Blog: This Week in Portland August 25,
This weekend brings a big portland neighborhood celebration in
Southeast. It's the SE Portland Sunday Parkways and the
rolled into one! Food, beer gardens, live music, family
activities, biking, walking, dance, fitness activities, and
activities await you in SE Portland this weekend.
On August 26th,
Sunday Parkways returns to Southeast Portland for the fourth
year. This year we added back in the optional climb up Mt.
Tabor. You will notice from the route map that part of the
Mt. Tabor route is two-way (over by Salmon) and one-way going up and
down (over by Lincoln). And if you don’t want to do
the climb, don’t worry we gave you an out – SE 52nd
Ave. There will be fun activities, music, vendors, and food
at Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, Ivon, and Mt.Tabor Parks, plus
Cycles Marketplace. Read
more at City of Portland Website
Rocking in Laurelhurst
SE Portland Sunday Parkways shows off some of the best SE Portland
parks, including Laurelhurst Park.
We love showing off Laurelhurst
Park. It is beautiful so make
sure you go into the park and explore, especially since there will be a
music stage, Circus Cascadia, a climbing wall, and a slip and slide
located in the park. Need some bike love? Bike
Gallery will be offering free minor bike
Pedal Bike Tours will be
renting bikes at Laurelhurst Park. You can reserve yours
ahead of time by visiting their website.
Hawthorne Street Fair
From City of Portland:
you are out
and about at the SE Sunday Parkways take some time to
pop over to the Hawthorne Street Fair, 10am-5pm.
There will be bands, vendors, food, and lots of fun along Hawthorne,
32nd to 50th Avenues. SE Hawthorne Boulevard has a long
history of tradition and is known for its eclectic mix of boutiques
shops, cafes, food carts, bars, restaurants and music related
destinations. For more information and schedule check out their website.
Hawthorne Boulevard has a long history of tradition and is known for
its eclectic mix of boutiques shops, cafes, food carts, bars,
restaurants and music related destinations. We continue to be a
thriving community of residents, business owners, and visitors. We
welcome you to visit our neighborhood and join the celebration!
Also this weekend, Pioneer Courthouse Square welcomes FESTA ITALIANA,
Portland's Italian American Festival. The 21st Annual event takes place
August 23-25, 11:00 AM-11:00 PM, and it’s a “molto
buono” (very good) time for family and friends to experience
nonstop Italian-themed fun: Entertainment, Food, Vendors and our huge
Wine Gardens in two piazza locations. FREE ADMISSION!
Children love the Carter Family Marionettes, the Pizza Toss and
everyone cheers during the Grape Stomp competition. Spend a weekend in
Agosto (August) in our city center piazza, well served by the TriMet
transit system. For more information about the party in the Piazza, and
all other Festa Week events see: www.festa-italiana.org
Thursday on Alberta - August 30th
O August 30, 2012,
Alberta Street comes alive
for another amazing Last Thursday event. They could use some
more volunteers to help coordinate and run the event, so if you have
some free time, get involved. http://www.lastthursdayonalberta.com/
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Portland Photo of the Week
Portland Photo of the
Week is by Gerry Villani: Tanner Springs Park.
This is one of my favorite inner city parks in the Pearl
District. This unique wetlands park has a cool undulating
fence, with reed grasses and a meadow, tucked right into the heart
of the city.
What is now known as the Pearl District was once a wetland and lake fed
by streams that flowed down from the nearby hills in southwest
Portland. These wooded hillsides provided a natural filter for the
streams, cleansing the water as it made its way to the Willamette
River. The springs from Tanner Creek, named for the tannery built by
pioneer Daniel Lownsdale in 1845, flowed into the shallow basin of
Couch Lake, now the area surrounding Tanner Springs Park. As the
population of Portland grew in the late 19th century, Tanner Creek was
rerouted through an underground system of pipes to the Willamette
River. The lake and the surrounding wetland were eventually filled to
make way for warehouses and rail yards which in turn were replaced by
residences, shops, and public spaces. Today, the park sits about 20
feet above the former lake surface. Read
more about Tanner Springs Park.
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Tanner Springs Park
by Gerry Villani
at NW 10th Ave and Marshall Street