The official opening day of Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s new bicycle and pedestrian bridge is Sunday, July 31.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation has planned a free day-long party to welcome the community, pedestrians and cyclists to explore the new bridge as well as many community spaces in the area.
The day includes design tours, pedestrian and bike parades and opportunities to meet local vendors and community organizations who will come together to celebrate the new bridge that now provides a car-free link between two Portland neighborhoods, the Lloyd District and the Central Eastside.
The new crossing spans Interstate 84 northeast of Seventh Avenue and completes a major segment of the future Green loopa concept for a 6-mile linear park that includes urban pedestrian plazas, mobility zones and committed adjacent developments, according to PBOT.
Highlights from Sunday’s opening day include:
- 8am: Breakfast on deck. Coffee and pastries at North Plaza, just north of the bridge near Northeast Lloyd Boulevard.
- 10am-3pm: Milagro Square. The Milagro Theater and Street Trust provide a glimpse of the new plaza as well as live music, seventh avenue from the southeast and Start Street.
- Midday: Official opening ceremony. US Representative Earl Blumenauer will deliver opening remarks and City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty will also speak. The ceremony includes a ribbon cutting and the unveiling of a bronze plaque. South Plaza at the south end of the bridge.
- 1 p.m.: Visit of the architecture and design of the bridge. Meet at North Plaza, just north of the bridge near Northeast Lloyd Boulevard.
- 1:30 p.m. Celebration bike ride. This 8 mile trip will likely take around 2 hours and will cross bike only bridges. Learn more about Portland’s bike-friendly streets, lanes and paths. Meet at North Plaza.
- 3pm-10pm Block Party. Unpave welcomes the community for a party featuring live music, skate ramps, vendors, food trucks and lawn games. Learn about the group’s efforts to remove some areas of pavement along roads and replace them with green spaces. Southeast of Seventh Avenue at Sandy Boulevard.
PBOT announced via Twitter that several streets, north and south of the bridge, will be closed for block parties on Sunday. Most of the activity takes place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. For more information on the Blumenauer Bridge, log on to portland.gov/transportation