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From professional dance companies and stage actors to solo sculptors and painters, our arts and culture community plays an important role in making Portland a thriving, vibrant city.

Beavers have a reputation for being a nuisance - with gnawing down trees - but beaver activity is actually an important part of the health of our watersheds.

Friday Roundup - April 18, 2014

In partnership with the Regional Arts & Culture Council, the Right Brain Initiative provides art education to students in and around Portland – reaching 14,000 students in our community.

Grow your own fruit - April 18, 2014
Spring into spring with delicious fruit trees from Friends of Trees!

Kenton Street Fair asks for your support Portland has many colorful street fairs and events during the spring and summer months. Street fairs help support our neighborhoods, and are a great way for people to get out and about to meet their neighbors and local businesses. This Friday, the Kenton Business Association is hosting its Silent Auction Fundraiser. Proceeds from the fundraiser go towards the annual Kenton Street Fair, held on May 18. With over 100 items to choose from, you can bid

This week, over 300,000 Portland households will receive the Spring 2014 edition of the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) newsletter, Riverviews.

Summer art camps - April 14, 2014
Is your child looking for something fun to do this summer?

Friday Roundup - April 11, 2014

Sprinkle into spring - April 10, 2014
The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming - spring is here!

Meter readers from the Portland Water Bureau (PWB) read your water meter to learn how much water your household consumes.

The Crystal Springs Creek Restoration Project has been a success!

Last week, Venture Portland awarded $37,000 in grants to our neighborhood business districts for 19 spring and summer projects.

This morning, the City of Portland lost one of its greatest leaders and urban pioneers: Charles Jordan.

Friday Roundup - April 4, 2014

Portland City Hall is pleased to kick off the PHAME @ 30 Art Show!

Take a stroll in the heart of downtown Portland, and explore and appreciate our local art scene.

This morning, Nick was pleased to read a Proclamation celebrating Northwest Dance Project’s 10 year anniversary.

Ever wonder how the City records how much water you're using?

For the last 10 years, Northwest Dance Project has presented unique, bold, and stirring dance performances for the Portland community.

Portland will soon be home to an extensive art installation dedicated to our community’s rich history of North Williams Avenue.

Friday Roundup - March 28, 2014

Springo Bingo! - March 27, 2014
Brave the rain this weekend for some fun spring shopping at neighborhood businesses in St. Johns!

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) carefully constructed a new culvert over the Buffalo Slough in Northeast Portland, creating a better, cleaner habitat for fish and other wildlife.

Portland now officially holds the Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously hugging trees in one minute.

The Portland Building’s new art installation begins today!

Friday Roundup - March 21, 2014

Urban gardens are wonderful locations for small bioswales.

Thanks to the many Portlanders who joined us last night for our first Utility Rate Review.

Nick was pleased to welcome students from da Vinci Arts Middle School’s Constitution Team in City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday.

Last Friday, Nick was proud to attend the 2nd annual Village Gardens fundraiser at the University of Portland.

Join Elders in Action this Thursday for their Annual Open House!

Friday Roundup - March 14, 2014

This week, Governor Kitzhaber announced that Oregon secured an extra $5.6M in funding from the U.S. Treasury to help small businesses.

Nick was pleased to join the Dharma Rain Zen Center in Northeast Portland last month to help clean up and transform a former brownfield site.

Lovejoy Fountain restored - March 13, 2014
Yesterday, the Halprin Landscape Conservancy, CH2MHill, and Portland Parks & Recreation joined to celebrate the restoration of the Lovejoy Fountain shelter in Northwest Portland. Nick was honored to attend on Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz’s behalf.

River View Natural Area - March 12, 2014
More than 50,000 trees and shrubs are planted in southwest Portland!

City utility rate review - March 11, 2014
Join Nick and the Portland City Council to learn more about a proposed 4.92% sewer, stormwater, and water services rate increase for FY 2014-15, and share your feedback with the Council.

Slough 101 Workshop - March 10, 2014
Learn all about the Columbia Slough Watershed and its unique history!

The Division/Clinton Business Association is hosting a First Friday event tonight!

Friday Roundup - March 7, 2014

Age-Friendly Portland - March 6, 2014
The Age-Friendly Portland Advisory Council has launched a new website, AgeFriendlyPortland.org.

This winter has been especially rainy – it makes us grateful for our innovative systems that manage heavy stormwater.

The Portland Water Bureau’s Operations Group is improving water quality and making sure our drinking water is up to par with federal and state requirements.

Disjecta Contemporary Art Center presents Portland2014’s Biennial of Contemporary Art.

Friday Roundup - February 28, 2014

Over the last week, I’ve heard from a number of people concerned about a future Portland Water Bureau project in Mt. Tabor Park, and its potential effects on the trees and landscape of the park.

Minimize your lead exposure! - February 26, 2014
Older plumbing features and using lead solder in pipes can lead to higher levels of lead in our tap water.

From Brownfield to zen - February 25, 2014
Nick was pleased to volunteer a the Dhama Rain Zen Center in Northeast Portland on Saturday, helping to plant trees and shrubs as part of the Friends of trees volunteer series.

Today, Nick was pleased to submit a letter of support for House Bill 4143A, which would authorize Oregon courts to direct unclaimed damages from class action lawsuits to fund endownment for legal aid services.

In celebration of Black History Month, Portland is hosting its annual Jazz Festival!

Friday Roundup - February 21, 2014

Celebrating Lee Moore - February 20, 2014
Tuesday night, Nick was pleased to attend a celebration in honor of his friend, Lee Moore, for his 12 years of service on the Home Forward Board

This season's final Fix-It Fair begins at 9:30am on Saturday at David Douglas High School

Portlander made a great investment in the Big Pipe!

By shopping local, we can give our small businesses a boost year-round. And 70 cents of each dollar spent stays in our local economy.

The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) wants your feedback on the final design plans for the visible features for Washington Park Reservoirs 3 and 4.

Oregon Experience: Bull Run - February 14, 2014
On Monday night at 9pm, OPB’s Oregon Experience will share the story of our Bull Run Watershed.

Happy Valentine's Day! - February 14, 2014
I wanted to share this inspiring poem with you all by Langston Hughes

Friday Roundup - February 14, 2014

Artist Joseph Kucinski will present his art installation, The Tenacity of Change, in the Portland Building beginning February 17.

This Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to help our neighborhood shops recover from the storm by shopping local for all your gifts and romantic dinners.

To make it better - February 12, 2014
The winter storm over the weekend brought out the best of Portland. Two of the heroes on the streets were Portland Fire & Rescue Lieutenants Matthew and Michael Silva.

The Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Expanding Cultural Access program is offering grants ranging from $1,000-$10,000.

On behalf of the City Council, I’d like to thank all of our dedicated City employees for their outstanding work during the winter storm.

Spirit of Portland - February 7, 2014
Last night, Nick was proud to join Portland’s finest at work.

Due to inclement weather, non-essential City offices are closed today, February 7, 2014

Be prepared for cold weather - February 6, 2014
Bitterly cold temperatures and chilling winds can cause pipes to freeze - which can damage your property.

Join us next Tuesday, February 11 at noon for Dr. Timothy Beatley’s “The Promise of Nature in Cities” presentation.

This morning, Nick was pleased to visit Blend Coffee Lounge on North Killingsworth & Greeley in the Overlook neighborhood.

The Portland Water Bureau’s Alder Creek Fish Passage has had a successful winter after its construction last summer.

Yesterday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks & Recreation, and community members to celebrate a plan to build two new parks in East Portland!

Friday Roundup - January 31, 2014
News from and about Commissioner Fish

This year, the Pittock turns 100! To celebrate this milestone, admission will be free to visitors for the first 10 days of February.

A great brownfield story - January 29, 2014
Next week, City Council will vote to turn one of Portland’s long-time brownfields into a vibrant new multi-use development in the heart of St. Johns.

The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) has a helpful pamphlet about finding and fixing water leaks in your home. Find out how to check your meter for running water, check your toilet for leaks, and more

Does your home have space for new trees? The Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) Urban Tree Canopy program can help!

Friday Roundup - January 24, 2014
News from and about Commissioner Fish

Fix-It Fair this Saturday - January 22, 2014
2014’s first Fix-It Fair is this Saturday, January 25!

This weekend, Nick was pleased to attend three events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Yesterday, Nick enjoyed a tour of the United Bicycle Institute’s (UBI) facilities in North Portland.

Friday Roundup - January 17, 2014
News from and about Commissioner Fish

Last night, Nick was proud to join Portland-area students, teachers, and parents for the regional We The People competition

We’re pleased to share that the first Arts Fund disbursement, totaling about $3.3 million, has been sent to the six public school districts in Portland!

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) is now accepting grant applications through the Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP).

Tackle the Toilet - January 13, 2014
The most common place to find a leak in a home or business is the toilet. While it might seem like a minor problem, toilets can waste lots of water over time, affecting the environment and your pocketbook.

Artist Paul Clay will present his interpretation of the Greek myth “Leda and the Swan” through an interactive video installation in the lobby of the Portland Building.

Friday Roundup - January 9, 2014
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Every three months, the Portland Water Bureau shares its list of projects and ongoing maintenance activities in the Bull Run Watershed.

This morning, Commissioner Steve Novick and I asked City Council to support an unprecedented new partnership with the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB). City Council supported our Resolution by a vote of 4-0.

The manual creates a guideline to help manage stormwater at development and improvement project sites in our community.

On Friday, KGW News highlighted an increase in telephone and email scams aimed toward older adults in our community.

Friday Roundup - January 3, 2014

Today, Commissioner Fish announced a first-of-its-kind partnership between the City of Portland and the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon (CUB). Next Wednesday, January 8, the City Council will take up a Resolution, co-sponsored by Commissioners Nick Fish and Steve Novick, formally approving the agreement.

Friday Roundup - December 27, 2013
News from and abouot Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

After nine years working in City Hall – five of them with the Fish team – we bid a fond farewell to our colleague and friend Mila Greisen.

Happy Holidays - December 24, 2013

Friday Roundup - December 20, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Portland’s water system is a complex network of reservoirs, pipes, pumps, tanks, valves, meters, and other equipment.

Carolers coming to City Hall - December 19, 2013
This morning, Portland City Hall will welcome some very special and talented guests from Buckman Elementary – the Buckman Chorus!


Chronicling Portland - December 17, 2013
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) recently announced 17 new art pieces to The Visual Chronicle of Portland collection.

2013 Year in Review - December 17, 2013
Commissioner Fish's highlights from a busy 2013.

It’s never too early to learn about keeping our rivers clean.

Village Gardens Open House - December 13, 2013
Join Nick and community members at the Village Gardens & Village Market Open House December 13.

Friday Roundup - December 12, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

This morning, Nick headed out toSW Portlandto check on a main break onSW Vista Avenuebetween SW Elm and Spring

With the cold temperatures we’ve been experiencing, the Portland Water Bureau has been hard at work in the community dealing with main-breaks, frozen pipes, and a number of residential plumbing issues.

Friday Roundup - December 6, 2013

Freezing temperatures - December 6, 2013
Portland has seen some record-breaking low temperatures this week.

Israel Bayer in Street Roots, November 28, 2013
http://news.streetroots.org/2013/11/28/imagine-mom...

With cold days starting up, there is no time like the present to safeguard your home’s plumbing.

Winter comes to the Bull Run - December 4, 2013
When the rain falls in Portland, many times the Bull Run Watershed experiences snow!

Celebrate #GivingTuesday - December 3, 2013
After a weekend of giving thanks, finding the best deals around, and supporting local small businesses on Small Business Saturday, it’s time to give back.

A Feast for Southeast - December 2, 2013
On Thanksgiving Day, Nick and his family were honored to join friends and community members at this year’s Feast for Southeast at the Mt.Scott Community Center.

Nick was out and about this weekend showing his support for our local small business community during Little Boxes and Small Business Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving! - November 27, 2013
On Thanksgiving, we gather with friends and family to reflect on the blessings in our lives.

Wednesday Roundup - November 27, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

This morning, Nick joined betsy & iya owners Will Cervarich and Betsy Cross to kick offPortland’s Little Boxes campaign.

The City's Bureau of Environmental Services and Portland Parks & Recreation were proud to partner with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the Lents neighborhood, and other local community groups to restore the Foster Floodplain Natural Area.

Friday Roundup - November 22, 2013

Tomorrow kicks off the City’s popular Fix-It Fair season!

Nick was proud to join Governor John Kitzhaber in our State Capital on Wednesday as the Governor signed House Bills 2349 and 3112 into law.

Yesterday, Portland-based design firm Mayer/Reed accepted an honor award from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) for its outstanding design work for Bud Clark Commons.

Little Boxes - November 18, 2013
Don’t let the holiday shopping countdown stress you out. This year, participate in Portland’s Little Boxes shopping event and raffle.

Nick is pleased to host an exhibit of "We Are Portland" – a group of family portraits posed, taken, and developed by local youth – here in City Hall.

Friday Roundup - November 15, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Celebrate the City! - November 14, 2013
Join Nick at the Moda Center tonight beginning at 6pm for Venture Portland’s second annual Celebrate the City! event.

Join Nick, Commissioner Fritz, Portland Parks & Recreation, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, and the Portland Development Commission tomorrow at the construction kick-off for the Dawson Park Improvement Project.

Shop small, shop local - November 12, 2013
Portland urges you to support our local businesses this holiday season - and year-round!

Spirit of Portland 2013 - November 12, 2013
Nick is proud to join his colleagues tonight to present the 2013 Spirit of Portland awards

Veterans Day 2013 - November 8, 2013
On Monday, join us for the 39th Annual Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade.

Friday Roundup - November 8, 2013

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian, November 8, 2013
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/...

The Big Pipe's big job - November 7, 2013
The Oregonian’s Stuart Tomlinson highlighted the success of Portland’s "Big Pipe" today.

A public funeral service will be held on Monday, November 11 at the Portland Art Museum’s Kridel Ballroom, beginning at 12:30pm

Seventeen local community groups have been awarded Community Livability Grants from the Portland Development Commission.

Willamette Week's 2013 Give!Guide is now live and ready for donations!

Falling leaves can clog up storm drains – and flood local streets. With Fall in full gear, we need your help keeping storm drains clear!

Harper's Playground celebrated its one-year anniversary this weekend.

Friday Roundup - November 1, 2013

Support our local businesses - October 31, 2013
Thanks to Warren Becker, owner and head baker at Blue Collar, for welcoming Commissioner Novick and me to his bakery this morning.

W Burnside is closed for flooding repair, but nearby businesses are open. Support them today!

Brain Food - October 29, 2013
Right Brain wants Brain Food decks in the hands of teachers in all Portland-area schools, so they have launched a Kickstarter Campaign help raise funds through November 7

I lost two cherished friends and mentors yesterday -- Dr. Nohad Toulan and his wife Dirce Moroni.

Portland Water Bureau crews are responding to a water main break on West Burnside and SW 4th Avenue.

Today, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement (ONI) announced the winners of the 2013 Spirit of Portland Awards.

Friday Roundup - October 25, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Commissioner Fish statement on independent Chief Financial Officer

Commission Centennial - October 24, 2013
Nick was proud to join current and former elected officials to commemorate 100 years of Portland's commission government.

Join us today at 5pm to commemorate 100 years of Portland’s Commission form of government.

Head out to the City of Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC) on October 24 to hear about two local artists working with a piece of our city’s history.

The Portland Water Bureau is looking for your feedback on the final design plans for the visible features for Washington Park Reservoirs 3 and 4.

Friday Roundup - October 18, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Last night, Nick was honored to attend the 30th Annual Asian Health & Services Center Dinner at the H.K Café in Eastport Plaza.

Our Bull Run Ambassadors - October 17, 2013
The Portland Water Bureau provides around 50 tours a year of the Bull Run Watershed


An Age-Friendly Portland - October 16, 2013
This morning Nick was proud to join his Council Colleagues to accept our new Action Plan for an Age-Friendly Portland.


REACH CDC Donor Lunch - October 14, 2013
Last Thursday, Nick was honored to attend the REACH CDC Donor Lunch at the Governor Hotel.

A year ago, Portland City Council wrote a letter to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee requesting a commemorative stamp be made in honor of former San Francisco Supervisor and LGBTQ activist Harvey Milk.

Friday Roundup - October 11, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

This morning, Nick was honored to joinPortland’s First Lady Nancy Hales, Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, and other community leaders at the first Street Roots Family Breakfast.

This morning, Nick was proud to join the rest of City Council in awarding a grant to support Janus Youth Programs’ Village Market.

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) was awarded the 2013 Oregon Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) Julian Sustainability Practices Award!

Friday Roundup - October 4, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Yesterday, The Oregonian’s Steve Duin featured a story on a recent Hollywood Theater screening of the powerful documentary American Winter.


This morning, Nick was honored to present a Proclamation to the Oregon Cultural Trust, recognizing “Oregon Days of Culture.”

It’s time to put on your gloves and battle the ivy!

On October 2, veterans are invited to attend this year’s Stand Down and Job Fair at theOregonConvention Center.

Thursday Roundup - September 26, 2013
New from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Yesterday, in a Council Work Session, BES and PWB presented Council and the public an overview of their budget, finances, and Capital Improvement Program, or CIP - a "Utility Bureau 101."

Earlier this month, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced that The Right Brain Initiative program will enter six new schools in thePortlandmetro area.

Out and about with Nick - September 23, 2013
This weekend, Nick was out and about Portland at three momentous events.

This afternoon, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Portland Public Schools (PPS), and Friends of Grant Athletics to celebrate the grand opening of the new turf athletic field and synthetic track at Grant High School!

Johnson Creek Days - September 20, 2013
This evening kicks off the third annual Johnson Creek Days!

Thursday Roundup - September 19, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

This morning, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced they have awarded over $1.7 million in grants to 48 local arts organizations!

Public Street or Private Lot? - September 17, 2013
Tomorrow I will introduce an Ordinance to change the Portland City Code that manages private pay-to-park and non-pay parking facilities.

For 118 years, Portlanders have enjoyed Bull Run water. Read a short history lesson on the many protections keeping it safe and clean.

