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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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The WALK with Refugees and Immigrants starts at 11 am at Gateway Discovery Park

Welcome to Portland!

Picture of woman and child at the WALK for Immigrants and RefugeesOur population is shy of 600,000 and growing. We are one of the fastest growing cities in the US. We are also one of the top ten destination spots for Immigrants and Refugees from across the globe. Statistically speaking: Oregon resettles more than 15,000 international migrants, and 11,000 interstate migrants, per year (Migration Policy Institute. 2010-2011). Portland proper resettles about 100 refugees (international migrants fleeing persecution) per month with about 1100-1400 new arrivals annually. Almost half of each Portland public school classroom goes home to an ethnic minority family (PPS Oct 2012) and 1-in-5 Portlanders are foreign-born. To celebrate the diversity of Portland and our tradition of celebrating new beginnings, we are holding the second WALK for Refugees and Immigrants! 

People are drawn to Portland for the same reasons they have always been from the very beginning: for the chance of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It also helps that moving to Portland means access to beautiful green spaces, a car-free or car-light lifestyle, and an introduction to tons of wonderful welcoming people – like YOU! Come out and celebrate our New Portlanders.

This year, we will start the walk at the newly opened Gateway Discovery Park that will open on August 4th. We will gather with Community Leaders, Elected Leaders and community members to participate in a one-mile walk to support refugees and immigrants.

We will also hold a school supply drive! If you would like to contribute, please mail or drop of new or lightly used school supplies to: East Portland Community Center at 740 SE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97216 – Atten: Som Subedi. We will be collecting supplies until August 31st, with distribution of most of those supplies at the event.

Map of the WALK for Immigrants and Refugee route for this yearCome join us in celebrating Portland and to welcome our New Portlanders!

August 19, 2018 (Sunday) 

  • The walk will start at 11 am from Gateway Discovery Park (10520 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220)
  • Gathering and speakers start at 10:30 am at Gateway Discovery Park
  • At the end of the walk, enjoy diverse music, food and other family activities at Knott Park while also getting the chance to hear stories from Portland’s refugees and immigrants from 12 – 4 pm.  
  • See the full of the walking route here

We invite all neighbors, faith-based organizations, local businesses, board members, neighborhood associations, and non-profits to join us on this walk to inspire and continue a compassionate, generous, and welcoming Portland! If interested, please contact Som Subedi at 503-260-2487.

The Immigrant Story

The Immigrant Story is back to share stories about New Portlanders. Make sure to stop by their booth located at Knott Park!

Love social media?

Tweet and posts with us using the hashtags #PDXWelcomesAll   #WelcomeImmigrantFamilies. 

Welcome to the Waterfront: A look at the Legacy of Naito

Sunday Parkways intern looks at the History of Portland's famous waterfront on the eve after the Green Loop

A picture of William (Bill) Naito Visualize Portland’s waterfront promenade - calming cherry blossoms trees, bustling visitors and Portlanders, the sound of gulls and springtime laughter. This scenic Portland destination is a microcosm of the history which resides within Portland's historic Old Town. Central to the Tom McCall waterfront park stands the Japanese-American Historical Plaza, a permanent memorial dedicated to Oregon Nikkei (Americans of Japanese ancestry) imprisoned by the U.S. government throughout WWII. The memorial, an impactful and stoic installation of sculpted stone laced with haiku’s, showcases the history and experiences of the Oregon Nikkei community following the enactment of Executive Order 9066. This installation, unveiled by the Oregon Nikkei Endowment in 1990, was made possible by the work and ingenuity of Portlander, Bill Naito, from which Naito Parkway gets its name. 

Bill Naito was born in 1925 to Hide and Fukiye Naito to two immigrants from a village outside of Kobe, Japan. Bill grew up on the Eastside of the city and attended Washington High School.  Following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Naitos fled to family in Utah to escape the imprisonment of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Following his high school graduation in Utah, Bill joined the 442nd infantry regiment; the most decorated unit in American warfare history. Bill also worked as a staff sergeant in military intelligence during the U.S. occupation of Japan. Bill was discharged in 1946.

