But Bicycle Transportation Alliance advocate Gerik Kransky raised some alarm bells last week when he noted that the city budget for Sunday Parkways seemed to drop from $217,000 to $0.
Well, the truth is not that extreme. But the popular festival is still having trouble making ends meet. In the new draft of the budget, funding for Sunday Parkways moved from a line item to part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) "base budget" (which is why some people, like Kransky, thought it disappeared entirely) but does not meet the $474,000 that PBOT originally needed to host the five day-long events.
The city came up with $157,000 to put toward Sunday Parkways and health insurance company Kaiser kicked in a generous $100,000. Seeing that the numbers weren't going to pencil out, festival director Linda Ginenthal tightened the belt of Parkways by $80,000 (cutting mostly pre-event ads and fliers) and also dug up $35,000 from private donors (including $25,000 from Pearl District business and $1,000 from Milagros Boutique in NE).
All that leaves a $100,000 budget hole. The first Sunday Parkways, held in NE on May 16th, brought an estimated 15,000 Portlanders out onto the streets. Ginenthal's hoping the city can fundraise the $100K from mostly small, individual donors who want to see all five events take place. Some small bait to donate: Ginenthal just got in a box of Sunday Parkways 2010 commemorative bandanas, available for $40 a pop.
The mayor's office, at least, says its committed to making sure all five of the planned Sunday Parkways take place. "This is a huge benefit for the people who live in the neighborhood," says Mayor Adams spokesman Roy Kaufmann. "There’s a demand for even more of these."
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