willamette Valley. The etchings also will include some basic Chinook words, the indigenous language for people who once lived along this stretch of the river, along with their translations into English.

The Human Access Project, a nonprofit working to promote central city beaches in Portland, also is inaugurating the River Huggers Swim Group, which plans to swim across the Willamette at 7 a.m. on Tuesday. The beach is the jumping off point for folks who inner-tube across the river during the annual Big Float event, also sponsored by the Human Access Project.

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