Friday Roundup - September 13, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Help build Gateway Green - September 13, 2013
The Friends of Gateway Green have launched a fundraising campaign to finish design plans to build Gateway Green.


TBA starts tonight! - September 12, 2013
Tonight kicks off the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s (PICA) annual Time Based Art Festival

Ahoy Matey! - September 10, 2013

The Community Alliance of Tenants is holding a raffle to win great prizes while supporting fair housing practices in Oregon.

Adding trees, cleaning rivers - September 9, 2013
A beautiful tree-lined street is not only pleasant on the eyes but also helpful for our rivers.

Friday Roundup - September 6, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Last night, Nick was honored to join Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, former Portland Mayor Bud Clark, PNCA Professor and poet Barry Sanders, and other community leaders at the 2nd Anniversary of Bud Clark Commons.

Art with Heart Walk - September 5, 2013
Head out tonight to First Thursday and participate in the 2nd Annual Art with Heart Walk.

This morning, Portland City Council was very pleased to welcome our National Women's Soccer League Champions, the Portland Thorns

Beginning tomorrow, SE Division Streetbetween SE 34th and 37th Avenues will be closed for the next phase of the Division Streetscape Project.


Friday Roundup - August 30, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Congratulations REACH! - August 29, 2013
Today, we were excited to learn that our partners at REACH Community Development received a 2013 MetLife Foundation Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing!

Today marks the 50th Anniversary of one of the largest civil rights rallies in United States history.

The Forest For The Trees project brought artists from around the globe to collaborate together and create incredible murals in Portland – all while exposing the community to the creative process.

Last Saturday, Nick was proud to March with Senator Jeff Merkley, former Oregon State Senator Avel Gordly, Oregon State Representative Lew Fredrick, and other community members at the 50th Anniversary of the March onWashington.

Books, dorm room, class schedule, and discount card?

Join the Johnson Creek Watershed Council this Saturday for a day of cleaning up the creek!

Friday Roundup - August 23, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Last week, I was honored to join my Council colleagues and our community partners to celebrate the successful completion of our 11 x 13 initiative.

Get connected with arts and culture with Business for Culture and the Arts’ (BCA) newest program, BCA’s Associates!

Welcome Portland’5! - August 20, 2013
Yesterday, The Portland Center for the Performing Arts unveiled their new name as Portland’5 Centers for the Arts!

Recognizing the Spirit - August 20, 2013
It’s time for the 2013 Spirit of Portland awards!

Your Washington Park - August 19, 2013
Join Portland Water Bureau (PWB) staff tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church on SW Jefferson to voice your thoughts on the Washington Park Reservoir Improvement project.


Friday Roundup - August 16, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Getting it done: 11 x 13 - August 15, 2013
Yesterday, City Council celebration the completion of our 11 x 13 initiative.

Preserving "Home" - August 14, 2013
This afternoon, Nick and Commissioner Saltzman will lead Council in a celebration of our 11 x 13 initiative.


Today, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish announced that the Portland Water Bureau will sell the "Water House," at 1616 NE 140th Ave. in the Russell Neighborhood.

Celebrating Community - August 12, 2013
It was another banner weekend for community events in Portland: NW Dance Project, Medicare, and Latino Network

An evening of dance - August 9, 2013
Have plans this Friday night? Head out to the beautiful Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater for a free performance by Northwest Dance Project!


We bid a reluctant but very fond Fish team farewell to Emily York, who is moving on to a new position with the Climate and Health program at the Oregon Health Authority.

Thursday Roundup - August 8, 2013

Head out this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday to Director Park for a three full days of incredible dance!

Out and About with Nick - August 7, 2013
Last night, Nick attended three fabulous community events.

The “dog days” of summer are upon us. With temperatures rising and reduced rainfall, Portlanders are using a lot more water to keep their lawns green and their flower and vegetable gardens happy.

On Saturday evening, Nick was pleased to join Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté, and other community leaders to celebrate and thank our wonderful Summer Free For All sponsors.

Last night, the Portland Gay Men's Chorus kicked off the Washington Park Summer Festival with an outstanding performance.

Friday Roundup - August 2, 2013

The National Council on Aging surveyed 4,000 adults from 5 different U.S cities to find out older adults’ perspective on aging, and how the country can better prepare for our rising senior population.

Last Sunday, “floating enthusiasts” celebrated the Willamette River during the 3rd annual Big Float, an event intended to dismantle the public perception that the Willamette River is unsafe to play and swim in

Join us August 1st through 10th for the Washington Park Summer Festival!

Monday Roundup - July 26, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish


Yesterday, the Portland City Council approved $95,000 in grant funding to support 12 local community groups for the Bureau of Environmental Services Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP).

This morning, City Council welcomed Becky Blumer, Executive Director at Hands On Portland, Christa Thoeresz, Community Relations Director for the Portland Timbers, and Timber Joey to proclaim August 4 – 10, 2013 as Portland Timbers Stand Together Week!

New Irrigation App! - July 24, 2013
The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) is excited to launch “Sprinkler Times,” a water and money saving irrigation application for smartphone users.

The Right Brain Initiative and King Elementary School will showcase student photography tonight at 5pm at the North Portland Library.

The Big Pipe - July 22, 2013
Last Week, Willamette Week ran a poem by Richard Grunert about one of our city’s unseen and important heroes: the Big Pipe.

This morning, Nick was pleased to tour the Bureau of Environmental Services' (BES) Water Pollution Control Lab in North Portland and the Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant.

July is Smart Irrigation Month!


Friday Roundup - July 12, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Join Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) staff, the Friends of Powell Butte Nature Park, and Hands on Greater Portland tomorrow to help complete Park and trail restoration work.

Federal LT2 Mandate - July 11, 2013
For a decade, the City of Portland has worked diligently with a broad coalition to secure relief from the unfunded federal LT2 mandate (Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule).

Nick was pleased to join Mayor Hales, Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber, and Timbers owner Merritt Paulson to celebrate the announcement at Jeld-Wen field today.

“Portlandia,” which graces the front of the Portland Building on SW 5th Avenue, is the second-largest copper statue in the nation


Learn to be a “water wise gardener” at the Hazelwood Conservation Demonstration Garden in East Portland on July 10.

Friday Roundup - July 5, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

On the 4th of July, we gather with friends and family to

2013 Mid-Year report - July 2, 2013
The first six months of 2013 have been marked by big changes, new challenges, and much to celebrate.


Powell Butte Reservoir - June 28, 2013
This morning, Portland Water Bureau staff took Nick on a tour of Powell Butte.

A win for the Arts Tax - June 28, 2013
We are pleased to report that the Portland Arts Education & Access Income Tax passed a major legal hurdle yesterday, when Circuit Judge Kelly Skye ruled that the tax is constitutional

Friday Roundup - June 28, 2013

This morning Nick joined Oregon’s First Lady Cylvia Hayes, City Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Executive Director of Portland Parks Foundation Nick Hardigg, and hundreds of community members to kick off this year’s Summer Free For All and the Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration.

Sounds of the World - June 27, 2013
Join us on Friday, June 28, 6:00 PM for “Sounds of the World” in Director Park.

Join Nick and Commissioner Amanda Fritz this Thursday for the kick off of the 2013 Summer Free For All, and to celebrate the Centennial of Peninsula Park!

Nick is honored to be in Washington, D.C. at a time of historic progress for freedom and equality.

Keep Portland Green! - June 25, 2013
Want to be part of something green? Become a “Green StreetSteward” for the City of Portland!

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) wants your paper artwork – prints, drawings, paintings on paper, and photographs that best represent the diversity and uniqueness of Portland.

Help our local veterans by donating household goods for “Welcome Home” move-in kits. The kits will be gratefully used by formerly homeless veterans as they transition into their new homes.

Ready, set, bike! - June 21, 2013
Head over to Northeast Portland on Sunday for the second Portland Sunday Parkways event of the season!

Friday Roundup - June 21, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Join us on Saturday, June 22 for the 12th annual ¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!

This morning, Portland City Council accepted the report to launch the Summer Free For All 2013 program!

Today through June 24, get out and support your favorite small business to celebrate the 50th anniversary of National Small Business Week.

Last Friday, Nick joined Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, LifeWorks NW, Home Forward, and other community partners at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Center for Hope & Recovery, set to open next year.

On Sunday, Nick was proud to march with his 9-year old son, his Council Colleagues, and employees from The City of Portland in the 43rd annual Gay Pride Parade!

Friday Roundup - June 14, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

From Forest to Faucet - June 14, 2013
Yesterday, Nick and his team had the incredible opportunity to visit theBull Runwatershed with Portland Water Bureau Director David Shaff and his team.

We are pleased to share that Portland has earned a 2013 Green Roof Leadership Award for Municipalities from the International Green Roof Association

Saturday night, Nick was honored to join Senator Jeff Merkley, U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith, and other community leaders at the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s (NOLC) Labor Appreciation Dinner.

On June 6, three people featured in the HBO documentary American Winter testified in front of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs about the state of the “American Dream.”

Starting today, the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) will close portions of the Fanno Trail in Washington County so workers can replace three maintenance access structures in the Fanno Pressure Sewer.

Straight Talk - June 10, 2013

Don’t miss Nick on this Saturday’s edition of KGW’s Straight Talk with Laural Porter.

Sir Knight Nick Fish - June 7, 2013
Today, Nick was honored to be Knighted by the Royal Rosarians in a special ceremony in Washington Park.

Friday Round Up - June 7, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

We were thrilled to learn this morning that Bud Clark Commons has been named the 2013 Residential Architect Design Awards Project of the Year!

Last week, we were pleased to welcome a new art installation from our friends at p:ear!

Academic Achiever - June 5, 2013
Our own Sophia Kecskes has been featured as a 2013 “Academic Achiever” by The Oregonian!

Head out tomorrow to the Rose Festival’s 2013 Fred Meyer Junior Parade.

New Bureau Assignments - June 4, 2013
Yesterday, Mayor Charlie Hales reassigned the City’s bureaus among his City Council colleagues.

Starlight Parade - May 31, 2013
Don’t miss Nick and his son tomorrow night as they represent the City of Portland in the 2013 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade!

State Parks Day! - May 31, 2013
This Saturday, enjoy one of our fabulous state parks during Oregon Parks & Recreation’s State Parks Day!

Friday Roundup - May 31, 2013

This morning, Portland Parks & Recreation was proud to announce the Grand Opening of the new Waud Bluff Trail in North Portland!

The VA and HUD announced this week that the Portland region will be awarded 155 new VASH vouchers to support veterans in need

Lending a Hand - May 30, 2013
We’d like to highlight a wonderful mission-driven nonprofit focused on providing services to Portland’s neighboring rural communities.

This morning, City Council approved the budget for FY 2013-14.

This morning, City Council was pleased to welcome the Grant High School Constitution Team, winners of the 2013 National We the People competition in Washington, D.C.!

An Urban Grange - May 28, 2013
Our friends at Zenger Farm were featured in both this week’s Portland Business Journal and the June 2013 issue of Portland Monthly.

Friday Roundup - May 24, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

The Portland City Council will recognize and honor the Grant High School Constitution Team for winning first place at the National Finals of the 26th annual We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition in Washington, D.C.

The Class of 2025 - May 24, 2013
This morning, Nick was honored to march with kindergarteners from theParkroseSchool Districtto promote a 100% graduation rate inOregonby the year 2025.

Yesterday, the Portland Housing Bureau was awarded a $3 million federal grant to address lead hazards and create safer homes for 300 local children

Right now, the Oregon legislature is considering a bill that could make a great deal of difference in helping veterans who are experiencing homelessness access safe, permanent homes.

This Friday officially kicks off the 2013 Portland Rose Festival!

Summer vacation is right around the corner. Have fun and stay healthy at one of Portland Parks & Recreation’s (PP&R) many summer camps!

Volunteer with Friends of Peninsula Park Rose Garden for the next “Wonder Weeders” work party at Peninsula Park!

This afternoon, Nick was proud to attend the Grand Opening of The Fields Park in Northwest Portland!

First $5 5K Run - May 17, 2013
The popular $5 5K run/walk series starts up again this Sunday at Fernhill Park!

Last week, we were proud to announce that Legacy Emanuel Hospital has generously donated $200,000 to add a water feature to the makeover of Dawson Park.

Friday Roundup - May 17, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Join us this evening for a public hearing on the proposed 2013-14 City budget.

On Monday, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized the City’s efforts to preserve affordable homes in our community.

Don’t forget to join us on Friday for the Grand Opening of Portland’s newest natural area and dog park - The Fields Park!


Warm summer days are just around the corner, and that means it’s time to get ready for Portland Parks & Recreation’s 2013 Summer Free For All!

On Saturday, Nick enjoyed a convertible ride in the 51st Annual St. Johns Parade.

Who let the bikes out? - May 10, 2013
This Mother’s Day kicks off the 2013 Portland Sunday Parkways season!

Friday Roundup - May 10, 2013
New from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Yesterday, we were pleased to learn that Legacy Emanuel Hospital is investing $200,000 in a remodel of Dawson Park in North Portland.

For Want of a Nail - May 9, 2013
Today, The Oregonian featured a story about our community rallying to support homeless veterans.

Habitat for HumanityPortland/ Metro East is looking for volunteers, ages 16 and up, to survey the Cully Neighborhood.

This morning, City Council was pleased to welcome two groups of outstanding local youth: the Jefferson High School Men's Basketball Team, and the 2013 Rose Festival Court.

Yesterday, Nick was proud to attend the Grand Opening of the new Hacienda CDC futsal field!

This afternoon, Nick was proud to attend the opening ceremony for the final phase of The Yards at Union Station.

On Monday, The Oregonian featured a story in their Living section about one of our former staff members, Natalie Sept.

Sophia Kecskes has been named one of two Presidential Scholars for the state of Oregon's high school class of 2013.

Join us on May 17 for the Grand Opening of Portland’s newest green space - The Fields Park!

Each May, our nation recognizes the ways that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders helped build our great country.

Friday Roundup - May 3, 2013
New from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

This afternoon, Nick was proud to join Detroit Lions football star Ndamukong Suh, Nike,PortlandPublic Schools, and the Friends of Grant Athletics to announce thatGrantHigh Schoolis getting a new turf athletic field and a new synthetic track!

Last week, students from David Douglas High School planted a tree grove to celebrate the 60 different nations represented in their East Portland school!

This afternoon, Nick was pleased to read a proclamation in honor of Older Americans Month.

Wednesday Roundup - May 1, 2013

Northwest Pilot Project recently released their annual Downtown Portland Affordable Housing Inventory report.

Congratulations to Grant High School’s Constitution Team on winning first place at the 26th annual national “We the People” competition!

Celebrating Portlanders - April 29, 2013
Friday night, Nick attended three big events.

Nick was proud to march with Marc Jolin and our partners from JOIN in the 7th annual 82 Avenue of the Roses Parade on Saturday.

Yesterday, Nick was proud to join members from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and City ofPortlandpartners to celebratePortland’s newest natural area - the Foster Floodplain.

Friday Roundup - April 26, 2013

Festival of the Birds - April 25, 2013
Join us on May 11 for the 2013 Festival of the Birds at Sellwood Parkand Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

Our Parks Ambassadors - April 25, 2013
Yesterday, The Portland Observer ran a story on our fantastic Park Rangers program.

Hope Builder Breakfast - April 24, 2013
This morning, Nick was honored to attend the Habitat for Humanity Portland/ Metro East Hope Builder Breakfast.

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was a guest on OPB's Think Out Loud for a discussion of Speaker Tina Kotek's Section 8 legislation on Tuesday, April 23

On Monday, The Oregonian published a story about how Community Supported Agriculture farms (CSAs) are making it possible for everyone to have access to fresh, local produce.

Congratulations to White Bird Dance for 15 years of supporting the art of dance in our community!

On Saturday, Nick was proud to attend the Grand Opening Celebration of the Mt.Tabor Community Garden.

Lamplighter of the Year - April 22, 2013
On Saturday, Nick was honored to receive the 2013 Lamplighter of the Year award from Operation Nightwatch.

Today is Earth Day! - April 22, 2013
To celebrate, the Friends of Portland Community Gardens and the Portland Parks Foundation invite you to a benefit screening of the award-winning documentary Queen of the Sun: What Are the Bees Telling Us?

Join us tomorrow, April 20, as we showcase Arbor Month at the Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University.

Friday Roundup - April 19, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Don’t be fooled by those April showers, summer is just a couple of months away!

Last week, Nick was proud to attend PMAR’s First Citizen Banquet, where Jean DeMaster and Sophia Kecskes were presented with the First Citizen and Future First Citizen awards.

This morning, Nick, Mayor Hales and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum welcomed Sara K. Pratt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to City Hall.

We are the safety net - April 17, 2013
The "We Are the Safety Net" campaign supports the Portland Housing Bureau's 13-14 budget requests, which will support needed programs and services for some of our community's most vulnerable

Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for volunteers to help complete an inventory of trees this summer.

Fairness Matters - April 16, 2013
Tomorrow, Mayor Hales and Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will join Nick to host Sara K. Pratt, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Join us on April 20 for the Grand Opening of the Mt.Tabor Community Garden.

Today, The Oregonian’s Ryan Kost highlighted the work of City Council’s two budget subcommittees. The two subcommittees outlined nearly $5 million in potential savings for the City.

Everyday Heroes - April 12, 2013
On April 6, KATU News featured one of our community’s everyday heroes.

Friday Roundup - April 12, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

On Tuesday, The Oregonian published a story about the crisis of nutrition and hunger among older adults in our community.

This morning, Nick was pleased to read a Proclamation in honor of Portland Thorns FC's inaugural season

Papa’s Pizza Parlor is donating 50% of all food proceeds to East Portland Concerts at Ventura and Parklane Parks.

The Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is teaming up with La Bonita North restaurant to raise awareness for renter’s rights. Join them for some delicious food and conversation - all while supporting renters’ rights.

Still have what it takes on the court? Come out and play on April 24 during Portland Parks & Recreation’s basketball event for some area high school alumni.

