New swimming ladders installed at Duckworth Dock

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland’s Duckworth Dock on the Willamette River has been upgraded with some swimming ladders!

As the final days of summer are upon us, it’s a great time to get out to the river. An event is taking place Wednesday evening to celebrate the installation of the eight new ladders and to get people out on the water. The organizer of the celebration says it is yet another milestone in the effort to make the river a go-to place for swimming. 

“I think a lot of people in Portland still think every time it rains there’s a sewage overflow,” Willie Levenson said. “But the last one was August 10, 2019, so it’s really a statistical anomaly when it happens now.”

Live music starts at 6 p.m. and goes until sundown. The dock is just south of the Rose Quarter on the East Bank Esplanade. The dock is named in honor of the late Kevin Duckworth — a popular blazer basketball player who had a real fondness for the river. 

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