Poet's Beach opens with more safety features: lifeguards, EMT, and life jackets

Poet's beach opens Wednesday, July 12, 2017. It will have lifeguards on staff seven days a week and there will be life jackets available for the public. (SBG photo)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Poet’s Beach in southwest Portland has always been swim at your own risk – until now.

Wednesday, the beach opens to the public and it will be staffed daily with lifeguards from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

There’s a swim rope in the water to mark the area considered safe for swimmers. The deepest point at the rope is about 5 feet and the depth gradually declines.

Poet’s beach is located on the west side of the Willamette River, underneath the Marquam Bridge.

Volunteers have been busy cleaning the beach before it opens and lifeguards have been training.

Portland Parks and Recreation said there will always be a paramedic and EMT on site and they’ll have about 40 lifejackets available for the public to use.

The Human Access Project brought the idea to the city. The group’s goal is to get more people to swim in the Willamette River.

Mayor Ted Wheeler and his team supported the project and now the beach is ready for summer fun.

Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services said the river is safe to swim in. They test it weekly.

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