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North Sunday Parkways Was a Hit

What a great kick-off to summer!

All Smiles at Sunday ParkwaysThe love for Sunday Parkways was shown this last weekend with approximately 31,150 people celebrating the 25th Sunday Parkways event. Similarly to the Peninsula Rose Garden’s roses, the day was in full bloom as friends and families swept into the five parks: Columbia Park Annex, Peninsula Park, Kenton Park, McCoy Park and Arbor Lodge Park. The 9.5 mile route loop passed each of the parks, which held their own distinctive attractions. 

The day began with games by the Oregon Disability Sports, group rides, and tours of the Peninsula Park Gardens.  The rides coordinated by Safe Routes to School, New Columbia’s We All Can Ride, Hacienda ABC bike group, Community Cycling Center, and Kaiser Permanente lead two groups of 15 youth and families.

Beats to set the upbeat mood for the day floated through the air as DJ Rock Doc hit the turn tables by 11 am in McCoy Park and Mudtown Stompers drew folks to their feet in Columbia Park Annex soon after. Portland Parks and Recreation’s creative Sunday Parkways Passports encouraged people keep track of their travels.

In Arbor Lodge Park the sound of music came from many voices as Mr. Ben, Ethos and Edna Vazquez performed throughout the day. And if it wasn’t the sound of music you heard, it was likely giggles. Close by children played, ran and rolled along the Harper’s Playground or stopped by one of the various animal focused nonprofit booths to play with dogs and ferrets.

Fun came in many forms for the curious, as trucks big and bigger awaited children and adults at the Columbia Park Annex. People explored the inner workings of the underground sewers through the City’s sewer survey vehicles or got a taste of a firefighter’s list while getting close to an actual fire truck at Arbor Lodge Park.

Overall, the day was filled with fun for everyone, and we could not have done it without you. Thank you sponsors, donors, vendors, volunteers, entertainers, police, flaggers and participants for making this a 25th anniversary event to remember. We look forward to welcoming you to our next event on July 27th in Northeast Portland. For updates, check us out on Twitter and Facebook.


Nibbles for North Sunday Parkways, June 22

Support local food vendors while eating delicious food.

Enjoy your first picnic of the summer at North Portland Sunday Parkways, June 22, 11am-4pm.  We have everything from savory to sweet.  Bring cash, but if you forget there are lots of local stores with ATMs.  Just ask the friendly Info Booth staffer for the nearest location.

McCoy Park

Kenton Park

Arbor Lodge Park

Peninsula Park

Columbia Annex

 3 Guys Grilling LLC Fuego  Creole Cafe  Caribbean Kookpot Altengartz German Sausages 
 Creambowle   Grifter's Kitchen  Fifty Licks Ice Cream Fuego   Mix 'n' Match Creamery
 Fuego Po'Shines Cafe de la Soul  Fuego  Island Daydream Shave Ice LLC  
 Inocencia's Tamales    Ruby Jewel Treats  Horn of Africa Portland Curry Company   
Voodoo Doughnut Soup Cycle Kathmandu Cafe Scoop Organic Ice Cream  
  Urban German Little MaMaz Kitchen Village Crepery    
     Portland Farmers Market    
    Two Wahines Hawaiian Shave Ice    
     Whole Foods Market    

Discover Green Spots at North Sunday Parkways, June 22

Green Spots are sustainable community features that nurture healthy, connected communities.

Green SpotStop at Green Spots at Sunday Parkways on June 22 and explore a few North Portland treasures: 

  • At June Key Delta Community Center, learn how a service-driven non-profit created a living building composed of cargo containers, salvaged glass and recycled construction materials using green technology.
  • Find out why Harper’s Playground at Arbor Lodge Park is a place where people of all ages and abilities can play safely, relax on pesticide-free lawns and build community.
  • Discover how to borrow what you need, meet neighbors and join the sharing community at the North Portland Tool Library.
  • See how New Columbia models how to be a good neighbor.Green Spot  Learn how together they create art and grow and eat affordable, healthful food.
  • Travel on neighborhood greenways and enjoy safer and easier ways to walk and roll through the neighborhood.

Those are just a few things that can happen when you stop at a Green Spot. Portland’s neighborhoods integrate people and the built and natural environments to form a resilient cityscape. As the city grows and develops, these Green Spots are essential to maintaining a prosperous, healthy and connected city.

The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) organizes the Green Spot activities. Visit or contact Bill Beamer, 503-823-5629 at BPS for more information.

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.