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The North Sunday Parkways Brochure is here!

Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with international “Make Music Day” to bring more moving, music, and fun to the North Portland Sunday Parkways this Sunday, June 21, Father’s Day!

North Portland Sunday Parkways offers a 9.5 mile route for people to bike, stroll, roll, skate and play on traffic-free streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. To see our brochure, look here:

North PDX Brochure



The first annual “Make Music Day PDX” will be held in Portland on the longest day of the year, June 21, 2015.

logoMake Music PDX is a celebration of music of all genres played by and enjoyed by people of all stripes.  There will be music from Alternative to Bluegrass to Classical to Zydeco.  Portland will be joining over 725 cities around the world to celebrate Make Music Day on June 21, with 60 different performances in 15 different venues, including two at Sunday Parkways locations: McCoy Park and Arbor Lodge Park. All events are free and open to the public, and most aharmonicare outdoors. More information about Make Music PDX is available at

Make Music PDX is an outgrowth of the Fete de la Musique, which originated in France in 1982.  The event began as a call to musicians in Paris to get out in the streets on the Summer Solstice, June 21 and play their music.  It has since spread and has a large footprint, particularly in Europe and parts of Africa, but also in more than 20 cities in the U.S. including New York, Boston, Austin, Seattle, Philadelphia and Chicago — and for the first time in 2015, Portland. In 2014, over three thousand concerts were held across the U.S. on Make Music Day.

More information about Make Music Day PDX is available at and  

 Guest article written by Pat Zagelow - Organizer for Make Music Day PDX


Rose City blooms during Active Transportation Week

Portland shined during Active Transportation Week (May 10 – 16) and provided a wonderful beginning for Bike Month by drawing record attendance to the East Sunday Parkways event.  

SP Portland came out in record numbers during the City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente event on Mother’s Day! More than 16,000 traveled down the 7-mile course by walking, biking, skateboarding, skating, dancing, or wheelchair.

As Leah Treat mentioned in a recent interview, “Sunday Parkways offers a fabulous way to explore your own neighborhood or discover a new one, and our network of neighborhood greenways offer low-traffic, low-speed streets for everyday use.”

The day kicked off at Bloomington Park with the Portland World Soccer Tournament girl’s game of Aztecas vs Racers whereas youth from across the world gathered to play a game of soccer in their new home of Portland. This game was followed by the boy’s teams: Eagles vs. IRCO. A Big thanks to Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland World Cup, and Parks for New Portlanders for coming out with the teams!

At Ed Benedict, Zumba and POP beats kept both children and children of all ages dancing. The music and fun continued to Gilbert Heights Park. A park that shone with happy kids and families enjoying the bouncy castle while listening to the sweet melodies of the Mudtown Stompers.

Atop the heads of some of the attendees were festive fish that found their start at the Foster Floodplain Natural Area. The Bureau of Environmental Services celebrated Portland’s support for natural spaces and educated participants specifically on the Foster Floodplain Natural Area. The East Sunday Parkways loop completes with a trip to Glenwood and Lents Park.  Shakespeare was spoken poetically through the muse of Opsfest, while Circus Cascadia created laughter at Glenwood Park. While at Lents Park Kaiser Permanente challenged everyone to celebrate being healthy with their very own KPHealthie photos. All in all everyone had a great day!SP photo two

We would like to thank all of our sponsors, donors, vendors, volunteers, entertainers, Police and flaggers for making this such a great event. We look forward to our next one on June 21nd in North Portland. To stay up to date you can like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter.

P.S. If you would like to share any stories please do so – we’d love to hear them. And post your favorite East Portland Sunday Parkways photos to our Flickr  account.


East Portland Sunday Parkways appreciates the generous support from the following sponsors:



What's on the menu for this Sunday in the East Portland?

Come to Sunday Parkways and come hungry! Let the day feed your spirit and the below your belly:

Ed Benedict Park Gilbert Heights Park Foster Floodplain Natural Area Glenwood Park Lents Park Bloomington Park
Ruby Jewel Ice Cream Voodoo Doughnut Scoop Organic Ice Cream Humm Kombucha Urban German - Sausages  Fuego 
Village Crepery - Crepes Fuego Big Winner Kathmandu Cafe Two Wahines Shave Ice Island Daydream Shave Ice
Fuego     3 Guys Grilling Fuego  
      Fuego Fifty Licks Ice Cream  

Fishy Fun at the Foster Floodplain Natural Area

Fish HatsGuest Writer: Marie Walkiewicz (Bureau of Environmental Services)

There's something about Sunday Parkway that brings out the quirky side of Portlanders (though that's probably not too hard to do). Folks familiar with the East Portland route know that fish hats are just the thing to trick out your helmet for the first ride of the season. 

Where can I get a fish hat, you may ask? Just stop by the Foster Floodplain Natural Area, where the Springwater Corridor Trail crosses Foster Road (around SE 106th Avenue). This stop along Johnson Creek is the place for all kinds of nature-based fun!

Bird fanciers will enjoy Audubon’s Birds of Prey. Or, they can identify birds in the natural area, with help from an expert birder from the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, who will have a spotting scope set up.

Crafty folks can make Mother’s Day cards using nature-inspired wood block prints.

Gamers can play pine cone toss and a fishing game.

And there’s plenty to learn about landscaping with native plants, the hydrology of streams and their watersheds, taking care for green streets, tree planting, reducing pavement, and getting active in the Johnson Creek watershed.

If all of the activity has worn you out, then stop to listen to bluegrass music by Train River and refresh yourself with Scoop Handmade Ice Cream.

Whatever you do, you’re bound to enjoy this beautiful spot next to Johnson Creek and the Springwater Trail. We hope to see you there!

The Bureau of Environmental Services is sponsoring activities at this site. The following organizations are also taking part:

Audubon Society of Portland


East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District

Environmental Services Tree Program

Foster Green EcoDistrict

Green Lents Community Tool Library

Green Street Steward Program

Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership


Wisdom of the Elders