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NeighborWalks 2020, Portland Metro

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NeighborWalks is going virtual for the 2020 season! Due to the pandemic we are not meeting in person, but we are committed to bringing you new walk inspiration every month, plus a whole lot of fun! Check back every month for new self-directed and self-paced walk routes. Join monthly virtual trivia nights to connect with fellow walk enthusiasts and NeighborWalks volunteers to learn about new routes. Take the monthly virtual challenge and enjoy a season-end giveaway. Read the details below and be sure to book mark this page!

NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP Oregon, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Walks. Our vision is to get more people walking for health, transportation, environment, and community. Walk are developed by AARP volunteer leaders and routes explore Portland and surrounding communities.

Thirteen New NeighborWalks in 2020*
Starting this July, we are releasing new walk routes every month for four months to inspire you to get your steps in. Altogether there will be thirteen NEW 2020 routes this season. We will not meet in person in groups for any of these walks, but routes will be available at the start of every month. Scroll down for scheduled releases and to download routes.

NeighborWalks Challenge
Take the NeighborWalks Challenge and test your knowledge about each month’s walk routes. Prizes are available for up to three winners per month. More information, and instructions on how to enter the challenge each month, are available here.

Monthly Virtual Trivia Nights
Join us every month for virtual trivia night and celebrate walking! First Tuesday of the month July through November at 4:30pm. Connect with other walk enthusiasts and NeighborWalks volunteers online. Learn about the walk routes for that month and of course to enjoy some friendly trivia competition. We will also be announcing the winners for the past month at each Trivia night starting August. Register for each event separately:

• JULY 7 - https://aarp.cvent.com/nwalkskickoff2020
• AUG 4 - https://aarp.cvent.com/nwalkstrivia842020
• SEPT 1 - https://aarp.cvent.com/nwalkstrivia912020
• OCT 6 - https://aarp.cvent.com/nwalkstrivia1062020
• NOV 3 - https://aarp.cvent.com/nwalkstrivia1132020

NeighborWalks Web Map and Sunday Parkways
Want even more routes? Check out the BRAND NEW NeighborWalks Web Map from Oregon Walks! Thanks to their wonderful collaboration with Portland Community College’s GIS program, the web map offers an additional sixteen walks for you to peruse from the 2019 NeighborWalks season.
In addition, for Portland Sunday Parkways, Oregon Walks will be featuring a 2019 NeighborWalks and encouraging people to sample neighborhoods across Portland. Check out interviews with volunteers and additional details here.

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NEIGHBORWALKS 2020 SEASON

Walk Route Release Schedule & Contest Forms

JULY 2020

Sherwood Old Town Adventure
Start point: Sherwood City Hall & Library, 22560 SW Pine St., Sherwood
Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Enjoy the treasures of Old Towne Sherwood. Our route will take you by historic 19th century architecture, through a shaded forest and park, and various residential areas. Did you know Sherwood has a medieval-themed Robin Hood festival and was once called Smockville?
2.4 miles – 2 hours – 5,069 steps
********Download the map and handout here.

Black History in Portland
Start point: Dawson Park, N Williams & N Stanton, Portland
Explore Portland's African American history in the Eliot neighborhood starting with Dawson Park and the old Hill Block Property. Discover key landmarks from the many churches to Randall Children's Hospital, Gladys McCoy-Simms Memorial Park to the Black Williams Project. Learn about Black history in Portland.
2.3 miles – 2 hours – 4,858 steps
********Download the map and handout here

A Visit to Lone Fir
Start point: Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland
Meet some famous Portlanders in Lone Fir Cemetery! Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Lone Fire - home to 25,000 Portlanders, including one of its founders. Start the walk at the historic Washington High School, now the Revolution Hall, and explore the Buckman Neighborhood which was once the center of the City of East Portland.
2 miles – 2 hours – 4,224 steps
********Download the map and handout here.

JULY CONTEST FORM:
Read contest rules and schedule here first to make sure you know how the contest works and how the winners will be identifies. Then, complete this form


AUGUST 2020

Hooray for Hollywood!
Start point: Hollywood Senior Center, 1840 NE 40th Ave. Portland
Explore beautiful, vibrant Grant Park, the Beverly Cleary Sculpture Garden, and recently renovated Grant High School. Our walk will feature classic, old-style Portland homes, both large and small, along with new, mix-use, multifamily housing. Stroll through the business area and visit the historic Hollywood Theater.
2.3 miles – 2 hours – 4,858 steps
********Download the map and handout here.

