By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
Sunday Parkways, traffic-free streets where Portlanders may bike, walk, run or roll to see communities and parks, will begin May 10 and continue monthly through September 27.
Kaiser Permanente presents Sunday Parkways with the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Along the routes, the family-friendly event includes music, vendors and special activities.
Maps and additional information are available at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call (503) 823-7599.
“Sunday Parkways has become a beloved event series in Portland with strong community support,” said Leah Treat, director of the transportation bureau.
Other city bureaus, non-profit agencies and businesses support the events, which may help Portlanders find enjoyable outdoor activities bringing health benefits.
Dr. Timothy Jacobson, a cardiologist with Kaiser Permanente, said, “The idea that every day can be Sunday Parkways supports what we recommend to patients – incorporate activity into your daily life by walking your kids to school, taking a short stroll during lunch, or taking your dog for a walk. Most importantly, find something – like biking – that you enjoy, and you’ll be more likely to stick with it, especially if you have support from a family member or a friend.”
Five Parkways routes, free of traffic, are planned. The first will be in East Portland between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 10, Mother’s Day. The 7-mile route will highlight natural areas, including the newly finished Foster Floodplain. Also on the route are the Lents, Ed Benedict, Glenwood and Bloomington parks.
The 9.5-mile North Portland Parkway is planned from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21, Father’s Day and first day of summer. The route includes the scenic Willamette Bluff, the Peninsula Park Rose Gardens, Harper’s Playground at Arbor Lodge Park plus activities at Kenton, Columbia Annex and McCoy parks.
The Northeast Portland 8-mile Parkway, open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 26, will include the Northeast Neighborhood Greenways and Woodlawn, Alberta and Fernhill parks. Festive music and activities are planned at Rigler Elementary School.
The Southeast 7-mile route, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 23, will include Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, Sewallcrest and Ivon parks. Music, food and dance will be part of activities.
The final 7-mile parkway, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 27, will include travel on the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge of the People and the Sellwood area. Participants will see Westmoreland and Sellwood parks plus the Brooklyn School park with music, food and fun activities.