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What Do You Think?

The beginnings of a lovely partnership.

Who would have imagined a casual conversation turning into a city celebration attracting more than 100,000 every summer! That is how Sunday Parkways got started. As we come up on the twenty fifth event of this multimodal caravan through the city, it’s fun to reflect back on the “what do you think about. . .” conversation that got this whole thing started.

Linda Ginenthal, Sunday Parkways ManagerTen years ago, Rich Cassidy, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) introduced himself to Nancy Stevens at Kaiser Permanente (KP) to strike up support for the opening of MAX’s Yellow Line in North Portland. The route made KP a natural sponsor for inaugural events. PBOT wanted to promote walking “to and from” destinations linked with transit. And KP was just starting the Community Health Initiative, promoting “health eating, active living” (HEAL). Little did they know how exciting and productive this partnership would be! These two community leaders enjoyed working together so much on the opening of the Yellow Line, they joined forces on PBOT’s Ten Toe Express and KP’s Interstate Farmers Market in 2005.

One day in 2006, Rich called Nancy and asked if he could meet to talk over another idea PBOT was noodling over. His colleagues, Linda Ginenthal and Janis McDonald, had just returned from a conference and heard a presentation on Ciclovías. They thought Portland would be an ideal location for an event like this. (Ciclovías started in Bogotá, Columbia in the late 1970’s as a way of connecting communities through active transportation. Ciclovías are now alive throughout Latin American and in over ten countries as a way to free up city streets from motorized traffic).
Sunday Parkways staff

His first phone call was to Nancy at KP – she would have a fantastic network of community partners for just such an event. “Hey, Nance, I’ve got an idea for another partnership. What do you think about . . .” Her response was immediate: “This is a fabulous idea!” and Sunday Parkways was born.

The first Sunday Parkways was held in June, 2008, three in 2009 and five in 2010. On this, the twenty-fifth event, more than 478,000 residents, visitors, guests and their pets have “claimed the streets” on bikes, skateboards, wheelchairs, on foot, stilts, skates and all imaginable modes of transport. In just over six years, Sunday Parkways has become a Portland institution for the city to promote health, economic development and social cohesion. All this from one partner asking another “What do you think . . .”!

(Even though Nancy has retired from KP, she continues to be an avid supporter and volunteer of Sunday Parkways – you can find her at one of the Information Booths at Sunday Parkways!) 

 

Get Moving at McCoy Park, June 22, 11am-4pm

Portland Bureau of Emergency ManagementWhether you are starting at McCoy Park or just passing by you'll want to make sure you stop at the park and stay awhile.  DJ Doc Rock will be spinning family friendly Soul, R&B and Hip Hop.  Plus from 1-2pm Sparkle Movement will dazzle you with hoops and dancing.  Hoops will be available for you to join in the fun.  Disaster Dog will also be at McCoy Park with Portland Bureau of Emergency Management to show you how to build a low-cost disaster kit.  They will also show how cargo bikes are super helpful during a disaster. 

There will also be Parks and Rec's climbing wall, free basic bike repair, food and more.  Plus, just a block away is the Bike Pump Skills Track at the The Hub.  Take your bike on over and test out the tetter totter.

High Energy at Kenton Park, June 22

Skills Track On June 22, Kenton Park will be full of creativity, skill testing and ups and downs.  Opfest Shakespeare will wow you with their wittiness 1-3pm.  If your kids have bouncy energy take them to the inflatable bouncy house.  NW Trail Alliance is bringing back their newly built bike skills track for you to test your handling skills.  And as always, there will be free basic bike repair, food, exhibitors and more. 

See you on June 22, 11am-4pm.  Check out our full highlights brochure.

Peninsula Park A-buzzing on June 22

Rose Garden at Peninsula ParkPeninsula Park will be buzzing with activity on June 22, 11am-4pm.  Kaiser Permanente challenges you to get moving with interactive quizzes and fun, pulse-pounding activities to help you thrive.  Rose Garden volunteers are offering tours on the hour.  NW Natural has a mural for you to express your creativity.  Oregon Disability Sports will have wheelchair basketball and hand cycles for you to test out.  Metro, Renaissance Homes and Car2Go will have great info about getting around Portland and livability.  You can also find bike rental at Peninsula Park. 

Portland Parks and Rec staff will have a family sports area plus they will be teaching lots of great classes:
11-11:50am    Zumba
12-12:50pm    Aerobics
1-1:50pm        Hip Hop Dance
2-2:50pm        Aerobics
3-3:50pm        Boxing

There is also food, free basic bike repair and more to discover during North Sunday Parkways.

Visit the Bluff and Annex, June 22

Bike GalleryAs you make your way around the Sunday Parkways route you'll get beautiful views from the Willamette Bluff and along Willamette Blvd.  At the Willamette Bluff activity area Bike Gallery will be available to do free minor bike repairs.

Over at Columbia Park Annex, the Mudtown Stompers will entertain with the beats of Dixieland.  Kids of all ages can climb aboard a City of Portland Maintenance Operations street sweeper and sewer inspection truck.  And if you have your skateboard you can practice your ollie, grind, and shove-it. 

On June 22, 11am-4pm, grab a bite, chat with new friends and take in the views of the city.