The Human Access Project (HAP) was conceived in 2010 by founder and Ringleader Willie Levenson. He simply wanted to swim in the river and got a little carried away.

Willie floated the idea of the Human Access Project around and amazingly enough people saluted and joined up. HAP was born as a volunteer-driven, grassroots river advocacy group, which it remains today.

Over the past decade plus, much has been achieved by HAP and countless others involved in restoring the river. Old negative viewpoints are changing, human access has improved, and plans are being made to continue the river’s restoration. Amen to that.

To build visibility and awareness of our river’s revival, HAP formed a public swim team – the River Huggers. All intermediate level swimmers are welcome.

Get on board! Learn more about the River Huggers and HAP at