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Hang out and meet your neighbors during Sunday Parkway

“Sunday Parkways events are a great opportunity to get to know your neighborhood and your city. Nancy and I have attended them. As family-friendly events go, these can’t be beat,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.


Sunday Parkway banner

 It’s also a great opportunity to get out and meet and or recruit your neighbors! Time and time again I hear from people who are new to Portland and even from people, who have lived here for years, it is really hard to meet people...or it is really hard to recruit people for community activities!  That may be true but ask yourself… what kind of effort have you put into getting out there and trying?  I have a suggestion for you…it’s called Sunday Parkways!  Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events, put on by the Transportation Bureau. 

birds eye view of Sunday Parkways

Essentially the City opens it’s largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. It takes place one Sunday each month from May through September in a different area of the city and you can find more information about Sunday Parkways at and by calling 503-823-7599.

So okay now you know about Sunday Parkways but how is that going to help you get to know your neighbors…well here are my tips to meeting your neighbors at Sunday Parkways:

Man on scooter in tie dyeHit the front lawn:  I know we don’t always hang out on our front lawns but if your house happens to be on the Sunday Parkway route it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and meet people.  You could invite some friends and family to join…have a picnic, set up some lawn games, let the kids have a lemonade stand.  Last year while hanging out with friends in North Portland their neighbors set up a sprinkler so participants could stop by and cool down. 

Dress Up: Costumes are not only fun they are a great conversation

starters.  And if you are a little shy about dressing up…dress up your bike or wheels you use to cruise along the route.

Bring a Dog:  Borrow one if you have to but people love to talk to dogs and will sometimes talk to the people with them.  I hear this also works with babies but they are harder to borrow…I think!

Kid sets up lemonade stand at the bottom steps of his house

Hand Bills: These are small flyers usually the size of a fourth of a piece of paper, it’s “old school” but still effective.  Say you are part of your Neighborhood Association or Your Neighborh

ood Watch…or maybe you want to get a group of folks in your hood together to do some disaster prep

aredness, hand out hand bills!!  Make sure to include when and whe

 re your group meets and some contact info.  Also put it in a large font so it is accessible to everyone.  You would be surprised about how many people don’t know about these kinds of neighborhood activities and the handbill gives you a segue to start a conversation about them!

Man roller blades with ski polesGO: I know it’s the most obvious one… but I know some people  think if they are not going for a bike ride Sunday Parkways isn’t for them.  There are lots of ways to enjoy Sunday parkways.  Bike it, walk it, ride your wheelchair, scooter or Segway, rollerskates, rollerblades…heck hop on a little red wagon and use a pole Huckleberry Finn style!  However you choose to mosey through put it on your calendar and “Just Go Do It!”

Actionshop: Interrupting Racism for Everyday Living

Actionshop: Interrupting Racism for Everyday Living, Sat. June 22, This interactive actionshop, put on by Resolutions NW, will explore what it means to be an ally and tools for interrupting racism.

Actionshop: Interrupting Racism for Everyday Living

Saturday, June 22, 2013

8:30am – 12:30pm

Location: Resolutions Northwest, 1827 NE 44th Ave. Suite 300, Portland OR 97213

Continental breakfast served.

This interactive actionshop will explore what it means to be an ally and tools for interrupting racism.  Participants will practice-practice-practice!

The fee for this workshop is $100. We ask you to pay what you are able.

See our website registration page for more detailed information.

Space is available for 6 - 26 people; 1st come, 1st serve.

Please register at


  • ·        No mediation experience required
  • ·        No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
  • ·        For accessibility information, please contact us.


*Please forgive duplicates and please feel free to forward.


Also coming soon at Resolutions Northwest:

Restorative Justice in Schools June 17-21 and offered again August 19-23

Race and Mediation Actionshop, Part I September 18

Your Life on Purpose: Let Your Core Values Kick-Start Your Action Plan September 20-21

Create a safer neighborhood with a party

National Night Out's 30th annual celebration is coming on August 6th!

Portlanders are encouraged to celebrate the 30th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6, 2013, by hosting a party, gathering, or get-together to connect or reconnect with neighbors. Party registration is now open at   

National Night Out promotes crime and drug prevention in neighborhoods the first Tuesday in August every year, for the last 30 years.  When neighbors gather and know one another it sends a message to criminals that the neighborhood is strong, organized, and people care what happens. 

