Summer Parkways kicks off with huge Rainier Valley event Saturday

SSP2016-RV_MapWebSummer Parkways 2016 kicks off with what is shaping up to be one of the biggest open streets events in recent Seattle history. Head down to Rainier Valley from 12:30 to 4:30 Saturday afternoon for car-free community fun.

Teaming up with the long-running Rainier Valley Heritage Parade in Columbia City and the Big Day of Play, Summer Parkways will connect Rainier Playfield and Othello Park partially via residential streets and partially right down the middle of a car-free Rainier Ave.

Both ends of the route will be packed with activities (seriously, see the *partial* list below) from food trucks to trampolines to a car show (hey, if its an open streets event then even Seattle Bike Blog can get into a car show).

The Parkways team has learned from last year’s events in the Central District and Ballard and say they have a better traffic control plan this time around (both events had issues with people driving on the route and volunteers who had a rough time trying to stop them).

But perhaps the biggest change for the Rainier Valley event is the amount of community partnership building that went into the planning, thanks in large part to Rainier Valley Greenways organizer and Seattle Bike Advisory Board member Phyllis Porter. And it shows in the number of organizations on board to participate.

Because while open streets are on the surface about bicycling (and walking), they’re actually about community. When car traffic is diverted from a street, the people who live, work and play there can fill the space and have fun together. A bike is just one fun way to experience it.

Meet at Othello Park at noon to ride at 12:45 with Mayor Ed Murray and other community members.

Get more details on the event page. You can also sign up to volunteer. From SDOT:

The party will kick off our series with a huge day of festivities! At Rainier Valley Summer Parkways, Big Day of Play, the South Seattle Community Picnic and the Rainier Valley Heritage Festival and are excited to bring a blow-out day of activities, events and fun to the Valley. So many ways to play! Save the date & share the news with your friends, family and neighbors. We’re so excited to celebrate the Rainier Valley with you.

Here are just some of the participants and activities you can expect to see at the events:

Rainier Valley Summer Parkways
See below for event route!

Rainier Valley Heritage Festival

  • Hillman City Car Show
  • South Seattle Community Picnic
  • Bike Works
  • Carbon Washington
  • Family Bike Expo
  • Friends of Cheasty Greenspace-Mountainview
  • Inspired Child
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Parentmap
  • ClifBar/Clifkids
  • PCC Natural Markets

Big Day of Play

  • Department of Education and Early Learning Activities
  • Smith Brothers Farms Free Samples
  • Nancy’s Yogurt Samples
  • United Healthcare Community Plan Activities
  • Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
  • Fostering Together
  • King County Public Health Immunizations
  • Springfree Trampolines
  • Guided Pathways Support for Youth and Families
  • Seahawk Play 60-NFL
  • The Hope Heart Institute
  • Athena’s Greek
  • Kabob N’ Kabob
  • The Cauldron Sandwiches, Soups and More
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2 Responses to Summer Parkways kicks off with huge Rainier Valley event Saturday

  1. Kristi Rennebohm Franz says:

    Thank you, Phyllis Porter, for your leadership on the Seattle Summer Parkways! Saturday’s Rainier Valley event is going to be phenomenal! Your leadership in Seattle is an inspiration for all! You are a community leader taking our city forward. Your leadership as a member of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board is inspiring many people in knowing how bicycling is about more than riding a bike – to knowing how we live in community with one another, how we can be healthy together and how we can provide our youth with models of living today and into their future.

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