Friday Roundup - April 5, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Today, we came across an interesting article on the Oregon Housing Blog that reports how older adults are struggling to afford their homes in retirement.

Portland Center Stage’s (PCS) spring show, Clybourne Park, is giving theater goers the chance to support local housing nonprofits.

http://wearethesafetynet.org/

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East recently announced that 23 families in our community will now have a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home.

Commissioner Fish will propose amendments to a proposal which will increase parking requirements for new apartment buildings.

Over the weekend, The Oregonian published an editorial about House Speaker Tina Kotek's legislative proposal to reform the Section 8 program in the State of Oregon.

Join us tomorrow to help remove invasive plants in Forest Park.

This summer Portland Parks & Recreation is partnering with the U.S Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Environmental Services and other partners to restore Westmoreland Park’s wetland area and Crystal Springs Creek.

Friday Roundup - March 29, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish


Join Portland Parks & Recreation during the entire month of April to celebrate our trees.


If this question has been plaguing you, have no fear: the tree has found a new home.

The Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence brings together youth to find solutions to violence in our community

NPR's Morning Edition featured some of the families in the HBO documentary American Winter.

Last year, we were proud to expand the Park Rangers program throughout our city’s parks and natural areas.

Have fun every Friday with your preschooler (ages 2-5) during one of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Ladybug Walks

Friday Roundup - March 22, 2013
News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Can you make minimum wage and expect to call home affordable?

March 9, Friends of Arbor Lodge held a work day at Harper’s Playground.

Older adults living on a fixed income will remain in their homes at Hawthorne East.

Last night, Nick was honored to join KGW's Live@7 to discuss the premiere of American Winter on HBO.

Get ready for camp! - March 18, 2013
Keep your youngsters active in both mind and body by enrolling them in one of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Day Camps.

On Monday March 18, our community will be in the national spotlight with the HBO premiere of American Winter at 6pm or 9pm.

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to join Habitat for Humanity to cut the ribbon on the new Habitat ReStore, serving all of Multnomah County

Friday Roundup - March 15, 2013
News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Welcome Back Vulture Day! - March 14, 2013
Come out this Saturday to celebrate the beauty of vultures during Welcome Back Vulture Day at Leach Botanical Garden.

Earned Sick Leave Roundup - March 14, 2013
News about Earned Sick leave passing in Portland

Today I voted to support paid sick leave for Portland workers. The final vote was 5-0.

Congratulations to our 1,000 Gardensteam for a wonderful feature in the Spring 2013 issue of Edible Portland.

Growing your own vegetable garden provides some fantastic benefits, and the Oregon Food Bank has added fighting hunger to that list.

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home. PHB’s work would not be possible without its mission-driven community partners.

The grand opening of the Helensview Community Garden was a huge success!

Driving down Naito Parkway you might pass by Mill Ends Park and not even notice it - but the Guiness-certified “World’s Smallest Park” made national headlines last week when its lone Douglas Fir sapling was missing.

Dive into spring! - March 8, 2013
Spring is just around the bend, which means it’s time to sign up for Portland Parks & Recreation’s spring swim lessons!

Join Portland Parks & Recreation this Saturday to celebrate the new and improved Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Bluff Trail!

Friday Roundup - March 8, 2013
News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

We are delighted to share that Portland’s Halprin Open Space Sequence has been placed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to testify in support of HB 2639, Speaker Tina Kotek's Section 8 reform bill, before the House Human Services and Housing committee in Salem on March 6, 2013

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2013/03/helensview_community_garden_to.html#incart_river

This year, Portland Parks & Recreation’s Peninsula Park will celebrate it’s 100th anniversary

March is National Women’s History Month – a time to highlight the contributions of women in history and contemporary society.

Join us on Wednesday, March 6 for a public hearing on the City’s 2013-2014 budget.

Friday Roundup - March 1, 2013
News of and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Recently, the Portland Parks Foundation funded a public opinion survey - Portlanders are asking us to continue to stretch our dollars and past investments a little further right now.

Creating Community Artfully - February 27, 2013
Nick was honored to join Grammy Award-winning artist Thara Memory and community members at Emmanuel Church last night for the City of Portland’s Creating Community Artfully celebration.

Join us on Wednesday, February 27 from 5:30-6:30 at Peninsula Park Community Center, to honor longtime Peninsula Wrestling Club Coach and North Portland icon Roy Pittman.

Honoring Steve Weiss - February 25, 2013
Nick was pleased to join Elders in Action and community members on Saturday to celebrate and honor local leader and dedicated volunteer Steve Weiss, who recently celebrated his 70th birthday.

Friday Roundup - February 22, 2013
News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Save the date! - February 21, 2013
On March 15, come show your support for Village Gardens at their first annual spring fundraising event!

Join us on Saturday for the City’s next Fix-It Fair.

Portland is being recognized for being green!

On Sunday afternoon, a large line formed outside the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium for the premiere of the new documentary film, American Winter.

Friday Roundup - February 15, 2013
News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

American Winter premiere! - February 14, 2013
Don’t forget – Joe and Harry Gantz’s film, American Winter, premiers this Sunday at thePortlandArt Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.

Nick was proud to join the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) and community partners at the grand opening of Kah San Chako Haws yesterday afternoon

In November, Nick was thrilled to join the United States Women’s Soccer Team during a team practice at Jeld-Wen field.

Please join us on February 17 for the premiere of American Winter at the Portland International Film Festival.

The “City of Roses” is not always coming up roses when it comes to someone trying to find a rental home.

Friday Roundup - February 8, 2013
News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

The Summer Free For All provides opportunities for the community to get outside and enjoy some free fun in the sun.

CASH Oregon is partnering with AARP Tax-Aid at 140 different tax sites around Oregon with free tax preparation and tax credit outreach

American Forests ranks Portland in the top 10 urban forests in the nation

Yesterday, Oregonian reporter Daniel Moran highlighted the completion of our E205 initiative

Portland Parks & Recreation has submitted a requested budget for FY2013-14.

Housing Budget & Transition - February 4, 2013
I write to update you on the City’s budget and its impact on the Portland Housing Bureau.

February is Black History Month!

Mark finds his dream home - February 1, 2013
Oregonian columnist Steve Duin wrote about Mark Gunderson, a veteran struggling with homelessness. Mark has secured a home, and is scheduled to move in today!

Friday Roundup - February 1, 2013
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

We invite you to share your thoughts on the Whitaker Community Farm proposal.

Commissioner Nick Fish was very proud to join Joan Mooney, Assistant Secretary with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, for a volunteer shift with the one-night Street Count and a coffee discussion about veterans issues

Please join us on February 17 for the premiere of American Winter at the Portand International Film Festival.

Celebrating E205 - January 29, 2013
Nick was proud to join his Council colleagues this morning to celebrate the completion of our E205 initiative.

Centennial Celebration - January 29, 2013
The oldest public rose garden in Portland is turning 100 this June!

Portland Parks & Recreation is holding an open house for the Whitaker Farm Project.

Night Strike - January 28, 2013
On Thursday, BridgeTown Inc. held their first Night Strike of 2013.

Friday Roundup - January 25, 2013
News from from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Feeling “inspired” - January 25, 2013
On Thursday, Nick had the honor to once again participate in the “Teacher for a Day” program.

Interested in film? Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is looking for youth ages 11-17 to be part of their documentary film class!

Self Enhancement Inc. is hosting the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s (BPS) next Fix-It Fair on Saturday, January 26.

Volunteer with CAT - January 22, 2013
The Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is looking for volunteers for their Renters’ Rights Hotline.

We are Portland - January 18, 2013
My Story and the City of Portland are looking for 5 community partners to receive free arts programming for “We are Portland.”

Friday Roundup - January 18, 2013

Eye health matters - January 18, 2013
Did you know that January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month?

Join us for a Day of Service - January 17, 2013
Join PP&R on the MLK Day of Service to help restore the Mitchell Creek Natural Area

After being in their over one hundred-year old building, the Blanchet House of Hospitality has found a new place to call home.

Fair Housing Update - January 16, 2013
This year, we will be work with the legislature to enact Section 8 reform, contracting for a new round of Fair Housing testing, and continue to help our veterans utilize their VASH vouchers.

Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East has reached their $12 million fundraising goal!

On Sunday March 24, Portland International Raceway becomes a classroom for safe driving.

Portland Parks & Recreation, City Nature and the SMILE Natural Amenities Committee for a morning of removing invasive plants along the Springwater Corridor Trail.

In October, we were proud to celebrate achieving our 1,000 Gardens goal!

$5 5Ks are coming back! - January 14, 2013
Portland Parks & Recreation’s $5 5K series will kick off on May 19 at Fernhill Park.

Mt. Tabor garden plots now available

Friday Roundup - January 11, 2013

Did you or someone you know lose your home to foreclosure between January 2008 and December 20

An “exemplar practice” - January 9, 2013
Congratulations to Central City Concern’s Old Town Clinic, which has been named an “exemplar practice” by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Wednesday Roundup - January 9, 2013

Looking good at every age - January 9, 2013
At 93 years old, Willa Asbjornsen is testament that you can look good at every age.

Did you know there are hundreds of species of wildlife living right here in our fair city?

Couples braved the bitter cold on Wednesday as they lined up in front of the Portland Parks & Recreation offices for a chance to reserve a spot to tie the knot at one of the city’s parks this year.

Friday Roundup - January 4, 2013

PHB is leading a homeless street count, and we need volunteers. The count helps us better understand homelessness in our community, and the need for services.

Temperatures are dropping, which means people experiencing homelessness in our community are even more vulnerable on the streets.

In today’s Oregonian, Steve Duin shared veteran Mark Gunderson’s story about his struggles on the street in the cold. Mark has a voucher to help pay rent, but he can’t find a landlord who will rent to him.

One of the key components of parks ranger’s duties is outreach and assistance to people experiencing homelessness in our city.

This morning, Charlie Hales was publicly sworn in as Portland’s 52nd Mayor.

Portland: Time Marches On - December 31, 2012
Enjoy a time-lapse video, showing the beauty of our city.

Friday Roundup - December 28, 2012

2012 Year in Review - December 27, 2012
Commissioner Fish's review of challenges and successes from 2012.

Last June Nick was proud to join Adidas, the Portland Timbers, and Hacienda CDC at the ground breaking ceremony for a new sports field in the Cully Neighborhood in NE Portland.

Weddings in Portland's Parks draw many couples each year

Friday Roundup - December 21, 2012

Portland provides winter shelter services, especially during times of severe weather

Everybody dance now! - December 19, 2012
Beginning January 4, Mt. Scott Community Center will be hosting a monthly dance – open to all!

Music in the Park - December 18, 2012
This Wednesday, Director Park will be featuring the marimba music stylings of Michael Charles Smith.

Potluck in the Park will provide a free Christmas Day dinner to more than 1400 people this year

Gray's Landing - December 17, 2012
On Friday, Nick was proud to join REACH CDC, community members, elected officials and friends of John Gray for the grand opening of Gray’s Landing.

Friday Roundup - December 14, 2012

Metro and the City of Portland teamed up this week to purchase 54 acres of wildlife habitat near the Columbia Slough in Northeast Portland.

Thursday Roundup - December 13, 2012

The Lowenstein Trust Award - December 13, 2012
Nick was proud to join Michelle Harper in presenting the 2012 Lowenstein Trust Award to William West in City Hall during Wednesday’s council meeting.

Waud Bluff Trail taking shape - December 12, 2012
The pedestrian/cyclist bridge on the Waud Bluff trail is now in place!

By February 13, 2012 all Oregonians will have access to 211info service.

This Friday we will celebrate the opening of the beautiful and newest addition of affordable housing, Gray’s Landing.

Don't miss your chance to take an iconic ride with Santa and his elves, and get into the holiday spirit! The Holiday Express leaves each weekend through December 16.

Nick was pleased to join the Macdonald Center for the grand opening of their new seven story building, Macdonald West.

Friday Roundup - December 7, 2012

Standing 75 feet tall and covered in beautiful colored lights the tree is a staple of the Portland Holiday season.

These are just a few of the animals found during the first BioBlitz in Portland’s Forest park.

Making home affordable - December 5, 2012
Many low-income families count on programs from theU.S.Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to help make their homes affordable.

This morning City Council unanimously approved an investment of $6.13 million to preserve affordable homes in the Park Tower and Lexington Arms buildings in downtown Portland.

Portland Parks & Recreation is offering free swim lessons to children and adults from December 17 - 20.

On November 16 The south Water Front Osprey recieved a new home.

Innovation of the Day - December 3, 2012
The U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is calling on you to submit your best ideas to their new initiative - Innovation of the Day (IOD).

All Aboard! - November 30, 2012
The Holiday Express begins this weekend!

Friday Roundup - November 30, 2012

On Tuesday, Nick was proud to join the United States Women's National Soccer Team for practice before they took on Ireland's Women's team on Wednesday night at Jeld-Wen field.

576 were served Thanksgiving dinner at the Feast for Southeast

Giving Tuesday - November 27, 2012
We have feasted and given thanks, and bargained for the best deals - now it’s time to give back.

Express ride to the holidays - November 26, 2012
Join us this holiday season for a ride on the Holiday Express!

Join Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) on December 1 to enjoy inspiring performances to help support their Family and Community Empowerment (FACE) program.

Raymond's Street Roots story - November 26, 2012
Street Roots vendor Raymond shares his story

Happy Thanksgiving - November 21, 2012
On Thanksgiving, we gather with friends and family to enjoy a holiday meal, and to reflect on the blessings in our lives.

The Portland Housing Bureau has released our Fall 2012 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).

Wednesday Roundup - November 21, 2012

Portland Parks and Recreation’s Rose City Golf Course clubhouse has been officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Keeping fit at all ages - November 20, 2012
Portland Parks & Recreation provides recreation and fitness programs for older adults.

Celebrating Native Heritage - November 19, 2012
The Bureau of Environment Services (BES) and the City's Native American Heritage Month Committee are partnering to offer fun events and activities to celebrate Native American Heritage Month.

Linking Arms - November 19, 2012
On Friday, Nick was pleased to join community members for a forum on affordable housing and homelessness.

Friday Roundup - November 16, 2012

Friends of Trees request participation this fall with neighborhood tree planting

Thursday Roundup - November 15, 2012

Welcoming our veterans home - November 15, 2012
This winter, local leaders are working together to ensure all of our veterans have a home for the Holidays.

When local school districts give the kids a day off this fall and winter, PP&R will offer extra programs to enjoy in one of fourteen community centers located throughout the Portland area.

This Friday, join Portland Parks & Recreation’s Native Community Advisory Committee to celebrate Native American Family Day.

Tuesday Roundup - November 13, 2012

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will kick off their season of Fix it Fairs this Saturday, November 17.

Honoring our Veterans - November 10, 2012
On Monday, join us for the 38th Annual Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade.

Nick joined Transition Projects' Executive Director Doreen Binder and Liz, a formerly homeless woman, to announce the opening of Transition Projects' Women's Winter Shelter.

Friday Roundup - November 9, 2012
November 9, 2012

Since 2004, local newspaper Willamette Week has published their annual Give! Guide to encourage Portlanders to give back and support their local mission-driven non-profits and community organizations.

All Portland residents are invited to a Consortium Housing Needs Hearing

Our partner at Central City Concern (CCC) has been chosen by Portland Roasting Coffee to be the recipient of the roaster’s fifth annual Holiday Roast Fundraiser.

This morning, City Council honored our Native American community by reading a City proclamation recognizing Native American Heritage Month.

Election Night 2012 - November 7, 2012
Nick spent the evening of Election Night 2012 visiting election parties.

Share your memories of Peninsula Park with Portland Parks & Recreation.

The Urban League has a new president and chief executive officer, Michael Alexander

Fish Team Transitions - November 5, 2012
Last week, two of our wonderful team members, Abby Warren and David Nguyen, moved on to their next adventures.

On Saturday, Nick was proud to join Mayor Adams, the Goldberg family, the Portland Parks & Recreation team, and community members to celebrate the grand opening of Harper's Playground.

Join us Saturday, November 3 for the grand opening of Harper's Playground in Arbor Lodge Park. Celebration begins at 11 am.

Proud Ground and the Clackamas Community Land Trust (CCLT) have made the decision to integrate their operations.

The City Auditor has released the 22nd Annual Community Survey - Portland Parks & Recreation facilities recieve high rankings

Two new Portland Parks & Recreation outdoor playgrounds in East Portalnd are now open!

Wednesday Roundup - October 31, 2012

This Saturday, please join the Portland Parks & Recreation team, Mayor Adams, and the Goldberg family at the grand opening of Harper’s Playground.

Tuesday Roundup - October 30, 2012

Nick was pleased to join fellow Portland City Council members last night at the Doubletree Hotel for the 27th annual Spirit of Portland awards ceremony.

This Thursday, November 1, Home Forward will open its Section 8 rent assistance waiting list.

3,000 roses will be removed soon in the Peninsula Park Rose Garden to make way for new, healthier plants

The City of Portland is now accepting applications for its new position, Creative Laureate Volunteer

Friday Roundup - October 26, 2012

Parks will give away six turkeys this November to visitors at indoor pools

Celebrating 1,000 Gardens - October 25, 2012
Nick was honored to join former Governor Ted Kulongoski, the Portland Parks & Recreation Garden Team, and community partners to celebrate reaching our 1,000 Gardens goal.

We made it! - October 24, 2012
Congratulations to the entire Portland Parks & Recreation's Community Gardens team and all our community partners. Without your help, we would not have achieved this important goal of providing own organic, sustainable, low-cost, healthy food to all Portlanders.

Join Nick, the Portland City Council, and our Community Garden partners to celebrate the successful completion of our 1,000 Gardens initiative at City Hall this Wednesday at 9:30.

The local non-profit Friends of Trees is now accepting applications for their Crew Leader training this November.

We are pleased to announce the team at Portland Parks & Recreation has installed some new benches at Director Park!

On Friday, Nick joined Mayor Adams, sculptor Lee Kelly, the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA), and community members to welcome Kelly's sculpture, Memory 99, to the North Park Blocks.

