It’s still raining in Portland. Because it’s “spring,” right?
But come July, the city will be in full blown summertime. And the river will be sparkling, and the hills will be glorious and green.
And what better way to enjoy the best of Portland than a ride, roll or stroll in the fresh air around the river during a Sunday Parkways event? You can start in the Park Blocks, cruise through Director Park (see below) and head north to cross the Broadway Bridge, weaving through the Lloyd District, crossing over I-84 and heading south into the Central Eastside to OMSI, and finally back across the river via Tilikum Crossing to PSU.
That’s the Green Loop in a nutshell.
While still in the planning phase, the Green Loop is gaining traction within the community. City Council is scheduled to approve the concept as part the Central City 2035 Plan, which they will vote to adopt on May 24. And supporters and enthusiasts have banded together to create Friends of the Green Loop.
So, this year's Sunday Parkways event is a great way to see what it is and envision what it could be … A new way for people to be in the Central City — active, safe and fun. Whether on foot, bike or mobility device, people of all ages and abilities will be able to use the Green Loop to get to work, go for a jog, shop, eat out, play, and meet friends for lunch or a concert in a park.
Like Sunday Parkways every day, the Green Loop will create an exciting place for people to experience the Central City in a whole new way.
Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop
On July 22, 2018, you can join Portlanders from all over the city who will flock to the Central City for the immensely popular Sunday Parkways event. As you travel along the Green Loop alignment through thriving neighborhoods, business districts and communities along the way, you'll get a glimpse of the future of the Central City.
It's the ultimate Portland experience
The Green Loop is quintessentially Portland: natural and urban, creative and entrepreneurial, sustainable and dynamic. It's a movement to help people immerse themselves in the urban core in a new and exciting way, along trails and pathways that offer unique experiences and encounters with nature, art and each other.
The Green Loop will support businesses and social services, improving access to places where people can get the staples and support they need. And it will reconfirm Portland's commitment to greater access to parks and active transportation.
In turn, the Green Loop can become an iconic symbol of a city that values and supports all people: residents, workers, students and visitors of all ages, shapes and sizes, origins and incomes.
Come see the future of the Central City and what Portland’s version of New York's Highline could look like. Bring your family, friends, kids and critters. It’ll be summer in Portland and a great way/place to get outside.