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A Wonderful day in the SW Neighborhood

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.

Climb every MountainThe 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.

What's on the menu for this Sunday in the SW?



Gabriel Park


Island Daydream Shave Ice Little Mamaz Kitchen Maplewood Coffee & Tea Clearly Kombucha
Voodoo Doughnuts Ruby Jewel Treats Via Chicago Fifty Licks Ice Cream
  Sip'D'Vine Village Crepery Altengartz German Sausage
  Two Wahines Hawaiian Shave Ice 3 Guys Grilling Inocencia's Tamales

With all these delicious choices it may be hard to choose just one!

Fun, Food and festivities at Hillsdale Center

Riding in the SWThe Sunday Parkways route while sporting no beginning or finish, finds a fine start at Hillsdale Shopping Center. At the Hillsdale Shopping Center you will find Food Front serving up food and entertainment. Don't miss Jon Koonce rockin' the stage, or the local pear tasting and other goodies set-up outside of the Food Front Store.

For those curious about the walking routes peppered throughout Southwest Portland, as well as those featured in the Sunday Parkways route, make sure to stop by the SW Trails’ booth for some local insight into the best walking paths.

Movie goers will find nothing fake at the George Faux Films’ booth that offers a preview to an upcoming movie release. For those hoping to fuel up before they continue their ride, there are several vendors with foods and drinks ranging from tamales to kombucha.

Glee and Gladness at Gabriel Park

OpsFest Performers

Gabriel Park will be buzzing with activities on Sunday, September 28th.

The stage at Gabriel Park is designed to keep you moving. Parks & Recreation will be offering Zumba and Hip Hop classes, and then Yiddish Republic will steal the stage with their ode to old world music. Located a hop and skip away, follow the sound of giggles to the Bouncy inflatable Playhouse or to the Kaiser Permanente Healthy Double Dare Challenge. Or follow the sound of Old English to OpsFest as they perform their interpretation of an A Midsommer Nights Dreame. The Circus will also be in town. Circus Cascadia will lead children and adults to challenge their inner circus performer. Near the entrance of the Park, Clif Kid and Whole Foods will be providing an array of yummy snacks, which will help people fuel for the NW Trail Alliance Bike skills tracks. The Jewish Federation of Greater Oregon will also be there. They will have a puppet show, Challah & honey tasting, and a prize drawing for all. With all this activity happening you may not know where to start or finish! Take a look at our brochure to help better plan your time at Gabriel Park.