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Celebrating People of All Backgrounds

7/17/2019, 10:41 a.m.
You can show support for Portlanders from around the globe when Portland Parks & Recreation holds its third annual Walk ...
A celebration and show of support for and with Portlanders from around the globe returns Sunday, July 21 with a one mile walk from the East Portland Community Office to Knott Park at 117th and Knott St.

You can show support for Portlanders from around the globe when Portland Parks & Recreation holds its third annual Walk with Refugees and Immigrants on Sunday, July 21.

A walk from the East Portland Community Office, 1017 NE 117th Ave., will begin at 11 a.m. and proceed along 117th to Knott Park, one mile away where a community celebration will take place that recognizes the unique experiences of new Portlanders of all ages and backgrounds.

Refuge and immigrant stories will be shared and there will be diverse music, food and other family activities to enjoy. An estimated 5,000 people took part last year.

“This event is a highlight of our Parks for New Portlanders program,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. “We’re proud to welcome people of all backgrounds to Portland.”

All neighbors, faith-based organizations, local businesses, neighborhood associations, and nonprofits are invited to join to inspire a more compassionate, generous, and welcoming Portland!

With one in five Portlanders now foreign-born, addressing the needs of this new and diverse population is crucial as they transition to Portland’s community.