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Yesterday, June 21st, was the first of three Sunday Parkways events in Portland.

Basically, the City barricades off a route on city streets between several parks where old and young can walk, skate, pull the Radio Flyer wagon, bike safely and otherwise commute between parks in a given "quadrant" of the city, safely, without motor vehicle traffic. Yesterday was North Portland's turn; NE is on July 19th; and SE is on August 16th.

Volunteers from the Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA, formerly PUMP), led by Will Heiberg (same individual who's also been active pushing Portland to get a pump track), have built a skills area of small teeter-totters, skinnies and bridges for kids (and all ages) to enjoy at these events. Yesterday we were setup in Kenton Park and the area was a great success! Lots of smiles on the kids/parents/others who played on the features. Bikeportland had a nice little write-up on the event which has a couple of photos of the features, and this supportive quote:

Jonathon Maus said:
North of Arbor Lodge is Kenton Park. All day I'd been hearing a buzz from people about the skills park that Northwest Trail Alliance (formerly known as PUMP) had set up so I had to check it out for myself. I was not disappointed. Skills park advocate Will Heiberg and his crew had set up a simple, fun course that consisted of narrow, balance-beam sections; a curvy track about 2-feet wide; and a few little teeter-totter ramps.

The kids were eating it up. Portland needs a permanent home for this type of thing. If we can have a network of skateparks, than surely we can find some space for bike skills parks. Sunday Parkways gave Heiberg a perfect lab to test his idea and it was a major success (please take note City Hall).
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If you have a chance to get out for the Parkways event in July/August, stop by and try out the features (you/your kids/your friends). We had kids, adults, training wheels, Extracycles, Big Dummies, unicycles and people/rigs of all sorts testing the area yesterday.

Next Location:
July 16th: NE Portland, Alberta Park

More info:
Northwest Trail Alliance Sunday Parkways Bike Skills Area

Hope to see you there--

PS- Looks like the skills area will also be setup at the Portland Mountain Bike Short Track Series at PIR
 

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NE Portland Sunday Parkways July 19th

The Northwest Trail Alliance will have the skills area setup for the NE Sunday Parkways event in Alberta Park. This is coming off successful setup of the area at the Multnomah County Bike Fair (Col Sumner park) and Portland Short Track races.

Get the yourself and/or the family out, enjoy car-free routes and stop by Alberta park to have fun on the skills area!

(Detail below from http://www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=46103&a=234995)

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways July 19, 2009

9 am to 4 pm

The 6.6-mile Northeast Sunday Parkways two-way route will showcase portions of the Vernon, Concordia, Cully, Alameda, Sabin, and Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhoods. The route will also feature the Ainsworth parkway, Alameda bluff and will cross the Alberta, Beaumont and 42 Avenue business districts. There is no start or finish line - join the fun where ever you want!

Featured parks/activity areas: Alberta, Fernhill and Wilshire Parks
 

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Cool. We did the June Parkways event and noticed the skills park, though we didn't stop. We won't make the july event -- are you doing the August one in SE Portland too?
 

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Yes, we'll have the Skills Area should be setup in Laurelhurst, although I'm not sure of the exact location w/in the park. I'll make sure to update this post w/ the info after the NE Parkways is complete.

Hope to see you there.
 

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that skills area was great last sunday.... I can't tell you how many times we rode that... had to pull my kid away from that place.... it took me a couple tries to get around the advanced line on the right... I had to hop the rear tire three times before the rear would line up on the skinny after the tight corner :D (not shown in the pics above)
 

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Blueballs said:
that skills area was great last sunday.... I can't tell you how many times we rode that... had to pull my kid away from that place.... it took me a couple tries to get around the advanced line on the right... I had to hop the rear tire three times before the rear would line up on the skinny after the tight corner :D (not shown in the pics above)
I'm glad you enjoyed it! We had a great time working the course on Sunday- smiles all around for participants and organizers, just a great vibe on top of a very cool event already (Sunday Parkways).

Here's a couple more photos from the recent outings:

Multnomah County Bike Fair in June @ Colonel Sumners Park:





Sunday Parkways NE @ Alberta Park:



 

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Another great turn out for the SE Sunday Parkways...

...and the mayor announced that next year there will be 5 Sunday Parkways, very cool.
http://www.portlandonline.com/mayor/index.cfm?c=49278&a=259011

It would be great to invest the positive response from the kids/families and get a return from Portland Parks in the form of a permanent pump track/skills area in one of the metro parks...

Here's a few photos nestled in the bikeportland article:
http://bikeportland.org/2009/08/16/sunday-parkways-leaves-its-mark-on-southeast-portland/
 
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