The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is working with the Tri-County Health Officer for Multhnomah, Clackamas, and Washington Counties to assess the information related to the air quality for our region. Given current information and data from the last 12 hours, the City plans to move forward with the Sunday Parkways event but urges all Portlanders to use their best judgement and caution when making their decision about participating in activities outdoors throughout the day, particularly individuals with regular respiratory concerns (I.e. small children, the elderly, chronic sufferers).
As was the case yesterday, the National Weather Service is predicting weather that could bring wildfire smoke exposure to communities in the Portland area. Smoke levels can rise and fall depending on weather factors including wind direction.
In other words, the event is a GO! The air quality is much better today, but we want people to use their best judgement. Hopefully we will see you out there today!