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A Message to the Community from Commissioner Fish

Commissioner Fish Announces Intent to Resign

Commissioner Fish Displays Nixon Impeachment Gavel in Office

Commissioner Fish's Interview With KATU News

Forest Park: Portland's Backyard Gem

Video from Oregon Field Guide

Nick in The Skin of Our Teeth

Last week, Nick made his theatrical debut in the Thornton Wilder classic The Skin of Our Teeth.

2016 Starlight Parade

On Saturday, Nick enjoyed a convertible ride while representing the City of Portland in the 2016 Portland General Electric/SOLVE Starlight Parade!

Water Bureau presents annual Drinking Water Quality Report

The Portland Water Bureau is proud to present its 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report.

RACC awards Arts Equity Grants to 21 local organizations

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) awarded $119,380 in Arts Equity Grants to 21 local organizations!

Council adopts new rules for all-user restrooms in Portland

Today, City Council adopted new rules for All-User Restrooms in the City of Portland.

Remembering the forgotten city of Vanport

Last week, City Council proclaimed May 30th to be “Vanport Day of Remembrance” in Portland.

Council approves contract for Washington Park Resevoir Improvements Project

This morning, Council took a big step forward in preparing our water system for the “Big One”, approving the contract for the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project!

Nick visits Terwilliger Plaza

On Saturday, Nick was honored to speak at Terwilliger Plaza.

Are the Arts Getting Squeezed Out?

Last Friday, Nick was honored to speak at the City Club of Portland’s Friday Forum.

Council takes up proposed utility rate increases

Yesterday, Nick was honored to present the proposed rate increases for Portland’s Public Utilities – the Portland Water Bureau and Bureau of Environmental Services.

Cycle the Well Field

On Saturday, join the Portland Water Bureau and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council to celebrate their yearly “Cycle the Well Field” event!

Commissioner's Remarks on the City Budget

Commissioner's Remarks on the City Budget

54th Annual St. Johns Parade

On Saturday, Nick was honored to be a part of the 54th Annual St. Johns Parade.

The Right Brain Initiative has received...

The Right Brain Initiative has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to deliver systemic and equitable arts programming to K-8 schools in Portland.

STEM Week Oregon

May 1st marks the beginning of STEM Week Oregon!

Portland's 2016 Arbor Day

This Saturday, join the Bureau of Environmental Services Tree Program, Portland Parks & Recreation, and many other community partners to celebrate Portland’s 2016 Arbor Day.

The Angel Award

Yesterday, Nick was honored to attend White Bird’s Awards Luncheon and receive the Angel Award.

Venture Portland's Annual Board Meeting

Last night, Nick was proud to attend Venture Portland’s Annual Board Meeting. It was held in Tony Starlight’s epic Showroom in Southeast Portland!

Elders in Action 3rd Annual "Silver: Your Night to Shine"

Last Friday, Nick was honored to attend the Elders in Action’s 3rd Annual “Silver: Your Night to Shine” extravaganza.

Happy Earth Day

Today is Earth Day!

Ivy students visit City Hall

Yesterday, Nick was pleased to meet with third graders from the Ivy Montessori School, located in Northeast Portland.

How to be a social media rock star

This Saturday, April 23rd, the Regional Arts & Cultural Council (RACC) is hosting a workshop called How to be a Social Media Rock Star.

Sunday Parkways

Join the City of Portland for a wonderful biking adventure fit for the whole family – Sunday Parkways!

National Work Zone Awareness Week

This week is National Work Zone Awareness Week. It brings national attention to motorists, bicyclists, worker safety, and mobility issues in work zones.

Ethics Reform

The City of Portland is committed to open, transparent and accountable government.

Art Spark

Join the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) on April 21st for Art Spark!

Venture Portland Grants

Last week, Venture Portland awarded $34,000 to our wonderful neighborhood business districts for 13 Spring/Summer Grant Projects.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Rick Bartow

I am deeply saddened to hear the news of the passing of local Native American artist Rick Bartow.

Bringing More Sunshine to City Hall

The City of Portland is committed to open, transparent and accountable government.

Temporal Ecologies

The Portland Building’s newest art installation transforms the exhibition into an activated environment, made entirely of brown paper bags.

World Water Day

Today is World Water Day!

Planting party

Love planting?

Fix A Leak Week

This week is Fix A Leak Week, a national awareness week organized by the EPA to encourage people to find and fix water leaks.

Contemporary Native Photographers

The Portland Art Museum has a beautiful exhibition featuring a blend of modern Native American photographs with older, idealized photographs of Native Americans called, Contemporary Native Photographers and the Edward Curtis Legacy: Zig Jackson, Wendy Red Star, Will Wilson.

Children's Clean Water Festival

Last Tuesday, the Portland Water Bureau took part in an extraordinary event called the Children’s Clean Water Festival.

Scouts visit the Fish team

This morning, we were honored to have Girl Scout Maddie and Boy Scouts Austin and David visit the Fish team.

Superfund Survey

The City of Portland is looking for your views on the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

The Oregon Commission for Women

The Oregon Commission for Women just announced its 2015 Women of Achievement Awardees, and our friend, Kay Toran, is one of the recipients!

Happy International Women's Day!

Today we celebrate the social, political, cultural, and economic achievements of women.

RACC Focus Groups

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is partnering with Resolutions NW to host three focus groups this spring, dedicated to Portland’s diverse communities.

Grant Magazine

Congratulations to the reporters at Grant Magazine, and to David Austen for their award winning journalism.

DJC Newsmaker's Luncheon

This afternoon, Nick was proud to attend the 2016 Daily Journal of Commerce’s (DJC) Newsmaker’s Award Luncheon.

Watershed Wide

This Saturday, grab your neighbors and friends, and head over to Watershed Wide!

