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(Sept. 21, 2017) – Milwaukie is partnering with the City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente to open streets and public spaces in the community for people to walk, bike and roll, this Sunday, Sept. 24 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways is the final event of the year for Sunday Parkways, which draws thousands of people outdoors, five times a year, for family-friendly fun and exercise.
This cross-border route takes participants through Milwaukie and the Sellwood area of Portland using local transportation amenities, such as the 17th Avenue bike path and Springwater Corridor Trail, as well as city streets. The route highlights a variety of locales in Portland and Milwaukie as well as four major activity areas centered around Water Tower Park at the intersection of SE 40th Avenue and Harvey Street, downtown Milwaukie, and Sellwood and Westmoreland Parks in Portland.
There is no official starting place or direction. Those who would like to join in are invited to connect at any location along the route, and travel in either direction, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Volunteers and route markers will help ensure participants stay on course.
The activity centers will feature several family-friendly activities, booths from local vendors, a bicycle obstacle course, food, and live music. The downtown Milwaukie location will host food vendors, a beer garden, the Milwaukie Farmers Market, and the main concert stage, in front of City Hall.
PBOT is again partnering with the Salmon Celebration at Westmoreland Park. Local Native tribes and the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will have a salmon bake demonstration (with samples!) drumming, entertainment, and information about how to keep Portland’s rivers clean.
During Sunday Parkways, streets along the route will be closed to through traffic, however, local access can be coordinated with intersection and traffic volunteers. Residents who live along the route are encouraged to create their own mini-events in their front yards, driveways or parking lots. Neighbors are welcome to have a party, plan a yard sale, set up a lemonade stand, host live music and other similar activities.
The Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways route map shows the event route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and public transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the online brochure.
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. 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.
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