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July 18, 2014

North Portland celebrates Dawson Park re-opening

Last night, Nick was proud to join hundreds of North Portland neighbors to celebrate the grand re-opening of Dawson Park


The park has been a longtime gathering place for children, families, and the African-American community.


Named after child welfare and civic improvements advocate Reverend John Dawson, Dawson Park has a rich history in our community. From the 1940s – 1970s, it was the center of many important for many social and political movements – including Civil Rights marches and a memorable speech by Robert F. Kennedy.


With strong partnerships, Dawson Park has now been re-designed into a beautiful community space with play structures accessible to children of all abilities. Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Development Commission, Portland Parks Foundation, Legacy Emanuel Hospital, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, and the Harper’s Playground family all worked together to ensure that Dawson Park will continue to honor its history, and serve the community for generations to come.


As former Parks Commissioner, Nick appreciates the significance of Dawson Park to Portland’s history, and looks forward to seeing it become a neighborhood gathering place once more. 


Visit Dawson Park! It’s located on N Stanton and Williams Ave.

Dawson Park, historical hub of African-American culture, reopens with $2.7 million in upgrades

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

Dawson Park Reopens With a Concert from Ocean 503

Helen Silvis in the Skanner

July 17, 2014

Transformational art

Talented artist Emily Nachison takes viewers on a journey of mythological transformation with her art installation, The Realm of Quantifiable Truths.   


Mythology, scientific history, and New-age idealism are Emily’s sources of inspiration. Created out of cast glass and porcelain sculptures, her artistic story is represented through shapes of lead, gold, plants, rocks, fungi and small animals.


Funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Project Grants, the installation explores stages of growth, decay, and transformation.


RACC’s Project Grants funds provide financial support to non-profits and individual artists throughout the tri-county region.


The Realm of Quantifiable Truths will be up in the Bullseye Gallery until August 30.  Check out RACC’s website for more information.


Bullseye Gallery

300 NW 13th Ave.

Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm


Photo courtesy of RACC.

July 16, 2014

Walking in sunshine

Enjoy this beautiful summer weather with a garden stroll. 


Join Elders in Action on Tuesday morning for the 2014 Senior Walks Garden Tour & Neighborhood Nature Walks.


Held monthly, the walk begins at Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center’s award winning Stenzel Healing Garden.


The 20-minute guided tour is followed by an hour-long stroll in the local neighborhood.  It’s a great way to see lovely flowers and appreciate Portland’s heritage trees. 


The walk is free and no registration is required.  Check out Elder’s in Action’s website for more information. 

July 14, 2014

Mississippi Street Fair this Saturday

The Historic Mississippi Avenue Business District invites you to join them this Saturday for the 13th Annual Mississippi Street Fair!


It’s going to be a scorcher tomorrow, so pack up your water, a summer hat, and some sunscreen, and head down to North Mississippi Avenue. The fair is free and fun for the whole family – with dunk tanks, a Grandfather’s “rib-off” competition, over 40 musical acts, and more! Browse the nearly 200 local vendors.  Taste delicious delights from food carts and restaurants.  For those 21 and older, there are beer and wine gardens.   


Street Fairs are a great way to enjoy the sun, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses.


Portland has many interesting street fairs and events during the warm summer months. Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, an organization dedicated to growing Portland’s unique neighborhood business districts. “Venture Out” this summer and check out upcoming summer street fairs and events.


Mississippi Street Fair

Saturday, July 12, 10 am – 9 pm

N Mississippi Ave., from N Fremont to N Skidmore

July 11, 2014

Friday Roundup

July 11, 2014

Restoring habitat

Crews began construction on the Luther Road Habitat Restoration Project along Johnson Creek last week.


The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to partner with Metro and the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District to complete the project, which will not only protect our sewer infrastructure, it will also give us the opportunity to improve the natural habitat.


A 76-inch sewer pipe crosses Johnson Creek near the Springwater Corridor Trail. Unfortunately, due to erosion in the creek bed and banks, part of the pipe has become exposed – and is in danger of failing or blocking fish passage. If the pipe were to break, sewage would release into the river, threatening both public health and our local wildlife.


Crews will repair and bury the pipe, ensure it is stable, and then begin restoration along the creek. We’ll create a new stable stream crossing, and actually move the creek and its floodplain to a safer location!  


The 2,000 feet of new stream channel and 5 acres of new floodplain will improve the creek’s water quality and strengthen the habitat for endangered salmon, trout, and other native species. 


The 10-acre piece of land will eventually be home to a 6-acre natural area and a 4-acre park!


Check out BES’ website for more information.   

July 10, 2014

Grants for local arts organizations

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has announced the first round of General Operating Support grant awardees for 2014-15.


Over $1.1 million will be invested in nearly 50 local nonprofit arts organizations.  New additions include Disjecta, Pendulum Aerial Arts, and Portland Jazz Festival.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to RACC, as it provides funds for diverse art programs in our community. 