Women's History Month

March is National Women’s History Month

50 Feet from Syria

Last weekend, I watched the film “50 Feet from Syria”, which was featured at the Portland Film Festival.

Portland Jazz Festival

Portland’s legendary Jazz Festival is back and better than ever!

Arts Breakfast of Champions

This morning, Nick was proud to attend the Regional Art & Culture Council’s (RACC) 2016 Arts Breakfast of Champions.

Testing for lead in home plumbing

This morning, KGW joined Nick at his home to test his water for lead.

Chinese New Year Celebration

Last Thursday evening, our intern, Betsy Quitugua, attended a Chinese New Year Celebration at the Lan Su Chinese Garden.

FMRL

The Portland Building’s latest installation space is a visually stunning geographical piece of garbage.

Touring the Bull Run Watershed

Last Friday, two of our staffers, Paige Spence and Jo Wulffenstein, toured the beautiful Bull Run Watershed in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Hidden Hearts

This morning, Nick kicked off Hidden Hearts at the Crafty Wonderland.

HUD Multifamily Housing

Yesterday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Saltzman in sponsoring a proclamation honoring HUD’s Multifamily Housing office in Portland.

Portland Harbor Cleanup

Yesterday morning, Council hosted EPA leadership at a work session about the Portland Harbor Superfund site.

Happy Lunar New Year!

This weekend, Nick was honored to attend the TET Vietnamese New Year’s Celebration.

Celebrating Venture Portland

Last night, Nick was honored to attend and speak at Celebrate Our City, Venture Portland’s 30th Anniversary Party.

Kids experience the Bull Run

City Council had special visitors this morning!

Funding our utilities

It’s budget season!

Personal Advocates

Elders in Action’s Personal Advocate Program helps change lives for the better.

Arts Equity Grants

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is investing $100,000 in Arts Equity Grants to local nonprofit organizations!

Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest

Join the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) this Thursday to celebrate the Portland Winter Light Festival.

Straight Talk: Islamophobia

Last week, Nick was honored to appear on KGW’s Straight Talk.

Soaking up the storm

The Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) works hard to manage storm and wastewater in Portland.

Welcome Paige!

We are happy to welcome Paige Spence to the fish team!

Benson Bubblers

Our Benson Bubblers are back on!

Celebrating our city

You’re invited to dance the night away! Join us at Celebrate Our City, Venture Portland’s 30th Anniversary Party.

Accounting for Public Interest

The Portland Building’s latest art installation thoughtfully and whimsically examines people’s perceptions of Portland.

Teacher for a day

Yesterday, Nick was proud to serve as “Teacher for Day” at the Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC) in Northwest Portland.

Fix-It Fairs

Fit-It Fairs are great, free events that teach you easy ways to save money and keep your family healthy.

Seeing Nature

The Portland Art Museum has a beautiful exhibit that explores the evolution of landscape.

Stay warm with 211

During the winter months, it’s important for families in our community to stay warm – and healthy.

Maintaining high quality water at home

The Portland Water Bureau works hard throughout the year to provide Portlanders with some of the best drinking water in the world.

Go Ducks!

We were honored to have two Ducks join us today: former quarterback Joey Harrington and former offensive lineman Ryan Schmid! Go Ducks!

Portland's Public Art

Here in Portland, we are fortunate to have a large, diverse collection of publicly-owned art.

Out & About with Nick

On Friday, Nick enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the office and into the community.

Lilly Lee - Week 3

This week has been crazy busy!

Slough 101

This Saturday, join the Columbia Slough Watershed Council at Slough 101.

The Water Bureau's news stream

Are you interested in receiving news updates and alerts from the Portland Water Bureau?

Happy New Year!

News from and about Commissioner Fish

Prepare your pipes for cold weather

The cold winter weather is upon us! Dropping temperatures can freeze pipes and damage property.

Nominating Avel Gordly for COAB

Today I am honored to announce that former State Senator Avel Gordly is my nominee to the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB).

‘Wild’ in Oregon: the story behind the red carpet

Last week, I was pleased to join Tim Williams, Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Film and Television, in writing My View: Oregon is the real star of the ‘Wild’ movie, an op-ed printed in Tuesday’s Portland Tribune.

2014 Year in Review

Commissioner Fish's 2014 Year in Review

The 1964 Christmas Flood

Today, December 22, marks the 50-year anniversary of the 1964 Christmas Flood.

Art project grants

This year, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded over $600,000 in project grants for 146 projects and programs in the tri-county region!

Unidirectional flushing

The Portland Water Bureau works hard throughout the year to provide us with some of the best drinking water in nation.

Community Watershed Stewardship grants

Do you have a "green" idea for your neighborhood?

Are you looking for a muralist?

The first issue of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s (RACC) Muralist Roster is now available!

Celebrating human rights

This afternoon, Nick was proud to speak at the Emily G. Gottfried Award Ceremony, presented by the Portland Human Rights Commission.

All the art that fits

The Portland Building’s art installation space has a wonderful new collection of art from a unique source – public employees.

Portland’s “Wild” creative economy

Portland’s growing creative economy has had an exciting week!

Supporting East Portland small businesses

Nick is proud to serve as Council liaison to Venture Portland and to our thriving small business community.

Final Report of the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission

Today Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish released the final report of the 12-member Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission.

Wilkes Creek Headwaters

Wilkes Creek Headwaters in Northeast Portland used to be farm land.

A different kind of Christmas Carol

Just in time for the holiday season, Portland Center Stage is presenting the humorous play, Twist Your Dickens.

2014 Steve Lowenstein Award

This morning, Nick was proud to join Lowenstein Trustee Michelle Harper in presenting the 2014 Steve Lowenstein Trust Award to Ignacio Paramo.

#GivingTuesday

Today is #GivingTuesday! It’s a special day dedicated to celebrating generosity and giving back to those in need.

