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The Portland Water Bureau wants to hear from you!

We are fortunate to have some of the best drinking water in the world – minimally treated, straight from the Bull Run Watershed near Mt. Hood. The Portland Water Bureau works hard to keep that drinking water safe.


Bureau staff also want to improve how they communicate with our community, especially in the event of an emergency.  


In May, a citywide Drinking Water Advisory notified Portlanders to boil their drinking water because of possible contamination.  


How did you find out about a water advisory? Did you know how to make the water safe to drink? What could we do better next time? Please complete a short online survey and share your experience!


Thanks for taking the time to help us improve our services. Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more information.

August 21, 2014

Sunday Parkways

Enjoy a warm, sunny day with your friends and family at Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland.


While cruising along the route, stop by Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, and Ivon Parks.  Each park has an array of fun activities, food, music, exhibitions, and much more!


Sunday Parkways encourages healthy, active living through a series of free events that open the city’s largest public spaces – our streets – to walk, bike, roll, and more around the community.  Get active and meet your neighbors. 


Portlanders can enjoy Sunday Parkways one Sunday each month. The last one for this year is in September.  Learn more about the program, including a parkways schedule, on the Bureau of Transportation’s website.


Southeast Sunday Parkways

Sunday, August 24

11 am – 4 pm

August 20, 2014

Strengthening neighborhood connections through art

Yesterday, local non-profit ROSE CDC welcomed neighbors to SE 88th & Foster, to celebrate the grand opening of the Lents Grown Story Yard.


Designed by ROSE CDC and Propel Studio Architecture, the Story Yard is a beautiful, temporary art installation and community space that celebrates the vibrant diversity of outer SE Portland.


The corner lot on 88th & Foster, owned by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), had long been vacant. In an effort to breathe new life into the vacant lot and surrounding neighborhood, PDC issued grants to ROSE and Propel to create the Story Yard. The installation strengthens neighborhood connections through artwork that represents what makes Lents so great – its people.    


Portland photographer, Dawn DeAno, photographed local small business owners and farmers market vendors. The photos are showcased throughout the venue. 


A grant from the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) allowed neighborhood youth to get involved in the process.  They interviewed people who were photographed, and made a video about the project. RACC’s grant was possible thanks to the Arts Education & Access Fund, which was passed by Portland voters in 2012.


Check out Lents Grown Story Yard!  The installation will stay up through 2015.


Interested in holding a community event in the Story Yard? Contact ROSE CDC for more information.


Lents Grown Story Yard

8801 SE Foster Rd.


Temporary art installation opens in Lents

Alli Pyrah in the Portland Business Journal

August 19, 2014

Business Spotlight: Bridgetown Natural Foods and ADX Portland

Last Friday, Nick met with some of Portland’s most innovative entrepreneurs and business owners.


He started his day at Bridgetown Natural Foods in Southeast Portland’s Lents neighborhood. He enjoyed touring the facility with owner and CEO, Dan Klock.


Under Dan’s leadership, Bridgetown has grown to over 200 employees.  Most are locals, hired right in Bridgetown’s neighborhood.


Bridgetown earned a prestigious B-Corp Certification earlier this year from non-profit B Lab. B Lab recognizes companies that meet high standards of transparency, accountability, sustainability, and performance – all with an aim to be of value to the community.


Later in the afternoon, Nick headed to ADX Portland in the Central Eastside. He joined its founder, Kelley Roy, for lunch.


ADX focuses on one of Portland’s core values: collaboration. By providing a hub – a shared space of resources and knowledge – Kelley and her team have built a great community of small manufacturers and designers. Many have even gone on to develop their own businesses. 


Bridgetown and ADX are perfect examples of great Portland companies – they support our economy, create jobs, and help our community thrive.

August 18, 2014

Pittock Mansion Turns 100


Last night, Nick was pleased to join Executive Director Marta Bones, former Royal Rosarian Prime Minister Gayle Whitehurst, and community members to celebrate the 100th birthday of Pittock Mansion.


High on the west hills, the mansion was built in 1914 for Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his family. Henry’s wife Georgiana was a founding member of the Portland Rose Festival, which just celebrated its 107th year.


50 years ago, Portlanders rallied to save Pittock Mansion, which had fallen into disrepair. Pittock is now owned and enjoyed by the public. Portland Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Pittock Mansion Society, maintains the home and its grounds.

In 2012, the City committed more than $500,000 in System Development Charge funds to help renovate the historic structure. Thanks to Marta Bones’s leadership, and additional funding from the Pittock Mansion Society and private funders, the iconic terraces around the building are now in shape to welcome visitors for the next 100 years.

Nick was proud to sit on Pittock’s Centennial Council, working with other community leaders to ensure a celebration worthy of Portland’s best-known home.


Learn more about Pittock Mansion, and plan your next visit, by visiting their website.

August 15, 2014

Friday Roundup

August 15, 2014

Oregon's Painted History

Talented local artist Anna Magruder brings vivid, historic surrealist paintings to life in her series, Oregon’s Painted History.


Inspired by Oregon’s rich, diverse history, Magruder’s art emphasizes the courage and resilience of Oregonians long since passed. The exhibition also comes with an array of short essays, explaining the historical background and meaning behind each artwork. 


Magruder’s exhibition is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Project Grants, which provides financial support to non-profits and individual artists throughout the tri-county region.


Oregon’s Painted History will be up in the Architectural Heritage Center until September 20th.  Check out RACC’s website for more information.


Architectural Heritage Center

701 SE Grand Ave.

Wednesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Photo courtesy of RACC.

