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2014 season of Portland Sunday Parkways Presented by Kaiser Permanente kicks off on Mother’s Day in East Portland

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Diane Dulken

PortlandBureau of Transportation

503-823-5552, c: 503-577-8236

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

www.PortlandSundayParkways.org

NEWS RELEASE:

2014 season of Portland Sunday Parkways Presented by Kaiser Permanente

kicks off on Mother’s Day in East Portland

Seven-mile route of open streets, parks and vendors offers active fun for all ages

(May 5, 2014) – Families and neighbors are preparing to enjoy Mother’s Day at the City ofPortland Sunday Parkwayspresented by Kaiser Permanente this Sunday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. TheEast Portlandroute features a seven-mile loop of traffic-free streets that connects a variety of parks, including the popular Springwater Corridor trail.

The free event is the first of five Portland Sunday Parkways to be held monthly through September in different neighborhoods throughout the city. Sunday Parkways opens the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. Now in its seventh year, the hugely popular series is expected to draw an estimated 100,000 participants this season.

With the largest concentration of children in the city,East Portlandwas chosen to kick off the Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 11.

“As a mom of four, I can say that Sunday Parkways is one of the best family events inPortlandand a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “This first of the season Sunday Parkways highlights the neighborhood greenways in East Portland that help people experience our streets in a safe and healthy way this Sunday and every day.”

The seven-mile East Portland route travels along current and planned “neighborhood greenways,” – streets where bicycling and walking are encouraged for every day travel. The neighborhood greenways are SE Bush, 87th and 100th avenues, Steele Street, Knapp Street and Holgate Boulevard. The planned routes are 128th and 130th avenues.

The route also brings participants through neighborhood parks -BloomingtonPark,LentsPark, Ed Benedict Park andGlenwoodPark, the Foster Floodplain Natural Area and the Springwater Corridor. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and along the route.

“Portland Sunday Parkways is the perfect family activity, offering something for all ages,” said Dr. Rowena Manalo with Kaiser Permanente. “What better way to spend Mother’s Day than to get active and have fun, all while enjoying the outdoors?”

New this year will be the chance to play Kaiser Permanente’s “Health and Care Double Dare” game, which challenges teams of family and friends to get moving with interactive quizzes and fun activities, like hula hooping and a Frisbee toss. Visit the Kaiser Permanente booth atGlenwoodParkatSoutheast 87th Avenueto play. Sunday Parkways participants will also be encouraged to share their healthy “selfie” photo on social media using the hashtag #kphealthie.

In addition to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente, Sunday Parkways is made possible by community partners Portland Parks & Recreation, Universal Cycles, Metro and AARP of Oregon, and hundreds of volunteers.

Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.

The rest of the Sunday Parkways season is: June 22 in North Portland; July 27 in Northeast Portland; August 24 in Southeast Portland; and September 28 in Southwest Portland. See a map of the route and find more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

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