The People of the Drum Project will present the last installment of their series this Sunday

Vestal School receives $2,000 grant from Whole Foods Market as it continues to grow

Friday Roundup - October 18, 2012
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of October 15, 2012

Tomorrow, Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) will celebrate the installation of the Memory 99, a sculpture by PNCA alumnus Lee Kelly ’59.

We are pleased to share our progress in Portland’s largest natural area, and our continued plans for expanding off-road biking in Portland.

Join Nick, Portland Parks & Recreation staff, Verde and the Let Us Build Cully Park! Coalition, at the grand opening of the NE 72nd Ave Community Garden this Thursday, 2 – 6:30pm.

As an incentive to stay fit this Fall, Portland Parks & Recreation is giving a 10% discount at all of our community centers

PP&R Halloween Celebrations - October 16, 2012
Halloween is just right around the corner, and Portland Parks & Recreation is celebrating! This Saturday, October 20, PP&R is hosting several fun Halloween activities for you and your family.

Join Hoyt Arboretum Curator Martin Nicholson this Sunday at 2pm for a Fall Color tour.

Friday Roundup - October 12, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will celebrate No Ivy Day tomorrow, October 13.

Construction of the Native American Youth and Family Center's (NAYA) innovative new affordable housing community in Southeast Portland is underway - and incredibly, will be completed in the impressive time of just 3 days!

We are pleased to learn that the new Blanchet House of Hospitality has qualified for LEED Platinum, the highest award for sustainability given by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Portland Parks & Recreation offers swimming lessons year-round

The Friends of Mt Tabor Park Weed Warriors, a valuable PP&R partner, win 2012 Spirit of Portland Award

Get Your 2013 Chinook Book - October 9, 2012
Come pick up your new Chinook Book at the Portland Building!

On Sunday, Nick was proud to join with Commissioner Amanda Fritz to present the University of Portland Women's Soccer team with a Spirit of Portland award.

The Little Artists is one of-a-kind high-quality, arts-focused early childhood education program for children ages 2, 3 and 4.

Friday Roundup - October 5, 2012

Beginning Friday, Parks will host monthly dances for people with disabiliies.

Today's Portland Tribune contains a guest Op Ed from City Commissioner Nick Fish and Portland Housing Bureau Director Traci Manning regarding Stephens Creek Crossing

REACH celebrates 30 years - October 4, 2012
In honor of REACH's three decades of service to the community, Portlanders recently shared how REACH made a difference in their lives.

We are pleased to announce that Portland Parks & Recreation's Tom McCall Waterfront Park has been designated as one of 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 by the American Planning Association (APA).

This morning, Nick was honored to present the Portland Timers with a very special proclamation on behalf of Mayor Adams as a token of appreciation from the City of Portland for their efforts in organizing Stand Together Week, a community service campaign which last from October 8th all the way through October 14th, 2012.

Peter Walker, the visionary Architect who designed Jamison Square Park has received the prestigious Urban Land Institute's J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development..

Hacienda Community Development Corporation announces a new partnership with the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services.

Warner Pacific College students and the Friends of Mt. Tabor recently spent a day at Mt. Tabor Park removing English ivy and other invasive species.

Nick joined Portland Parks & Recreation's Director Mike Abbate and community members to celebrate the soon-to-be-opened new playground at E205's inspiration: East Holladay Park.

Friday Roundup - September 28, 2012

Portland Parks are reaping the benefits of 10,000 volunteer hours, thanks to the dedication of Central City Concern

Renovations of two out of "The Big 11" affordable Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc (PCRI) homes have been completed, and new residents are beginning to move in.

Our E205 intiative is wrapping up several projects this fall; the community will celebrate a new playground at East Holladay Park this Saturday.

Commissioner Nick Fish's statement regarding the ERB's decision to reinstate Ron Frashour.

Commissioner Fish was proud to nominate two groups of outstanding young community leaders for Spirit of Portland awards

Today's the last day to submit your feedback to the proposed North Portland Greenway Trail.

The first wall of the $52.8 million Stephens Creek Crossing community was raised yesterday.

Portland Public Gold, part of Portland Parks & Recreation, continues to reduce the amount of chemicals used

On October 3rd all veterans are invited to Portland's Annual Stand Down & Job Fair

Nick was proud to join the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and the Portland community at the grand opening of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center on Saturday.

Friday Roundup - September 21, 2012

Portland fun for every season - September 21, 2012
The Portland Tribune featured a number of Portland Parks & Recreation sites in its Fall/Winter 2012 "101 Things to Do" insert.

Oregon State recently launched a new foreclosure prevention website designed to provide support for homeowners

Join Nick, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, and community members at the grand opening of the new Oregon Rail Heritage Center this Saturday, 10am – 5pm

The sun will be out all week, and don't miss out on scheduling a tee time at one of Portland Parks & Recreation's Public Golf Course!

Portland Parks & Recreation and Central City Concern's Community Volunteer Corps will celebrate the completion of 10,000 volunteer hours in Portland parks at 2 pm today at Lair Hill Park.

Nick was honored to host his friends Billy Cody and Marilyn Murdoch, owner of Katayama Framing and Art Gallery, in his office today.

Our Multnomah Youth Commission liaison Sophia Kecskes is entering her senior year at Cleveland High School. Sophia spent the summer in Ecuador with non-profit Amigos de las Americas. She shared her story with us.

Nuts about Nature - September 17, 2012
Portland Parks & Recreation’s 2012-2013 Nuts About Nature schedule is here!

The Fall 2012 activity guide is up on PP&R's website. Online registration is available.

Friday Roundup - September 14, 2012

Our 2012 Summer Free For All came to a close last Saturday, with the final Portland Parks & Recreation movie in in Wallace Park.

Commissioner Fish's statement regarding the Department of Justice's investigation of the Portland Police Bureau.

Nick was honored to join Blanchet House of Hospitality Board members, volunteers, and community members to celebrate the grand opening of the new Blanchet House in the Old Town China Town neighborhood.

Portland City Council voted in favor of adding fluoride to Portland's drinking water.

On Saturday, Nick was pleased to join KGW News Anchor Laurel Porter on Straight Talk to discuss the proposal to add fluoride to Portland's drinking water.

Leslie Goodlow joins PHB as the new Business Operations Manager; Jaymee Cuti joins PHB as the new Public Information Officer.

Lynchwood Park in East Portland received upgrades including on off-leash dog area, new benches, a drinking fountain and a half-mile of walking paths. The renovations are part of Portland Parks & Recreation's E205 Initiative.

Friday Roundup - September 7, 2012

Nick was pleased to join Congressman Earl Blumenauer, former Portland Mayor Bud Clark, REACH Executive Director Dee Walsh, and community members to celebrate REACH Community Development Corporation's 30th anniversary.

The Portland Trail Blazers are teaming up with Portland Parks & Recreation and Banfield Pet Hospital to renovate Chimney Park

Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Fire & Rescue and BES are collaborating to execute a prescriptive burn in the St. Johns Prairie unit of Baltimore Woods Natural Area in North Portland.

Nick was pleased to speak with HuffPost Live, a Huffington Post webcast, this morning to discuss poverty - one of our community's, and the nation's, biggest crises.

A grant from Portland's Free Geek has more than doubled the size of the free computer lab at the PP&R Charles Jordan Community Center.

Join Central City Concern to celebrate 40 Years of the Hooper Detox Stabilization Center and the Sobering Station/CHIERS.

Friday roundup - August 31, 2012

The first day of school is September 5 and Schoolhouse Supplies is handing out backpacks and school supplies to needy children throughout the metro area.

We are excited to learn that three of Portland?s historic sculptures: the George Washington, the Sacagawea and Jean-Baptiste, and the Portland Building's iconic Portlandia, will be receiving some much-needed restoration thanks to a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Join the Oregon Symphony at their annual free outdoor concert this Thursday at Portland Parks & Recreation’s Waterfront Park.

Today, the Portland City Council unanimously approved an Ordinance authorizing a TIF Set-Aside investment in the Portland Housing Bureau's 11x13 campaign to preserve affordable homes

Monday roundup - August 27, 2012

Friday roundup - August 24, 2012

Christen McCurdy with the Lund Report wrote a fantastic piece on Commissioner Nick Fish's 1,000 gardens initiative and Portland Parks & Recreation's Kids Cook! event

Yesterday, Nick was honored to join U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan and State Sentor Jeff Merkley at the roundtable meeting to discuss about the current President Obama’s housing refinancing plan and Senator Merkley Rebuilding Equity Act plan to help underwater homeowners.

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation for another Sunday Parkways event in Southeast Portland.

On August 22, 2012, Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council unanimously approved an agreement settling a lawsuit challenging the City's anti-camping ordinance.

On Sunday, Portland Parks & Recreation hosted its first ever family-focused food event, Kids Cook! at the St. John's Community Center.

Nick was pleased to join members of the Portland Timbers and the Parkrose community at the grand-opening of the Parkrose high school's brand new Soccer Field last Saturday.

Schoolhouse Supplies Drive - August 21, 2012
School is starting soon (sorry kids), and Schoolhouse Supplies is seeking donations of supplies and cash to help give kids a good start for the new school year.

Looking for things to do with your family and friends this week? Check out Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free For All events happening around Portland!

Friday roundup - August 17, 2012

Kids at the Tamarack and adjacent New Columbia communities will now have a brand new field to practice their soccer skills - thanks to the effort of Jordan Soto and his friends who live in the Tamarack apartments.

Commissioner Nick Fish released a statement regarding a proposal to add fluoride to Portland's drinking water.

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and our community partners this weekend at St. Johns Community Center for Kids Cook!

Temperatures are supposed to be in the triple digits this week, and we all need to look after ourselves, our pets, and our neighbors - especially older adults.

A coalition of Oregon housing agencies has launched a website where first time home buyers can learn more about the buying process.

Did you know that Portland Parks & Recreation has Dive-In Movies as part of our summer program? Now a 20-year tradition, this year we will be showing "Puss In Boots" in 5 of our outdoors pools.

We are pleased to report that Oregon's foreclosure rate dropped dramatically July, thanks to Oregon's new Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program which took effect last month.

One of Portland's most popular summer outdoor performances, Trek in the Park - running through August 26, was recently featured on CBS Sunday Morning News

Chuck Amato Fitness Center - August 13, 2012
The fitness center at Matt Dishman Community Center has been named in long-time Parks fitness trainer Chuck Amato's honor.

Friday roundup - August 10, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation's Washington Park Summer Festival, presented by Daimler, comes to a close this weekend with three final performances.

The Oregonian Editorial Board published an article today highlighting Portland Parks & Recreation?s Ira Keller Fountain - part of the Halprin Open Space Sequence - and the work of local non-profit Halprin Landscape Conservancy in preserving this National Historic Landmark

Portland Parks & Recreation is performing some needed trail work on Powell Butte Nature Park this Saturday 9am - 12pm and we need all the help we can get!

Data from a Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) aerial imagery study show that Portland’s urban tree canopy has grown by 2.6 percent over the past 10 years, and now covers nearly 30% of the city.

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Trail Blazers staff at the Summer Free For All playground and lunch program this Friday, 10 am ? 2 pm at Montavilla Park

Temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 80s today - what would be a better way to cool down than swimming in one our of Portland Parks & Recreation's aquatic facilities for free?

August 11-12 at Laurelhurst Park, Portland Parks & Rec will host the International Society of Arboriculure's world conference and tree climbing championships!

Dwell Magazine recently highlighted the beauty and innovative approach of our nationally recognized Bud Clark Commons.

U.S. Bank is contributing $100,000 to the operation of the Portland Public Schools' Early Learners Academy in northwest Portland.

On Wednesday, Friends of Laurelhurst Park will lead a work party to help clean up Laurelhurst Park in Southeast Portland from 9 am to 12 pm.

Construction of Harper's Playground is making steady progress.

Friday Roundup - August 3, 2012

This month, Community Cycling Center will turn two vacant lots in the New Columbia neighborhood into a Bicycle Repair Hub which will provide affordable bicycle repair and maintenance clinics.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 90s this weekend, and what would be a better way to cool off than visiting one of Portland Parks & Recreation?s aquatics facilities?

The new Enginehouse & Rail Heritage Center is nearing completion.

Thursday night, join Nick, our wonderful Summer Free For All sponsors, and community members at the opening night of the Washington Park Summer Festival, presented by Daimler.

Wednesday Roundup - August 1, 2012

Great news for homeowners who are facing foreclosure! Bank of America is holding an event August 23 - 25 in Tigard where homeowners can meet face-to-face with a Bank of America Specialist to review options for loan modifications or other alternatives to foreclosure.

The Fields, scheduled for completion in Spring 2013, will bring a new park to Northwest Portland. The 3.2-acre park will include a dog park, one-acre lawn, walking paths, picnic tables, a children's area, and a Portland Loo.

Poetry on the Piazza - July 30, 2012
Join Portland Parks & Recreation at tonight Poetry on the Piazza at Director Park every Monday starting at 6:30pm.

Construction for the new Blanchet House is almost complete.

Friday Roundup - July 27, 2012

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Hosford-Abernethy Neighborhood community at the Piccolo Park Drinking Fountain Community Dedication & Ribbon Cutting this Saturday.

Yesterday, City Council unanimously approved the Sullivan's Gulch Trail Concept Plan.

Two of our local non-profits partners have received grants this week to help our community?s most vulnerable - with a special focus on veterans and military families.

Nick was pleased to join community members at the grand opening of Proud Ground?s Svaboda Court, a community of 12 affordable town homes in Southeast Portland.

Join Nick and Parks Director Mike Abbate at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new playground at Portland Parks & Recreation's East Portland Community Center this Monday, July 30.

Dive-In Movies to begin in late August at neighborhood outdoor pools

Nick was honored to join former City Commissioner and Parks Director Charles Jordan, family, and friends at the dedication of Portland Parks & Recreation?s Charles Jordan Community Center yesterday.

Friday Roundup - July 20, 2012

We are pleased to announce that Portland Parks & Recreation's Tanner Springs Park is one of five finalists for the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Urban Open Space Award, a competition that recognizes an outstanding example of a well-used public open space that has spurred regeneration and the transformation of its surrounding community.

Statement from Commissioner Nick Fish regarding Cameron Whitten's hunger strike.

Nick will join 150 other policy makers tomorrow for the 8th Annual Voyage of the Visionaries bike ride.

Wednesday Roundup - July 18, 2012

Urban Forestry Commission responds to Oregonian story regarding the removal of trees by a downtown developer.

Join Nick, former City Commissioner and Parks Director Charles Jordan, family, and friends at a community celebration to honor the renaming of Portland Parks & Recreation?s Charles Jordan Community Center this Sunday, July 22 at 3:30 pm.

Work to help restore Portland Parks & Recreation's Oaks Bluff Trail in Southeast Portland's Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge will begin in the next couple weeks.

Portland Parks & Recreation's Ladybug Nature Walks for preschoolers was featured on KATU news

Portland Parks & Recreation carpenters are in the process installing three benches and a drinking fountain pad at Argay Park.

Join Portland Parks & Recreation, the Friends of Terwilliger, and community members at Terwilliger Parkway's Centennial celebration this weekend.

Local nonprofit My Story, in partnership with the Office of Mayor Sam Adams, the City of Portland, and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, recieves NEA grant.

Nick was invited to speak at Eugene's City Club last month, to share some of Portland's strategies to end homelessness.

Monday Roundup - July 16, 2012

Friday Roundup - July 13, 2012

As part of the annual Summer Free For All programs, Portland Parks & Recreation is partnering with Portland Public Schools and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide free, healthy meals for children in the community.

Great news for Oregonians struggling to make their mortgage payments - the Oregon Foreclosure Avoidance Mediation Program goes into effect today, providing those facing foreclosure the right to meet with their mortgage lenders and a mediator to seek alternatives.

Join Portland Parks & Recreation at the $5 5k at Gabriel Park on Sunday, July 29.

Portland Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce the hiring of Hasan Artharee as the Portland Park Ranger Supervisor.

Nick was pleased to join Northwest Trails Alliance Director Tom Archer, representatives from BikePortland, and the Hazelwood community at the grand-opening of Ventura Park's Pump Track, the first track of its kind in Portland.

Today, The Oregonian highlighted Portland Parks & Recreation's historic South Park Blocks.

Portland Community Reinvesment Initiatives Inc. is recruiting volunteers for healthy eating and living camp.

Friday Roundup - July 6, 2012

Univision Portland compartio nuestro Summer Free For All (las actividades gratuitas del verano).

Street Roots, in partnership with International Network of Street Papers, is participating in Hotels4Change - a campaign that helps people experiencing homelessness change their lives.

Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Fire Chief Erin Jannsens, and representatives from Portland?s Office of Equity and the Portland Police Bureau in the 3rd Annual Community Integration Cup Soccer Tournament at Delta Park this Friday and Saturday.

The Oregonian Editorial Board beautifully highlighted our community's efforts that help Portland Parks & Recreation maintain our National Gold Medal-winning parks system.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Director Mike Abbat? has issued a directive clarifying where riverbank fishing in PP&R parks along the Willamette River is allowed.

All seven of Portland Parks & Recreation pools will be open on Independence Day this Wednesday!

In Collaboration with Oregon Food Bank, Oregon Public Health Institute, and Multnomah County's "It Starts Here" campaign, we are working to ensure that more healthy vending options are available at downtown festivals. At the 2012 Blue's Festival, "Healthy Options Here" vendors will offer festival-goers more healthy choices.

Nick was honored to join Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, Portland Housing Director Traci Manning, and representatives from Holst Architecture for a tour of the nationally recognized Bud Clark Commons yesterday(BCC) yesterday.

Emmy Award-winning duo Joe and Harry Gantz recently shared their thoughts with The Oregonian about their current production of "American Winter."

2012 Mid-Year Report - July 2, 2012
An update on key initiatives for 2012 - Commissioner Nick Fish

Friday Roundup - June 29, 2012

We are excited to share some updates about the construction of the new Oregon Rail Heritage Center.

Yesterday, the City Council unanimously approved a set of updates to the City?s Limited Tax Exemption (LTE) program.

Yesterday, KGW news highlighted the great work of Central City Concern (CCC).

