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Welcome to Commissioner Nick Fish's website
Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services. He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Enjoy a warm, sunny day with your friends and family at Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland.
While cruising along the route, stop by Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, and Ivon Parks. Each park has an array of fun activities, food, music, exhibitions, and much more!
Sunday Parkways encourages healthy, active living through a series of free events that open the city’s largest public spaces – our streets – to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community. Get active and meet your neighbors.
Portlanders can enjoy Sunday Parkways one Sunday each month. The last one for this year is in September. Learn more about the program, including a parkways schedule, on the Bureau of Transportation’s website.
Sunday, August 24
11 am – 4 pm
August 20, 2014
Strengthening neighborhood connections through art
Designed by ROSE CDC and Propel Studio Architecture, the Story Yard is a beautiful, temporary art installation and community space that celebrates the vibrant diversity of outer SE Portland.
The corner lot on 88th & Foster, owned by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), had long been vacant. In an effort to breathe new life into the vacant lot and surrounding neighborhood, PDC issued grants to ROSE and Propel to create the Story Yard. The installation strengthens neighborhood connections through artwork that represents what makes Lents so great – its people.
Portland photographer, Dawn DeAno, photographed local small business owners and farmers market vendors. The photos are showcased throughout the venue.
A grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) allowed neighborhood youth to get involved in the process. They interviewed people who were photographed, and made a video about the project. RACC’s grant was possible thanks to the Arts Education & Access Fund, which was passed by Portland voters in 2012.
Check out Lents Grown Story Yard! The installation will stay up through 2015.
Interested in holding a community event in the Story Yard? Contact ROSE CDC for more information.
8801 SE Foster Rd.
Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal
August 19, 2014
Business Spotlight: Bridgetown Natural Foods and ADX Portland
Last Friday, Nick met with some of Portland’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business owners.
He started his day at Bridgetown Natural Foods in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood. He enjoyed touring the facility with owner and CEO, Dan Klock.
Under Dan’s leadership, Bridgetown has grown to over 200 employees. Most are locals, hired right in Bridgetown’s neighborhood.
Bridgetown earned a prestigious B-Corp Certification earlier this year from non-profit B Lab. B Lab recognizes companies that meet high standards of transparency, accountability, sustainability, and performance – all with an aim to be of value to the community.
Later in the afternoon, Nick headed to ADX Portland in the Central Eastside. He joined its founder, Kelley Roy, for lunch.
ADX focuses on one of Portland’s core values: collaboration. By providing a hub – a shared space of resources and knowledge – Kelley and her team have built a great community of small manufacturers and designers. Many have even gone on to develop their own businesses.
Bridgetown and ADX are perfect examples of great Portland companies – they support our economy, create jobs, and help our community thrive.
August 18, 2014
Pittock Mansion Turns 100
Last night, Nick was pleased to join Executive Director Marta Bones, former Royal Rosarian Prime Minister Gayle Whitehurst, and community members to celebrate the 100th birthday of Pittock Mansion.
High on the west hills, the mansion was built in 1914 for Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his family. Henry’s wife Georgiana was a founding member of the Portland Rose Festival, which just celebrated its 107th year.
50 years ago, Portlanders rallied to save Pittock Mansion, which had fallen into disrepair. Pittock is now owned and enjoyed by the public. Portland Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Pittock Mansion Society, maintains the home and its grounds.
Learn more about Pittock Mansion, and plan your next visit, by visiting their website.
August 15, 2014
Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune
Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian
The Portland Observer
August 15, 2014