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The AARP rambles are open to folks of all ages and explore neighborhoods all over the metro area

PMG FILE PHOTO  - The Japanese Garden is one of the stops on the June 22 Downtown Gresham Awaits You! guided walk organized by AARP Oregon. Gresham and Happy Valley are among the 16 intergenerational guided NeighborWalks planned for the summer and fall by AARP and its partners.

The Gresham walk, called "Downtown Gresham Awaits You!" is scheduled for 10 am, Saturday, June 22. It's 2.2 miles, will take about two hours and participants will get in about 4,600 steps.

Walkers will get a taste of Gresham, stopping by the Gresham Farmer's Market, Tsuru Island Japanese Garden, the Gresham History Museum and more. The group will meet at Northeast Eighth Street and Northeast Kelly Avenue, across from the Gresham Central MAX Station.

Then, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, walkers can amble around Happy Valley Park and Wetlands. Folks will meet for this walk at Happy Valley Middle School, 13865 S.E. King Road B, Happy Valley. This walk is 2.4 miles, will take about two hours and will provide an estimated 5,000 steps.

AARP volunteers lead the strolls and point out interesting things about history, architecture and other sights on the walk.

Most of the free guided intergenerational NeighborWalks explore cool areas in Portland.

The next NeighborWalk, at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, explores Willamette Park to the Sellwood Bridge. There are guided walking tours of the Alberta Arts District, Tualatin Hills Nature Park and the Foster-Powell neighborhood, or FoPo, to name a few.

NeighborWalks is sponsored by a partnership of AARP Oregon, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Walks. Some walks attract as many as 100 people.

NeighborWalks organizers hope to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment and community.

Organizers ask people to arrive 15 minutes before the walks. No dogs except trained service dogs are allowed on the strolls.


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