Nick was pleased to join Governor Kitzhaber, Oregon's First Lady, Parks Director Mike Abbat?, State Representative Tina Kotek, and the New Columbia community at the 2012 Summer Free For All Tip-off celebration Today at McCoy Park.

Portland Parks & Recreation has entered the design phase of the next great Portland park! The Werbin Property, a 2.4-acre site in the Cully neighborhood, will be transformed into a new park - and we need your help finding the best design.

Join Nick, Mayor Adams, Parks Director Mike Abbat?, Governor John Kitzhaber, and community members at Portland Parks & Recreation?s Summer Free For All Tip-Off celebration this Wednesday, June 27

Portland Parks & Recreation's Teen Nature Program is teaming up with Northwest Trail Alliance to hold a 4-day mountain biking camp, July 9 - 12.

Friday Roundup - June 22, 2012

Our community partner, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives, Inc (PCRI), and the Oregon Tradeswomen are collaborating on The Big 11, a renovation project that will rehabilitate 11 of PCRI's homes for future residents.

Home Forward is preparing to open waiting lists for several of its affordable homes in the Portland area.

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation for another Sunday Parkways event in North Portland this Sunday, 11 am - 4 pm!

Join Hacienda CDC and the Portland Housing Bureau in the 14th Annual Latino Home Fair this Saturday.

In the South Waterfront neighborhood, the construction of Gray?s Landing is making some significant progress.

United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan weighed in on the affordable housing debate at a recent NLIHC Mobility Conference

Join Portland Parks & Recreation for the Westmoreland Park Community Open House this wednesday from 4:00-7:00pm.

Summer is here, and Portland Parks & Recreation invites you to join one of our Ladybug Nature Walks for preschoolers! This Friday, join us at Powell Butte Nature Park.

Friday Roundup - June 15, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation's Pittock Mansion will soon undergo a major renovation.

Summer is quickly approaching, and the Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics staff is hard at work getting our 7 outdoor pools ready for the warm weather.

On June 7, Nick joined Central City Concern and community members in celebrating the grand re-opening of the Mark O. Hatfield Building.

Nick was honored to join Doreen Binder, non-profits partners, and community members to unveil the donor's wall at Bud Clark Commons (BCC) yesterday.

Local Portland artist Paul Missal, with the help of Oregon Symphony Music Director Carlos Kalmar, has created a one-of-a-kind musical instrument

The Lents International Farmers Market is kicking off its sixth season this Sunday, June 17th

A Shared Path - June 12, 2012
The Oregonian recently published a series on Fair Housing. The intersection of race, geography, and opportunity is an important subject.

Street Roots is having their first ever Summer Rally fundraising event and they need your help!

Portland Parks and Recreation's Arbor Lodge Park.

Friday Roundup - June 8, 2012
Commissioner Nick Fish Friday roundup

National report advocates for a balanced approach to housing choice ? preserving and improving housing in distressed areas, and investing in new housing in stronger neighborhoods.

Yesterday, City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to raise charitable donations for the construction of Harper?s Playground, the first playground in a Portland park that will be designed for children with disabilities.

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Great Blue Heron as the city of Portland's official city bird, Mayor Sam Adams read a proclamation at City Council yesterday, naming June 4 - 10, 2012 as Great Blue Heron Week in the city of Portland.

Portland City Council voted unanimously today to rename Portland Parks & Recreation?s University Park Community Center in honor of Charles Jordan.

Join Nick, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Central City Concern, and community members at the grand re-opening of the Mark O. Hatfield building this Thursday, 3:30 - 5 pm.

Omni Spinners, other improvements, coming soon to three Portland parks

Erin Janssens was sworn in today as Portland Fire and Rescue's first woman Fire Chief in bureau history.

Civic Engagement Roundtable with Roosevelt High School Seniors is huge success

The results of Portland Parks & Recreation?s first-ever BioBlitz event at Forest park are here! Wildlife experts compiled the data that was collected by over 140 volunteers during a 24-hour period in the park.

Over the weekend, Nick was honored to speak the opening of the City’s 43rd and 44th Community Gardens.

Saturday events at Johnson Creek

Friday Roundup - June 1, 2012

We’d like to share a trailer from the upcoming documentary “American Winter,” produced by Emmy Award-winners Joe and Harry Gantz.

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Riverview Natural Area.

Budget Roundup - May 31, 2012
Commissioner Nick Fish budget roundup

Portland Parks & Recreation will be reaching more E205 Initiative milestones this summer

Three Cheers - May 30, 2012
Three updates for housing: funding the safety net, Bud Clark Commons award, and community partner projects.

Portland Parks & Recreation and Washington Park Alliance would like your feedbacks to help make improvements to parking and shuttle service in Washington Park.

Join Nick, Portland Parks & Recreation, and community members at a celebration of the Healthy Portland Initiative at University Park Community Center this Thursday, May 31, starting at 4 pm.

Join Portland Parks & Recreation's Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) at our Adaptive Bike Day Clinic, Sunday, June 3 on the Eastbank Esplanade.

Friday Roundup - May 25, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation's Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) is now accepting applications.

Yesterday, Nick was honored to speak at the Grand opening of the Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center in downtown Portland.

City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade released an audit of the Portland Housing Bureau (PHB), "Bureau acting on risks, though more remains to be done."

33 acres in Portland Parks & Recreation's Forest Park is now free of the invasive, tree killing vines thanks to enormous contributions of our partners at West Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District, Forest Park Conservancy and their volunteers!

Thomas Cully Park in Northeast Portland is soon be transformed, thanks to a grant the Metro Council awarded last Thursday.

This morning, Nick joined Catholic Charities & Caritas Housing, members of the McCoy family, and community members to celebrate the grand re-opening of McCoy Village, a newly-restored affordable community, home to 55 individuals and families.

Portland Parks & Recreation's 2012 Summer Free for All schedule is now available.

Join Parks on May 25 to visit the Heron Rookery at Heron Lake

Congratulations to JOIN for 20 years of outstanding service in the fight against homelessness in our community!

Portland Parks & Recreation joined by Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association, and other community members celebrated the grand opening of Errol Heights Community Garden.

Friday Roundup - May 18, 2012

Bud Clark Commons, the now year-old building that provides affordable homes and services for our community?s most vulnerable, has won national recognition for its design.

Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square are now open to the public.

Warm spring weather brings great volunteer opportunities with Portland Parks & Recreation!

The Portland Tribune shared their list of 101 fun activities all across the metro area for Portlanders to enjoy all summer long.

Portland Parks & Recreation's Ladybug Nature Walk for preschoolers continue this Friday.

Portland Parks & Recreation presents amazing, family-friendly nature opportunities at Ross Island Natural Area.

We'd like to highlight one instrumental organization in the promotion of fair and equitable housing in Portland ? the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT).

Walk Score, an online service that helps apartment renters and home buyers find neighborhoods where they can drive less, has ranked Portland the nation’s second-best city for “bikeability.”

The Water Bureau has turned on their fountain/feature at Jamison Square, Director Park and also at the Waterfront Park

Congratulations to Portland Parks & Recreation for being featured in the May issue of Portland Monthly: Best of the City 2012.

oin Portland Parks & Recreation this Friday to celebrate National Water Safety Month.

May 11, 2012 - National Public Gardens Day

Friday Roundup - May 11, 2012

Our partner, Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro/East is featured in the New York Times online edition today - it will also be featured in Saturday's paper edition!

Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation kick off the first Sunday Parkways event.

Charles Jordan, former Portland City Commissioner and Portland Parks and Recreation Director who was featured in The Skanner

Parks Bureau update provides more details about the differences between the budget PP&R requested and the Mayor's proposed budget.

The Lincoln High School Constitution Team wins National "We the People" Championship

Nick was pleased to join fellow City Council members this morning in recognizing Ainsworth Spanish Immersion Program, Lincoln High School Consititution Team, and the 2012 Rose Festival Court.

Nick was pleased to address business and community leaders this morning to extend congratulations to the Portland Business Alliance on their 10th Anniversary.

Join Portland & US Fish and Wildlife Service to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day

Portland Parks & Recreation has once again been recertified by Salmon-Safe

Portland Parks and Recreation is looking for volunteers to help out at our community rose gardens this spring and summer.

Friday Roundup - May 4, 2012
Commissioner Nick fish's Friday roundup

Community Warehouse have officially opened a Westside warehouse to serve Washington and Clackamas Counties' low income residents.

Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal profiled Portland as an up-and-coming arts capital.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Veterans Administration (VA), has awarded Home Forward 60 special vouchers to help veterans who are experiencing homelessness in our community.

First of the 5K Fun Runs kicks of at Columbia Park, Sunday, May 6

We are delighted to report that the Portland Development Commission (PDC) supports the restoration of $1.1 million in funding for Leach Botanical Garden.

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish honor Lincoln High school student winning the 25th annual We The People competition

Grant Magazine's story about Leo Rhodes, homeless advocate and Street Roots vendor.

Portland Parks & Recreation's Forest Park

April 28 celebration of Frazer Park Community Garden opening.

Friday Roundup - April 27, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation, Sprite and Portland Trail Blazers Team Up to Revitalize NE Portland Basketball Court

Ladybug Nature Walks - April 26, 2012
Portland Parks & Recreation Ladybug Nature Walks

The State of Housing - April 25, 2012
The State of Housing: a Portland Story - Commissioner Nick Fish Street Roots Blog

Building Hope & Community - April 25, 2012
Nick Fish joined Habitat for Humanity's Annual Hope Builder Breakfast, April 25, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation offering various activites during Screen-Free Week

Nick was pleased to attend a trip that spanned advocacy for protecting services for the homeless to talking about how to grow businesses.

Friday Roundup - April 20, 2012

Exploring the Intertwine - April 20, 2012
Oregon Metro and Intertwine 2nd Annual Regional Trails Fair

Portland Parks & Recreation's Youth Conservation crew is hiring for this summer 2012

Multnomah Youth Commission held a candidate forum on April 11, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreations' Pier Park

All youth are invited to attend the Rob Ingram Youth Summit Against Violence

Our 1,000 Gardens Initiative recognizes the importance of growing food locally. Join in the celebration of local bounty during Earth Week 2012.

Nick joined Franklin High School students for a roundtable discussion about civic engagement.

Karina's story - April 16, 2012
Portland parks & Recreations' East Portland Community Center

City Council approves six new Neighborhood Prosperity Initiative districts

A Portland Story - April 12, 2012
The State of Housing: a Portland Story - by Nick Fish

City Council approved funding for Stephens Creek Crossing, April 11, 2012

Equity in Homeownership - April 12, 2012
Testimony from Lisa Bates regarding homeownership funding in the City

April is National Fair Housing Month - 2012 City of Portland Proclamation

Benefits of Trees - April 10, 2012

Commissioner Nick Fish, Portland Parks & Recreation programs for summer

Friday Roundup - April 6, 2012
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for April 2, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation

Nuts About Nature - April 5, 2012
Portland Parks & Recreation





Beatriz story about GRUNT experience

Friday roundup - March 30, 2012
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of March 26, 2012



Gray's Landing - March 26, 2012
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish joined partner REACH CDC to announce that South Waterfront?s first affordable housing development (Block 49) will be named ?Gray?s Landing,? in honor of local philanthropist and developer John Gray.

Friday roundup - March 23, 2012



Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish and others have joined the 'I Support the Portland Safety Net' campaign, showing support for the Portland Housing Bureau's 12/13 funding requests



Friday roundup - March 16, 2012








Friday roundup - March 9, 2012


As part of Commissioner Fish's 1,000 Gardens initiative, Portland Parks and Recreation has been working hard to break ground on new gardens. Join us as we celebrate the openings of three new gardens this Spring!




PHB celebrated the groundbreaking of the Yards at Union Station


Harper's Playground set to break ground on June 8th


Thursday Roundup - March 1, 2012

Honoring Black History Month - February 28, 2012




Friday Roundup - February 24, 2012
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of February 20, 2012


Jennifer Anderson wrote a great story about Portland's growing interest in community gardens and in Portland Parks & Recreation's role for today's Tribune

Statement From Housing Commissioner Nick Fish Regarding Shooting of Homeless Men


Thank you! - February 21, 2012
We were very proud to win the 2011 National Gold Medal for Excellence in park system management. The Gold Medal is the highest award presented to park and recreation organizations nationwide. This video is a way to thank all the folks who help nurture and maintain our parks and natural areas.


Friday Roundup - February 17, 2012
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for February 13, 2012




Happy Birthday, Oregon! - February 14, 2012



Happy Friday! - February 10, 2012

Friday Roundup - February 10, 2012
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of February 6, 2012


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was on KXL yesterday morning to give an update on the restoration effort underway at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares and talk about potential budget cuts for the coming fiscal year.

CIty Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which is bringing upgrades to parks east of I205 through the E205 initiative


Raptor field trip! - February 6, 2012

Friday Roundup - February 3, 2012

Dignity: A Veteran's Story - February 3, 2012


Bringing the Dream to Life - February 1, 2012




Bud Clark Commons Roundup - January 26, 2012


Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, hosts weekly work parties for community members interested in helping maintain the health and beauty of our system.

Friday Roundup - January 20, 2012
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for January 16, 2012

You're invited to Soup for the Soul 2012, an event benefitting Transition Projects

Harper's Playground announces two Southeast Portland benefit concerts to finance new playground

REACH turns 30 - January 18, 2012
REACH Community Development Celebrates its 30th anniversary

Bend artist Tom Temple, the Multnomah Arts Center Association, and Fred Meyer have given generously to PP&R's metalworking program.

Commissioner Nick Fish was very proud to once again act as a judge for Oregon's District 1, 3, and 5 "We The People" competition, held annually at Lake Oswego High School

An update from PP&R - January 18, 2012


Friday Roundup - January 13, 2012
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for January 9, 2012





SAFES shelter changes lives - January 10, 2012
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which is proud to support the Salvation Army's Female Emergency Shelter (SAFES)


Commissioner Nick Fish has selected Hannah Kuhn as Chief of Staff, effective February 6 2012

Parks roundup - January 5, 2012


This morning's Oregonian Editorial, "First, a place of their own," highlights our community's 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness and applauds our two core strategies: housing first, and supportive housing.


Friday Roundup - December 30, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for December 26, 2011

Parks Budget - December 29, 2011



Happy Holidays - December 23, 2011

Friday Roundup - December 23, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for December 19, 2011

Blanchet House celebrates 60 years of service


Today, the Portland City Council approved a resolution sponsored by Commissioners Fish, Leonard, and Saltzman to establish a pilot program that allows overnight sleeping at certain sites in the city

A Street Roots article highlight organizations, including Janus Youth, who are bringing needed resources to areas classified as Food Desserts.


City Commissioner Nick Fish was honored to join a celebration today for Chuck Amato, a personal trainer who's been with Portland Parks & Recreation for 50 years.

Friday Roundup - December 16, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for December 12, 2011

This week, Council approved the final phase of the "Yards at Union Station" project, which will add 80 affordable units to an existing mixed-use building next to Union Station.

This Wednesday, dozens of volunteers joined Portland Parks & Recreation staff to help rake leaves and otherwise clean up Chapman and Lownsdale Squares

The Xerces Society celebrates 40 years of work to protect wildlife and conserve invertebrates

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish will introduce a resolution to allow overnight sleeping for people experiencing homelessness


City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, whose magnolia collection has been recognized by the North American Plant Collection Consortium (NAPCC) for its high quality

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to join the kick-off event for KGW's annual Great Toy Drive yesterday.

Wreath Sale: Last Chance! - December 12, 2011

Help for homeowners - December 12, 2011
City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which funds community partner MHAC, the Minority Homeowner Assistance Collaborative.

Friday Roundup - December 9, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for December 5, 2011


Following the Occupy Portland encampment in Chapman and Lownsdale Squares, the Parks Foundation established the "Restore our Historic Squares Fund" - yesterday, the Portland Marathon donated $4,000

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, mentioned in today's Willamette Week article, "Renter's Hell"

Congratulations to the team at Portland Parks & Recreation (overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish) for their strong showing in the City Auditor's 21st Annual Community Survey

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which recently created the city's first-ever Fair Housing Action Plan


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to join staff and supporters of Proud Ground to celebrate their 150th homeowner.

Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, released an updated estimate of the cost to restore downtown's historic Chapman and Lownsdale Squares yesterday, putting the cost at $85,000 or more.


Help for Homeowners - December 1, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish reflects on his former boss and friend, Barney Frank.

Story by David Nguyen

Homeless and at-risk youth preform in an end-of-year extravaganza

Weekend Roundup - November 28, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for November 24-27, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish helped announce expanded shelter space for homeless women this winter

Wednesday Roundup - November 23, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of November 21, 2011

Umpqua Bank joins nearly 100 individual donors to kick off the Restore our Historic Squares Fund, managed by the Portland Parks Foundation and established in the wake of the Occupy Portland encampment

The Oregonian's Steve Duin weighed in today on the potential of the Occupy Portland movement


Friday Roundup - November 18, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of November 14, 2011

Day of Homelessness Awareness - November 18, 2011

A Century of Service - November 17, 2011





The Portland Parks Foundation has set up a "Restore our Historic Squares" fund to collect donations to support the restoration of Chapman and Lownsdale Squares following the Occupy Portland re-location




Give!Guide 2011 - November 11, 2011

Portland City Commissioner is proud to join the Veterans Day Parade every November

Shelters and Resources - November 10, 2011

Occupy Portland: Update - November 9, 2011
In the first week of the occupation of Lownsdale and Chapman Squares, Commissioner Fish made it clear that while he was sympathetic with many of the issues raised by the Occupy movement, he was concerned about damage to the parks and asked the occupiers to move quickly to a peaceful end of the occupation.

