The Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade stretches 1.5 miles from the Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge, completing a 3-mile pedestrian loop that circumnavigates the Willamette River in downtown Portland, Oregon. The $30-million pedestrian and bicycle trail connection turned a highly constrained, once derelict strip of land into a vibrant, downtown attraction. The Esplanade features a 14’ wide paved promenade and continuous seat wall, a 1,200-foot long floating walkway (the longest in the United States), plazas, steel decks, overlooks, a cantilevered walkway, riverbank restoration, interpretive site amenities, art, a 70-foot tower that connects to an existing bridge and landscape improvements. The clean, simple forms of the design are rendered in timeless, industrial materials of concrete and steel, relating back to the adjacent land uses. Native stone and indigenous plants reinforce the context of the riverine environment and geology. Mayer/Reed also designed a series 20-foot tall, stainless steel landmarks placed at 13 intersections where city streets historically met the riverfront. The markers reference the industrial character of the early twentieth century Portland bridges, the urban markers incorporate street signs, luminaries, neighborhood maps and interpretive story panels.