Ladies Night Out

This Thursday, grab your friends and go shopping to support our neighborhood small businesses!

Little Boxes

Yesterday, Nick was excited to join Senator Jeff Merkley to help kick off Little Boxes 4th year!

A pioneer in construction trade

The Portland Water Bureau’s senior inspector, Kate Barrett, has been a pioneer for women in the construction trade since the late 1970s.

The magic of the Holiday Express train

Start off the holiday season with an adventure on board a holiday train!

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Fish

Small Business Saturday

Yesterday, Nick was proud to present a Proclamation to City Council, designating November 29 as Small Business Saturday.

Green street planting

It may come as a surprise, but its planting season for the City!

Painting Portland's forgotten history

Talented artist Gabriel Liston brings to life a forgotten part of Portland’s water history in his beautiful art exhibit, Get All That Is Coming To You.

Finding Portland

Uncage the Soul created a spectacular time-lapse video of Portland and the Columbia Gorge that offers a unique perspective of our city.

Age-Friendly Portland

Yesterday, Nick was proud to welcome representatives from Age-Friendly Portland and Portland State University’s Institute on Aging to Council.

Celebrating Veterans Day

Once again, Nick was proud to march with JOIN in Portland’s Veterans Day Parade.

It's movie time!

The Northwest Film Center is having its 41st annual Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival!

Spirit of Portland 2014

Last night, Nick was proud to join his colleagues to present the 2014 Spirit of Portland awards.

I stand with Francisco

I join Mayor Hales in expressing my concern for Francisco Aguirre and his family.

Deconstruction through art

Local artist Noah Greene explores the Portland Building’s architectural design in its latest art installation, Parts of No Sum, or, Trails Do Not End Only Infinitely Disperse.

Fall colors in the water

You may notice slight color changes in your drinking water. Don’t panic! It’s normal - and harmless.

Preventing elder abuse

This Thursday, join Nick and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for a panel discussion on Elder Financial Abuse.

Unsung heroes

We love it when hard-working public servants get the recognition they deserve.

Trick or Treat!

Many of Portland’s great neighborhood business associations are getting spooky for Halloween!

The Watcher Files

Local artists Garrick Imatani and Kaia Sand take viewers on an artistic and literary exploration of old police surveillance files.

Managing stormwater sustainably

SW Huber Street got a much needed make-over with a new green street facility.

Tips for a great garden, all year round

The leaves are changing colors, the weather is cooling, and the rainy season is upon us.

Westmoreland Park’s grand reopening and salmon celebration

On Saturday, Nick and fellow Portlanders gathered to celebrate the newly renovated Westmoreland Park and restoration of Crystal Springs Creek.

Celebrating Southeast Division Street

This morning, Nick and Commissioner Novick celebrated the completion of the Division Streetscape Project at OpenFest!

Drawdown

Due to our sunny, extended summer, Portland’s water supply experienced a ‘drawdown’ in the Bull Run Watershed in mid-October.

Join us at Southeast Division’s OpenFest!

This Friday at 10 am, Nick and Commissioner Novick will officially re-open SE Division Street, after months of construction to improve the roadway!

Bureau of Environmental Services Update

City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade released an audit today regarding the BES Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant office building.

Dia de los Muertos

The Portland Building’s art installation space is celebrating the dead.

Kenton Art Walk tonight!

This evening, join fellow North Portlanders at Kenton’s Third Thursday Art Walk.

Reel Film Festival

The Northwest Film Center is having its 32nd annual Reel Music Festival!

Clean water history

We could argue that Portland’s drinking water is the best in the world, thanks to innovative Oregonians long since passed.

Register your business for 2014's "Little Boxes"

Register your small retail business now to become part of the 4th annual “Little Boxes” shopping event in Portland!

Breakfast with the Street Roots family

This morning, Nick was proud to be the key note speaker at the Street Roots Family Breakfast.

A District on the Move

Join Nick tonight at OMSI’s Theory Eatery for the Central Eastside Industrial Council’s (CEIC) A District on the Move.

A Portrait in Yarn

Talented local artist Jo Hamilton crochets masterful portraits with yarn.

National Manufacturing Day

On Friday, Nick joined David Douglas High School students to celebrate National Manufacturing Day at ADX Portland.

Empowering women leaders

Yesterday, Nick was pleased to attend the Center for Women’s Leadership’s 8th Annual Luncheon!

Expanding Portland’s green infrastructure

The Portland Expo Center has a new stormwater green wall!

Art extravaganza in the Pearl

Take a stroll through the beautiful Pearl District for this month’s First Thursday!

Regional H2O

The Regional Water Providers Consortium has launched a new website, www.regionalh2o.org, to act as a regional go-to site about water services, water conservation, and more!

Calling artists and art teams

Every autumn, the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) invites artists living in Oregon or Washington to submit proposals for the Installation Art Series in the City’s Portland Building.

Celebrating Portland's multiculturalism

Last night, Nick joined friends and colleagues for a great evening at the Center for Intercultural Organizing’s (CIO) Annual Event.

Celebrating the life of Dr. Steven Fritz

Join Nick and the Portland community on Sunday to celebrate the life of Commissioner Amanda Fritz's husband, Dr. Steven Fritz.

Art party in St. Johns

This Saturday, enjoy the charm of downtown St. Johns while walking among talented woodworkers, sculptors, painters and more!

Are you a muralist?

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) is now accepting applications for the Public Art Murals Program!

Friday tours

Nick had an eventful Friday, filled with tours and meetings with some of Portland’s great businesses and institutions.

Fall planting

This Saturday, take your green thumbs over to PlantFest 2014.

Noche Bella

Last Friday, Nick was honored to join colleagues, community leaders, and friends at Noche Bella, Latino Network’s annual dinner and auction.

