Hello, Summer

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Pacific Northwesterners live for summer. A rise in temperature and a drop in rainfall means lots of time outdoors, an ongoing rotation of recreational activities and special offerings from local businesses. We’ve compiled some of our favorites—some geared toward special needs, many just offering fun for all ages and abilities.

Sensory Story time: The Multnomah County Library offers a special story time geared toward those on the spectrum, needing a smaller group or with sensory sensitivities. These inclusive story times are offered at various times and branches throughout the Portland metro area, including Hollywood, Northwest, Woodstock and Fairview-Columbia.

Visit the library’s website or call your local branch to inquire.

Sunday Parkways: More than 108,000 Portland-area residents participated in the 2014 Sunday Parkways, an annual community event with live entertainment, activities and closed streets encouraging riders to bike, scoot, rollerskate, walk and more!

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways, July 26: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (8 miles)
Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways, Aug. 23: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (7 miles)
Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways, Sept. 27: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. (7 miles)

Natural Area Playgrounds: A popular European trend, all-natural playgrounds are popping up locally, foregoing the plastic slides and swings for stumps, logs and sand. Playing in natural environments is said to improve language skills and collaboration; improve imagination and creativity; support positive social development; and enhance balance, agility and overall health. Below are a few that stand out in our area.

More information:
Blue Lake Park (20500 NE Marine Drive, Fairview)
Khunamokwst Park (5200 NE Alberta Street, Portland)
North Canyon Natural Play Area (Silver Falls State Park)
Westmoreland Park Nature Play Area
(SE McLoughlin and SW Bybee Blvd, Portland)

Kids Bowl Free: Register your family for a summer pass that includes free bowling at participating alleys all summer.
Oregon participating bowling alleys
Washington participating bowling alleys

Summer Movies and Concerts in the Park: Free movies and concerts at local parks throughout the summer offer family entertainment and a chance for community engagement.

Access Pass for Parks (Free-for-life for those with disabilities): Oregon and Washington is a region rich in history, renown for its lush forests, wildlife refuges, open nature areas and fish hatcheries. For those living with a permanent disability, the state Parks and Recreation offices offer the Access Pass, providing lifetime free access to the region’s hundreds of nature areas.

To apply for an Access Pass, United States residents of any age must provide documentation to provide they have been medically determined to have a permanent disability that “severely limits one or more major life activities,” according to www.stateparks.com.

A permanent disability is identified as permanent physical, mental or sensory impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity, including: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and working.

More information: http://store.usgs.gov/pass/access.html
http://www.recreation.gov

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