August 14, 2014

Portland welcomes new arts leaders


Last night, Nick enjoyed a magical evening at the Portland Japanese Garden with Business for Culture & the Arts (BCA), and Portland's newest arts leaders.


Our economy depends on a strong arts and culture community, and BCA has been connecting business with the arts for nearly 30 years. The arts build community, improve our quality of life, enrich education, and inspire and challenge us.


We continue to attract the best and brightest arts leaders from across the globe, including New York, Japan, Tennesee, and home-grown here in Portland. Nick was proud to welcome new leaders from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Young Audiences, Fear No Music, Portland Youth Philharmonic, and more!


Learn more about BCA online, and check out their arts calendars to find your next event.

August 13, 2014

Your Sustainable City

On Saturday, join Southwest Portland neighbors at Multnomah Village’s annual Multnomah Days.


This fun-filled occasion includes a parade, live music, delicious foods, and over 100 vendors of arts and crafts.

Stop by the Portland Water Bureau’s table to learn more about our “Your Sustainable City” efforts, including water conversation, stormwater management, recycling, green building, and much more! Your Sustainable City is a joint effort among City bureaus to provide you and your family with information about the City’s many sustainability-focused programs.  


Multnomah Days

August 16, 9 am – 5 pm

SW 35th Ave and Capitol Hwy

August 12, 2014

Grow green grass

The hot sun is here to stay for a while. Get creative and irrigate your lawn to save water – and money.


Water consumption is at the highest during the sunny, summer months. Avoid using too much water (and spending extra cash) on your lawn with these simple irrigation tips from the Portland Water Bureau:

  • Prep your lawn with organic compost.  Healthy soils require less water.
  • Group plants together that have similar irrigation needs.
  • Water in the late evening or early morning, when it isn’t as hot.
  • Use a water gauge, or even a tuna fish can, to ensure you don’t over-water your lawn - one inch per week is generally enough.   

Check out the Portland Water Bureau’s website for more helpful information about taking care of your lawn. 

August 11, 2014

Fish team tours Oregon Historical Society


This afternoon, the Fish team enjoyed a tour of the Oregon Historical Society's latest exhibit, 2 Years, 1 Month: Lincoln's Legacy.


The breathtaking collection is possible in large part to the Mark Family's generosity, and their impressive collection of Presidential memorabilia. It's the largest privately-held collection in the country.


Pete Mark graciously walked us through the exhibit, which includes a rare first printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, the House of Representatives copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, a Civil War uniform and saber, correspondence between President Lincoln and other American leaders, and more.


The exhibit is up through October 6. Learn more about Lincoln's Legacy and other exhibits on OHS's website: http://www.ohs.org/. The Oregon Historical Society is free to residents of Multnomah County.

August 8, 2014

Friday Roundup

August 8, 2014

Ritual 660'

Starting next Monday, take a break from your busy workday, and see the Portland Building’s latest art installation!


Lewis and Clark graduate Abigail McNamara takes viewers on a journey of a single minute in our busy lives, in her latest art venture – Ritual, 660’. 


On June 29, from nearly dawn till dusk, McNamara sat in the Portland Building, and watched the comings and goings of people. Recreating the flow of moments she observed, McNamara devised a floor to ceiling string-graph, covered in wax.  


A blend of chaos and fluidity, the installation expresses our lives and state of mind in a moment of our hurried and routine work day.


The Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.


Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series.


Portland Building Installation Space

1120 SW 5th Avenue

8 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC. 

August 7, 2014

Venture Portland publishes Annual Report

As Council liaison to Venture Portland, Nick was pleased to welcome Executive Director Heather Hoelle and her team to City Council today, to share Venture Portland’s annual report.


Venture Portland invests in the smart, strategic growth of Portland’s 50 unique neighborhood business districts. In the U.S., more than half of Americans own or work for a neighborhood small business. Here in Portland, our economy is built on a foundation of small businesses – over 95% of local businesses have 50 or fewer employees.


In the last few years, Venture Portland’s membership has increased by more than 75%! From training and technical assistance to awarding grants, Venture Portland is raising the profile of our neighborhood small businesses.


Yesterday, The Oregonian reported that thanks to our strong local business community, job growth in Portland is higher than most cities in the U.S.


Learn more about your local business districts, find upcoming street fairs, business events, and more on Venture Portland’s website!


Venture Portland Annual Report: 2013-14


In job growth, Portland beats most metros

Molly Young in The Oregonian

August 6, 2014

East Portland's budding soccer stars get a new field


Yesterday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Fritz, Mayor Hales, and the Major League Soccer (MLS) All-Star players to celebrate the grand opening of Montavilla Park’s new futsal field.


Our MLS All-Stars have taken the city by storm this week, and they wanted to get together and give back to their host, the city of Portland.


With the help of Portland Parks & Recreation, MLS organizers secured a site: an old tennis court in East Portland. MLS then partnered with the Portland Timbers, Adidas, and Wells Fargo to build the generous, $200,000 outdoor futsal court in Montavilla Park.  Futsal is a variation of soccer played on a smaller field.


The futsal court is a much-needed, state-of-the art soccer field, built with re-purposed turf from Providence Park.  That means that our future soccer stars in East Portland now get to play on turf once graced by the Timbers!


Monday’s celebration was a hit. Young East Portland soccer fans and players got to meet (and take selfies with!) America’s best soccer players – and bend it like Beckham on their brand new turf field.


MLS All-Star Game players help celebrate new futsal field at Montavilla Park

Melissa Binder in The Oregonian

Portland Timbers fill seats, help boost success of $12 million city bet on stadium renovations

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

August 5, 2014

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