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Building Community Connections for 10 Years and Counting

Kaiser Permanente has been the presenting sponsor of Portland Sunday Parkways for the past 10 years, with Community Health Director Molly Haynes at the forefront of the partnership. Enthusiastic about the 10-year anniversary celebration and ride on June 25, Haynes recalls how the city’s vision, Kaiser Permanente’s sponsorship and so many other local businesses, artists and vendors came together to create a decade’s worth of memorable experiences.

“So many have joined in to make Sunday Parkways what it is today,” said Haynes. “Forty different events over the 10 years have taken Portlanders and visitors from near and far through historic neighborhoods, local business districts and places we never knew existed. Each route has its own unique feel, complete with concerts, Zumba and Shakespeare in the parks, street paintings, lemonade stands, water features, house parties and even a dunk tank.”

Haynes believes Sunday Parkways represents everything that is great about this place we call home.  “You see more smiles on the Sunday Parkways route than any other place in Portland. Friends and neighbors of all backgrounds interact in ways that may not happen otherwise and that hopefully lead to stronger neighborhood connections. People of all ages and abilities enjoy moving their bodies in a safe environment. All of these things lead to neighborhood connectivity, improved wellbeing and better health.”

“As a health care organization that believes in the power of creating health where people live and play, Kaiser Permanente wants to celebrate 10 years of Sunday Parkways with all who have walked, rolled, and skated the routes with us,” Haynes said. “And we invite those who have yet to discover Sunday Parkways to come out on June 25 as we celebrate 10 years of partnership, civic pride, amazing parks, and safe, accessible streets. Thrive high five!

Win a prize and help fund the Bike Club for Kids!

New at Sunday Parkways this year is your chance to play the Passport to Health Sticker Hunt. Pick up your passport at the Kaiser Permanente booth at Peninsula Park or any sponsor booth, then visit all five locations on the map and get a sticker. When you show your completed passport you’ll get a prize and Kaiser Permanente will donate $5 to the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Club for Kids. Share your achievement and photos on social media with #KPBikeClub!

Guest Article by Kaiser Permanente 

A Talk with Doctor Manalo

Sunday Parkways is a favorite annual event for many Kaiser Permanente employees who embrace healthy, active Northwest lifestyles. Dr. Rowena Manalo, Chief of Family Medicine, has enjoyed many rides with her family, and is particularly excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary.

“My daughter is 10 years old, and we’ve seen her grow through a decade of Sunday Parkways,” said Dr. Manalo. “She started off riding in a bike trailer, graduated to a trailer bike, very slowly completing the route with training wheels, to now being a fully independent rider who sometimes speeds ahead of us!”

As presenting sponsor of Sunday Parkways, Kaiser Permanente and its employees put health and safety first, so Dr. Manalo says she especially appreciates how safe the rides are for families. “We have a sense of security riding on the routes with young kids, and not having to worry about cars. The community volunteers and neighbors we pass are always very welcoming. We’ve been able to explore and appreciate different parts of Portland, and the kids love the fun freebies along the way, like T-shirts and bike bells. They’re especially excited about this year’s scavenger hunt.”

While Dr. Manalo usually rides with her family, she often enjoys bringing friends along for the ride. “It’s been great to ride and hang out with friends, and take our lunch break together to sample some of the great food trucks along the way. I’ve often recommended the event to patients and colleagues, especially those new to the area. It’s a great way to get active on the weekend with family and friends.”

With five different ride routes each year, Dr. Manalo has seen ‘em all. “My favorite route has been the Southeast-Lents ride. We enjoyed the cultural events and dances put on by different communities, and there was a pretty cool beginning BMX trail set up as well.”

In addition to her favorite Southeast route, Dr. Manalo and her family are also looking forward to the brand-new route in Outer Northeast Portland this year. “There is a wonderful sense of community on the Sunday Parkways routes, and we’re looking forward to exploring a new part of Portland!”

 

Sunday Parkways knows PDX Streets

How can I join Sunday Parkways?

How can I join Sunday Parkways?

Well my friend, that is like asking: How many ways can I cook a potato? There are countless ways! This is a traffic free event that brings people out to enjoy their streets and neighborhoods and discover new ones. We open up between 6 – 9 miles of public streets to the city once a month on Sunday from May to September. The routes connect to a series of activity hubs, which are usually parks where you can find food, music, dancing, good conversation, city resources and more.

How to get to Sunday Parkways

Typically people get to Sunday Parkways by walking, riding, and rolling. These travel modes are not only a great way to get out and enjoy the neighborhood and the city, but are also fun ways to interact with your city.

  • Here are some maps to make it easier to WALK to Sunday Parkways. (Ciclistas/Peatones Mapa en Espanol)
  • Need a ticket to RIDE to Sunday Parkways. Check out how you can get there using TriMet. 
  • ROLLING down the sweet Portland streets to get to our event? Here are some bike maps that will guide you to the event with no start and ending point.  
  • If you want more information on how to get around your City every day, check out our Smart Trips maps and links. 
  • Getting around on motorized scooter or wheelchair? That's great! Just like those on bikes, please make sure to keep your motorized vehicle at a safe speed for the surrounding attendees.

For ADA Title II or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services and complaints, or for additional information, call 503-823-5266; TTY 503-823-6868; Oregon Relay Services: 711

How to join the festivities? What all is happening at Sunday Parkways?

In short, a lot. Sunday Parkways provides a full day of play for anyone of any age. Enjoying the day is as easy as 1.2.3.

1) Stop by one of our hubs and pick up the Sunday Parkways brochures which highlight hotbeds of activity along the route, as well as information on live performances and theatrical acts. If you’re plugged in, visit our Facebook and Twitter page for event insight.

