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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!
Guest Article by Kaiser Permanente
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!”
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.
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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!
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.
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