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish brought a set of recommendations to improve the city's 30% set-aside policy to Council this morning

Tuesday Roundup - November 8, 2011



Next year, Portland's Terwilliger Parkway celebrates 100 years of scenic beauty, stunning views, and of providing an oasis of quiet in an otherwise bustling urban environment

Friday Roundup - November 4, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of October 31, 2011

The Portland Housing Bureau, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, is a proud sponsor of the annual Homebuyer Fair presented by the African-American Alliance for Homeownership

Nature in our City (Parks!) - November 2, 2011

We hope you saw The Oregonian's editorial about Portland Parks & Recreation receiving the National Gold Medal Award this week

City Commissioner Nick Fish is very proud of the team at Portland Parks & Recreation, honored with the prestigious National Gold Medal Award this week in Atlanta


Friday Roundup - October 28, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of October 24, 2011


Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council designated six new Heritage Trees and introduced the free PDX Trees app today

Portland Parks & Recreation's Produce for People program has donated over 25 tons of produce to hungry Oregonians since 1995

Plant It! - October 26, 2011



Commissioner Nick Fish visited Overlook Park this weekend and ran into James Redden, North Portland super volunteer - hard at work with rake in hand!

Commissioner Fish is very proud to be a partner in the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation's effort to build a permanent new home for two historic steam locomotives owned by Portland Parks & Recreation


Friday Roundup - October 21, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of October 17, 2011

Park Damage - October 20, 2011
City Commissioner Nick Fish responds to questions about park damage caused by Occupy Portland and permitted events on Portland Parks & Recreation properties


Fight the alien invader! - October 20, 2011

City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to officially kick off Food Day in Portland with a Council proclamation this morning

Occupy Portland responds - October 18, 2011

City Commissioner Nick Fish released an open letter to the Occupy Portland movement today, October 17 2011

Monday Roundup - October 17, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of October 10

Portland City Commissioner joined the grand opening celebration for Killingsworth Station this morning

Parks Director Announcement - October 13, 2011
City Commissioner Nick Fish announced the appointment of Mike Abbate as new Director for Portland Parks & Recreation this morning

A Nice Note - October 12, 2011

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Summer Free for All, Portland Parks & Recreation's annual lineup of free, family-friendly fun

For 100 years, Portland's Royal Rosarians have served as official greeters and ambassadors of goodwill - this past weekend, they kicked off their centennial year by unveiling a new statue in Washington Park

Friday Roundup - October 7, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of October 3

US Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden submitted a joint letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta this week urging him to reconsider the Medal of Honor for WWI hero Sergeant Henry Lincoln Johnson

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish joined partners from Human Solutions to celebrate the opening of the Rockwood Building in East County this morning

City Commissioner visited East Portland this morning to accept a check from Safeway for being "America's Most Natural City" and to mark the latest E205 project completion, also at Gilbert Park.

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which is working to add 1000 new community garden plots to Portland by 2012 - the "1000 Gardens" campaign

Friday Roundup - September 30, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of September 26, 2011


City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which has secured a $1.35 million grant from HUD to support employment services and housing for people living with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA)

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which runs the Portland Memory Garden, recipient of the 2011 Therapeutic Garden Design Award

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which does an annual tree inventory to determine the state of our urban forest

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish announced today that he has selected Traci Manning to serve as the next Director of the Portland Housing Bureau

Friday Roundup - September 23, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of September 19, 2011


The Portland City Council voted this morning to move forward with planning for the proposed Oregon Sustainability Center

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which has received a $1.4 million federal grant to provide homes for people living with AIDS


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish and his Council colleagues were very proud to welcome Megan Rapinoe and Stephanie Cox, members of the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, to City Hall this morning

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which today announced the launch of a brand new "Find a Park" feature to help you find the perfect park!

Metro's Community Enhancement Grants will fund up to a dozen livability improvement projects in North and Northwest Portland this year


Friday Roundup - September 16, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of September 12, 2011


PARK(ing) Day is coming! - September 14, 2011


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish will bring the city's first-ever Fair Housing Action Plan to Council for adoption September 14

9/11 Remembrance - September 12, 2011
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish joined Senators Wyden and Merkley, Congressman Merkley, and others for a 9/11 Remembrance event yesterday.


Beat the heat at the pool! - September 7, 2011
Two Portland Parks & Recreation pools and numerous splash pads will be open during this week's heat wave

Local teen Dylan Gattey has developed a remarkable iPhone app to improve your experience at Porland's Forest Park

PP&R is seeking artwork from local artists to show at their "Nature in our City (Parks!)" Art Show

Friday Roundup - September 2, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of August 29, 2011

Update: Office of Equity - September 1, 2011



Portland Parks & Recreation is very proud to partner with private sponsors to present the Summer Free for All, an outstanding lineup of free, family-friendly events all Summer long

SE Sunday Parkways - August 30, 2011

The Forest Park Conservancy is a vital partner in our work to keep Forest Park, the crown jewel of our parks system, in good health.

Friday Roundup - August 26, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of August 22, 2011



Dive-In Movies! - August 24, 2011
Portland Parks & Recreation presents "Dive-In Movies" this week at 5 area pools - join us for "Gnomeo and Juliet"

Hillsdale Park Reopened - August 24, 2011

Fair Housing Update - August 24, 2011
City Commissioner Nick Fish is addressing housing discrimination in Portland with a new Fair Housing Action Plan

The 2011 Equity Ride is a great way to get to know East Portland and hear about equity efforts underway there

An E205 milestone! - August 22, 2011
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish is excited to lead a special celebration at Parklane Park, the site of our first E205 improvement project, this Thursday

Friday Roundup - August 19, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of August 15, 2011


Join Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish at the 2011 Founders' Day celebration in the Lents neighborhood


Portland Parks & Recreation, led by Commissioner Nick Fish, presents two free concerts at North Portland's Unthank Park this week

Portland Housing Bureau Director Margaret Van Vliet has been appointed to lead the Oregon Housing and Community Services department by Governor John Kitzhaber

The Blue Cranes join NW Dance Project to kick off the final weekend of the Washington Park Summer Festival, a highlight of Portland Parks & Recreation's annual Summer Free for All

Friday Roundup - August 12, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of August 78, 2011

The Portland City Council welcomed Portland State University Professor Ron Tammen for a tribute to Senator Mark O. Hatfield, who died Sunday, August 7, this Wednesday


New photos - August 10, 2011

City Commissioner Nick Fish leads E205, the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) initiative to bring park improvements to underserved East Portland

Join Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish to kick off the Washington Park Summer Festival tomorrow night!


National Night Out - August 2, 2011
Portland Parks & Recreation will co-host two dozen National Night Out events tonight - stop by!

Monday Wrap-up - August 2, 2011
News we liked, August 2

Are you near a radio? - August 1, 2011

Friday Roundup - July 29, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of July 25

An amazing asset - July 29, 2011
KATU features Forest Park, the crown jewel of Portland Parks & Recreation's inventory (includes a video with Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis!)

Commissioner Nick Fish has been a strong supporter of the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation's efforts to secure a new home for Portland Parks & Recreation's three historic steam locomotives

"Best Kemo Sabe" - July 27, 2011
Congratulations to Bob McCoy, Forest Park Ranger and Willamette Week's "Best Kemo Sabe" of 2011

Portland Parks & Recreation, a finalist for the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence from the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AARPA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), is overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish


The annual Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness Awards this year honored several individuals and organizations committed to ending homelessness. Nick joined County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury to honor the many recipients.


Friday Roundup - July 22, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of July 18, 2011

Portland Bans the Bag! - July 22, 2011
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish joined his colleagues today in a unanimous vote to ban single-use plastic bags at certain retail outlets in Portland

City Commissioner Nick Fish is leading the E205 Initiative, which will bring small but meaningful improvements to a dozen East Portland park sites over the next 18 months


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish is a stalwart Pilots fan, enjoying season tickets for UP's womens soccer team.

This Saturday, July 30th is the 6th Annual Native American Housing to Homeownership Fair. All are welcome to join in on this fun community event that features information and resources for renters, homebuyers and homeowners.

Community Gardens FAQ (PDF Document, 179kb) - July 15, 2011

Travel Portland's Compassion Coupon program will benefit Bud Clark Commons this year

Friday Roundup - July 15, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of July 11, 2011


Spotted! - July 13, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish leads the '1,000 Gardens' initiative, which will bring 1,000 new community garden plots to Porltanders by the end of 2012.

Housing grab bag - July 11, 2011

Friday Roundup - July 8, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of July 4, 2011

Commissioner Nick Fish's E205 Initiative will bring needed improvements to more than a dozen parks in East Portland

Commissioner Fish joins Commisisoner Fritz for

Catch our new Parks and Recreation Media Relations representative as he speaks with : "Pulso H" (in Spanish) about the upcoming 2011 Summer Free for All

Thank You, Zari - July 1, 2011
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish bids farewell to outgoing Parks & Recreation Director Zari Santner

Commissioner Nick Fish is very proud to be working with The Skanner newspaper to secure a Medal of Honor for WWI hero Sergeant Henry Lincoln Johnson

City Commisisoner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, stewards of the country's largest urban park - Forest Park.

Fish and a team from Janus Youth Programs opens a landmark store featuring healthy food options for low-income and affordable housing communities. This store employes several low income teens and adults while promoting Portland values of local, fresh produce and healthy food alternatives.


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish led the effort to bring a new Disparity Study to

A detailed schedule of upcoming arts related events happening in Portland Parks and Community Centers


Parkrose Groundbreaking - June 20, 2011
Commissioner Fish joins partners as they break ground on the new Parkrose High School sports field. This field will not only serve this outer East Portland high school, but also the greater community

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to be part of the rededication ceremony for Unthank Park this past Friday

One of Commissioner Fish's top priorities is bringing new all-weather fields to young Portland athletes - we're very proud of the Friends of Grant Athletics for their leadership on the Grant Fields Project



Friday, June 10, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish unveiled the City's first Fair Housing Action Plan to combat discrimination in our rental market

Friday, June 10, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish unveiled the City's first Fair Housing Action Plan to combat discrimination in our rental market


News Highlights - June 9, 2011

Commissioner Fish announced this week that Sue Keil, former Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, will act as Interim Director for the Parks Bureau until a new Director has been selected

Commissioner Nick Fish is working to bring all-season sports fields to young Portland athletes - he and the team celebrated a major step forward last week at Buckman Field.

Poetry - June 6, 2011

Bud Clark Commons - June 2, 2011
News and photos from the opening of Portland's Bud Clark Commons, a project of the Housing Bureau, Home Forward, Holst Architecture, Walsh Construction, and more


Patrick Preston on KATU, June 2


The Oregonian's Anna Griffin on outgoing Parks Director Zari Santner - Commissioner Nick Fish and team will select a new Director this Summer

Portland Monthly's Randy Gragg on outgoing Parks Director Zari Santner - Commissioner Nick Fish and his team will select a new Director this Summer

In the News - May 31, 2011

Friday Roundup - May 27, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of May 23-27, 2011

The Portland Housing Bureau, overseen by City Commissioner Nick Fish, secured $1.9 million for its Short-Term Rent Assistance program next year

Healthy and Happy - May 26, 2011
Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which is working to bring healthier food options to rec centers and community events held in parks

Fair Housing Update - May 26, 2011


Commissioner Fish was excited to be part of the season's inaugural Sunday Parkways ride yesterday

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish joined partners from Home Forward and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for an exciting HOPE VI announcement this morning

Friday Roundup - May 20, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was excited to join community members and project partners to celebrate the grand opening of The Ramona - affordable, family-friendly housing in the Pearl district


Fair Housing Update - May 18, 2011

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, currently seeking a new Director

50 plots closer! - May 17, 2011
City Commissioner Nick Fish leads the Community Garden Initiative, which is working to bring 1,000 new plots to Portland by the end of 2012

The effort to secure a Medal of Honor for WWI hero Sgt. Henry Lincoln Johnson may be nearing a successful end



Members of Portland's 'Project Grow' are at City Hall this week to learn more about our local government and produce works of art inspired by their experience. Welcome!

Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, visited Portland's City Hall this morning during a trip to Oregon

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which recently commissioned a Fair Housing Council of Oregon audit to examine rental bias in Portland

In Sympathy - May 10, 2011

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which recently partnered to purchase 146 acres of River View Cemetery for future use as a natural area

Friday Roundup - May 6, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish joined the Multnomah County Commission this morning to proclaim 'Older Americans Month 2011' in the City of Portland


Portland is home to numerous farmers markets - there's one for every neighborhood.

Commissioner Nick Fish and his team at Portland Parks & Recreation are working to bring better parks facilities to East Portland

City Commissioners Nick Fish and Dan Saltzman joined Metro Council Barbara Roberts and other community partners to announce an exciting property acquistion

Friday Roundup - April 29, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish and his Council colleagues will vote today on a resolution concerning the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF)

City Commissioner Nick Fish, who oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, leads the Community Garden Initiative

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish attended 'Festa Sensuale,' a benefit for Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette, last Saturday at BodyVox

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish will break ground on the South Waterfront's first affordable housing project this morning

Friday Roundup - April 22, 2011

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which is working with the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation to build a new home for three historic Oregon locomotives

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which has convened a group of stakeholders to examine discrimination in the Portland market and identify ways to combat it

City Commissioner Nick Fish's April 20 statement on the Joint Terrorism Task Force

City Commissioner Nick Fish attended Habitat for Humanity's 11th Annual HopeBuilder Breakfast earlier this week

Congratulations, Barry - April 18, 2011
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish's friends Barry Sanders was profiled in Sunday's Oregonian

Go Timbers! - April 14, 2011
The Portland Timbers will face the Chicago Fire tonight in the home opener of their inaugural season as an MLS franchise - Commissioner Nick Fish is excited to attend!

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which recently completed work on the 2011 Lents Park Master Plan

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, working to bring new community gardens and new all-weather fields to Portlan

OPB's Oregon Field Guide episode on Forest Park, "Forest Park: Portland's Backyard Gem," will re-air tomorrow, April 14

Spotlight on food - April 12, 2011
Upcoming events highlight food advocacy, policy, and more: conferences from the University of Portland (featuring keynote speaker Michael Pollan) and the Community Food Security Coalition

In 2001, Commissioner Nick Fish helped lead a delegation of Oregonians to New York City - today, he announced that the group will return for the 10th anniversary of its trip

The City of Portland - led by Commissioner Nick Fish - and the Portland Development Commissioner today released the results of their Disparity Study

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which has closed grass sports fields in the wake of unseasonably wet and rainy weather

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish led a group on a tour of the Bud Clark Commons, opening this June

Friday Roundup - April 8, 2011

Portland Parks & Recreation - overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish - is partnering with the NW Trail Aliance to bring a new dirt track riding area to East Portland

Proud Ground and groups like it work to support homeownership in the Portland area

Portland's Director Park and Jamison Square have been nominated for the Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award

The Portland Housing Bureau, overseen by City Commissioner Nick Fish, today presented its requested budget for the coming fiscal year

Friday roundup - April 1, 2011

Commissioner Nick Fish joined Portland State Universite President Wim Wiewel and others to celebrate the groundbreaking of College Station

New photos! - March 30, 2011

City Commissioner Nick Fish's wife, PSU Professor Patricia Schechter, collaborated on "Remembering the Power of Words" with former state legislator Avel Gordly - profiled in today's Willamette Week

Portland Parks & Recreation Director Zari Santner announced her retirement today; PP&R is overseen by City Commissioner Nick Fish

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish is working to help Senators Wyden and Schumer secure a Medal of Honor for Sergeant Henry Lincoln Johnson, a hero in World War I

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish attended 'From Oregon, With Love', a benefit for Japan at the Aladdin Theater


Friday Roundup - March 25, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of March 21, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish recently led a delegation of housing experts and business reps to Seattle to learn from best practices around affordable housing

Commissioner Fish was happy to support the students from PSU in organizing a vigil in Pioneer Courthouse Square to honor victims of the earthquake in Japan. Upcoming events include "From Oregon with Love" featuring Pink Martini, Storm Large and Oregon Ballet Theater. Taiko Drum performance at PSU's Lincoln Hall March 22, 2011. If you cannot attend these events, you can donate online at the Oregon Japan Relief Fund via Mercy Corps, and Friends of Japan: W + K Fund.

Commissioner Nick Fish raised a number of questions about ratepayer impacts during the Portland Water Bureau's presentation of its requested 2011-12 budget

Farmers markets dot the Portland landscape, from the Portland State University in Southwest to outer East Portland and beyond

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which recently hired Bob McCoy as a new Ranger for Forest Park

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which is working to add 1000 new community garden plots by 2012

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which recently worked with a Portland citizen to restore views on historic Council Crest

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which recently announced investments totaling $10 million in affordable homes in East and Northeast Portland

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which has been working with the team on the Citywide Tree Policy Review and Regulatory Improvement Project

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which is working with PPS and the Friends of Grant Athletics to bring first-rate fields to the Grant community

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish led a delegation of housing advocates, non-profit leaders, City staff, and others, to learn more about the Seattle model

Friday Roundup - March 4, 2011
News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of February 28, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish is leading a delegation of affordable housing professionals to Seattle this week

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, a partner organization in the Short-Term Rent Assistance Program

On the road - March 2, 2011

The Portland City Council approved a Master Plan for a future Gateway park today - Portland Parks & Recreation is working with the Portland Development Commission to bring this vision to life

Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to be part of the groundbreaking ceremony for Concordia University's state-of-the-art athletic complex

ABCs of Homebuying - March 1, 2011

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which recently partnered with the Bureau of Environmental Services and Metro to purchase 20 acres in East Portland for a future park and natural area

Friday Roundup - February 25, 2011

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to be part of the groundbreaking ceremony for Concordia University's new athletic complex yesterday



City Commissioner Nick Fish has supported the creation of a no-wake zone in the Ross Island Lagoon and Holgate Channel - last week, the Oregon State Marine Board voted to create a no-wake zone


Report to the Community - February 22, 2011
The first Annual Report of the Portland Housing Bureau, overseen by City Commissioner Nick Fish

The Northwest Trail Alliance has been a great partner of Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, over the past few years

Commissioner Fish joined his colleagues in yesterday's decision to send a portion of the ICE facility proposal through a Conditional Use review

The City of Portland's Winter BuMP package support important PP&R programs


Friday Roundup - February 11, 2011

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which is working to address the crisis of homelessness among our veterans

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation and leads the City's Community Gardens Initiative

YU - February 8, 2011

E205 Initiative - February 4, 2011
Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, working to increase equity for East Portland through improvements to our park system


This week's news about the Portland Housing Bureau, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, and its community partners

Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council heard testimony about the proposed Tree Code package last night

The Portland Housing Burea (PHB) sponsors Fix-It Fairs to help Portlanders stay healthy and save money during the winter months


'It Starts Here' - January 28, 2011
Commissioner Nick Fish and the City of Portland are proud to partner with Multnomah County's "It Starts Here" initiative

Friday Roundup - January 28, 2011
News from the week of January 24

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which is leading the team on the South Waterfront Greenway project

The Oregonian spoke with Sally Erickson, the Portland Housing Bureau's Ending Homelessness Initiative Program Manager

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish attended the grand re-opening of the Clifford Apartments in SE Portland

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation. The Parks Board welcomed two new members yesterday in Council - Andy Nelson and Jeff Tryens

City Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which will lead the 2011 Homeless Street Count tonight

Wal-Mart awarded Potluck in the Park - serving meals ever Sunday for two decades - a grant of $50,000; Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to speak at the ceremony.

