Comcast, the information and entertainment provider for the most homes in Portland, will help Portland Parks and Recreation deliver what has become a popular, free summer entertainment and activity series to an audience that topped 320,000 in 2015.
The 2016 Summer Free For All will feature 55 concerts, 41 movies, 27 summer playgrounds and lunch sites, 20 mobile playground sites, free swim lessons in all indoor and outdoor pools and the Washington Park Summer Festival.
A children’s concert series in Unthank Park has been added to this year’s lineup.
Parks commissioner Amanda Fritz welcomed the announcement.
“I am grateful to Comcast for their support of the beloved Summer Free For All program,” said Fritz. “Comcast’s commitment to the title sponsorship shows its passion for making our community better and helps deliver dozens of free outdoor movies, concerts, and playground and lunch programs to Portlanders.”
Comcast is thrilled to be the title sponsor, said Rodrigo Lopez, Comcast Oregon and Southwest Washington regional senior vice-president. “We are proud to support families, friends and neighbors coming together in parks and playgrounds all over Portland to enjoy live performances and movies under the stars.”
The Summer Free For All program’s uniqueness stems in part from a broad base of community support. This year, hundreds of donors – including local businesses, community groups, neighborhood associations and individuals – will again give generously to a program tailored to offer the best of entertainment, including local and regional talent, at Portland’s parks.
“Our mission is for healthy parks and a healthy Portland,” said Mike Abbate, Portland Parks and Recreation director. “The Summer Free For All is a wonderful way that many people first engage with our programs. Companies like Comcast help make these connections possible, leading to a lifetime of healthier, happier people of all ages.”
Culturally diverse music, movies, and recreation programs are included in Summer Free For All programming.
Through Summer Playgrounds and Lunch, the department expects to serve more than 111,000 free, healthy lunches to children in parks across the city, offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess accompanied by sports, games, crafts and family activities, including a mobile rock climbing wall.
Summer Free For All schedules, when finalized, will be on the the department’s website and, as a service to Portland’s diverse community, Summer Free For All schedules will be offered in nine languages, including Arabic, Burmese, English, simplified Chinese, Nepalese, Russian, Spanish, Somalian and Vietnamese.