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PBOT News Release: Portland Sunday Parkways hits Outer East Portland this Sunday, in conjunction with Portland Parks & Recreation’s 2019 Walk with Refugees & Immigrants

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Participants in the 2018 Walk with Refugees & Immigrants. Courtesy Ben Brink and Portland Parks & Recreation. 

(July 19, 2019) – Outer Northeast Sunday Parkways, the third event of the Sunday Parkways season, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21. This free, family-friendly event, organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and presented by Kaiser Permanente, is a great way to get the whole family out on a bike ride, walk or dance in a park.

The 4.8-mile, car-free route links four parks with live music, exercise classes, food and interactive performances and exhibits. Thousands of people come to each Sunday Parkways, where we open the city's largest public space - its streets - to show everyone how they can walk, bike, and roll, while fostering civic pride, stimulating economic development, and engaging community.

This Sunday's event welcomes the 2019 Walk with Immigrants & Refugees.

People at the 2018 Walk with immigrants

Participants in the 2018 Walk with Refugees & Immigrants. Courtesy Mick Hangland-Skill and Portland Parks & Recreation.

The third annual walk is presented by Portland Parks & Recreation's Parks for New Portlanders program, local nonprofits and refugee and immigrant organizations, and local elected leaders. The event celebrates the unique experiences of Portlanders of all ages and backgrounds. An estimated 5,000 people took part in the walk in 2018.

All are welcome to take part, to support and celebrate with everyone who calls the Rose City home. Speakers at the start and at the conclusion of the walk will include diverse community leaders sharing and reflecting on the experience of immigrants in the Portland area. Afterwards, enjoy delicious food, multicultural music, and family fun at Knott Park.

“In our current political climate, events like the walk on Sunday are vital for our entire community," said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. "The City of Portland will never tell refugees and immigrants to ‘go back where you came from’ because this is your home. Portland is a sanctuary city and Portlanders support, defend, and celebrate our refugee and immigrant communities.”

The walk starts at 11 a.m. at the East Portland Community Office, 1017 NE 117th Ave. and finishes at Knott Park, 1 mile away, at NE 117th Avenue and Knott Street.

Sunday Parkways is excited to continue its partnership with the Parks for New Portlanders (PNP) program to help connect immigrants and refugees with parks and community-building activities across the city.

For more information in English and several other languages, please visit the website for the walk.

children on bicycles

Children on bicycles cool off by riding under a water mister at Sunday Parkways in 2017 in Outer East Portland. Photo by Kevin Koch for PBOT.

Learn more about recent and upcoming improvements coming to the Gateway area of East Portland

Learn about a variety of new and upcoming transportation projects for the Gateway area at a PBOT open house at Gateway Discovery Park, at NE 106th Ave and Halsey, where staff will provide information, visuals and refreshments during Sunday Parkways

Sunday's event offers a great introduction to recently opened biking and walking amenities in the Gateway area. 

The route will cross the newly improved Halsey-Weidler corridor at NE 106th Avenue at the northeastern entrance to Gateway Discovery Park, which opened last summer.

Catch a bus or the MAX light rail to TriMet's Gateway Transit Center, where you can ride to NE Weidler Street, where PBOT recently completed new curb extensions and marked crosswalks, new rapid-flashing beacons and better lighting that make crossing the street a more comfortable experience throughout the business corridor. New, bright-green parking-protected bike lanes along Halsey and Weidler provide an extra buffer from vehicle travel lanes.

These improvements are just some of the numerous transportation projects underway or coming soon to the Gateway area this year:

The former 7-mile Outer East Sunday Parkways route has been shortened this year to 4.8 miles to make for a more walkable route and now includes John Luby Park and Hazelwood Hydro Park. This showcases a walkable and rollable network of streets connecting four parks in all: Knott City, John Luby, Hazelwood Hydro, and Gateway Discovery.

View the route map to plan your route to or through the Outer East Sunday Parkways, and see locations of restrooms and other resources.

View the brochure to learn about some of the activities planned at each park this Sunday.

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

Check the Sunday Parkways route map if you're traveling in the Gateway area on Sunday

Map of 2019 Outer East Sunday Parkways route

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About Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance to date has been 789,035 over 40 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. Learn more at

About PBOT

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. Learn more at 

Learn more about recent and upcoming improvements coming to the Gateway area of East Portland