PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop starts this weekend.

The new route will take Portlanders along the future Green Loop, what will be a 6-mile pedestrian and cycling park spanning across the city. 

Tens of thousands of cyclists and pedestrians are expected to fill the streets Sunday from the Rose Quarter to Tilikum Crossing — likely diverting drivers to alternate routes. City officials will shut down roads to vehicles and set up family-friendly events including live music and free games.

Mayor Ted Wheeler said it’s not just that it’s a cool new parkway. According to the mayor, it’s part of a bigger vision this year.

“PSU, the Park Blocks, the post office site, the Rose Quarter, the Central East Side, the Green Loop is going to connect all of them with an easy, comfortable trail for people walking, biking and rolling,” Wheeler said.

In May, city council voted to advance the Green Loop. It will be part of the future Central City plan.

Sunday’s event lasts from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will involve street closures through key areas of the city.