Engaging local youth

Every summer for the past six years, youth and mentors from Straightway Services have volunteered with Portland Water Bureau staff at Powell Butte and local HydroParks.

STRATAscape

The Portland Building’s art installation space is has turned into an archaeological excavation site - for modern art.

Arts Season in “Fall” Swing

Portland’s arts scene is in full swing as we head into Fall!

Utility bills go paperless – and monthly!

Portlanders are lucky to have some of the best drinking water in the world – straight from our visionary Bull Run Watershed – as well as innovative sewer and stormwater management like green street facilities and bioswales.

Ahoy Mateys! Arr ye ready for an Aquifer Adventure?

This Saturday, grab your best swashbuckling outfit, and venture off to a pirate-themed festival!

The power of arts in education

Last night, Nick attended a celebration for The Right Brain Initiative.

Make it! FUNd

Since their inception, ADX Portland and Portland Made have focused on growing the city’s light manufacturing sector through a core Portland value - collaboration.

Honoring Sergeant Henry Lincoln Johnson

Henry Lincoln Johnson may receive the Congressional Medal of Honor after all—thanks to the recent recommendation of Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and the tireless support of U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Ron Wyden, The Skanner, and many others.

Celebrating National Arts in Education Week

Next week is National Arts in Education Week - and there is a lot to celebrate!

Beach Elementary School starts year off with a rally

This morning, Nick was proud to join Knowledge Universe, Schoolhouse Supplies, Portland Trail Blazer Robin Lopez, and Principal Mary Patterson at an all-school assembly at Beach Elementary in North Portland.

Oregonians honor the life of Vic Atiyeh, 1923-2014

This morning, Nick was proud to join the Atiyeh family, elected officials, and hundreds of Oregonians at a public memorial for former Governor Vic Atiyeh.

Our Public Utilities: Share Your Ideas

Join members of the Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission (BRC) for their first public meeting on Monday, September 8 at 6 pm in the Portland Building.

Behind the Bubblers

Perhaps the best known drinking fountains in the City of Roses are the legendary "Benson Bubblers," the iconic four bronze bowls that provide fresh, Bull Run drinking water throughout downtown.

Celebrating America's history through art

Five leading US museums have collaborated in a joint effort to share great American art with the American people.

Painting Portland

Portland’s collection of vibrant and eclectic art is part of what makes our city wonderful – and last week, we gained 16 great art murals!

Critters at the Foster Floodplain Natural Area

Immerse yourself in Portland’s natural beauty and walk along the Foster Floodplain Natural Area trails.

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Today, Nick was proud to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - thanks to State Treasurer Ted Wheeler.

Jade Market

Street Markets are a great way to enjoy the warm, summer weather, meet our neighbors, and support local small businesses.

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.

Sunday Parkways

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

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.

Business Spotlight: Bridgetown Natural Foods and ADX Portland

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

Pittock Mansion Turns 100

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

Oregon's Painted History

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

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.

Your Sustainable City

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

Grow green grass

The hot sun is here to stay for a while.

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.

Friday Roundup

New from and about Commissioner Fish

Ritual 660'

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

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

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.

Paddle through the Columbia Slough

This Sunday, grab your family, and head to the 20th Annual Columbia Slough Regatta!

Soccer City, USA in the spotlight

Get ready Portland!

Monitoring our watersheds

The Portland Area Watershed Monitoring and Assessment Program (PAWMAP) measures the health of our local watersheds.

Shine bright like a diamond

The lights on Broadway are shining brighter!

Portland's public art receives national recognition

Americans for the Arts (AFTA) recognized 37 incredible artworks for this year’s Public Art Network Year in Review, a national honor in public art.

Building Community

The best part of my job is working with trusted partners to build a stronger community.

Giving families a second chance

This morning, Nick was pleased to attend the grand opening of LifeWorks Northwest’s Beech Street Apartments in Northeast Portland.

Out & about on a Sunday afternoon

Though we have had some rain, the warmth and sun return this weekend! Here are some great ways to enjoy a sunny Sunday in our community:

Rediscovering Portland’s locally-owned businesses

Shopping locally is easier than ever!

A farm in the middle of the city

Yesterday, Nick was proud to attend the groundbreaking for Zenger Farm’s Urban Grange in East Portland.

Hollywood comes to the Northwest

Oregon’s creative economy is growing – thanks, in part, to Hollywood.

Governor Atiyeh, 1923-2014

My family, colleagues, and I join with all Oregonians today in mourning the death of Vic Atiyeh.

Jazz in Cathedral Park

Join the Jazz Society of Oregon this weekend at the 34th Annual Cathedral Park Jazz Festival!

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.

Transformational art

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

Walking in sunshine

Enjoy this beautiful summer weather with a garden stroll.

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!

Restoring habitat

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

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.

Hug a tree!

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

Art Space / Office Space

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

Happy Independence Day

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

Thursday Roundup

New from and about Commissioner Fish

The grass is always greener

Conserve water and keep your lawn green this summer by following tips from the Regional Water Providers Consortium

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.

Mid Year Review

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

Nick tours Portland's Vigor Industrial

Today, Nick enjoyed a tour of Vigor Industrial on North Portland’s Swan Island.

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Fish

Portland Announces Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission

Today Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish announced the formation of a twelve member Utility Oversight Blue Ribbon Commission.

The Mason Flats Wetland is flourishing

A once-neglected field filled with invasive species has bloomed into one of our loveliest watersheds and water quality facilities.

Keeping Portland jobs

Knowledge Universe, a global educational organization, provides something very important for our children’s growth - early childhood education.

Filming in Portland

The Portland Business Journal’s Erik Siemers recently interviewed talented film producer Dean Devlin about filming in Oregon.

Portland's rain brings people together

One of last year’s Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) grant recipients recently finished up its project with great success – and a celebration!

Discover Portland’s public art

While the weather isn’t complying, summer IS almost here!

