Sunday Parkways SE

SUNDAY PARKWAYS AUGUST – Southeast | August 26

sundayparkwaysseWelcome to August – a lovely month in Portland and the perfect time to get out for a day of rolling, strolling, walking and biking. Spend the day with your friends and family enjoying the best of what this fine city has to offer on a summer day.

This is the last of two more Sunday Parkways this summer so don’t miss your chance to be a part of this very cool Portland tradition.

The activities open at 11am and ends at 4pm.

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The route this month is a Portland classic! You’ll visit many notable Portland spots such as the sprawling Laurelhurst Park with the gorgeous pond, quiet Salmon Street with its colorfully painted houses and Mt. Tabor for incredible cityscape views.

Bring your camera and plan to take photos from this majestic vantage point. The 96-acre Mt. Tabor Park sits on an extinct volcanic butte, one of 32 cinder cones in a 13-mile radius. The park offers a forest-like setting and panoramic views of the city.

The route features a cut-through Neighborhood Greenway option at 52nd Avenue, an opportunity for a shorter route or to sneak through to other attractions on the course. Bring your comfiest walking shoes (or bike, skates, skateboard, stilts, wheelchair or rollerblades) and get ready to spend the entire day exploring this creative region of Southeast Portland.

A portion of the route travels along the relaxing SE Clinton St. In an innovative pilot project, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Regional Arts & Culture Council combined forces and worked with local artists Brian Borrello and Matt Cartwright to create artful elements that creatively communicate Clinton Street’s nature as a street that is safe and smart choice for bicyclists traversing this region.

The initial elements installed along the street are bright custom-designed bike corrals, bicycle silhouettes on top of street signs, and bicycle “head badges” on power poles. Further down from our route, this street is a vibrant micro-economy with the Clinton Street Theater (the longest running movie house west of the Mississippi River), cafes, a school, restaurants, a food cooperative, shops and more.

The Sunday Parkways route circles around the annual Hawthorne Street Fair – a summer event celebrating the Hawthorne District. There is free live music, street vendors, special store sales and family activities.

The fair highlights Portland’s original “shop local” district and offers an opportunity to explore over a hundred businesses dedicated to community involvement and making the area a desirable place to live, work and shop. SE Hawthorne Boulevard is known for its eclectic mix of boutiques shops, cafes, food carts, bars, restaurants and music related destinations.

Supporting Sunday Parkways
The route for Sunday Parkways is huge as we open a vast network of streets, and the support to make it happen is huge, too!

First off, all the neighbors on the route are helpful as the route comes through their neighborhood, sometimes even going so far as to host music, BBQs and fun in their front yards. Over 1,000 people volunteer each summer to make Sunday Parkways happen, a gigantic contingent of friendly folks who ensure you have an incredible, safe time out there. Our donors are individuals like you who make a financial contribution to keep Sunday Parkways strong – thank you! Finally, we couldn’t do what we do without the spectacular support of our sponsors who fuel Sunday Parkways in an extremely important way.

This month we’re cruising past Universal Cycles, one of our newest and most enthusiastic sponsors. Universal loves being a part of Sunday Parkways so this month they’re hosting a market place near their location at 22nd and Burnside/Ankeny. Stop in the shop to meet the friendly staff and peruse their cycling resources.