Sunday Parkways was at Ed Benedict Memorial Park last weekend (102nd and SE Powell Blvd.). Yet another festival to celebrate neighborhoods in Portland. There’s tons of festivals all over town on the weekends, and they’re all free and fun, but they‘re not all the same.
Sunday Parkways happens at different parks on different weekends so Portland can have a chance at attending as many as possible. They invite everyone in the city.
Once again we find Portland magician extraordinaire Brian Proctor doing his magic on small audiences, frequently. Every half an hour or so, he was contributing to the stunning of young and old alike, and the kids always love him. His sense of humor caters to a wide audience, and we watched as he wowed people – some that don’t even speak English.
The e-bike station was a lot of fun; you could try out one of the bikes by going on a short ride. Tricycles and bicycles both were there and being ridden by kids and adults. They’re like a regular bike or trike, but there’s an electric motor to help out when it’s needed. Just right for an older person or someone who’s not in the best of shape, or even for a younger person who tires easily.
They gave out free massages, which people took advantage of. Massages aren’t cheap, so the chance to unwind after a bike ride was eagerly looked forward to by some. And, once again we came to someone offering free drinks and electrolyte formulas to everyone. This is becoming more normal for these festivals, especially in summer. Never before has Portland’s health been important to so many!
In the evening there was to be a movie (Transformers) as the Movies in the Park program announced. This is a great way to meet neighbors and have some fun, seeing a movie outside. Like the old drive-in movies, only you walk in and they‘re free.
A lot of dogs participated, as usual. Portland is the most dog-friendly city in the nation, according to one magazine. And you can tell just by going anywhere in this city because people have their dogs out and about with them, even in the winter. Portland is dog-crazy!
The festival had a course for people to try their hand at keeping their bike on a wooden course. It didn’t look too hard, but we watched for a long time before a boy finally made it all the way to the end. It was very entertaining.
Next year, Portland, try to make it to as many of these festivals as you can. See what’s going on and who lives in the other neighborhoods, and get some gardening tips or maybe learn of a new trail to ride. Gather and have fun!