A panel of RACC board members and community volunteers rigorously reviewed many local arts organizations.  One of the requirements of RACC-funded organizations is that all performances must be available to the public – without discrimination – and take place in venues that are fully accessible for people with disabilities. Artistic excellence and fiscal responsibility must also be demonstrated. 


Check out RACC’s website for the full list of awardees. 

Photo courtesy of RACC. 

July 9, 2014

Hug a tree!

Last year, Portland set the Guinness World Record for the most people simultaneously hugging trees in one minute. 


This Saturday, join us at 2 pm at Hoyt Arboretum, and help Portland defend that title! Grab your friends and family and ensure our place as the top tree-hugging community in the world.


After you have hugged a tree, stay at the Arboretum to enjoy the warm summer day with picnicking, live music, games, and learning facts about our environment. 


Sponsored by the Bureau of Environmental Services, Friends of Trees, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Treecology, Inc., the event is free and open to the public.  


Saturday, July 12, 2 pm

Hoyt Arboretum

SW Kingston Blvd and SW Knights Blvd

July 8, 2014

Art Space / Office Space

The Portland Building’s art installation space is turning into an office – a deconstructed office, that is.


Jesse Taylor’s Deconstruction Reconstruction: Office installation takes typical office materials and re-works them into abstract sculptures. Jesse enjoys creating new sculptures, but deconstructing the materials is just as important: “I approach the deconstruction act with the same kind of energy and intention that I would put into the production of a sculpture,” he shares.


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


Deconstruction Reconstruction: Office opens today!


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

July 7, 2014

Happy Independence Day

On the 4th of July, we gather with friends and family to celebrate our great nation.


Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens reminds Portlanders to enjoy the holiday, but to remember to celebrate safely.


If you observe the holiday by setting off fireworks, remember that Oregon requires fireworks not to fly, explode, or travel more than one foot into the air, or more than six feet on the ground.


Whether you gather for a barbecue, watch a baseball game, or set off fireworks, have a safe and fun Independence Day!

July 3, 2014

Thursday Roundup

July 3, 2014

The grass is always greener

With the rainy season behind us, it may be time to break out your sprinkler to keep your garden green.


Conserve water and keep your lawn green this summer by following these tips from the Regional Water Providers Consortium (RWPC):

  • Water before 10 am or after 6 pm when the water is less likely to evaporate.
  • Your lawn and garden should be watered about two times a week.
  • Different plants have different needs, but on average, you should water your lawn about an inch of water per week.
  • Make sure you are only watering plants or grass – don’t water the sidewalk!

Don’t know how much water you’re using? The RWPC is offering free water gauge kits that will measure how much water is landing on your lawn! Request your free kit by emailing RWPCinfo@portlandoregon.gov. Include your name, mailing address, water provider (like “City of Portland”), and how you heard about the offer.


RWPC also posts a “weekly watering number” online, which offers a guide for the amount of water you should use each week to keep your lawn healthy. Visit their website and enter your zip code to find your watering number: http://www.conserveh2o.org.


Regional Water Providers Consortium offers free watering gauge kits July 7 - 31

Washington County Reader Contributer, The Oregonian


July 2, 2014

Shop local this summer

The sun is out and things are heating up. Need a new pair of shades? A summer hat? Or just a relaxing day at the spa? Portland’s small business community has you covered.


Neighborhood Notes, an online blog dedicated to sharing neighborhood news and events, shared that 12 new local businesses opened their doors last month!


From Rachelle M. Rustic House of Fashion in Northwest Portland to BlaqPaks in Southeast, you can fill all your summer vacation needs thanks to our neighborhood small businesses. Read more about Portland’s newest businesses on Neighborhood Notes’ blog.


Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, a nonprofit focused on the strategic growth of Portland’s business districts. Learn more about your business district, and see upcoming events like street fairs, farmers markets, and more on Venture Portland’s website.


Enjoy your summer!

July 2, 2014

Mid Year Review

The first half of 2014 has been marked by big changes, new challenges, and many reasons to celebrate.

City employees and community partners stepped up during a big winter storm.

The Portland City Council approved a balanced budget that invests in strong neighborhoods and small businesses, protects our safety net services, supports older adults and youth, and builds strong partnerships.

And after Portland voters soundly defeated a ballot measure to create a new water district, we launched a Blue Ribbon Commission to consider reforms to the oversight of our public utilities.

As always, it is an honor to serve you on the City Council, to work with the talented professionals at the Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services, and to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland, the Regional Arts & Culture Council, Portland'5, and Elders in Action.

Thanks for all you do to make Portland a great place to call home.


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New Partnership with
Citizens' Utility Board
 A Decade of
Northwest Dance Project
BES: Everyday Heroes
Older Americans
City's First-Ever
Utility Rate Review


July 1, 2014

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