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News Release: New Portland Sunday Parkways route connects Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People and Westmoreland Park Salmon Celebration

Final Portland Sunday Parkways of the Season Coming up this Sunday, Sept. 27

(Sept. 23, 2015) – The season’s final City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will take place this Sunday, Sept. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a brand new route that will feature the stunning addition to Portland’s cityscape: Tilikum Crossing.

The 8-mile route in Southeast Portland will allow residents to explore many of the pathways, sidewalks, ramps, bridges and crosswalks that have been designed to make it easy to get from the beautiful neighborhoods of Sellwood up to the Tilikum Crossing.

Participants will also have the chance to try out various outdoor activities at Sellwood and Brooklyn School Parks. At the newly finished Westmoreland Park Nature Play Area, participants can enjoy the Salmon Celebration in honor of the return of wild salmon to the city. Salmon have come back thanks to the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek to its natural flow, a joint project by the City and US Army Corps of Engineers.

Food vendors, organizations and businesses will be on hand at all four activity areas/parks, offering something for everyone.

“Three unique things about Portland: Our amazing neighborhoods; our stunning collection of parks; and the willingness of Portlanders to get out of their cars and meet their neighbors,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales. “These are our shared values of livability and equity, and nothing says it better than Sunday Parkways.”

“I’m very excited by this new route,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Bringing Sunday Parkways and Tilikum Crossing together is a perfect combination and expresses our City’s commitment to be a city that encourages all transportation modes.”

When people discover just how much fun it is to walk, bike, roll, skate, and stroll and how easy it is be physically active during Sunday Parkways, they are choosing to experience “Sunday Parkways Every Day” – walking to the store, riding with their families, playing in the parks and commuting by bike to work. New figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show that Portland set a new, national record for bike commuting in 2014, with 7.2 percent of commuters choosing to bike to work and incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, and roll and discover active transportation.  The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular and is poised to break its all-time attendance record of 108,900 participants that rode their bikes, walked, strolled, rolled and enjoyed these traffic-free and fun streets back in 2014.

Neighbors on the route will be able to get to and from their homes during the event with the assistance of pink-shirted Sunday Parkways volunteers who will guide them safely to and from their driveways. Police and traffic flaggers will be on hand to keep traffic moving across the route at designated route crossings throughout the event.

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map  shows the route as well as bus, streetcar and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland brochure.

For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:

 Sunday Parkways sponsors

 

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