Swim Party with a Purpose

The following is an excerpt from the Interwine Alliance’s article Swim Party with a Purpose, by Willie Levenson.

To engage individuals and extend our reach in the community, last summer the Human Access Project launched the River Hugger Swim Team. The goal is to embrace the river as we swim across it, east side to west side, and back. It’s about a 20-minute, ¼-mile swim across each way – a piece of cake for intermediate and better swimmers. We’re an advocacy swim group that meets three days a week, all summer long, during morning rush hour (at 7 a.m.) to demonstrate that the Willamette River is safe and fun to swim in, at least for we humans.

Please consider joining us this summer! Our first swim is next Monday, June 15. We say, why not make a statement and get some exercise before work? What’s not to like about that? Plus, no flip turns!


River Hugger Swim Team
Runs: 6/15 to 9/15, every Mon, Wed, Fri, from 7 to 7:45 a.m.
Cost: $3 per swim, or $50 for the season. Fees pay for the safety boats.
Location: Meet at Fire Station 21, at 05 SE Madison, Portland.
What: Fun, advocacy swim

First Annual Portland Beach Bash and Clean Up
Date: Saturday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Meet at Tom McCall Bowl, on the west bank just south of the Hawthorne Bridge.
What: Beach clean-up, music, food, drink, swag. Presented by Human Access Project and SOLVE.
Register here: http://www.solveoregon.org/get-involved/events/portland-beach-bash-and-cleanup

The Big Float V
Date: Sunday, July 26, 2015
Cost: Adults $5 until 7/19, $8 after, $10 day of. Children $3 until 7/19, $4 after, $5 day of.
What: Group innertube float on the Willamette River

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Call for Session Proposals Now Open!

New Partners for Smart Growth
February 11 – 16, 2016
Portland, Oregon

The New Partners for Smart Growth conference is headed to Portland. The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for New Partners 2016 is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring this year’s stronger emphasis on implementation. The program will feature tools, strategies, focused training and new technologies that will help communities NOW.

The 15th annual national conference will explore practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the Portland region and the rest of the nation. New Partners 2016 is an ideal gathering place for leaders from across the country to share and learn about successes for implementing smart-growth principles and techniques in tackling many of the most crucial social, health, economic and development priorities in our communities.

The 2016 conference program will feature more than 300 speakers on multidisciplinary, diverse panels that actively engage participants, and cover 14 thematic categories – with particular emphasis on sessions that feature leading-edge, innovative implementation tools and strategies.

The Call for Session Proposals is now OPEN! Visit the online form to get started. Proposals are due by June 30th!