Water: something to sing about

As Portlanders, we know how lucky we are to have such high-quality drinking water.

Portland shows its pride

Portland has had a month full of pride!

A Taste of Historic Parkrose

During the summer, Portland has many colorful street fairs and events.

Urban Weeds workshop

Urban weeds - the inevitable garden intruder.

Are you ready for a swim?

This summer, you can check the Willamette River’s water conditions before jumping in.

¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!

Join us on Saturday, June 14 for the 13th annual ¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!

Grants for artistic projects

Do you have a great idea for an art project or local arts event?

Strengthening our infrastructure

Like it or not, we know “The Big One” could happen any time in the future.

Funding community watershed health projects

City Council has approved $95,000 in grants for 13 community watershed health projects in Portland.

Our sewer, stormwater, and water utilities: next steps

Working with our community partners, we have taken a number of important steps toward increasing transparency, stabilizing rates, and spending ratepayer dollars wisely

RACC grants expand community access to the arts

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) has awarded over $25,000 in special grants to 10 local nonprofit organizations.

Weekend Roundup with Nick

This weekend, Nick attended three great Portland events.

Public Displays of Affection

The Portland Building’s Installation Space has turned into a photo studio!

Water Bureau crew helps neighbor in need

When someone is in need, the Sandy River Station water crew doesn’t hesitate to reach out as a team, and offer whatever help they can.

CSAs support local families and farms this summer

Sign up this summer for a 21-week subscription to Village Gardens’ Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program!

Boiled water notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers

The State of Oregon Health Authority's Drinking Water Program has required the City of Portland to issue a Boil Water Notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers and some regional water providers.

Reforming our Utilities

Yesterday, Portland voters rejected a proposed Water District.

Honoring Lincoln High School's Constitution Team

This morning, City Council was pleased to welcome Lincoln High School’s award-winning Constitution Team to City Hall.

Village Gardens' Farmers Market

Try some nutritious produce with an international flair!

Cycle the Well Field

On May 31, grab you bike, friends, and family, and head out for a free, guided riding tour of the Columbia South Shore Well Field!

Small Business Week celebrations keep rolling on!

Yesterday, Nick was proud to present a proclamation celebrating our local small businesses and recognizing May 12 – 16 as Portland Small Business Week!

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon Celebrates 40 Years

Nick was honored to join faith and community leaders at the Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon (EMO) Community Awards & 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner last night.

Are you ready to dance the night away?

Elders in Action is celebrating over 40 years of services for older adults in Portland with its fundraiser, Silver! A Night to Remember.

Beat the heat

With this week’s record breaking heat, are you and your family prepared to stay cool?

National Small Business Week

Today kicks off National Small Business Week!

52nd Annual St. Johns Parade

A little spring rain didn’t turn away North Portlanders from enjoying a parade!

Mt. Tabor Reservoir Disconnection Project community meetings

On Tuesday, the Portland Water Bureau hosted the first of two community meetings about the Mt. Tabor Reservoir Disconnection Project, which is required by the unfunded federal mandate known as LT2 (Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule).

Small businesses score with soccer grants

As Portland gears up to host the Major League Soccer All-Star Game in August, it’s great to see that our small businesses are getting in on the action.

Drinking Water Week

Signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Drinking Water Week is celebrated throughout the United States and Canada – and here in Portland!

Rip City: Ramsay Way

This morning, City Council was proud to honor the late Dr. Jack Ramsay, who coached the 1977 Portland Trail Blazers to a championship.

Celebrate Mother’s Day with Sunday Parkways

This Sunday is Mother’s Day – celebrate with the moms in your life at the Sunday Parkways event in East Portland!

Visiting the set of The Librarians

The Portland area is becoming a go-to location for TV shows!

New art installation in the Portland Building

The Portland Building's new art installation is now up!

Preserving Portland's history

Join us to celebrate Portland's unique architectural history!

Celebrating older adults

Older adults are an important part of our community – and this month we celebrate them!

Venture Portland's Annual Board Meeting

Last night, Nick was proud to attend Venture Portland’s Annual Board Meeting at Wilf’s Restaurant in Northwest Portland.

Everyday Heroes keeping our rivers clean

Two of our Bureau of Environmental Services’ (BES) team members were declared Everyday Heroes by KATU.

Washington Park reservoirs - public meeting Wednesday

Join us Wednesday for a Community Sounding Board meeting about the Washington Park Reservoir Improvements Project.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade

Nick was proud to march with Marc Jolin and our partners from JOIN in the 8th annual 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade on Saturday

Art for everyone

Portland’s thriving arts culture is accessible to everyone!

Bud Clark Commons: a Top Green Project

In celebration of Earth Day, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) released its annual Top Ten Green Projects list – and our very own Bud Clark Commons made the cut!

Portland celebrates the arts!

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.

Healthy watersheds make for happy beavers

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.

Right Brain Initiative receives grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

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

Spring into spring with delicious fruit trees from Friends of Trees!

Kenton Street Fair asks for your support

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

Riverviews in your mailbox

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

Is your child looking for something fun to do this summer?

Sprinkle into spring

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the flowers are blooming - spring is here!

Keep water meters clear of debris and guard dogs

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

Bringing salmon back to Crystal Springs Creek

The Crystal Springs Creek Restoration Project has been a success!

Venture Portland supports neighborhood businesses

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

Charles Jordan, 1937 - 2014

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

Portland City Hall gets colorful with PHAME

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

Visit the Pearl District, for the love of art

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

A Decade of Northwest Dance

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

Traversing Portland, Meter Reader style

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Fish

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Fish

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Fish

Local high school students advance to We The People state championship

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Friday Roundup

News from and abouot Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Changes to the Fish Team in the New Year

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.

