Have you ever wanted to play in the street, but Mom told you no? Sunday Parkways is your chance to walk, skate, skip, bike or scooter your way through your favorite neighborhood, without having to worry about cars! Best of all, food vendors, musicians, water stations and restrooms will be around to ensure the day is enjoyable with the littles in tow. The City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways is celebrating its tenth anniversary so there is even more excitement in store. Strap on your skates and then read on for a rundown of each of the upcoming events, below.
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Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways
Start the Sunday Parkways season off right with a seven mile loop stretching through Laurelhurst Park, up to 52nd and Clinton, and back down to the Buckman Neighborhood’s Colonel Summers Park. While the activities and vendors are still being solidified, you’ll find a rock climbing wall at one of the parks, along with dance and music performances. Check the website for the latest news!
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North Portland Sunday Parkways
Feeling ambitious? The North Portland route travels 9.5 miles through a scenic stretch encompassing the neighborhoods of Arbor Lodge, Overlook, University Park and Kenton. Enjoy the rare opportunity to stroll along a car-free Willamette Blvd and stop to smell the roses in Peninsula Park. For a shorter route, just plan to pop in to Kenton Park, where the wide array of activity and food vendors never disappoints.
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Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways
Clocking in with an eight mile route, the Northeast event meanders through Fernhill, Woodlawn and Alberta parks, with a special event at Khunamokwst Park, where bicyclists can participate in the Spanish/English Bilingual Bike Fair hosted by the Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) Group. Did somebody say fiesta?
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Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways
Don’t worry if you live in or near Gresham, there’s still a Sunday Parkways event nearby! This year’s brand new route stretches 6.4 miles from NE 117th to NE 142nd, with stops at four different parks featuring food and music, plus fun vendor booths along the way! If you haven’t been to Sunday Parkways before, this is your chance to join the other 80,000 people who did last year. You won’t regret it!
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Sellwood-Milwaukie Sunday Parkways
This is the final year of the “Sell-waukie” route, so be sure to wrap up the Sunday Parkways season by attending and enjoying the eight mile loop, which includes a stop at the Milwaukie Farmers Market. There will also be a special salmon celebration at Westmoreland Park, hosted by the Native American Community Advisory Council and Portland Bureau of Environmental Services, featuring a Native American blessing, storytelling, a salmon bake demonstration (with samples!), and information about the Crystal Springs Creek watershed restoration.
Eat Well: Stop by the marketplaces located at each park for a chance to get bites from some of your favorite local eateries! There’s sure to be something that will please every appetite in your crew
Pro Tip: Stop by one of the Sunday Parkways hubs and pick up a brochure for a run down on where you can find the hotbeds of activity along the rout. The brochures also outline when and where you can see live performances and theatrical acts.
What’s your favorite Sunday Parkways, and which events to you plan to attend this year? Tell us in the comments section below!