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(June 23, 2017) – Mayor Ted Wheeler has proclaimed this Sunday, June 25, “Portland Sunday Parkways Day” to celebrate ten years of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente. June 25 marks the 10th Sunday Parkways in North Portland, the route that has typically attracted the largest crowds of the year.
“Sunday Parkways is one of the greatest things we do in Portland,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler at the Wednesday morning City Council meeting. “It has been a vehicle to show off parts of the city that are hidden gems of our landscape including new parks, newly built biking and walking infrastructure, community gardens, and beautiful residential neighborhoods.”
“Sunday Parkways is a great way to get to know local businesses and your community,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Since its inception, Sunday Parkways has not only been a great way to connect with parks along the route, but every new shop, restaurant and neighbor along the way.”
Sunday Parkways Programs Manager Linda Ginenthal and colleague Rich Cassidy have worked on the program since PBOT launched it 10 years ago. Thousands of people participate in each Sunday event.
“Portlanders love Sunday Parkways and the transportation bureau is thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of our favorite traditions,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “Sunday Parkways exemplifies the spirit Portland, where we see our streets as shared public space, not just a place to pass through. Cities from all over the world have learned from our experience in opening our streets to the community. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years of Sunday Parkways brings!”
“The health benefits of Sunday Parkways extend beyond physical activity into mental health and social connectedness,” said Molly Haynes, Manager of Community Health Initiatives Community Benefit for Kaiser Permanente. “You see more smiles on the Sunday Parkways route than any other place in Portland. Friends and neighbors interact in ways that may not happen otherwise and that hopefully lead to stronger neighborhood connections and improved safety.”
This family-friendly free event organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation is a great way to get the whole family out on a bike ride or walk for healthy, fun activity. This 41st Sunday Parkways on June 25th in North Portland will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 9 ½ miles of neighborhood greenways – streets that are great to ride any day of the week.
To make it easy for residents and visitors alike to join in the fun this weekend, PBOT has created a detailed Sunday Parkways route map with all area bikeway routes and bus and light rails routes to help everyone get to Sunday Parkways by biking and taking transit.
This route highlights five Portland parks and activity areas including Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, Kenton, and McCoy Parks and the Willamette Bluff with activities, food, music, and community businesses and organizations to connect with at the event. Find the list of music, food, community organizations, sponsors and scheduled classes and activities on our North Portland Sunday Parkways webpage.
About Sunday Parkways
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. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance for the ten years has topped 690,000 over 38 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. Learn more at www.portlandsundayparkways.org.
North Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation