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The Portland Rose Festival is a
Partner in the Naito Pilot Project

There was a gathering today at Salmon Springs Fountain to announce the Naito Pilot Project (a temporary opening of public space and traffic safety during Rose Festival). Richard (Rich) K. Jarvis (Public Relations Manager for the Portland Rose Festival) gave the following speech.

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“Thank you, Commissioner Novick, for your leadership on this project.

The Portland Rose Festival is very pleased to be a part of the Naito Pilot Project and we want to thank The City of Portland and Better Block PDX for focusing their creative and innovative thinking on helping make the Rose Festival more accessible and safer to get to.

When you think about it this is a perfect match: the Rose Festival, like all the events that use this park essentially re-purpose the space to fit our event needs — the Naito Pilot Project is looking at re-purposing a small piece of the city to better accommodate these large public events.

As a permanent resident of Waterfont Park we see a remarkable diversity in transportation methods used here daily.

We know that special events like the Festival can impact how people get to and around the park.

Because of the nature of how the park is built, right next to the river, every event here has to use Naito Parkway not only as their front entrance gate, but also for backstage loading in and out.

This creates a challenge when balancing that with pedestrian, bike and car traffic all going through the same place.

We are excited to partner with PBOT, the PSU Senior Capstone program and with members of the walking and biking communities to help enhance the opportunities for people to move in and around the park during the City’s Official Festival.

Thank you.”

PUBLIC FEEDBACK is encouraged:

Twitter: #BetterNaito
Email comments: NaitoParkway@portlandoregon.gov
Web site: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/naitoparkway
Facebook: Portland Bureau of Transportation
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