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Sunday Parkways coming to the NW Portland this summer


Detail of Sunday Parkways route through Northwest Portland.
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PBOT has announced the location of the fifth and final Sunday Parkways event for 2010. The September edition of the event will take place in Northwest Portland.

The 4.5 mile route will consist of two loops, connecting SW Stark Street, Old Town, the Pearl District and other Northwest neighborhoods. The route also includes a jaunt on Naito Parkway. Couch and Wallace Parks will be the site of activities, food and entertainment.

This will be the first time Sunday Parkways has been held on the west side of the river since the event’s inception in 2008.

PBOT announced the other four Sunday Parkways locations back in January, but they were holding out the September event as a mystery location. A poll taken on this website in February resulted in Southwest Portland getting the most votes — just edging out Northwest Portland.

The announcement of this fifth Sunday Parkways shows that PBOT is determined to hold all five events, despite a recommendation from the City’s budget office to save money and have only three this year. That recommendation came in response to PBOT’s request to fill that gap with the City’s General Fund. The total cost of the five events is $474,000 — $270,000 of which has been raised already through business sponsorship, grants, and other sources.

In other Sunday Parkways news, the City of Portland has hired Good Sport Promotion to handle volunteer coordination duties at all five Sunday Parkways events this year.

The Northwest Sunday Parkways will be held on September 26th. More on all of this year’s Sunday Parkways events (which start next month in Northeast Portland) at PortlandSundayParkways.com.

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