Sunday Parkways set for first foray into Northeast Portland

Posted by on July 15th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

Map detail of Northeast Sunday Parkways event planned for this Sunday.

The Bureau of Transportation is gearing up for the second of their three Sunday Parkways events this year. On Sunday, the City will open up seven miles of streets in Northeast Portland to the community. Motor vehicles will not be allowed, so the streets will blossom with activities and energy from the neighborhoods.

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Amazing what happens when streets
are safe for people.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Northeast Sunday Parkways route will go through Vernon, Concordia, Cully, Alameda, Sabin, and Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhoods and it will feature loads of activities, food, and more at three parks — Alberta, Fernhill, and Wilshire.

The event goes from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, so head out and enjoy your streets in a way you’ve never been able to before.

Last month’s Sunday Parkways in North Portland was a huge success and organizers hope this new route brings out big crowds.

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Volunteers having fun at Arbor Lodge
Park during last month’s event.

To make sure the event goes off without a hitch, PBOT says they need 300 volunteers…and with just a few days until Sunday, they’re still short. Volunteer Coordinator Janis McDonald is looking for more “Intersection Superheroes” to work short shifts. It’s a great way to give back to the community and to take part in Sunday Parkways.

You can register to volunteer online here.

If you have questions, contact Janis at (503) 823-5358, or via email

See you on the streets!

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John Lascurettes

The route is just 1/2 a block from my house. Can hardly wait! Last month’s was a lot of fun.


I’m scheduled to be an intersection superhero! Can’t wait!

the future
the future

very exciting to be right next to the route and clearly the bureau of trans is excited as well given the 10+ FLYERS AND NOTICES that i’ve gotten in the last two weeks! geez alright i’ll be there i promise.


Thanks for the notice! I’d planned to volunteer but let it slide… now my husband and I will both be serving as Intersection Superheros!


bike polo exhibition at alberta park starting at 11am. come see “the game of kings” in all its brutal, awesome, and retardedly fun glory.

Bob New

Volunteering is an awesome way to participate in this event! Take a cue from some volunteers such as Esther and Trina who brought jump rope, hula hoop and a battery-operated radio to their intersection if you do volunteer.

I believe the city needs about 300 volunteers to make this happen so click on the volunteer link above!

I’m still looking for helpers at our booth at Fernhill Park for Common Ground Wellness Center (we trade soak/sauna coupons for your time). Come play!

beth h


Bring your family and friends and come partake of this wonderful event! The more people who participate, the more city leaders may be persuaded to find funding and staff for more frequently-scheduled events like this.

The second edition of the North Portland Parkways was a great success, with thousands of Portlanders coming out to play. If you haven’t come to Sunday Parkways yet, come see what it’s all about this Sunday in NE Portland.

And if you want to help out, call PBOT before end of day Friday to sign up as a Volunteer SuperHero. You’ll get free eats and coffee (bring your cup!), a commemorative tee-shirt and the gratitude of thousands.

..::end of pitch::..


Sunday Parkways is a great thing. If you want to see them continue, it won’t happen unless folks step up to volunteer. My son and I pulled an intersection shift at the NoPo event and had a blast, and we were able to ride the route when we were done. I’m doing 2 shifts (set-up/roving mechanic) this Sunday because I REALLY want to see these continue and grow. C’mon, volunteer!

ME 2
ME 2

It’s also a create way to support your local business. My daughter should be out in the front yard of our house on 37th just north of Fremont selling lemonade in the afternoon.


Free bike flags for little riders at Alberta Park!

Tony Fuentes

Looking forward to a fun event right in our ‘hood.

Please drop by our booth at Fernhill Park for free face painting, temp tattoos, and more from 11 am – 4 pm.

We will have some specials at the shop as well, if you are up for a detour while in the area.


Join Metrofiets cargo bikes as we schlep around a live band for a Sunday Parkways music tour.

Meet up at 10:30 (NE 47th and Prescott)and roll out at 11. A Family friendly BYO-BBQ will follow at starting point of our ride.