Sampling the Greenloop
Start point: Portland State University, SW Park & Montgomery, Portland
Explore downtown Portland parks and pedestrian routes. Walk part of the Green Loop through lovely parks, fountains and public squares.
2 miles – 2 hours – 4,224 steps
********Download the map and handout here.

Gladstone - Small and Proud
Start point: Max Patterson Park, 450 E. Exeter St., Gladstone
This 4-square-mile historic city has much to offer: From walkable neighborhoods, diverse businesses, parks, trails and recreation areas to the many public services, elementary, middle and high schools, the Gladstone Center for Children and Families and the Gladstone Senior Center. Get to know Gladstone.
2.4 miles – 2 hours – 5,069 steps
********Download the map and handout here.

AUGUST CONTEST FORM: Complete this form by August 31, 2020 11:59 for a chance to win the August contest. Read contest rules and schedule here first to make sure you know how the contest works and how the winners will be identifies. Attend the September 1, 2020 Trivia Night and be some of the first people to learn about the August winners.

SEPTEMBER 2020

Let's Learn Kerns
Start Point: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan St, Portland
Explore Kerns. Located in Portland’s inner eastside, this neighborhood offers a mix of housing types, a thriving business district, and a few landmark vintage buildings. Start at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, learn about Greek immigration to Portland, William Kerns, Monkey Puzzle trees and more.
2.3 miles – 2 hours – 4,858 steps
Download the map and handout here.

History and Art of Lake Oswego
Start Point: Oswego Iron Furnace, 611 N State St, Lake Oswego
Discover Lake Oswego starting with the historic Oswego Iron Furnace. Take in river views, walk though historic old town towards the trolley line station and Millennial Park. Check out the Lake Theater, Lakewood Theater and art displays along the way learning about the local arts scene, growth of this dynamic city, and opportunities for age-friendly designs.
2 miles – 2 hours – 4,224 steps
Download the map and handout here.

DT Tigard and Fanno Creek Trail
Start Point: Tigard Library, 13500 SW Hall Blvd, Tigard
Check out Tigard, a city that is striving to become the most walkable city of its kind and a model for healthy, engaged communities in a lower-density suburban city. You will start at the Library, check out the Fanno Creek House, Fanno Creek Trail, and Fanno Creek Park. Explore part of Main Street and visit the brand new Tigard Heritage Trail.
2.2 miles – 2 hours – 4,646 steps
Download the map and handout here.

Fairview Village
Start Point: Target, 21500 NE Halsey Blvd, Fairview
Based on principles of “new urbanism,” Fairview Village was designed as a livable and walkable community with a dense mix of housing, jobs, shopping, services and recreation intended to reduce automobile use, increase diversity, and improve civic engagement. Stroll through this charming community to see what it has to offer 25 years after its conception.
2.4 miles – 2 hours – 5,069 steps
Download the map and handout here.

SEPTEMBER CONTEST FORM: Complete this form by September 30, 2020 11:59 for a chance to win the September contest. Read contest rules and schedule are available here. Attend the October 6, 2020 Trivia Night and be some of the first people to learn about the September winners.

OCTOBER 2020

Beaverton Art & History
Start Point: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton
Celebrate the arts and explore downtown Beaverton and surrounding neighborhoods. Take in the historic buildings and artistic sites along the walk and learn about the city's plans for a world-class multidisciplinary art center and the many arts and cultural opportunities the city has to offer.
2 miles – 2 hours – 4,224 steps
Download the map and handout here. Available Oct 1.

Ardenwald Loop
Start Point: SE Harrison & 32nd, Milwaukie
Explore Milwaukie's Ardenwald neighborhood. Walk a loop that takes us by historic homes, the Water Tower and Ardenwald parks, a local hospital and more. Check out the site for a new, planned development and learn how this city is preparing for growth and a community for all ages.
2 miles – 2 hours – 4,224 steps
Download the map and handout here. Available Oct 1.

Creating Community: Bridge Meadows to New Columbia
Start Point: Bridge Meadows, 8502 N Wayland Ave, Portland
Celebrate communities for all ages! Learn about two innovative communities in Portland's Portsmouth neighborhood: Bridge Meadows, a national model for intergenerational living, and New Columbia, a diverse, mixed-income neighborhood built on the former site of World War II public housing for defense workers. End the season with a celebration! Join us for Trivia night!
2.1 miles – 2 hours – 4,435 steps
Download the map and handout here. Available Oct 1.

OCTOBER CONTEST FORM: Complete this form by October 31, 2020 11:59 for a chance to win the October contest. Read contest rules and schedule here. Attend the November 3, 2020 Trivia Night and be some of the first people to learn about the October winners.




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