Human Access Project
Transforming Portland's relationship with the Willamette River.
Bottom Line for Portland
Founded in 2010 as a volunteer-driven advocacy group, Human Access Project (HAP) helps people embrace, cherish, and preserve the Willamette River and gain more access to it. In short, we help folks “get into their river.” Our work includes government advocacy, beach development, cleanups, helping solve algae problems, installing swim ladders and bike racks at docks, and more.
We drove the opening of Poet’s Beach and Tom McCall Beach and recently (after six years of advocacy) negotiated the conversion of the Kevin Duckworth Dock from a motorized dock to a non-motorized swimming dock. We privately fund-raised to add eight swim ladders for this dock, and add bike racks. Our top priority now is mitigating the Harmful Algae Bloom at Ross Island, which affects usage of the river. We’re working with DSL, BES and DEQ to develop a solution. This year, we raised $9,000 to hire OSU for 2D modeling of the Ross Island lagoon to research the potential of tides in mitigating Harmful Algae Blooms. For near ten years, HAP has hosted The Big Float, our annual summer fundraiser, which has brought over 20,000 people to the Willamette River. HAP also runs the River Hugger Swim Team. The group, open to the public, swims across the Willamette weekday mornings.
“People protect what they love.”
Jacques Yves Cousteau
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
HAP spent several months (and over 20 drafts) in developing an Equity and Inclusion Statement which is on the home page of our website. Our board is diverse by gender, ethnicity and professional background.
Meet our talented team!
*Every donation above $50 - $5 Popina Swimwear Gift Certificate.
*Every donation above $100 - $15 Popina Swimwear Gift Certificate + two passes to The Big Float X (value $30) + four OMSI General Admission (value $60) .
*Every donation above $250 - $50 Popina Swimwear Gift Certificate + two passes to TBF X (value $30) + four OMSI General Admission Passes (value $60).
*Every donation above $500 - $100 Popina Swimwear Gift Certificate + four passes to TBF X (value $60) + an OMSI Family Membership (value $115).
*Every donation above $1,000 - $250 Popina Swimwear Gift Certificate + four passes to TBF X (value $60) + an OMSI Family Membership (value $115).
Popina Swimwear - Portland's Swimwear Boutique since 2006 featuring the made in Portland swimwear brand Popina and everything else you need for your trip to the sun.
The Big Float X - Portland's summer Willamette River celebration featuring two floating band stages, innertube parade and afterparty. This year will be the can't miss 10th anniversary!
Oregon Museum of Science and Technology (OMSI)- The iconic Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science centers - fun for the whole family!