It may not feel like it outside, but summer is fast approaching and the City of Portland Office of Transportation is busy putting the pieces together for their second annual Sunday Parkways events.
Last year, the city held one Sunday Parkways event in North Portland. The 6+ mile route was held on residential streets and thousands of Portlanders enjoyed a “temporary park” free from motorized traffic. This year, plans are to hold three events throughout the city.
Routes for two of those three events have been finalized. Here is the map for the North Portland edition to be held on June 21st:
Sunday Parkways in NE Portland will be held on July 19th. Here’s the route:
The SE Portland edition of Sunday Parkways will be held on August 16th. Route details are not finalized, but the city’s website says it will be an 8-mile route with two loops, including one loop that will climb to the top of Mt. Tabor.
In addition to route details, PBOT is hosting a series of “Cafe” events being held to “evoke collaborative and interactive conversation” about the events. The Cafe for the North Portland event was held earlier this month in Kenton. The next Cafe will be held on March 21st, from 9-11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church (5431 NE 20th).
With a budget crisis hanging over their department, PBOT is also stepping up their efforts to receive donations to help support Sunday Parkways. Back in December we shared how they were seeking corporate sponsorship for the event. PBOT is also making a push for individual donations. On their website right now they’re advertising an opportunity to “get in on the ground floor of a sustaining Portland tradition”. Anyone who contributes $40 or more will get a special edition Sunday Parkways bandana.
Learn more about Sunday Parkways — including ways you can get involved as a volunteer — at the PBOT website.