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Learn about the Water Bureau’s Asset Management Program

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

Carolers coming to City Hall

This morning, Portland City Hall will welcome some very special and talented guests from Buckman Elementary – the Buckman Chorus!

Chronicling Portland

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

2013 Year in Review

Commissioner Fish's highlights from a busy 2013.

Clean Rivers Education Program

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

Village Gardens Open House

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Water Main Break in SW Portland

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

Shop small, shop local

Portland urges you to support our local businesses this holiday season - and year-round!

Portland Water Bureau to the Rescue

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.

Freezing temperatures

Portland has seen some record-breaking low temperatures this week.

Keeping your home safe during the cold weather

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

Winter comes to the Bull Run

When the rain falls in Portland, many times the Bull Run Watershed experiences snow!

Celebrate #GivingTuesday

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

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.

Out and about with Commissioner Fish

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!

On Thanksgiving, we gather with friends and family to reflect on the blessings in our lives.

Wednesday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Shop local and support small businesses this holiday

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

Celebrating the Foster Floodplain Natural Area

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.

Fix-It Fair season starts tomorrow

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

Nick joins Governor Kitzhaber for signing of two important housing bills

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.

Bud Clark Commons receives global recognition

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

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

City Hall welcomes "We Are Portland"

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Celebrate the City!

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

Dawson Park improvements break ground

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.

Spirit of Portland 2013

Nick is proud to join his colleagues tonight to present the 2013 Spirit of Portland awards

Veterans Day 2013

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

The Big Pipe's big job

The Oregonian’s Stuart Tomlinson highlighted the success of Portland’s "Big Pipe" today.

Public Service for Dr. & Mrs. Toulan

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

Local grants support the community

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

Willamette Week's 2013 Give!Guide kicks off today

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

Help keep Portland's storm drains clear this Fall

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 turns one

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

Support our local businesses

Thanks to Warren Becker, owner and head baker at Blue Collar, for welcoming Commissioner Novick and me to his bakery this morning.

Open for business...and breakfast!

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

Brain Food

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

Portland mourns the deaths of Dr. Nohad Toulan and his wife Dirce

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

Water main break on W Burnside

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

2013 Spirit of Portland Award Winners

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Commissioner Fish statement on independent Chief Financial Officer

Commissioner Fish statement on independent Chief Financial Officer

Commission Centennial

Nick was proud to join current and former elected officials to commemorate 100 years of Portland's commission government.

100 Years of Portland's Commission Government

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

Artists-in-residence at the Portland Archives

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.

Washington Park Reservoirs Virtual Open House

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Asian Health & Services Center Celebrates 30 years

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

The Portland Water Bureau provides around 50 tours a year of the Bull Run Watershed

An Age-Friendly Portland

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

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

Harvey Milk recognized and remembered

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Street Roots Family Breakfast

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.

The Village Market gets City support

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

BES wins the Julian Sustainability Practices Award

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

An evening with American Winter

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

Celebrating Oregon Days of Culture

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

No Ivy Day celebrates 10 years

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

Veterans Stand Down and job fair event

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

Thursday Roundup

New from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

City's utility bureaus present overview of budgets, finances, and Capital Improvement Programs to Council

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."

Six new schools welcome The Right Brain Initiative

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

This weekend, Nick was out and about Portland at three momentous events.

Grant gets a special homecoming gift

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

This evening kicks off the third annual Johnson Creek Days!

Thursday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Awarding local arts organizations

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?

Tomorrow I will introduce an Ordinance to change the Portland City Code that manages private pay-to-park and non-pay parking facilities.

A History of the Bull Run Watershed

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Help build Gateway Green

The Friends of Gateway Green have launched a fundraising campaign to finish design plans to build Gateway Green.

TBA starts tonight!

Tonight kicks off the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s (PICA) annual Time Based Art Festival

CAT’s Summer 2013 Raffle Bonanza

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

Adding trees, cleaning rivers

A beautiful tree-lined street is not only pleasant on the eyes but also helpful for our rivers.

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Celebrating 2 years at Bud Clark Commons!

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

Head out tonight to First Thursday and participate in the 2nd Annual Art with Heart Walk.

Our National Champions, the Portland Thorns

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

Moving toward a “greener” Division Street

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Congratulations REACH!

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

Remembering the March on Washington

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

Can you see the Forest For The Trees?

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.

Honoring the past and recommitting to a more just future

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.

Support local businesses and save!

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

Help clean up Johnson Creek

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

11 x 13: Our Preservation Story

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.

Future Business Leaders getting connected with Arts & Culture

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

Welcome Portland’5!

Yesterday, The Portland Center for the Performing Arts unveiled their new name as Portland’5 Centers for the Arts!

Recognizing the Spirit

It’s time for the 2013 Spirit of Portland awards!

Your Washington Park

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish Announces That City Will Sell “Water House”

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

It was another banner weekend for community events in Portland: NW Dance Project, Medicare, and Latino Network

An evening of dance

Have plans this Friday night? Head out to the beautiful Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater for a free performance by Northwest Dance Project!

Emily York moves on to the Oregon Health Authority

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.

Galaxy Dance Festival Returns to Director Park!

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

Out and About with Nick

Last night, Nick attended three fabulous community events.

Saving Water and Saving Money

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.

An evening of jazz at Washington Park

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.

Washington Park Summer Festival seizes the day

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

Older adults share their voice

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.

Willamette River's 3rd Annual Big Float!

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

Washington Park Summer Festival kicks of Thursday!

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

Monday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Council approves Community Watershed Stewardship Program

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).

Timbers Stand Together Week 2013

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!

The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) is excited to launch “Sprinkler Times,” a water and money saving irrigation application for smartphone users.

Student show celebrates national Arts Education partnership

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

The Big Pipe

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

Our Environmental Services

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.

Be smarter with your water

July is Smart Irrigation Month!

