Wonderful Days in Our Neighborhoods
It has been an amazing year for Sunday Parkways. 10,600 people came out to participate in our last event of the season held in Southwest Portland, putting us up and over the count of our previous largest season. In 2012, we had about 107,000 people participate. This year we had 108,900. That is just amazing.
Here are a few other amazing highlights from the season:
• 108,900 people came out to walk, roll, jog, dance, and bicycle along 37 miles of Portland's streets for Sunday Parkways. Our biggest Sunday Parkways season yet!!
• 375 neighborhood associations, schools, community organizations, places of worship, and businesses participated as vendors and volunteer groups
• 49 physical activity and fitness-related organizations and businesses got us moving this year
• 778 individual volunteers volunteered for 1,449 shifts equating to over 5,180 volunteer hours - WAY TO GO!
Southwest highlights – Early on the clouds melted away to reveal blue skies and a warm sun, making it the fifth sunny Sunday Parkways event, and the first consecutive sunny Sunday Parkways season in our history. Additionally, almost 2000 pedestrians took to the walking only path to enjoy a wonderful stroll.
Southeast highlights - DJ Prashant drew 100’s onto the Laurelhurst Park’s grassy dance floor for Bollywood dancing. A park away, one of our community partners, Spread Da’Love Foundation, provided a basketball drills course as well as supplied young participants with free school supplies. If that wasn’t enough. At our Universal Cycles Marketplace, the Bike Transportation Alliance held its first Sunday Parkways’ Block Party!
Northeast highlights – The beautiful weather on July 27th brought people from across the city and beyond to the 8-miles of Sunday Parkways route located in Northeast Portland. Over 27,800 people joined us in celebrating a grand summer Sunday, with a large number, about 95% bringing their bikes in tow. With such a high number of bike riding attendees, bike safety was a focus, so we were lucky to have Andando en Bicicletas en Cully, also known as the ABC group, offer bi-lingual bike and safety workshops at Rigler School.
North highlights – The love for Sunday Parkways was shown this weekend with approximately 31,150 people celebrating the 25th Sunday Parkways event. The 9.5 mile route loop passed through several parks, all which held their own distinctive attractions such the opportunity to explore the inner workings of the underground sewers through the City’s sewer survey vehicles or got a taste of a firefighter’s life while getting close to an actual fire truck at Arbor Lodge Park. The day also included games by the Oregon Disability Sports, group rides, and tours of the Peninsula Park Gardens.
East highlights – Our first Sunday Parkways event of the year kicked off with lots of sunshine and smiles. 14,000 gathered at East Sunday Parkways for a joyous Mother’s Day and spring afternoon. The day was in full bloom as families and friends swept past Bloomington Park, or stayed to watch the Portland World Cup youth soccer games, visit the vendors, or work on the art of hula-hooping.
Overall it’s been a grand and wonderful year. Sunday Parkways continues to be possible thanks to our supportive sponsors such as Kaiser Permanente, Universal Cycles, Whole Foods, and other businesses, organizations, and individual donors. This is in addition to the support we receive from our large number of vendors, volunteers, entertainers, flaggers, and participants. Thank you all for keeping us rolling and helping us to bring more happiness, health and community to Portland. See you in 2015!!