“It’s a marvelous and fun way to get neighbors in an area out to meet one another, especially when you have new families on your street,” says Dave Hillman, a National Night Out party host in the Mt.Taborneighborhood and the founder of a Community Foot Patrol.  “It’s also a great way to meet and interact with neighborhood police officers and firefighters.”

Knowing who lives around you, and being in tune with your neighborhood, is an important step in safety and crime prevention.  Who can you turn to if a drug house is noticed on a street, if snow shut down the city, or if there is an emergency in your home?  In these situations it’s important that people can rely on their neighbors. 

“Criminals want to be anonymous, to go unnoticed,” says Stephanie Reynolds, Crime Prevention Program Manager.  “When neighbors look out for one another and pay attention to what is happening on their street and report crime, it goes a long way towards creating a safe neighborhood.”

“I encourage people to participate in the events happening around Portlandon August 6th,” says Police Chief Mike Reese.  “National Night Out is a great way to build community, and an important opportunity to show you care about your neighborhood.”

Last year National Night Out involved 37 million people across theUnited States,Canadaand military bases around the world, with 158 parties here inPortland. Portland’s National Night Out is coordinated by the Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program in partnership with neighborhood district coalition offices, the Police Bureau, Fire and Rescue, Emergency Management, Parks and Recreation, Development Services, Bureau of Transportation, and many others.   

Be part of this national event, have some fun with your neighbors, and create a safer community – participate in National Night Out on August 6th!  Parties can be registered until July 23 at or by calling 503-823-4064.  More information can also be found online.

Community mtg about RICAP 6 land use issues - Thurs. July 25, 7 PM

The North Portland Land Use Group will host a presentation on the RICAP 6 proposed workplan. The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has reinstated the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP) after a two year hiatus. BPS staff have proposed a workplan that includes over 40 code improvements. The purpose of RICAP is to update and improve land use regulations that hinder desirable development. BPS is seeking approval at the Aug. 13 Planning and Sustainability Commission.

North Portland Land Use Group will host a presentation on the RICAP 6 proposed workplan

Thursday July 25


Historic Kenton Firehouse, 8105 N. Brandon Ave. 

This meeting may be your only chance to hear about the proposed workplan prior to the Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting on August 13th.

Special agenda topic follows below.

We will also have time to discuss other pertinent North Portland land use issues.


The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability has reinstated the Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Package (RICAP) after a two year hiatus. BPS staff have proposed a workplan that includes over 40 code improvements.

The purpose of RICAP is to update and improve land use regulations that hinder desirable development. BPS is seeking approval for its RICAP 6 workplan and plans to bring it to the Planning and Sustainability Commission on August 13th. 

The proposed workplan from BPS staff used the following parameters to choose the workplan items:

  • RICAP 6 will address technical and minor policy issues and is not intended to address major policy changes;
  • Select items that will not be rewritten during one of the Comp Plan implementation phase projects (examples: mixed use zoning, institutional zoning, etc)
  • RICAP 6 workplan and public involvement plan is approved at a public hearing before the Planning and Sustainability Commission;
  • Ideas for future code improvements (both zoning and other codes) continue to be identified and categorized on an ongoing basis through an online database


There are over 300 outstanding requests for improvements.  Staff proposes to address over 40 items during RICAP 6.  A list of the proposed items will be available at the July 25th meeting.

Mary Jaron Kelley

North Portland Neighborhood Services

Community Networking Specialist

Historic Kenton Firehouse

2209 N. Schofield

Portland, OR 97217


Fax 503-285-5614

I am in the office Monday-Thursday.

To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-4099, TTY 503-823-6868, or the Oregon Relay Service at 800-735-2900 with such requests or visit


NE Coalition of Neighborhoods (NECN) e-newsletter July 2013

July 2013 E-newsletter of NE Coalition of Neighborhoods, representing the 12 Neighborhood Associations of inner NE Portland. In this issue: NECN Welcomes New Executive Director Shoshana Cohen; MLK Dream Run, Aug. 4; Alberta Street Fair, Aug. 10; and more.