Neighborhood fun was had at ‘Parkrose Summer Nights’

INCLUDES ‘FAMILY FUN RATED’ VIDEO | See the first of several outer East Portland events put on by “Historic Parkrose” for businesses and neighbors. Their next such evening out is July 13 …

When Parkrose Summer Nights returns on July 13, look for their big event arch – and come in to enjoy the free street party.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Those who hadn’t heard about it, driving on NE Sandy Boulevard on Wednesday evening, June 8, may have been curious about the street party taking place NE 104th Avenue.

The large inflatable arch over the street, welcoming visitors, let everyone know that the Parkrose Summer Nights had returned — again put on by the “Historic Parkrose” Neighborhood Prosperity District.

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Although held in early June, the summer-like weather and laid-back atmosphere made it a delightful event to attend. Children were entertained by the physical activities provided by Circus Cascadia – and everyone enjoyed the live music from the stage, set up in the corner of the lot just off the street.

Food vendors, and a Hawaiian Shave Ice stand, provided food and beverages. Many local, area vendors, artists and crafters offered their work for sale.

“Historic Parkrose had a Summer Nights series several years ago, and it seemed like it was worth revisiting, as things are opening up and folks are looking for ways to reconnect with their neighbors and have some fun,” explained its main organizer, Historic Parkrose “Interim Director” Annette Stanhope.

Live music and conversation make Parkrose Summer Nights a great way to spend an evening in the neighborhood.

“Plus, since we have a new office at NE 104th and Sandy Boulevard, it was also a way to highlight our new location,” Stanhope told East Portland News.

Historic Parkrose obtained a Community Event Street Closure Permit from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “We also received permission from the property owner, and the tenant of the parking lot, to use those vacant spaces,” acknowledged Stanhope.

Local vendors, offering all kinds of goods and services, meet visitors at this unique summertime event.

About 30 vendors participated – a mix of small businesses were selling products, and non-profit organizations and government agencies sharing their free services and resources.

“The vendors I spoke to were pleased with the overall positive vibe, and asked about signing up for the next event,” Stanhope remarked.

At this street party, Circus Cascadia provided lively, do-it-yourself activities.

About 350 people attended. “I thought it went really well!” exclaimed Stanhope. “One could see that families with kids were having a great time enjoying the free music and activities; and adults were checking out the vendors,” she said.

At the upcoming July 13th party, Stanhope said they’re working on having additional food vendors, and likely will have Gateway Brewing beer for sale. That, and lots of returning vendors, live music, and kids’ entertainment, should draw a happy crowd.

Watch this video to see what the first “Parkrose Summer Night” was like:

Parkrose Summer Nights returns July 13
From 5 until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, the Historic Parkrose Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative District will be hosting another of these FREE street parties.

You’ll find free family-friendly activities and resources, as well as an evening night market where handcrafted items, food, and beverages will be offered for sale. Interested in vending? CLICK HERE to register.

Where? You’ll find all this happening on NE 104th Avenue, at Sandy Boulevard.

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