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Public/private partnership helps bring Portland free summer movies, concerts and more
Portland, OR – (May 17, 2016) – Building on a multi-year partnership,
“Comcast is thrilled to be the title sponsor of the Summer Free For All program,” said Rodrigo Lopez, Regional Senior Vice-President of Comcast Oregon and Southwest Washington. “We are proud to support families, friends and neighbors coming together in parks and playgrounds all over Portland to enjoy live performances and movies under the stars.”
Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz said she’s grateful for Comcast’s support for the “beloved” Summer Free For All program. “It demonstrates their passion for making our community better and helps deliver dozens of free outdoor movies, concerts, and playground and lunch programs to Portlanders.”
This year’s Summer Free for All includes 55 concerts in the park, 41 movies in the park, 27 summer playgrounds & lunch sites, 20 mobile playgrounds sites, free swim sessions at all of PP&R’s indoor and outdoor pools, and the Washington Park Summer Festival. In addition, a Children’s Concert Series at Unthank Park is new this year.
“Our mission is for ‘Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland’,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “And the Summer Free For All is a wonderful way that many people first engage with Portland Parks & Recreation programs. Companies like Comcast help make these connections possible, leading to a lifetime of healthier, happier people of all ages.”
Summer Free For All schedules are expected to be finalized, posted on the Portland Parks and Rec web site, and distributed within a few weeks.
To better serve Portland’s diverse communities, PP&R is offering the Summer Free For All schedule in nine different languages this year: Arabic, Burmese, English, simplified Chinese, Nepalese, Russian, Spanish, Somalian and Vietnamese.
Summer Free For All programming consists of a broad portfolio of culturally diverse music, movies, and recreation programs. Through the Summer Playgrounds & Lunch program, PP&R expects to serve more than 111,000 free, healthy lunches to children in parks across the city. 57% of young Portlanders qualify for free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. Portland Parks & Recreation supports families by offering nutritious meals and recreational activities during the summer recess. The Summer Playgrounds & Lunch program is accompanied by sports, games, crafts and family activities, including our mobile rock climbing wall.
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