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