Cully organizations, businesses and neighbors will team with Oregon Walks, a pedestrian advocacy organization, to host a new event in the Cully neighborhood this month. Oregon Walkways: Cully Camina, a pedestrian-focused event, will be held on Sunday, September 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will encourage participants to explore the Cully neighborhood on foot and use the streets for play.
Based on the success of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Sunday Parkways, Cully Camina will close off portions of Killingsworth Street, Alberta Street and Alberta Court to cars and open them up to people. The route will highlight the new Living Cully Plaza, the new 42nd Ave Plaza and Khunamokwst Park, with activities, food, art and local nonprofit booths.
“We want to give Portlanders a chance to see and experience their streets in a new way,” said Inna Levin, volunteer and outreach coordinator for Oregon Walks. “We hope Cully Camina will be the start of something bigger, inspiring more people to walk and engage in their community.”
Cully Camina will be the very first event in an Oregon Walkways series. Oregon Walks plans for additional events to be held each year in different neighborhoods across the region. Each event will be free and open to the public and will showcase community assets with a focus on accessibility, place-making and walking.
“This partnership with Oregon Walks is an exciting opportunity to showcase our businesses and organizations and to get folks interested in becoming a more pedestrian-friendly, neighborhood-serving commercial district,” said Laura Waddick, community engagement manager at Our 42nd Ave.
Oregon Walks advocates for walking to be safe, convenient and attractive for everyone – with safe streets a priority in all neighborhoods and families and neighbors having access to walking for fun, health and community-building.
“We’re thrilled to work with Oregon Walks to expand the reach of Sunday Parkways and offer more opportunities for exploring Portland neighborhoods on foot,” said Linda Ginenthal, Sunday Parkways manager for the Bureau of Transportation. “Portlanders love to embrace their streets as public, community space, so we’re confident people will enjoy this event.”
The event is sponsored by Metro and the City of Portland. Community partners include Living Cully, Verde, Hacienda CDC, Our 42nd Ave, Andando en Bicicleta en Cully, City Repair and individuals who live and work in the neighborhood. Oregon Walks is seeking broad participation from the local community, including vendors, activity leaders, volunteers, and sponsors to make the event a success.
For more information about Oregon Walks and the Cully Camina, visit www.oregonwalks.org or call 503-869-7077.