Commissioner Fish and the City Council will name the new homeless services center after former Mayor Bud Clark

Street Roots leadership calls on regional, state, and federal officials to prioritize funding to address the crisis of homelessness in our community

Non-profit Zenger Farms will expand by 7 acres, adding the Furey Community Garden to its 16-acre site in East Portland

Nick is proud to be working with the Halprin Landscape Conservancy to honor and protect the vision of Lawrence Halprin

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development 'Continuum of Care' awards will send almost $10M to Multnomah County homeless service providers

Commissioner Nick Fish attended two celebratory events on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 2011

Central City Concern's $55M investment in construction projects in the Portland area has resulted in more than 800 jobs for area workers

Portland's Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) presented another successful Homeownership Fair this past August

Commissioner Nick Fish was honored to introduce Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley this morning in North Portland


The Portland Housing Bureau is overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish

The Portland Housing Bureau, overseen by City Commissioner Nick Fish, has created a new reporting tool to provide a snapshop of their work in our community

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which will expand its Afterschool At-Risk Meal and Snack Program this year

We the People - January 11, 2011
Commissioner Nick Fish was honored to be asked to speak before the We The People competition crowd tonight, January 11

Congratulations - January 10, 2011
Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to attend the swearing-in ceremony for Loretta Smith, Multnomah County Commissioner for District 2


Using federal funds and working with Oregon Housing and Community Services, non-profit Hacienda CDC is working to help local homeowners avoid foreclosure

Friday Roundup - January 7, 2011

January Potluck - January 7, 2011

Transitions - January 6, 2011
Coalition for a Livable Future Director Jill Fuglister has been a great partner of Commissioner NIck Fish - we wish her the best in her new role

Thank You - January 4, 2011
Today, Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was sworn in, marking the beginning of a four-year term

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, praised in the latest Street Roots newspaper

ParkScan - December 31, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which uses ParkScan to communicate directly with park users about maintenance needs around the city

A Banner Year - December 30, 2010
Portland Parks & Recretion, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, had a banner year

Do Good - December 29, 2010
Start searching and purchasing with two websites that will support a charity or organization of your choice. Innovative Housing is one such organization that Commissioner Nick Fish supports, and you can support by searching today.

Joyride - December 29, 2010
Bicycle advocate Mia Birk's 'Joyride' is reviewed in today's Willamette Week; she will speak at Powell's January 4

The Meyer Memorial Trust has awarded the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette $200,000 and offered another $100,000 through a matching grant

'The Best of Times' - December 27, 2010
Zach Dundas in the January 2011 Portland Monthly

Happy Holidays! - December 21, 2010
Happy Holidays from Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish!

Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer addressed the Portland City Club today, sharing 8 lessons he's learned

Friday Roundup - December 17, 2010


All the Art that Fits! - December 16, 2010

The Portland Housing Bureau brought two exciting items to Council today - Block 49 and the new Portland Housing Advisory Commission

Gateway Green photos - December 13, 2010

Commissioner Nick Fish is proud to serve as Council liaison to Elders in Action, honored with a 2010 Governor's Volunteer Award

Gateway Green milestone - December 10, 2010
Commissioner Fish and the City of Portland officially take on a leadership role with the Gateway Green project today

Friday Roundup - December 10, 2010

The Portland Parks Foundation held its Winter Celebration at the Pittock Mansion last night - Commissioner Fish had a great time!

Commissioner Nick Fish was honored to present the 19th Annual Steve Lowenstein Trust Award to Bobby Fouther in Council this morning

Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free for All helped tens of thousands of Portlanders make the most of their summer

Friday Roundup - December 3, 2010
New about Commissioner Nick Fish and the City of Portland

Holiday fun at Director Park - December 3, 2010
Portland's Director Park offers a festive lineup of events this month

The US Gran Prix of Cyclocross season wraps up at Portland International Raceway this weekend with the Stanley Portland Cup

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish and Police Chief Mike Reese are discussing ways to improve security measures for large public events

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish's Statement on Bomb Threat at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Thanksgiving Proclamation - November 24, 2010
Commissioner Fish was honored to read President Obama's Thanksgiving Day Proclamation for 2010 this past Wednesday at First Christian Church in SW Portland

Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to help serve dinner at the 15th annual Harvest Dinner presented by the Portland Trail Blazers


Comcast Newsmakers - November 23, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish was pleased to be part of Comcast Newsmakers recently

The Portland Housing Bureau, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, is prepared to help shelter our most vulnerable during winter weather emergencies

Friday Round-Up - November 19, 2010
Huffington Post and Mercury report on Portland's initiative with homeless storage

The November 18 USA Today highlights Portland's Resource Access Center and our temporary storage program

Commissioner Fish was proud to join Proud Ground to celebrate the Woolsey Court opening this morning in North Portland

"Walk of Awareness" - November 16, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish and our Youth Commissioner took part in the Day of Homelessness Awareness March this morning

Nick in the Chinese Times - November 16, 2010
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was on the cover of the Portland Chinese Times recently

The Parks bureau, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, is facing tough budget cuts this year - please share your priorities at tomorrow's meeting

Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to speak at Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence dinner, which honored outstanding local nonprofits

Commissioner Fish and Mayor Adams announced an extra $1 million for the Portland Housing Bureau earlier this year

Congratulations to Street Roots Director Israel Bayer for being named a 2010 Skidmore Prize winner

Commissioner Nick Fish was honored to be part of the 2010 Spirit of Portland Award ceremony last night

Lee Kelly - November 9, 2010

Commissioner Fish and the Portland City Council will consider 9 trees for Heritage Tree designation this week

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which administers the Mortgage Credit Certificate to help low-income first-time homebuyers

Weekend round-up - November 8, 2010

Parks in the news - November 5, 2010
Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, had a very busy week!

The 2010 Spirit of Portland awards will honor community partners DePave, Ted Gilbert, and Daimler Trucks North America

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which announced a new agreement with Portland Public Schools today

Jobs, Police, Vegetables - October 29, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to take part in Portland Schools Foundation's annual Principal for a Day event, visiting King Elementary

City Commissioner Nick Fish was featured on Portland's KATU

Forest Park update - October 26, 2010
Commissioner Fish writes to Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists

Housing Success Story - October 26, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish co-chaired the Section 8 Success Rate Task Force with Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury

The African American Alliance for Homeownership offers its 12th Annual fair this weekend and Legacy Emanuel Hospital

Unthank Park upgrade - October 22, 2010
Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, works to keep all of its parks clean and well-maintained, making for a safe, comfortable experience for all

Commissioner Nick Fish is excited to attend Zenger Farm's 3rd annual Farm to Table fundraiser this Friday

Commissioner Nick Fish is proud to take part in the 10th annual Principal for a Day, a program of the Portland Schools Foundation

Friday Round-Up - October 15, 2010
October 11-15th, 2010

Recap of the dinner event last night featuring the 8 master gardeners from Portland Japanese Garden's history.

Go Cardinals! - October 14, 2010

Oregon Field Guide presents "Forest Park: Portland's Backyard Gem" this week

Commissioner Nick Fish spoke at a young leaders event at Portland's Pittock Mansion Tuesday night

Things to do - October 12, 2010
Have some fun this month with Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish

New York-based Common Ground will honor Commissioner Nick Fish for his role as Chair of Manhattan Community Board 5 and as an early champrion of Common Ground

Friday Round-Up - October 8, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish's round-up of news highlights from the past week

Commissioner Fish joined Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Tucker Teutsch, Parks Director Zari Santner, and staff this morning to honor Tony Lester for his service to our bridges

The 2010-11 class of Multnomah County

Righting a historic wrong - September 28, 2010
Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish is working to posthumously recognize Sergeant Henry Lincoln Johnson with the Medal of Honor

Floating World Comics has teamed with over 40 artists and illustrators to curate a KATAMARI-themed art show to benefit local non-profit JOIN

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which is drafting its first-ever strategic plan this fall

Commissioner Nick Fish will ride in the final Sunday Parkways event - through Northwest Portland - this Sunday

PGE Park groundbreaking - September 21, 2010
Portland Commissioner Nick Fish attended a groundbreaking ceremony at PGE Park this morning - the stadium will soon be converted for MLS

The Gateway Neighborhood Park open house this Thursday at the East Portland Community Center will showcase three design proposals

Forest Park, Alcohol Impact Area, and more in the news this week


Forest Park Update - September 16, 2010
Commissioner Fish announced the completion of his five-point management plan for Forest Park yesterday

As part of developing its first Strategic Plan, the Portland Housing Bureau hosted a Community Forum on Housing Needs Monday night

Gay Fair on the Square - September 14, 2010
"Gay Fair on the Square" will showcase the best of Portland’s LGBT community. Dozens of groups, including Cascade Aids Project, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), the Q Center, gay sports and arts groups, social and student groups and many others.

Weekend news - September 13, 2010
Two stories in the September 12 New York Times, both exploring the national housing picture, stood out to us

Commissioner Nick Fish's grandfather, Hamilton Fish, Jr., was a Captain with the 369th Infantry Regiment in World War I - the Harlem Hellfighters. Now, Nick is working to bring recognition to those brave men

'Tools for Schools' - September 10, 2010
Tools for Schools, a program of Schoolhouse Supplies, distributed supplies to students at 27 Portland Public Schools sites this week

The Multnomah Arts Center, a Portland Parks & Recretation facility, will host "Many Hands," a benefit concert for Haiti, this Saturday

The Oregon Sports Authority posted this great video to You Tube following the public viewing of the US-England World Cup game in the summer of 2010

The Portland Housing Bureau presented its annual tax exemption report to the City Council this morning

PHB wants to hear from you! - September 8, 2010
The Portland Housing Bureau will host a Community Forum next monday, September 13

Nick joined Oregon Congressman David Wu, International President Tom Buffenbarger, and General President Jimmy Williams for the IBEW Local 48 Continental Breakfast and discussion this morning.

Portland Parks & Recreation will offer Neighborhood Tree Steward classes this September and October - sign up today!

East Portland park news - September 7, 2010
Reporter David Ashton has posted two great stories about Parks projects in East Portland

Depave photos - September 2, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish worked with local group Depave to remove 7200 square feet of concrete from the Vermont Hills Church parking lot last weekend

Commissioner Nick Fish joined Senator Jeff Merkley for a tour of Svaboda Court, a Proud Ground development in East Portland

The Ainsworth Lineral Arboretum highlights more than 60 species of usual and unusual trees that love Portland's climate

Commissioner Nick Fish was proud to join Depave for its first West Portland project. Depave: "From Parking Lots to Paradise"

Portland Farmers Market Executive Director Ann Forsthoefel is moving to Montana - she will be missed!

Guest columnist Greg Ness praises RACC's Work for Art program in the August 26 Oregonian

Weekend roundup - August 24, 2010
Nick attended a number of fun events over the past few days, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, joining the African American Health Coalition walk, and visiting a benefit for the Linnton community

The Baltimore Woods parcel in North Portland was officially purchased by the City of Portland and Metro today, bringing it into the inventory of npGreenway trail sites

Commissioner Fish will join the Portland Housing Bureau to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Friday, August 20

Portland City Council on Wednesday accepted Hoyt Street Properties' donation of a 3.2 acre property that will be used for proposed Fields Neighborhood Park, ending a nearly two-year negotiation between the parties.

BMX Jam this Saturday! - August 19, 2010
Portland Parks & Recreation presents BMX Jam this Saturday at the Glenhaven Skatepark

A summary of Janie Har's article from this morning

Join Nick for Multnomah Days at the Multnomah Arts Center in SW Portland

On Baseball - August 17, 2010
Nick addresses the concerns of the public over the recent baseball conversation

Garden Parking Only - August 17, 2010
Saturday Oregonian article on Community Garden opening

Sunday Parkways: Southeast - August 17, 2010
Nick reflects on Sunday Parkways experience

Commissioner Fish's team was lucky to have two outstanding interns this summer - Caitlin Burke and Sarah Wigginton did extraordinary work for us! We will miss them!

Join Commissioner Nick Fish and Parks Director Zari Santner to officially open Elizabeth Caruthers Park in Portland's South Waterfront District

Join Commissioner Nick fish for the African American Health Coalition's 8th Annual Wellness Walk Saturday, August 21

Beat the heat! - August 13, 2010
Portland Parks & Recreation is offering lots of fund ways to beat the heat this weekend!

Nick will take part in the August 15 Sunday Parkways, which traces a 6-mile route around Southeast Portland

Commissioner Amanda Fritz joined Nick for Apple Jam night - a celebration of Beatles tracks - at the Washington Park Summer Festival.

Parks' Summer Free for All offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities for Portlanders

Weekend roundup - August 9, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish enjoyed a full weekend, with stops at Brunch on the Bridge, the Bridge Pedal, a Washington Park concert, a fundraiser for Blanchet House, and more.

Bridge Pedal this Sunday - August 6, 2010
Join Nick as he leads the 2010 Providence Bridge Pedal 'Kids Pedal' this Sunday morning

Thursday roundup - August 5, 2010
Things that caught our eye in the August 5 papers

The SE Portland Boys and Girls Club will host the second annual Community Health Fair this Saturday, August 7

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic, and staff of EastSide United joined Council to celebrate the recent national championship of Liverpool Red boys soccer team.

Join Commissioner Nick Fish at the kick-off celebration for the 2010 Washington Park Summer Festival, presented by Portland Parks & Recreation

Join Nick for the grand reopening of Powellhurst-Gilbert Park in East Portland.

Weekend roundup - August 2, 2010

The 5th Annual Native American Housing to Homeownership Fair, held July 31, 2010 was a rousing success!

The 5th annual Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) Housing to Homeownership Fair is coming up this Saturday, July 31


Commissioner Fish, son of Congressman Hamilton Fish, was proud to be a part of Portland's celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ADA

Join Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the rededication of the Japanese American Historical Plaza in Tom McCall Waterfront Park this Friday, July 30

The Oregon Cultural Trust announced $1.4 million in grants for fiscal year 2010-11 today. Nick is proud to sit on the Board of the Trust.

Join Nick at Lone Fir Cemetery this Saturday for a whole bunch of fun events

Local students involved in a program called PLACE are working to improve Holladay Park - and they need your help!

Local non-profit Innovative Changes helps Portland-area folks move toward financial stability

"Best of Portland" - July 21, 2010
We got a couple of mentions in Willamette Week's "Best of Portland" issue and thought we'd share them with you

Another special guest - July 21, 2010
Friends of Trees dropped by our office yesterday to say hello and deliver some chocolate 'tree bark'

From the imminent arrival of MLS to sports field improvements across Portland to the Westside Metros' appearance in the US Youth Soccer national championship this week in Kansas, Portland has many reasons to celebrate youth sports

The Resource Access Center is featured in the latest publication from the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities

Special guest - July 20, 2010
Commissioner Fish's office was treated today to a very special guest appearance, courtesy of Audubon Portland's Bob Sallinger - a baby bat!

Register today! - July 19, 2010
The Portland Housing Bureau will offer a free Homeownership Workshop this Thursday, July 22, at its offices at SW 5th and Washington

A Portland weekend - July 19, 2010
Commissioner Fish enjoyed the Pittock Mansion, a big bike ride, and a Portland Parks & Recreation concert at McCoy Park this weekend

McCoy Park improvements - July 15, 2010
As part of the City's response to security and safety issues in the New Columbia neighborhood, crews from Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry division have trimmed trees and shrubs in McCoy Park, making the space more open to the neighborhood

Sellwood Pool turns 100 - July 15, 2010
Nick joined the celebration for the 100th birthday of Portland's oldest pool

LifeWorks NW presents the Talking Points Series, featuring local leaders in the fields of mental health and addiction issues: Nick spoke today about "Housing for a Healthy Community"

Bridges to Housing celebrates four years of serving families in need in the Portland-Vancouver area this Friday

Ban the Bag! - July 14, 2010
The Ban the Bag campaign visited Portland City Council this morning - with bag monsters!

Portland's Pittock Mansion will host "Uncertain Times: Contemporary Art Views on the Fate of the Newspaper" beginning this Saturday, July 17

Elders in Action, AARP, the Hands on Boomer Initiative, the Hollywood Senior Center, and Commissioner Fish hosted an event to help local seniors experience the Hollywood Farmers Market

Portland Parks Foundation is the only recipient of the Innovation Award West of the Mississippi. Congratulations!

The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center will be managed by Ethos, Inc., the Parks bureau announced today

Portland Parks & Recreation will host two work parties July 10 - at Powell Butte Nature Park and at the Ross Island Natural Area

Commissioner Fish, Victor Merced, Dee Walsh, and others gathered to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Admiral Apartments in downtown Portland

Join Commissioner Fish, the Oregon Sports Authority, and Soccer City USA fans to watch the 2010 World Cup Final in Pioneer Courthouse Square

Join us! - July 9, 2010
Parks' 2010 Community Gardens Annual Tour will be Saturday, July 17

Join City Commissioner Nick Fish for Sellwood Pool's 100th birthday!

