On Saturday, July 30, the Black Swimming Initiative is holding a free, all-ages eco-swim camp at Broughton Beach, a Metro park located at 4141 NE Marine Drive in Portland.
Participants will have the chance to learn important water safety skills, better understand the ecology of the Columbia River, and have fun in the water. While the event is open to all, it is intentionally created to be a welcoming and supportive environment for Black individuals and families to develop their skills and knowledge about water safety and environmental stewardship. Each participant will receive a free life jacket provided by Metro.
Due to long-standing inequities in access to both swim instruction and safe places to swim, Black people are statistically at higher risk of drowning than Americans as a whole. Consider the following national statistics:
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Guests can sign up for one of two sessions: either 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visit https://www.blackswimpdx.us/upcoming-eventsregister to register. Parking is available at the Broughton Beach parking lot. The parking fee is $5 per car.