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Interview with a Photographer - Kevin Koch

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Every year Sunday Parkways likes to provide a new way to view Sunday Parkways. Last year, we picked attendees from across the events. This time we will view Sunday Parkways through the lens of our photographers. Our first photographer of the year, Kevin Koch, joins us to share his favorite photos, his history in Portland, and his view of the Sunday Parkways events. 


What do you like about taking photos?

Showing the world what I see and interpret (it). Seeing a unique perspective.

What made you interested in bike events?

I am really into biking anyway.It combines my love of biking and photography. I am in mountain biking, bike touring, commuting, and just riding for the hell of it. 

Had you been to Sunday Parkways before you came to this event?

I have not. It’s my first event.  

Why do you think Sunday Parkways is important to the City?

It brings people together. I think it gets people to wipe off their bikes and go for a ride and remember how fun it is. To remember how fun it is, start commuting to work…better for their work and have some fun going to work every day. 

Seeing new neighborhoods and parks. I have never been to any of those parks and it will be cool to see what else is out there. I have been down the Spring Water, and have taken it down to Sellwood. However, I haven’t done too much exploring of outer Sellwood. There was a kayaking event happening with Next Adventure.

To see the full interview and a larger collection of his photos, click here.  

So, what’s your day job?

I do electrical design. We work with engineers to develop construction booklets for constructors to create any kind of design. I do a lot of aerospace design. We do upgrades to airports. I used to do electric design for air preparation – taking the air you breathe and converting it into nitrogen and oxygen for hospital. I then switched over to mechanical design when I moved cross country. I switched jobs, city, part of the country and pretty much everything. I wasn’t happy in my hometown. The winters were long and cold. I grew up outside of Buffalo, New York.

Are you a Portland Native? If not, what brought you to Portland?

I was looking to move to the west coast. My cousin was working here at Columbia, and on a visit to see her I fell in love with it (Portland and the surrounding areas). I found a job and moved to Portland. I like the bike culture that it brings, the Columbia River gorge, and the coast. For me it had everything, and it wasn’t an overwhelmingly big city.

What was your favorite photo of the day? 

I really like the really cool view into the guys dance moves. It really spoke to me. I liked that it had that feel, that you could tell that it was raining, and it felt like he was causing the rain. Like a rain dance. I did notice how everyone stopped what they were doing and was paying attention. The dancers were mesmerizing and that was what I was trying to capture.

Food! Food! Food!

Take a look at what's on the menu for Sunday Parkways East

Bloomington Park Ed Benedict Park Gilbert Heights Glenwood Park Lents Park
Island Daydream Shave Ice, LLC Carioca Bowls/Full Lotus Voodoo Doughnuts 3 Guys Grilling LLC Custom Cuisines
Kichana Ruby Jewel Treats Fuego Kathmandu Cafe Dano's Dogs LLC
Portland Curry Company Urban German Grill   Village Crepery Pepe Caliente
Portland Farmers Market Fuego   Fuego Fuego

Foster Floodplain Natural Area will also have food:

Poblano Pepper Mexican Food

Scoop Organic Ice Cream

Fun, Fish, and Food at Foster Flood Plains

kids on bikesSunday, May 15th be sure to stop by the Foster Floodplain Natural Area, where the Springwater Corridor Trail crosses Foster Road (around SE 106th Avenue). Once again, the Bureau of Environmental Services will be hosting a fun, nature-based Sunday Parkways stop featuring our very popular – and free – FISH HATS!

Sunday Parkways is a great way to get out and enjoy your neighborhood and your watershed.
Learn about Portland’s streams and watersheds, landscaping with native plants, taking care of green streets, tree planting, and reducing pavement.

family with bikes

Enjoy BIRDS (thanks to Audubon’s Birds of Prey and an expert birder from the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership), GAMES, MUSIC (Train River), FOOD (Scoop Handmade Ice Cream and Poblano Pepper), FISH HATS, and FUN!

So bike, walk, or roll on over to see what is happening to improve Johnson Creek and find out how you can get involved. And check out fun and informative activities by the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, Green Lents, Depave, East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Zenger Farm, Leach Botanical Gardens, OTAK, and Portland Parks & Recreation.

Mark your calendar for May 15th as your day to get out, gets some exercise and get to know the Johnson Creek watershed. And don’t forget to pick up your fish hat!

A Trip to Milwaukie: An Introduction

DogwoodMilwaukie is located within a few miles of downtown Portland, and provides easy access to regional activities and services. The city's downtown area is undergoing a revival with new housing and retail spaces envisioned through urban renewal and the development of Milwaukie Riverfront Park

In September 2015, the Max Orange Line opened connecting the city with Southeast Portland, Portland State University and the Portland city center. The new Orange Line also uses the region's newest bridge, the Tilikum Crossing. The city is committed to enhancing sustainability practices to create a community where people and nature thrive, and is currently updating Milwaukie's sustainability plan. 

Milwaukie hosts a number of community events throughout the year, including the Sunday Farmers Market, First Fridays and the Umbrella Parade (see photos here), as well as neighborhood concerts and picnics during the summer, which gives the city a unique and cultural, small-town feel. 

We are excited to team up with the City of Portland in holding our first joint Sunday Parkways! 

For more information, please visit, find the city's Facebook at or follow the city on twitter @cityofmilwaukie.