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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The City of Portland announced Tuesday that it is launching "Sundays on the Boulevard," where it will close Baxter Boulevard to car traffic.

From May 4 to November 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baxter Boulevard will be closed from Vannah Avenue to Payson Park. The city said it envisions the street to be an "urban oasis" for bike riding, running, walking, skateboarding and other recreational activities.

The city's public works project closed the for eight months last year, which inspired the idea. The city said there are more than 100 documented initiatives across North America, according to the Open Streets Project.

"We hope to capitalize on the momentum that was created when the Boulevard was closed last year to cars during our public works project," said Michael Bobinsky, Portland's Director of Public Services. "People really took advantage of the roadway during this time and enjoyed it as a recreational space. This is just a formal extension of that."

Back Cove Neighborhood Association, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Healthy Portland and Portland Trails are also sponsoring the event.

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