Last Friday, I participated in my first ever PARK(ing) Day. The best thing about living in Portland has been having the unique opportunity to experience new things that the city has to offer. PARK(ing) Day is an annual, worldwide event with the idea to reclaim the city with greenery, and specifically environmentally conscious displays, in what would normally be a concrete parking spot. I was lucky enough to participate through ODSFounded in 1955, The ODS Companies (ODS) is a multi-faceted organization that provides dental, medical, and professional liability insurance products, along with a variety of business services including dental practice management software and benefits administration. with a PARK(ing) spot and also take a city Bike Pedal Tour of other beautiful downtown PARK(ing) spots.
Last year (2009) there was a total of 700 PARK(ing) Day parks in 140 cities in 21 countries on 6 continents. The total for this year are still being counted but in our area alone, there were over 30 PARK(ing) Day locations around Gresham, Lake Oswego, Washington County and Vancouver. ODSFounded in 1955, The ODS Companies (ODS) is a multi-faceted organization that provides dental, medical, and professional liability insurance products, along with a variety of business services including dental practice management software and benefits administration. was also a proud participant with our very own PARK(ing) spot outside our downtown Portland office. We worked with The Intertwine and also Dennis Seven Dees for our landscaping. We had park benches to allow our employees and passerby’s to take time to relax and even encouraged them to take off their shoes and wiggle their toes in the grass. Take a moment to see our PARK(ing) spot in the picture below.
In addition to our PARK(ing) spot, I took a lunch bike tour through the downtown Portland PARK(ing) spots with Pedal Bide Tours. I also picked up tips on how to ride my bike safely in the city while on this tour and also learned about bike boulevards in my neighborhood. I received this Portland By Bicycle Map from The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and may even plan a route to bike to work – more on this idea later. One surprising (and cute!) element to this tour was the friendly copilot of our tour guide Holly.
The PARK(ing) Day Bike Pedal Tour was in collaboration with Kimpton’s Hotel Monaco who graciously took pictures of the event and put them on their Facebook page. I was going to take my own pictures but then I thought it might be the same as texting while driving. You can find me (like Where’s Waldo) in these photos as I am the one in the black outfit and blond hair.
Overall, this is was a great day and just another example of all the wonderful activities around the region. If you have any exciting healthy activities coming up, please let us know! We would love to hear about it. And remember, getting outside is not only exercise, it can be fun!