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Keeping Powell Butte Nature Park Healthy and Safe

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

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).

Portland to welcome 2014 MLS All-Star game

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.

Does Portlandia represent you?

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

You’re invited to an Open Garden

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Happy Independence Day!

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

2013 Mid-Year report

The first six months of 2013 have been marked by big changes, new challenges, and much to celebrate.

Powell Butte Reservoir

This morning, Portland Water Bureau staff took Nick on a tour of Powell Butte.

A win for the Arts Tax

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

Summer Free For All is here!

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

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

Summer Free For All kicks off with Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration!

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!

Historic progress for freedom and equality

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

Keep Portland Green!

Want to be part of something green? Become a “Green StreetSteward” for the City of Portland!

Representing Our 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 Welcome Our Veterans Home

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!

Head over to Northeast Portland on Sunday for the second Portland Sunday Parkways event of the season!

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

¡Explorando el Columbia Slough!

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

Get ready for Summer Free For All!

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

National Small Business Week

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

Beaking ground on the Center for Hope & Recovery

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.

43rd Annual Gay Pride Parade

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

From Forest to Faucet

Yesterday, Nick and his team had the incredible opportunity to visit theBull Runwatershed with Portland Water Bureau Director David Shaff and his team.

Portland ecoroofs earn international praise

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

Honoring our working men and women

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.

Temporary Closure on Fanno Trail

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.

American Winter families on the National Stage

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.”

Talking Straight with Nick

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

Sir Knight Nick Fish

Today, Nick was honored to be Knighted by the Royal Rosarians in a special ceremony in Washington Park.

Friday Round Up

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Bud Clark Commons: Project of the Year!

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

p:ear art arrives at the Fish office

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

Academic Achiever

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

Fred Meyer Junior Parade Wednesday!

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

New Bureau Assignments

Yesterday, Mayor Charlie Hales reassigned the City’s bureaus among his City Council colleagues.

Starlight Parade

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!

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

Waud Bluff Trail is a go!

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

55 new VASH vouchers will help Portland veterans

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

We’d like to highlight a wonderful mission-driven nonprofit focused on providing services to Portland’s neighboring rural communities.

City Council approves FY 2013-14 budget

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

Council welcomes Grant High School Constitution Team

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

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

City Council to honor National Champion Grant High School

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

This morning, Nick was honored to march with kindergarteners from theParkroseSchool Districtto promote a 100% graduation rate inOregonby the year 2025.

Portland Housing Bureau receives $3 million federal grant to create safer homes for 300 local children

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

Supporting our Veterans

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.

The Portland Rose Festival is coming to town

This Friday officially kicks off the 2013 Portland Rose Festival!

Portland Parks & Recreation Summer Camps

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 Opportunity at Peninsula Park Rose Garden

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

First $5 5K Run

The popular $5 5K run/walk series starts up again this Sunday at Fernhill Park!

Grand Opening of The Fields Park

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

Renovation at Dawson 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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Public Hearing on 2013-14 City Budget

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

11 x 13: “Getting It Done”

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

Celebrate The Fields this Friday

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

Summer Free For All 2013

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!

51st Annual St. Johns Parade

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

Who let the bikes out?

This Mother’s Day kicks off the 2013 Portland Sunday Parkways season!

Friday Roundup

New from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

A Neighborhood Treasure for Generations to Come

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

Today, The Oregonian featured a story about our community rallying to support homeless veterans.

Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

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

City Council welcomes local Portland youth

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.

A new futsal field at Hacienda CDC

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

The Yards at Union Station is complete

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

Natalie Sept featured in The Oregonian

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

Sophia Kecskes - Presidential Scholar

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

The Fields Park Opening

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

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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

Friday Roundup

New from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

A New Track and Field for Grant High School

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!

Planting trees to celebrate diversity

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

Celebrating Older Americans Month

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

A rise in affordable homes

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

Grant High School Wins First Place!

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

Celebrating Portlanders

Friday night, Nick attended three big events.

82nd Avenue of Roses Parade!

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.

Portland's newest natural area

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.

Festival of the Birds

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

Our Parks Ambassadors

Yesterday, The Portland Observer ran a story on our fantastic Park Rangers program.

Hope Builder Breakfast

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

Section 8 on Think Out Loud

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

Making fresh food available to all

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.

White Bird celebrates 15 years

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

How does your garden grow?

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

Lamplighter of the Year

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

Today is Earth Day!

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?

Showcase Event for Arbor Month

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Don’t let this opportunity swim past you

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

First and Future First Citizen Awards

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.

April is Fair Housing Month

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

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

Volunteer with Portland Parks & Recreation

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

Fairness Matters

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).

Grand Opening of Mt. Tabor Community Garden

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

Commissioners Fish and Novick identify long-term budget savings

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

On April 6, KATU News featured one of our community’s everyday heroes.

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Fighting hunger among older adults

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

City of Portland welcomes the Thorns

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

Support East Portland Concerts by eating pizza, TODAY, April 9!

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

Come out and eat for CAT

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.

Relive your basketball glory days

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Securing affordable homes for older adults

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.

Support local housing nonprofits while enjoying theater

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

We support the safety net!

http://wearethesafetynet.org/

Habitat for Humanity is changing lives

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.

Council to consider new parking requirements

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

Community leaders support Section 8 bill

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.

Just say “no” to ivy!

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

Westmoreland Park gets a make over

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

The City of Roses is expanding Arbor Day to Arbor Month!

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

Whatever happened to the tiny tree in the teeny park?

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

Youth address violence in our community

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

NPR features American Winter documentary

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

Rangers lead with compassion

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

Take a stroll with the ladybugs

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Hardworking families increasingly find the American dream out of reach

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

Work Day at Harper's Playground

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

Affordable homes preserved at Hawthorne East

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

American Winter premieres on HBO

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

Get ready for camp!

