The Big Float 8: Working to change public's perception of Willamette River

Hundreds of people enjoy the Willamette River. (KATU File Photo)

Grab your floaties and sunscreen, the big party on the Willamette River is near!

The Big Float 8 draws thousands of people into the river to celebrate summer. There's a parade, live music, slip 'n slides, a costume contest, food vendors, adult beverages and a lot more.

This is a fundraiser for Human Access Project, which works to preserve and improve the Willamette River, and to change public perception about it.

Willie Levenson, the Ringleader of HAP, says, "It's a movement disguised as a party, and it's a way to demonstrate to both City Hall and citizens at large that not only will the Willamette not kill you, it actually feels awesome!"

He adds, "The Willamette River is our blue space. It represents 4,000 acres of natural area, and it's largely untapped."

You must provide your own float vessel and life jacket. Life jackets are available through online registration or on location for $10.

If you're worried about the safety and cleanliness of the river, Levenson says, "Anybody who believes that the Willamette is not safe to swim in from a human health perspective falls into one of two categories. Either they're not informed or they are a science denier, because there is no scientific evidence contrary to say that the Willamette is safe for swimming."

WHEN

Saturday, July 14, 2018

11:00 am - 6:30 pm

WHERE

Tom McCall Bowl - Waterfront Park (SW Columbia & Naito)

TICKETS

$10 through Friday, July 13th

$15 day of event.

Discounted pricing under age 18.

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