Residents concerned over Sunday Parkways path

PBOT says police will be on hand

One of numerous homeless camps along the Springwater Corridor in East Portland, Jan. 15, 2016 (KOIN)
One of numerous homeless camps along the Springwater Corridor in East Portland, Jan. 15, 2016 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland is kicking off Sunday Parkways, but some residents say the scheduled path could be putting people in danger.

The East Portland Sunday Pathways path will have families traveling along the Springwater Corridor, which some have called the “Avenue of Terror”.

“I wouldn’t bring my family, my kids, out here at all,” said Southeast Portland resident Debbie Vistline.

Aggressive behavior and violent incidents have made many residents afraid of the Springwater Corridor trail. That hasn’t stopped the city from planning Sunday’s event directly through that area. Their scheduled Sunday Parkways path will have families walk and bike along the Springwater Corridor for nearly two miles.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the city is aware of the concerns, but families don’t not need to be worried.

“We are also working closely with police, as we do on every Sunday Parkways, to make sure everybody’s going to be safe,” said PBOT spokesperson Dylan Rivera.

Rivera said PBOT is expecting 10,000 to 15,000 people this weekend, and that provides strength in numbers.

“We understand that when there’s, you know, one or two people on the Springwater Corridor, it can seem like you’re maybe a little isolated,” Rivera said. “On Sunday Parkways, you will be anything but isolated.”

If you want to participate in Sunday’s event but don’t feel comfortable along the Springwater Corridor, there will still be about five miles of path available for you and your family:
sunday parkways map

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