Last year 85,480 people made their way to four Sunday Parkways routes - 12,200 in East; 21,830 in Northeast; 29,200 in North; and 22,250 in Southeast (Southwest was canceled due to weather). Additionally, 858 super volunteers helped keep the event rocking and rolling, by covering 1,321 volunteer shifts during the four events - 4,589 hours! That’s a lot of love. And I hope you are ready for a lot more fun and Sunday Parkways love, because we have all the dates set for 2014.
This year’s Sunday Parkways will open on Mother’s Day and continue once a month until September, 11am-4pm. Here’s the full list of dates not to miss:
East Portland ~ May 11, 2014 North Portland ~ June 22, 2014 Northeast Portland ~July 27, 2014 Southeast Portland ~ August 24, 2014 Southwest Portland ~ September 28, 2014
Prepare yourself for another awesome year of fun, community connectivity and movement. Stay tuned for upcoming details!!
There were sunny times and rainy times - but most of all there were good times.
Thank you for a great year...and here it is for your viewing pleasure.
This year 85,480 people made their way around the four Sunday Parkways routes - 12,200 in East; 21,830 in Northeast; 29,200 in North; and 22,250 in Southeast. And if you think that is impressive, check out our volunteer numbers - 858 volunteers covered 1,321 volunteer shifts during the four events - 4,589 hours! Whoo-hoo volunteers!
Unexpected rains (who attended the Southeast event? Crazy weather, right?) affected the numbers of attendees, but we still saw lots of smiles. Of course our hearts broke when we had to call off the Southwest event because of the severe rain and winds. But we think it is safe to say the right decision was made.
We kicked off the season in East Portland on Mother’s Day with a celebration of women in cycling. Women on Wheels, a local women’s cycling organization, hosted Portland’s International CycloFemme event at Sunday Parkways. CycloFemme founder, Sarai Snyder, chose Portland as the city to visit for this year’s event. In addition, the Bureau of Environmental Services got a chance to show off the now completed 63-acre Foster Floodplain Natural Area right on the route at Foster and Springwater Corridor.
In June, Safe Routes to School led a ride with families (20 people) from Hacienda CDC at the Northeast Sunday Parkways event. AARP of Oregon held their first group walk from Woodlawn to Alberta Parks while crossing paths along the route with Kaiser Permanente’s Walk with a Doc walk heading in the opposite direction.
In July, Sunday Parkways headed to North Portland. Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden held guided tours of the beautiful rose garden. This year marked the 100th anniversary of this unique North Portland landmark. Several new groups participated in North Portland’s event including the Urban League of Portland and Cascade Festival of African Films. Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety provided low-cost bicycle helmets and helmet fittings.
At the Southeast Sunday Parkways in August, Central City Concern organized a bike ride for their clients. Their goal for participation at Sunday Parkways was to provide some “good therapy” through healthy activity, show them a different part of the city and allow them to have fun with little or no cost.
In spite of the unexpected August rains, several places of worship participated in the Southeast event. St. Stephens Catholic Church in their bid to connect to the community gave away bottled water. Lincoln Street Methodist Church hired a band to entertain people as they passed by the church. One of the most successful partnerships in southeast was the Green Spot campaign with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. “Green Spot” showcased sustainable community features along the Southeast Portland route. Spots highlighted solar energy, energy conservation and urban farming plus several other programs.
We would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors, vendors, volunteers and entertainers for making this another great year. We are already planning the 2014 Sunday Parkways season. To stay up to date you can like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter.
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The final Sunday Parkways of the season is cancelled due to a severe weather forecast. High winds and heavy rain are anticipated for this Sunday, Sept. 29. The event was scheduled to take place in Southwest Portland from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are notifying sponsors, vendors and residents of the cancellation. The event is sponsored by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
This was the last in a series of five Sunday Parkways events this year that take place in various neighborhoods and open the city’s largest public space – the streets – to walk, bike, roll and enjoy active transportation and entertainment. The first four Parkways events brought large crowds of Portlanders of all ages together to enjoy traffic-free streets for a day and to encourage active transportation year-round.
Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with its many community partners, including presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente, and champion sponsors Universal Cycles, and Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Bike Gallery, Clif Kid and the NW Health Foundation. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Food Front were Southwest Portland event sponsors.
Gabriel Park has something for everyone! Parks and Rec staff will host Zumba and Hip Hop classes (see schedulehere). Plus Yiddish Republik will dazzle you with their musical talent. Jewish Federation will offer challah tasting, plus a puppet show and crafts. OpsFest is back with their interpretation of Shakespeare, 1-3pm. Universal Cycles is offering free basic bike repair. Clif Kid will have yummy snacks and fun backyard games. NW Natural's mural will be available for you to express your creative side. The climbing wall, Circus Cascadia, bouncy castle and disc golf will also be at this park.
And to help you document all your smiles Kaiser Permanente will have the ever popular souvenir photo booth.
This Sunday at Multnomah Village DJ Rock will spin family friendly soul, R&B, rock and hip hop for you to get your feet moving. Sparkle Movement Entertainment will have lots of hula hoops for you to add to your dance routine. At the AARP booth you can win prizes by playing the Wheel of Livability. Bike Gallery will offer free basic bike repair.