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Ready to Dine?!

See the yumminess that awaits you at Sunday Parkways - October 2nd!

Sellwood Park Westmoreland Park Water Tower Park Downtown Milwaukie
NE Creperia Two Wahines Shaved Ice Rohst Coffee Milwaukie Farmer's Market
Fuego Kathmandu Cafe Fuego Milwaukie Beer Garden
Via Chicago  Superdog Scoop Organic Ice Cream Zed Ice Cream
3 Guys Grilling Fuego

Dano's Dogs

 
Voodoo Doughnut Fifty Licks Ice Cream Pepe Caliente  
Ruby Jewel Treats      
USA Pears      

Why you should be excited about visiting Milwaukie

Love Bomb Go Go For the final Sunday Parkways event of the year, we have a schedule chock full of fun and adventure! Our collaboration with the Salmon Celebration for the second year in a row means you will be able to hear drumming from some of our local Native tribes, taste fire baked salmon, and learn more about how to keep Portland’s river’s clean and its landscape green. 

Our neighbors further south in Milwaukie, also have loads to show off during this 5 hour Sunday Parkways tour. Here are some highlights:

  • Live preview of the newly constructed 17th Ave multi-modal path, which connects the Springwater Corridor to the Trolley Trail and completes a section of the SE Intertwine
  • Live preview of the proposed Monroe Street greenway, which will connect downtown Milwaukie to 82nd Ave in Clackamas County
  • A visit to the Milwaukie Farmers’ Market located directly on the route - find everything from all-natural soaps to yummy cheesecake!
  • A rocking music scene at Downtown Milwaukie with live music by the GTM String Band (Bluegrass), the Pearls (Country-Rock, Americana, and Western Swing), Gold Dust (Portland-based Fleetwood Mac Tribute),  and the LoveBomb Go-Go Marching Band (Genre-smashing horn-driven intergalactic glam performance band) 

It is going to be a fun filled day! Looking forward to seeing you there. 

The Start of a New Era for the Sellwood Bridge

Sunday Parkways is honored to be able to show off the new and improved Sellwood Bridge for the Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways Route. Here is a little peep into its history and the start of a new era.

Removal of Old Sellwood Bridge marks end of an era 

Project Update via Multnomah County - July 5, 2016

SellwoodBridgeAfter 90 years of serving the public, the original Sellwood Bridge will be only a memory in a week’s time. The last steel span of the original bridge is scheduled to be lowered to a barge on July 12.  Removing the old bridge has been one of the most visually interesting parts of the Sellwood project, with many people watching as a familiar landmark slowly disappears.

To understand how the bridge is being deconstructed, it helps to remember its history.

  • The Sellwood Bridge was built in 1925. To save money, the bridge was built as one continuous 1100-foot long four-span truss perched on concrete piers.
  • In January 2013, the steel truss was slid north and attached to temporary steel piers, which allowed the bridge to be open to traffic while the contractor built the new Sellwood Bridge on the same alignment as the original bridge. Traffic continued to use the old bridge in its new location for three years while the new bridge was built.
  • When the new bridge opened on February 29, 2016, the original bridge closed and the contractor began the complicated task of removing the old bridge and its temporary supports.

About the demolition team

Since the old bridge was built as one continuous 1100-foot long span, it could not easily be dismantled and removed in sections. It was also coated in lead-based paint, a known health hazard. A specialized team was assembled to deal with these challenges and get the old bridge safely down.

General contractor Slayden-Sundt and McGee Engineering teamed with Emmert International of Clackamas. Emmert International has moved complicated structures ranging from the Spruce Goose (the gigantic wood airplane built by Howard Hughes, which was delivered to the Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville) to the Hotel Fairmount in San Antonio (the largest building ever moved on wheels).

A complicated project

In the past (and still in some parts of the world today) old bridges are taken down with explosives. This has not been done in Oregon for decades, for obvious environmental and safety reasons. Instead, the old Sellwood Bridge is being cut into sections and carefully lowered by hydraulic jacks onto a barge, which will minimize impacts to neighbors, nearby structures, fish species and water quality. 

Cutting a thousand-foot-long bridge into sections is not straightforward. Subcontractor Staton Companies began the demolition process by cutting and removing the concrete deck, railings and sidewalk from the old bridge, leaving the green steel skeleton of the truss spans sitting on steel supports. About 2,300 tons (4.6 million pounds) of concrete was removed and recycled as fill material for construction projects.

Strengthening steel was then added to the temporary piers and truss section to counter the forces applied during lowering. Long steel tie-downs were attached to the stub ends of the truss spans to hold the sections in place after the center sections were cut and lowered.

