I would ask you if you are ready for another round of walking, running, dancing, rolling, and wheeling...but somehow I know the answer. Yes!
This year we kick off the first two Sunday Parkways and it is truly a family affair. Our first Sunday Parkways event of the year begins in East Portland on Mother’s Day (May 10th). In June, we make our way to North Portland in time for Father’s Day (June 21st). We then mix it up by heading Northeast (July 26th) as we our route winds around Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Park as well as makes a stop at Rigler Elementary School. The journey doesn’t end there! In August we soak up vitamin D as we travel to Southeast Portland (August 23rd) for dancing and activities in Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, and Ivon Parks. We have even added in a new park to this location: Sewallcrest Park! Last but not least, we end the season with a bang as we celebrate the opening of the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge of the People (September 27th). For more detailed information, please visit our 2015 Dates and Locations page. We look forward to seeing you there!
Questions. Contact the Sunday Parkways team either by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (503-823-7599).
Dates for the 2015 Sunday Parkways events will be announced on Wednesday, February 18. Portland Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, promotes healthy active living through a series of five free events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. Over 108,000 people came out to play last year. Be sure to visit www.portlandsundayparkways.org on Wednesday so you can join the fun this year too!
It has been an amazing year for Sunday Parkways. 10,600 people came out to participate in our last event of the season held in Southwest Portland, putting us up and over the count of our previous largest season. In 2012, we had about 107,000 people participate. This year we had 108,900. That is just amazing.
Here are a few other amazing highlights from the season:
• 108,900 people came out to walk, roll, jog, dance, and bicycle along 37 miles of Portland's streets for Sunday Parkways. Our biggest Sunday Parkways season yet!!
• 375 neighborhood associations, schools, community organizations, places of worship, and businesses participated as vendors and volunteer groups
• 49 physical activity and fitness-related organizations and businesses got us moving this year
• 778 individual volunteers volunteered for 1,449 shifts equating to over 5,180 volunteer hours - WAY TO GO!
Southwest highlights – Early on the clouds melted away to reveal blue skies and a warm sun, making it the fifth sunny Sunday Parkways event, and the first consecutive sunny Sunday Parkways season in our history. Additionally, almost 2000 pedestrians took to the walking only path to enjoy a wonderful stroll.
Southeast highlights - DJ Prashant drew 100’s onto the Laurelhurst Park’s grassy dance floor for Bollywood dancing. A park away, one of our community partners, Spread Da’Love Foundation, provided a basketball drills course as well as supplied young participants with free school supplies. If that wasn’t enough. At our Universal Cycles Marketplace, the Bike Transportation Alliance held its first Sunday Parkways’ Block Party!
Northeast highlights – The beautiful weather on July 27th brought people from across the city and beyond to the 8-miles of Sunday Parkways route located in Northeast Portland. Over 27,800 people joined us in celebrating a grand summer Sunday, with a large number, about 95% bringing their bikes in tow. With such a high number of bike riding attendees, bike safety was a focus, so we were lucky to have Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, also known as the ABC group, offer bi-lingual bike and safety workshops at Rigler School.
North highlights – The love for Sunday Parkways was shown this weekend with approximately 31,150 people celebrating the 25th Sunday Parkways event. The 9.5 mile route loop passed through several parks, all which held their own distinctive attractions such the opportunity to explore the inner workings of the underground sewers through the City’s sewer survey vehicles or got a taste of a firefighter’s life while getting close to an actual fire truck at Arbor Lodge Park. The day also included games by the Oregon Disability Sports, group rides, and tours of the Peninsula Park Gardens.
East highlights – Our first Sunday Parkways event of the year kicked off with lots of sunshine and smiles. 14,000 gathered at East Sunday Parkways for a joyous Mother’s Day and spring afternoon. The day was in full bloom as families and friends swept past Bloomington Park, or stayed to watch the Portland World Cup youth soccer games, visit the vendors, or work on the art of hula-hooping.
Overall it’s been a grand and wonderful year. Sunday Parkways continues to be possible thanks to our supportive sponsors such as Kaiser Permanente, Universal Cycles, Whole Foods, and other businesses, organizations, and individual donors. This is in addition to the support we receive from our large number of vendors, volunteers, entertainers, flaggers, and participants. Thank you all for keeping us rolling and helping us to bring more happiness, health and community to Portland. See you in 2015!!
The attendance of 10,600 people at the last event of the season held in Southwest Portland sent off the last Sunday Parkways with a dazzling bang!
The sun set the precedent for the day, heightening spirits and drawing people outdoors to share in a sun-filled fall day. Families and friends were swept into the four buzzing activity hubs at Hillsdale Shopping Center, Troy Street Marketplace, Multnomah Village and Gabriel Park enticed by either the walking path or the cycling path to move along the six mile pathway. For those who choose the walking path, they were one of 1900 people counted! The total breakdown was 40% walkers and 60% bikers. A 100% win for fitness.
The beautiful day continued with pear-tasting at Food Front at the Hillsdale Shopping Center, along with bike repair, the smell of steaming hot tamales, and the smooth sounds of Jon Koonce Trio.
Those sounds almost carried down to Troy Street Marketplace, where Portland Fire & Rescue firefighters trained attendees on hands-on CPR instruction and AED awareness all day. Both pedestrians and cyclist visiting Troy Street Marketplace probably crossed paths with President Abraham Lincoln (well his impersonator) as they passed in front of fruit adorned cars and the Eco Womb truck, all which were provided by the Right to Know campaign troupe.
In Multnomah Village, attendees may have bumped in the Portland mayor, who rode out to support Sunday Parkways and to enjoy a fun sun day. In the village of Multnomah he like other attendees, enjoyed the old school beats emanating from DJ Doc Rock’s DJ table, the sounds of smiles from children and adults hula hooping, and the range of food, exhibitors, and more.
Just a couple hills a way was Gabriel Park, a playhouse of grass, trees, theatre, and more that awaited those who made it down from Hillsdale Shopping Center. Clif Kid offered delicious samples. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland transformed children into ferrets and fairies with face paint and provided challah and honey samples. Zumba and Hip Hop brought lots of people out to dance thanks to the Parks and Recreation fitness instructors. While shade and amusement was found at the Opsfest Stage, while those not tired from the hills took up stilt walking, ball balancing acts, and one unicycles with Circus Cascadia.
In total, 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 the last event of the year such a great one. We look forward to seeing you again next year. For updates, check us out on Twitter and Facebook.