2) Eat and Buy local! Sunday Parkways offers a chance for all your favorite spots of old and new to present themselves at one spot. Stop by our marketplaces located at each park.

3) Have fun! Dance, sing, bike, walk, and play….to your heart’s content.  

How to join as a Volunteer

Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved with Sunday Parkways as a volunteer? If so, we have been looking for you. We would love you to help out as an Intersection Superhero, a Mobile Mechanic, an Info Booth Ambassador, and more. For more information, please visit our Volunteer page

How to join as a Business or NGO

Sunday Parkways welcomes the chance to involve businesses and organizations to this city event. This event is a great way to connect with new customers, new faces, new areas of the city, as well as build your connection to your present client base. If you are interested in becoming a vendor at any of our events, please visit our Vendor’s page

How to join as a Performer

Sunday Parkways loves artists and performers! If you want to create art along the route, play your music for Portland, provide a juggling act our event - let us know! Visit our Performer's page to learn more about how you can make Sunday Parkways even better! 

¡Bienvenidos a Portland Sunday Parkways! 

Ciclovía de Portland = Sunday Parkways

Una vez por mes en domingo, por cinco meses de primavera a otoño, de 11 a.m. a 4 p.m., Sunday Parkways de Portland cree un evento por calles residenciales que forman un circuito de 11 a 15 kilometros. La ruta esta abierta a gente andando a pie, en bici, por patines, etc., pero no permite transito motorizado. Cada mes el evento visita un sector distinto de la ciudad. 

¡Te invitamos!

Ponte activo en tu propio barrio. Puedes andar a pie o en bicicleta, correr, rodar, reunirte con los vecinos, disfrutar de la música en los parques y a lo largo de la ruta de calles sin tráfico. La participación es totalmente GRATIS y no requiere registro. 

Para mas informacion: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/66956 

Sunday Parkways announces 10th Anniversary Season of the popular open streets event

New route in Outer Northeast Portland is debuted

(Feb. 14, 2017) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente announced the schedule for the tenth season of Sunday Parkways today. The milestone season will include five traffic-free events highlighting five different Portland neighborhoods and will include a new route in the Gateway area of outer northeast Portland.

“Since 2007, Portlanders have been able to explore their neighborhoods by walking, biking and rolling thanks to Sunday Parkways,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT. “In every neighborhood and at every event, we discover a new reason to fall in love with our city all over again. But what makes it truly wonderful is that Sunday Parkways is open to everyone. I look forward to celebrating ten years of Sunday Parkways this year with Portlanders of all ages and abilities.”

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente kicks off its tenth year on May 21, 2017 in Southeast Portland. The 10th summer of celebrating Portland’s open streets will finish on September 24, 2017 with the Sellwood/Milwaukie event. Portlanders will have the opportunity to officially wish Sunday Parkways a happy tenth birthday at the North Portland Sunday Parkways on June 25, 2017.

“Not only is it Valentine’s Day, it’s American Heart Month so there’s no better time to think about ways to improve your heart health,” said Ruth Chang, MD, a family practice physician with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “Sunday Parkways offers two great things for your heart – physical activity, and the chance to spend time with your family and neighbors exploring our beautiful city. My kids, husband, and I will be out there and we hope you will be too!”

After nine successful seasons of Sunday Parkways, organizers know that Sunday Parkways participants are incorporating biking and walking into their everyday mobility as a result of the events. All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called neighborhood greenways as well as City parks ideal for bicycling and walking. The new Outer Northeast route in August will introduce participants to an often overlooked neighborhood with majestic parks and quiet, livable streets.

Sunday Parkways chose to work with the outer northeast neighborhoods as part of the Gateway to Opportunity program. Thanks to Gateway to Opportunity, this area will see new investments in pedestrian and bike facilities in the next few years. These projects include the 130’s neighborhood greenway, the Holladay-Oregon-Pacific (HOP) neighborhood greenway, the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project and Outer Halsey Streetscape Project among other improvements to make it safer and more comfortable to get around the area. The new Sunday Parkways route will highlight five beautiful parks including Knott, John Luby, Thompson, East Holladay, and Hazelwood Hydro Parks and five different schools.

“We really have something to celebrate this year,” said Leah Treat. “10 years of Sunday Parkways! 10 years of opening our streets and helping Portlanders discover the joys of walking, biking and rolling through their neighborhoods. Like so many other Portlanders, Sunday Parkways is one of the things I love best about our city. I can’t wait to get out there with my family and friends this summer.”

The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2017:

Southeast Portland

May 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles)

North Portland – Tenth Anniversary Celebration

June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9.5 miles)

Northeast Portland

July 23, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles)

Outer Northeast Portland – New Route for 2017

Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 miles)

Sellwood/Milwaukie

September 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles)

 

Community groups and vendors interested in participating in Sunday Parkways, or volunteers who want to help make it happen, should contact PBOT at 503-823-7599 or visit PortlandSundayParkways.org.

PBOT organizes Sunday Parkways, working with our presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Clif Kid, and Bike Gallery who have been with Sunday Parkways since day one, and returning partners and sponsors AAA Oregon/Idaho, Whole Foods, NW Natural, IKEA, Umpqua Bank, PGE, and AARP of Oregon.

New partners to date for the 2017 Sunday Parkways are New Season, Lorissa’s Kitchen, and HomeAdvisor. PBOT and other public funds cover a third of the program costs, and two-thirds of funding comes from sponsors, vendors and individual supporters.

For more information, including route maps, visit PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

About Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance for the ten years has topped 690,000 over 38 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. Learn more at www.portlandsundayparkways.org.