Finally, the cutting began. Workers used oxy-acetylene torches to cut the steel truss span free at each end. The truss span is 28 feet high, so cutting each span section free took at least one day.

The spans were then lowered 50 or 60 feet onto the decks of the barges. The team started lowering each span around dawn and completed the process by evening. Each section weighed between 400,000 and 500,000 pounds and had to be lowered perfectly in unison onto the barge.

Each span was then cut into two or three sections to fit on  separate barges and taken ten miles north to the Schnitzer Steel facility, where they were processed for recycling.

Next steps

The in-water work period begins in July. After the truss spans and steel supports are removed, a marine subcontractor will begin removing the 80 steel piles that supported the temporary bridge. By this fall, there will be no remaining sign of the old bridge. The new Sellwood Bridge will have the view all to itself.

 

3rd Annual Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park

Sunday Parkways Teams up with the Salmon Celebration for the 2nd Year

The Crystal Springs Partnership, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), as well as non-profit and westmorelandbusiness partners invite all to a free, public celebration of Crystal Springs Creek.  We will celebrate the creek as well as the restoration that has helped bring wild salmon back to the city.

The Salmon Celebration coincides with the Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways bike ride presented by Kaiser Permanente. Similar to last year’s ride, the route takes us to Westmoreland Park where the Salmon Celebration is held. New for this year, Sunday Parkways takes riders to the City of Milwaukie. Details of the Sunday Parkways ride are here: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/67625

The Salmon Celebration will include a Native American blessing, a salmon bake demonstration (with samples!), storytelling for all ages, fun and interactive inter-cultural activities, and ways to learn about and get involved in the watershed.  The event will be free and open to all.  Details of the Salmon Celebration on the Crystal Springs Partnership website are here:

As co-chair of the Crystal Springs Partnership, I am proud to help put on this event. In 2014 we featured the re-opening of Westmoreland Park, Judy Bluehorseincluding the restoration of Crystal Springs Creek and construction of the wildly-popular Nature Play area. In 2015 we continued to celebrate the creek, the ‘new normal’ that is our rejuvenated Westmoreland Park - habitat for both wildlife and people, as well as the constant stream of cyclists of Sunday Parkways enjoying the neighborhoods and parks of Southeast Portland.

This year, we continue to celebrate the restoration of the creek and the importance of this area to many cultures. With the new Bybee and Glenwood culverts in view from Westmoreland Park, we appreciate the investment in natural areas in the city. And, in a route not exactly as a fish would swim, the Sunday Parkway ride takes bikers to Milwaukie, to where Johnson Creek meets the Willamette River – a place familiar to fish migrating to Crystal Springs Creek.

We hope to see you on October 2nd.

Guest Writer: Karl Lee, for the Crystal Springs Partnership 

 

The Slants Join Sunday Parkways SE

The SlantsPortland's The Slants are the first and only all-Asian American dance rock band in the world. They offer up catchy dance beats, strong hooks, and a bombastic live show that is "not to be missed" (The Westword). The Willamette Week says "While the band may well be best experienced live, Slants releases always promise a few blistering, note-perfect singles." The music is the perfect combination of 80's driven synth pop with hard-hitting indie, floor-filling beats which fans affectionately dub as "Chinatown Dance Rock."

They've been featured on Conan O'Brien's Team Coco, BBC, NPR, NBC, IFC TV, Huffington Post, MTV, and over 1,500 radio stations, tv shows, magazines, and websites across 82 countries. 22 international tours, including appearances in 46 of 50 U.S states, have led to headlining showcases at major festivals such as SXSW, MusicfestNW, San Diego Comic-Con, and Dragon Con. The band has also provided support for The Decemberists, Mindless Self Indulgence, Girl Talk, Apl.De.Ap (of Black Eyed Peas), Blindpilot and Shonen Knife. In 2011, The Slants worked with the Department of Defense for a series of shows at U.S and NATO bases in Eastern Europe, dubbed "Operation Gratitude." Every one of their last 9 music videos have gone viral, gaining tens of thousands of views within days. Their single, "You Make Me Alive" has nearly 350,000 views.

Two recent music videos feature martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung (The Matrix, Ip Man, & Enter the Dragon) and feature international stars Daniel Wu and Shu Qi. They've won "Album of the Year" and "Editor's Choice" from dozens of magazines, including Willamette Week, LA Weekly, Shojo Beat, Village Voice, City Beat, and Rockwired. Whether rocking music halls, anime conventions, maximum-security prisons, colleges, or army bases, it's clear that The Slants' infectious brand of "so damn good" music will leave you wanting more" (MRU Magazine).

We are excited to appear at Sunday Parkways!

Guest Article written by Simon Tam

The Slants