What is SW Strolls?
SW Strolls is a monthly community walk. Connect with your neighbors every first Saturday of the month and discover hidden gems in your backyard! We’ll enjoy nature along the #7 urban trail created by SW Trails, then take a stroll along the newly paved and accessible section of SW Capitol Highway, between Barbur and Multnomah boulevards. You can join for the entire walk or choose one section based on your comfort level. Section A is a little over a mile. Section B is a little under 2 miles. Whatever you choose, it's certain you will get your daily dose of community, exercise, and nature!
Who is involved?
Anyone is welcome to join a SW Stroll. Come once or come every month! These events were created in partnership with SW Trails, the Multnomah Neighborhood Association, Multnomah Village Business Association, local residents, and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).
Join us on Saturday, July 1, 2023. We've designed this route to be flexible - join us at any point.
9 a.m. Meet at Little Gabriel Park, in the southern parking lot off SW Canby Street. This is for Section A of the walk, a 1.2-mile urban trail.
10 a.m. Meet at World Foods (9845 SW Barbur Blvd.) for Section B of the walk, a 1.8-mile paved and accessible sidewalk. Or join along the route!
11 a.m. July's SW Stroll will finish at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony celebrating the completion of the SW Capitol Highway project. Stop by for speeches, snacks, music, and merriment in celebration of a decades-long effort.
If meeting at World Foods on Barbur, please do NOT park in their parking lot. Please park in the business lot across the street at Capitol Park Business Center; 9700 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
Plan your walk with our interactive route map
Join us for a social hour after the walk!
We'll hang out at a local establishment afterwards to continue the conversation and meeting our neighbors.
Want to help?
Contact Rob Hemphill to learn about supporting these walks or leading a future one.
Why join SW Strolls?
The City of Portland is completing the SW Capitol Highway infrastructure project. The project is a joint venture between the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Water Bureau, and Portland Bureau of Transportation with improved stormwater, drinking water, and street infrastructure. The finished product with include repaved vehicle lanes and brand new sidewalks, bike lanes, and multi-use path. Residents will now have new options for safely getting around their neighborhood and getting between Multnomah Village and the Crossroads area.
SW Strolls will not only highlight this new infrastructure but also highlight existing urban trails maintained in a partnership between PBOT and SW Trails. SW Trails is a community group that promotes walking in biking in SW Portland and leads monthly walks and trail maintenance work parties. There are seven urban trails identified, marked, and maintained by SW Trails. These trails often have hidden gems of beauty and discovery, or just a respite from the bustle of the city. Trail #7 runs adjacent to SW Capitol Highway and demonstrates multiple ways residents can get around their neighborhood.