Community Resilience

Duckworth Summer Wednesdays

All summer long, dive into the best swimming hole in Portland's central city, located on the Eastbank Esplanade in Lloyd.

community members enjoy duckworth dock during a 2023 event.

Join Us for River-Fueled Fun at Duckworth Dock!

Duckworth Summer Wednesdays is a vibrant weekly summer event that brings the community together for safe and enjoyable swimming, music, and river fun in Lloyd. Running from July 3rd to August 28th, 2024, this free event offers a unique opportunity to dive into the best swimming hole in Portland’s central city, located on the Eastbank Esplanade.

Our Mission

We aim to promote safe river fun in Lloyd while building advocates for Portland’s publicly accessible natural spaces and resources. Duckworth Summer Wednesdays is an event series that aligns perfectly with Lloyd EcoDistrict’s mission: foster social cohesion, encourage fun in natural and car-free spaces, and provide an inclusive respite from the summer heat.

Community Impact

Duckworth Summer Wednesdays is more than just a weekly gathering—it’s a community catalyst. The event draws a diverse crowd of cyclists, walkers, paddleboarders, and kayakers, creating a dynamic intersection of activities. It sparks curiosity about the health of the Willamette River and inspires advocacy for greater access to this vital resource. Highlights include the impressive spectacle of BikeLoud’s Summer Pedalpalooza ride, where dozens (occasionally hundreds!) of cyclists join the fun and the diverse musical performances by local artists and DJs.

Activities and Attractions

In addition to swimming and live music from Bike DJ PopCartPDX, attendees can look forward to occasional treats from local vendors, giveaways of life jackets, and surprise guest appearances throughout the summer. This car-free oasis, accessible only by foot or wheels, is equipped with many bike racks and provides a safe and enjoyable experience.

Safety and Accessibility

Safety is a top priority at Duckworth Summer Wednesdays. The moving river, too deep to stand in, requires swimmers to be strong or have flotation devices. We ensure safety with two certified AMR rescue lifeguards present at each event and swim ladders installed at regular intervals along the dock.

Looking Ahead

While we’re excited about the current season, we’re also eager to see how Duckworth Summer Wednesdays evolves. We aim to cultivate a growing community of Lloyd folks enthusiastic about the Willamette River’s well-being and establish a consistent, beloved community event centered around the water.

Join us every Wednesday from 5:30 PM to 8 PM and be a part of this exciting summer tradition!