Bill later returned to Portland to study economics at Reed college, followed by a master’s in economics from the University of Chicago. Halfway through his doctorate at the University of Chicago, Bill returned to Portland to help run the families import business, a childhood staple which would foreshadow his lifelong work as an innovator of business and buildings. 

Throughout Bill Naitos time as one of Portland's most influential entrepreneurs and businessman, Naito demonstrated a deep care for the maintenance of Portland's history, expressed through architecture and urban planning. Naito focused his efforts in the renovation and revitalization of Portland's historic buildings across the city, but especially in Old Town. Bill, and his brother Sam, purchased and renovated upwards of 20 historic buildings in Portland. Prominent real estate includes Montgomery Park in 1985, and the Galleria, previously called the Olds, Wortman & King building, Portland's first downtown shopping mall, in 1975. In addition to Bill’s work as a businessman, he was a philanthropist with a strong conviction to improve civic engagement and the well-being of all. Bill helped the city of Portland plant over 10’000 trees and was the finance chair of the Oregon Nikkei Endowment. His contributions to the Oregon Nikkei Endowment made the Japanese-American Historical Plaza in Tom McCall Waterfront Park possible and a lasting monument for future generations to experience.

By Sophia Halleen

Sunday Parkways Communications & Outreach Intern  

Photo courtesy of the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education 

The WALK for Refugees and Immigrants Returns on August 19, 2018

Welcome to Portland!

Picture of woman and child at the WALK for Immigrants and RefugeesOur population is shy of 600,000 and growing. We are one of the fastest growing cities in the US. We are also one of the top ten destination spots for Immigrants and Refugees from across the globe. Statistically speaking: Oregon resettles more than 15,000 international migrants, and 11,000 interstate migrants, per year (Migration Policy Institute. 2010-2011). Portland proper resettles about 100 refugees (international migrants fleeing persecution) per month with about 1100-1400 new arrivals annually. Almost half of each Portland public school classroom goes home to an ethnic minority family (PPS Oct 2012) and 1-in-5 Portlanders are foreign-born. To celebrate the diversity of Portland and our tradition of celebrating new beginnings, we are holding the second WALK for Refugees and Immigrants! 

People are drawn to Portland for the same reasons they have always been from the very beginning: for the chance of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It also helps that moving to Portland means access to beautiful green spaces, a car-free or car-light lifestyle, and an introduction to tons of wonderful welcoming people – like YOU! Come out and celebrate our New Portlanders.

This year, we will start the walk at the newly opened Gateway Discovery Park that will open on August 4th. We will gather with Community Leaders, Elected Leaders and community members to participate in a one-mile walk to support refugees and immigrants.

We will also hold a school supply drive! If you would like to contribute, please mail or drop of new or lightly used school supplies to: East Portland Community Center at 740 SE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97216 – Atten: Som Subedi. We will be collecting supplies until August 31st, with distribution of most of those supplies at the event.

Map of the WALK for Immigrants and Refugee route for this yearCome join us in celebrating Portland and to welcome our New Portlanders!

August 19, 2018 (Sunday) 

  • The walk will start at 11 am from Gateway Discovery Park (10520 NE Halsey St, Portland, OR 97220)
  • Gathering and speakers start at 10:30 am at Gateway Discovery Park
  • At the end of the walk, enjoy diverse music, food and other family activities at Knott Park while also getting the chance to hear stories from Portland’s refugees and immigrants from 12 – 4 pm.  
  • See the full of the walking route here

We invite all neighbors, faith-based organizations, local businesses, board members, neighborhood associations, and non-profits to join us on this walk to inspire and continue a compassionate, generous, and welcoming Portland! If interested, please contact Som Subedi at 503-260-2487.

The Immigrant Story

The Immigrant Story is back to share stories about New Portlanders. Make sure to stop by their booth located at Knott Park!

Love social media?

Tweet and posts with us using the hashtags #PDXWelcomesAll   #WelcomeImmigrantFamilies.