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City leaders take first river plunge at Poet’s Beach

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Poet's Beach, the first riverfront beach managed by Portland Parks and Recreation, is now open, and Thursday Mayor Ted Wheeler and other city officials got out and enjoyed the new site.

Wheeler and other swimmers took the plunge in between morning City Council sessions.

Poet's Beach officially opened to the public Wednesday.

Wheeler said he hoped the new beach would move Portlanders from just being a “community adjacent to the river” to “people of the river.”

The newly-opened beach will be the starting point for this Saturday’s "Big Float" event and will remain open through Labor Day.

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