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Winding along the east bank of the Willamette River, The Esplanade is a 1.5-mile multiuse path connecting Waterfront Park, eastside neighborhoods and the Springwater Corridor. (KPFF Project)

Sustainable Features:

  • Bioengineered riverbank design used 100% natural materials. Native vegetation used to pre-treat I-5 runoff before it can enter the river, reducing the need for riprap.
  • 43,695 shrubs and 280 trees—mostly nativewere planted along the Esplanade.
  • ​Construction practices were sensitive to fish migration with root wads anchored along the riverbank to provide habitat for steelhead and salmon. 


  • 1999 AON/AGC Build America Award (Phase I)
  • 2001 The Waterfront Center, Washington D.C. Excellence on the Waterfront Honor Award
  • 2002 Governor’s Livability Award 
  • 2002 ACEC National Recognition Award
  • 2002 ACEC Oregon Engineering Excellence Grand Award
  • 2004 ASLA Award of Excellence (Phase II)

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