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First Sunday Parkways of 2011 comes to East Portland on May 22

May 16, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:

Linda Ginenthal

Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-730-4387 (cell)

linda.ginenthal@portlandoregon.gov

NEWS ADVISORY

First Sunday Parkways of 2011 comes to East Portland on May 22

WHAT

City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will be happening in East Portland on Sunday, May 22. Sunday Parkways is a community event where thousands of people can be active on traffic-free streets connecting parks filled with activities, music and vendors. The public should expect traffic control changes in the vicinity of the event and be aware of increased numbers of pedestrians and bicyclists. Residents will have access to their homes and can cross the route at the designated intersections.

The East Portland route connects Lents, Bloomington, Ed Benedict and Gilbert Heights Parks with seven miles of traffic-free streets and a long section of the Springwater Trail. All other streets will be open for vehicular traffic. A Metro mini-disc golf course will be set up in Ed Benedict Park, Kaiser Permanente and Playworks will be at the Kids Fair at Gilbert Heights Park, dance classes are scheduled all day by Portland Parks and Recreation at Ed Benedict and Lents Parks, and soccer skills and tournament activities will be at Bloomington Park.

Click here for event highlights.

WHY

The major goals of Sunday Parkways are to connect Portlanders to their neighbors and encourage active transportation and physical activity. The Portland Bureau of Transportation, Kaiser Permanente and Metro are hosting five Sunday Parkways events in 2011. The traffic-free streets and parks are excellent, safe places to be a pedestrian and bicyclist and be active during the event.

WHO

The event is hosted by the City of Portland with financial support from Kaiser Permanente, Metro and other donors. The Portland Bureau of Transportation organizes the event and the Portland Police Bureau maintains public safety and order on the streets and in Portland Parks & Recreation parks. Sunday Parkways is open to the general public and free to attend, attracting thousands of Portland-area residents and visitors.

WHEN

On Sunday, May 22, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

WHERE

The seven-mile route fro May will be in East Portland. Please see the attached map for details.

To volunteer for Sunday Parkways visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-473-3547.

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