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First Sunday Parkways in Southwest neighborhoods is this weekend


Dan Anderson
Portland Bureau of Transportation

First Sunday Parkways in Southwest neighborhoods is this weekend

Hundreds of walkers will take to the streets, highlighting the importance of walkable communities and exercise on personal health.

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that the third Sunday Parkways of 2012 is coming to southwest Portland this weekend on July 22. This will be the first time Sunday Parkways is held in southwest Portland neighborhoods such as Multnomah and Hillsdale.

Kaiser Permanente physicians and staff will lead a group of community walkers around a two-mile loop as part of its Every Body Walk! campaign, emphasizing the importance of walking as simple way to improve your health.

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. Estimates put total attendance at the events above 100,000 since it began in 2008. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free loop of streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.

In addition, this weekend’s event will have the first walking-only route on Southwest Urban Trails and coincide with the Terwilliger Parkway Centennial Festival.

The 7.8-mile southwest Portland Sunday Parkways route will connect Gabriel Park, Maplewood School, Multnomah Arts Center, Multnomah Village and the Hillsdale Shopping Center. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and along the route. It’s free to attend and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with its many community partners, including presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente, Universal Cycles, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro and the Bike Gallery.

Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.

For more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, visit or call 503-823-7599.