LifeWorks NW presents the Talking Points Series, featuring local leaders in the fields of mental health and addiction issues: Nick spoke today about "Housing for a Healthy Community"

Join the City of Portland's Equity Council tomorrow for a presentation on Institutional Racism with Portland State University Professor Jack C. Straton

Commissioner Nick Fish and Portland Parks & Recreation are committed to a long-term strategy to protect and preserve Forest Park

Taking on child hunger - July 6, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish and Portland Parks & Recreation are working hard to make sure no child is hungry this summer

Author Mia Birk, nationally known transportation expert, will release 'Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet' this September

Come enjoy family fun at Portland Parks & Recreation's Peninsula Pool in North Portland

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, now in the process of crafting its first Strategic Plan

Community news roundup - July 6, 2010
Community news from the City of Portland, Oregon

The Portland Housing Bureau worked with REACH CDC and other community partners to preserve 37 affordable units in downtown Portland for the next 20 years

Central City Concern helps Portland's homeless back to self-sufficiency. Next week, CCC's Community Volunteer Corps will celebrate the success of graduates who have given 80 hours of their time

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Friends of Tideman Johnson Park this Saturday for a work party to remove invasive species

Last week, the Portland Housing Bureau announced that the Minority Homeownership Assistance Collaborative has been awarded $120,000 to help vulnerable senior homeowners stay in their homes

Join us for the 13th Annual East Portland Community Center Independence Day Parade this Thursday, July 1, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm

KGW reports on the City's new management initiatives for Portland Parks & Recreation's Forest Park property

Between 2007 and 2009, Central City Concern achieved a 71% employment rate for homeless individuals

Portland Housing Center recently announced an exciting new resource for first-time homebuyers

Join us this morning! - June 24, 2010

The Lost Bird Project - June 23, 2010
The Lost Bird Project, artist Todd McGrain's memorial to five now-extinct North American birds, arrives at Waterfront Park this week

Commissioner Fish's Healthy Portland Initiative takes on hunger in the Portland area in a variety of ways

A recently-released Center for Responsible Lending study reports that minority homeowners are almost twice as likely to experience foreclosure

Tonight, tour the site of the future Gateway Neighborhood Park, meet project staff, and share your ideas for development of the site

Nick co-authored this guest op-ed, which ran in the June 19 Oregonian, with Dwight Holton, US Attorney for the District of Oregon

Next Tuesday, June 22, the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness will introduce "Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness"

More from Walnut Park - June 19, 2010

PHB is working with local, regional, and national partners to combat increased mortgage fraud

KGW reports on the Commissioner's June 17 press release, which outlines 5 steps to address immediate needs in Forest Park

Portland welcomed two new affordable housing projects this week - Martha Washington, in downtown, and Walnut Park, on the east side

The Portland Housing Bureau works hard to help homeowners stay in their homes

Commissioner Fish announced a package of new management initiatives for Forest Park today

Family Game Night - June 17, 2010
Looking for a fun family activity tomorrow night? Visit Family Game Night at Peninsula Park for games, popcorn, and more.

Portland Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of free summer activities, from movies and concerts in the park to summer playground programs for kids

More than 5,000 people packed into downtown's Director Park for the US-England World Cup match Saturday, June 12

Choose 2 ReUse Fair - June 15, 2010
The Choose 2 ReUse Fair, part of Portland's ReUse Week 2010, drew crowds to Mississippi Avenue last Saturday

Elizabeth Caruthers Park in downtown Portland will officially open in August but opened to the public last week

Register today! - June 14, 2010
Registration closes today for the Portland Housing Bureau's next Home Ownership Workshop (HOW), coming up this Thursday

Volunteers from across Portland recently came together to construct a new community garden in one short day!

World Cup tomorrow! - June 11, 2010
Join us tomorrow at Director Park for a public showing of the US-England World Cup match! Party begins at 11:00 am.

Two affordable housing developments in Portland - Walnut Park and the Martha Washington - celebrate grand openings next week

Budget Message - June 10, 2010
Commissioner Nick Fish on the City of Portland's 2010-2011 budget

Forest Park - June 9, 2010
A round-up of recent media coverage of Portland Parks & Recreation's Forest Park

ReUse Week 2010 - June 9, 2010
This morning the Council proclaimed ReUse Week 2010 and introduced ReUse PDX, a new consortium of Portland-area reuse organizations

Students from Portland's French American International School visited Council this morning to testify about the Portland Plan

Nick recently filmed a video segment to help support the Highland Christian Center, a local service group

Commissioner Fish will join the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation tonight for an exciting announcement

Photos from the June 5 Starlight Parade, one of the Rose Festival's first events

In The Bee, Rita Leonard writes about the Brooklyn Park summer program


The US-England World Cup match this Saturday will be shown at downtown's Director Park

Nick was proud to participate in a service opportunity with the 2010 Rose Court this afternoon

- June 4, 2010

With the June 2 signing of a Declaration of Cooperation, the Oregon Solutions Community Garden project has come to an official close.

- June 3, 2010

In partnership with Metro, SOLV, Three Rivers, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Parks & Recreation, the Friends of Baltimore Woods have scored a win for preservation in North Portland.

This morning, the Portland Timbers announced a $50,000 donation to Parkrose High School to help fund a soccer field improvement project

Budget news roundup - May 27, 2010
Council unanimously passed the Mayor's City budget for FY2010-11 yesterday, May 26

The 2010 Rose Court visisted Council this morning to promote the 2010 Rose Festival

PHB is moving forward with an affordable housing development on Block 49 in South Waterfront

Street Roots was recently honored first and second place awards from the Oregon/Southwest Washington Society of Professional Journalists

The Parks bureau offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for Portlanders of all ages each summer


City Club released "Forest Park: A Call to Action" today

Nick attended the 3rd Annual "Artist in the Park" event at April Hill Park last Saturday, May 15

Share your thoughts! - May 19, 2010
Thursday, May 20, share your opinion about the City's budget at the Community Budget Forum

This morning PHB announced grants totaling $5.2 million to support affordable rental housing in Portland

Nick spoke this morning at "Partners in Innovation: Financing the Preservation of Rural and Urban Affordable Rental Housing"

Nick co-authored "Keeping rental housing affordable in Oregon," a guest op-ed in the May 16 Oregonian, with Oregon Housing and Community Services Director Victor Merced

This weekend the Audubon Society of Portland will host the 14th Annual Native Plant Sale, featuring over 100 native plants!

50x50 - May 14, 2010

Jake Thomas on PHB's efforts to keep long-standing, low-income senior homeowners in North/Northeast Portland in the Portland Observer, May 12




PHB's "11 by 13" campaign to preserve Portland's affordable housing supply secured another victory this month with the successful renewal of Upshur House as an affordable property.

Budget announcements - May 7, 2010





Summer Free for All! - May 5, 2010

Teacher for a Day! - May 5, 2010










JOIN debuts new site - April 20, 2010


Celebrate Earth Day! - April 16, 2010












Celebrate Arbor Week! - April 6, 2010

The Bee: Roundup - April 6, 2010



Today is Census day! - April 1, 2010




RAC in the News - March 24, 2010










In Memoriam - March 11, 2010

























- February 16, 2010


Council adopts Bike Plan - February 12, 2010



Touring Collins Sanctuary - February 8, 2010












Nick on KINK - January 26, 2010

Congratulations, Lincoln! - January 26, 2010



MLK celebrations - January 19, 2010

PDXYouth interviews Nick - January 19, 2010

In Memoriam - January 15, 2010

Council honors Jeff Bachrach - January 14, 2010












Nick profiled in Street Roots - December 29, 2009



Holiday fun - December 21, 2009






Street Roots profiles Nick - December 11, 2009




Walnut Park preserved - December 9, 2009




PHB celebrates milestones - December 3, 2009





- November 19, 2009







Holiday tree rolls into town - November 13, 2009

Congratulations, Daniel! - November 13, 2009






Nutrition in a tough economy - November 9, 2009
David Sarasohn looks at some of the links between diet, health, and behavior in the November 9 Oregonian





Nick discusses off-road biking opportunities with Bike Portland's Jonathan Maus

News Roundup - November 4, 2009


Nick wins a SCRAPPY! - October 30, 2009




Commissioner Fish cut the ribbon on Director Park last night - ten years in the making!




More on the DREAM Act - October 23, 2009



Mark Larabee outlines the short- and long-term strategies the City is using to address homelessness.



Nick co-chairs the "Complete Count Committee," working to ensure a full and accurate count of Portland-area residents in the 2010 Census, with County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury

In the Mercury - October 15, 2009
Nick's letter to the editor appeared in today's Mercury

Portland City Council this morning enthusiastically passes a resolution in support of the federal-level DREAM Act


Anna Griffin in the October 14 Oregonian

PDX Jazz announces a new executive director today

City Club hosted an October 9 discussion on improving school lunches for our children

Portland prepares for the 2010 Season of Service

On Friday, October 9, Mercy Corps celebrated the opening of its new global headquarters in Portland's Old Town Chinatown neighborhood


Jim Redden explores Director Park, the first downtown Portland park to open since 2005, in the October 8 Tribune

Members of the newly-launched Youth Conservation Corps presented photos and memories of their experience this past summer with Council on Wednesday afternoon

New Fish Team face - October 8, 2009
The Fish Team welcomes a new member

The Oregon Cultural Trust, whose Board Nick sits on, will host a Day of Culture on October 8, 2009

Downtown Portland's Elm Court Loaves and Fishes hosted a Harvest Celebration lunch October 6th to recognize the City Hall garden

Nick spent last Friday at the dedication of the Portland Memorial Mausoleum and Oaks Bottom Widlife Refuge Mural, the largest hand-painted mural in the country.

This is the new Section 8 - October 1, 2009

Portland's farmers markets - ranked number one in the world recently - had a close call recently.

"Opportunity awaits us" - September 28, 2009
The September 18 Street Roots editorial spotlights rays of hope

Author Laura Foster leads tours of Beverly Cleary's haunts in NE Portland

Commissioner Fish spoke at the dedication of the Rainwater Pavilion, in the Pearl,


Mark Larabee reports on questions around the City's affordable housing tax abatements in the September 24 Oregonian

Carmen Caballero Rubio leaving Fish Team to head Latino Network

New sidewalk rules take shape - September 22, 2009
Mark Larabee reports on ongoing talks to reform rules governing the use of Portland's sidewalks.

See Portland on the 4T Trail - September 21, 2009
Nick Fish helps inagurate the new Four T Trail Loop (Trail, Tram, Trolley, Train)

Nick was on hand this morning to cut the ribbon at Pardee Commons, an incredible new housing development in East Portland.

Nick in the News - September 18, 2009
Nick Fish, the Resource Access Center, and the Free Sidewalk plan

Park(ing) Day hits Portland - September 17, 2009
Several areas around town usually dedicated to cars are becoming parks - but just for the day.

Oregonian reporter Irina Verzemnieks spent a week volunteering with PACS.

Delta's Sky Magazine has ranked Portland's farmer's markets number one in the world in its September issue

The MAX Green Line, debuting September 12 in East Portland, is expected to bring much-anticipated development to the area.


Repair and replanting of the Earl Boyles Community Garden has brought the city's gardening community together

Commissioner Fish spoke at the 5th anniversary event for the Holocaust Memorial in Washington Park in late August

Food Works, an initiave of Janus Youth Programs, employs local teens on a Sauvie Island farm.

Portland Housing Bureau Director Margaret Van Vliet recommends pausing development of Block 49, an affordable housing development in the South Waterfront.

Nick's Annual Report - August 31, 2009
Find out what Nick's been up to during his first year in office

Commissioner Fish announced that his Community Gardens initiative has been selected as an Oregon Solutions project by the office of Governor Kulongoski

Commissioner Nick Fish and neighbors worked August 22 to repair the Earl Boyles community garden, vandalized the previous week.

The Resource Access Center has cleared the City of Portland's Design Review process and is set to finalize funding and break ground in the Fall of 2009.


From the Oregonian, August 21

Commissioner Nick Fish dedicated the Bill Naito Legacy Fountain in Waterfront Park Thursday, August 20.

Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council approved a contract with BBC Research and Consulting to conduct the 2009 Disparity Study for the City of Portland.

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish and the City Council honored Volutneers of America's Kay Toran with an official proclamation today, August 19, 2009

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish announced a "speak-out' event after a local Community Garden was hit by vandalism in August of 2009.

Letter to the Oregonian about Community Gardens in Portland

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski gives the green light to Portland's Gateway Green program.


Commissioner Nick Fish welcomes PDC Chair Scott Andrews, taking over from outgoing Chair Charles Wilhoite

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish joined the National Night Out party hosted by the Hayden Island Manufactured Home Community on Tuesday, August 4.

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish kicked off the 2009 Washington Park Summer Concert Series, presented by Portland Parks & Recreation.

The Urban League of Portland's recent Report shows little progress for black Oregonians over the last two decades.

Governor Kulongoski and Commissioner Nick Fish appeared at Portland's African American Alliance for Homeownership this morning to sign into law SB628 and HB2189, borrower protection bills.

Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council voted to fight the EPA's LT2 mandate and seek a variance - barring that, the City will adopt UV technology to treat the water for cryptosporidium bacteria.

Barack Obama's service initiative has ranked Portland number two in volunteerism nationwide

The Oregon Cultural Trust, on whose Board Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish sits, recently announced $1.45 million in grants to state cultural organizations.

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish convened a meeting this morning with HUD Deputy-Secretary Ron Sims and Deputy Regional Director Martha Dilts

Nick Fish's Statements on MLS

Mark Larabee on the Park and Recreation Bureau's Youth Conservation Corps, overseen by Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Commissioner Fish wants Portlanders to stay safe this coming weekend, when temperatures are expected to reach 100 degrees or more.

Commissioner Fish is an avid farmers market patron, and he encourages you to check one - or more - of Portland's many farmers markets this summer.

Housing Commissioner Nick Fish addressed the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials at their "Recovery and Reinvestment - Strengthening and Rebuilding our Communities, Regions, and the Nation" conference in Portland, Oregon, July 2009.

Commissioner Fish at the opening of the first park in Parkrose, the Senn's Dairy Community Garden.

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish on the HUD Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress and the increasing importance of service to help our most vulnerable.

Commissioner Nick Fish and Metro President David Bragdon announced the launch of Intertwine, a regional partnership to promote parks, trails, and natuiral areas.


Commissioner Nick Fish joined the 10th anniversary celebration of the Classical Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, June 7, 2009.

Portland Parks, led by Commissioner Nick Fish, debuts ParkScan, a tool for citizens to comment on Portland's many parks.

Portland, Oregon's City Hall Garden is part of an effort to encourage Portlander's to grow more food and donate the excess to charity.

Al Roker and the Today Show donate to Parks Foundation

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish kicked off the Parks Bureau's Summer Playground program, part of the Summer Free For All, at Montavilla Park.

Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council, joined by County Commissioner Judy Shiprack and Vicki Hersen of Elders in Action, recognize Older Americans Month with and official proclamation


Portland City Council recognized Homeownership Month 2009 with an official proclamation on June 3.


Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council recognize Blue Heron Week with an official proclamation.

Portland's Ross Island natural area welcomed a volunteer work group removing invasive species this past Saturday.

Charles Jordan, former Portland City Commissioner and Parks Director, recieved "Urban Pioneer Award" from Portland State University

Lisa Loving's Skanner profile of Shantel Monk included a photo shoot with Portland City Commissioner NIck Fish.


"Now more than ever" - July 6, 2009
Carol Morse, RACC Chairwoman, has a guest piece in the Oregonian, encouraging Portlanders to support the arts however they are able.

ReUse Week wrap-up - June 23, 2009
ReUse Week 2009 in Portland, Oregon, concluded a successful donation drive last Friday. Led by Commissioners Nick Fish and Jeff Cogen, the drive collected materials to help many many folks in Portland.


Commissioner Fish has taken on the question of single-track, off-road biking in Portland by convening cycling enthusiasts and conservationists alike to find a solution.

Commissioner Nick Fish announced Margaret Van Vliet of Oregon Solutions as the first Director of the newly-formed Portland Housing Bureau.

The 2009 Urban Pioneer Awards honor TriMet, Albina Community band, and former Portland city commissioner Charles Jordan

Portland's Washington Park Summer Festival has been saved by generous contributions from Gordon Sondland and numerous public and private contributors, announces Commissioner Nick Fish.

Commissioner Nick Fish opened the LEED-certified Shaver Green Apartments in Portland's King Neighborhood.

Commissioner Nick Fish and Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury will chair the local Complete Count Committee for Census 2010, identifying and working to eliminate traditional barriers to reporting.

Larry Bingham in the September 24 Oregonian
http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/...

Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council, together with Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, proclaimed ReUse Week 2009 in Portland beginning today, June 10, and extending through next Thursday, June 18.

Free For All! - June 11, 2009
Free and affordable recreation opportunities offered by Portland's Parks and Recreation Bureau, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish.

Portland Parks & Recreations kicks off Movies in the Park July 3 at the Multnomah Arts Center. Movies will continue throughout the summer at various Portland parks.

Commissioner Nick Fish, who long advocated for decoupling soccer and baseball in Portland, Oregon, will have his way, according to Mayor Sam Adams and Merritt Paulson.

Peter Korn in the January 7 Tribune
Nick joined Mayor Adams, former Mayor Tom Potter, ...

Commissioner Nick Fish joins County Chair Ted Wheeler at the Living Today for a Better Tomorrow breakfast celebrating Older Americans Month.

Commissioner Nick Fish and his Portland City Council colleagues voted June 24 to decouple soccer and baseball proposals brought by Merritt Paulson.

Commissioner Nick Fish was on hand for the recent REACH CDC Youth$ave graduation ceremony.

Starlight Parade - June 2, 2009
Commissioner Nick Fish rode in the 2009 Portland Starlight Parade with his family.

Commissioner Nick Fish visited Salem on Tuesday, June 9, to check in with Portland's represenatives, including Senator Suzanne Bonamici and Representative Tina Kotek, in the state legislature.