News Release: North Portland Sunday Parkways gets musical to help get us moving

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(June 16, 2015) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with international “Make Music Day” to bring more moving, music, and fun to the North Portland Sunday Parkways this Sunday, June 21, Father’s Day.

North Portland Sunday Parkways offers a 9.5 mile route for people to bike, stroll, roll, skate and play on traffic-free streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While all Sunday Parkways events feature activities in the Portland parks along the route, this Sunday’s event also features two full stages of live, local music that play throughout the day. Event participants may catch a variety of styles from Samba to Celtic at the Make Music Day Stage at McCoy Park and the stage at Arbor Lodge Park.

“North Portland will be filled with fun ways for families to get out and get active during this Father’s Day event,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “What could be healthier and more fun than combining great music, biking, walking and a family photo?” Kaiser Permanente will have a free photo station along the Willamette Bluff.

The North Portland Sunday Parkways route connects neighborhoods east and west of I-5 on neighborhood greenways, residential streets with low speed limits that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement.   By holding traffic-free Sunday Parkways on routes that include neighborhood greenways, PBOT hopes to introduce people to ways to get out and get active every day.

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map  shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways North Portland brochure.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.  The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 108,000 last year. May’s Mother’s Day Sunday Parkways event saw a record 16,000 participants in East Portland.

The Sunday Parkways route also will connect some of the beautiful natural areas and gardens that are located in North Portland, such as Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, McCoy, and Kenton Parks plus the Willamette Blvd bluff overlooking the river and Forest Park.

For maps and more information, visit or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

North Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:




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