Human Access Project (HAP) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization led by a Ringleader and Board of Directors, with guidance from a savvy Board of Trustees. All members share the values of being cooperative, capable, committed, inclusive and fun!
HAP is lead by its Founder and Ringleader Willie Levenson who created the organization in 2010. Since formation HAP has driven the opening of Portland's first and second public beaches (Poet's and Audrey McCall), the conversion of the Kevin Duckworth Dock from a motorized to a non-motorized dock and removed over 375 tons of concrete and rubble from shallow water habitat, water edge spaces. HAP has added ladders to four public docks that were managed by four separate bureaus. HAP developed The Big Float which brought over 25,000 people into the Willamette River over 10 years. HAP also created the River Hugger Swim Team (a recreational, open water protest swim bringing attention to the extreme deficit of water edge access in Portland) which has brought over 1,000 individuals to the Willamette River and is entering it's 12th year in 2024. In 2022 HAP partnered with Portland Parks and Recreation to name six safer swimming areas on the Willamette River. Active projects include the redevelopment of Audrey McCall Beach, developing a world class amphitheater and water edge park at Tom McCall Bowl in downtown Portland and HAP's number one priority - mitigating the Ross Island Lagoon harmful cyanobacteria algae bloom. For more information on HAP's work check out the Human Access Project page on Wikipedia.