Keep your youngsters active in both mind and body by enrolling them in one of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Day Camps.

Nick joins Habitat for Humanity to cut the ribbon on the new ReStore

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

American Winter HBO premiere on Monday

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Welcome Back Vulture Day!

Come out this Saturday to celebrate the beauty of vultures during Welcome Back Vulture Day at Leach Botanical Garden.

Earned Sick Leave Roundup

News about Earned Sick leave passing in Portland

Earned sick leave proposal passes with unanimous support

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

1,000 Gardens featured in Edible Portland

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

Gardening never felt so good

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

Local partners increase affordable options in Portland-area communities

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.

Helensview Community Garden Opening

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

Portland’s smallest park is making some big news

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!

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Let’s Celebrate Oaks Bottom!

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

Portland Open Space Sequence lands spot on National Register of Historic Places

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

Commissioner Fish testifies in support of Section 8 reform bill

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

Helensview Community Garden

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

Documentary Film for Peninsula Park Centennial Celebration

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

Celebrate National Women’s History Month!

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

Public Hearing on City Budget

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

Friday Roundup

News of and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Investing in our Gold Medal system

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

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.

A Tribute to Coach Roy Pittman

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

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

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Save the date!

On March 15, come show your support for Village Gardens at their first annual spring fundraising event!

The next Fix-It Fair is coming up!

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

Portland to host World Environment Day

Portland is being recognized for being green!

American Winter debuts to sold-out crowd

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

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

American Winter premiere!

Don’t forget – Joe and Harry Gantz’s film, American Winter, premiers this Sunday at thePortlandArt Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.

Grand opening of Kah San Chako Haws!

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

A picture can say a thousand words

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

American Winter Premiere this Sunday

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

To rent or to not to rent - that is the question

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

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Nick Fish

Summer Free For All just around the bend

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

CASH Oregon helps local families this tax season

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

Portland's Urban Forest Ranked in Nation's Top 10

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

East Portland neighbors cheer E205

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

Parks & Recreation Budget and Transition

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

Housing Budget & Transition

I write to update you on the City’s budget and its impact on the Portland Housing Bureau.

February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month!

Mark finds his dream home

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

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Whitaker Community Farm Survey

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

VA Assistant Secretary Joan Mooney in town for Street Count, community conversation about veterans issues

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

Join us for the premiere of American Winter

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

Celebrating E205

Nick was proud to join his Council colleagues this morning to celebrate the completion of our E205 initiative.

Centennial Celebration

The oldest public rose garden in Portland is turning 100 this June!

Open house for Whitaker Farm Project

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

Night Strike

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

Friday Roundup

News from from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Feeling “inspired”

On Thursday, Nick had the honor to once again participate in the “Teacher for a Day” program.

Documentary film class offering

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

Join us at the Fix-It Fair tomorrow

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

Volunteer with CAT

The Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) is looking for volunteers for their Renters’ Rights Hotline.

We are Portland

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

Eye health matters

Did you know that January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month?

Join us for a Day of Service

Join PP&R on the MLK Day of Service to help restore the Mitchell Creek Natural Area

A New Home for Blanchet House

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

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 reaches its goal!

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

Teen Defensive Driving Program comes to Portland International Raceway

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

Volunteer with the Sellwood Gap clean-up

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

Cully’s community garden story

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

$5 5Ks are coming back!

Portland Parks & Recreation’s $5 5K series will kick off on May 19 at Fernhill Park.

Mt. Tabor garden plots now available

Mt. Tabor garden plots now available

File deadline soon for foreclosed homes

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

An “exemplar practice”

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

Looking good at every age

At 93 years old, Willa Asbjornsen is testament that you can look good at every age.

2012 Forest Park Wildlife Report

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

A wedding in a park? How romantic!

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.

The face of homelessness in Portland

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.

Cold temperatures bring increased need

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

Help welcome our veterans home

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.

Park Rangers: making a difference

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

Welcome Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick

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

Portland: Time Marches On

Enjoy a time-lapse video, showing the beauty of our city.

2012 Year in Review

Commissioner Fish's review of challenges and successes from 2012.

Hacienda CDC futsal field taking shape

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.

Tie the knot in a Portland park

Weddings in Portland's Parks draw many couples each year

Portland's Winter Shelter Services

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

Everybody dance now!

Beginning January 4, Mt. Scott Community Center will be hosting a monthly dance – open to all!

Music in the Park

This Wednesday, Director Park will be featuring the marimba music stylings of Michael Charles Smith.

Potluck in the Park gets ready for Holiday Dinner

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

Gray's Landing

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.

Portland’s Newest Natural Area

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

The Lowenstein Trust Award

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

The pedestrian/cyclist bridge on the Waud Bluff trail is now in place!

211Info services going state-wide

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

Join us to celebrate Gray's Landing

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

Catch a ride on the Holiday Express

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.

Macdonald West brings affordable homes to Old Town

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

Holiday cheer in Portland’s living room

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

Warblers and rabbits and elk, oh my!

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

Making home affordable

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

City Council invests in preserving affordable homes

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.

Take a winter swim with Portland Parks & Recreation

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

A New Home for the South Waterfront Osprey

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

Innovation of the Day

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!

The Holiday Express begins this weekend!

Portland welcomes the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team

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.

A Thanksgiving Feast for Southeast

576 were served Thanksgiving dinner at the Feast for Southeast

Giving Tuesday

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

Express ride to the holidays

Join us this holiday season for a ride on the Holiday Express!

Celebrate: a Benefit to Support MESO/FACE

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

Street Roots vendor Raymond shares his story

Happy Thanksgiving

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

Notice of Funding Availability for affordable homes

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

Rose City Golf Course makes history

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

Portland Parks & Recreation provides recreation and fitness programs for older adults.

Celebrating Native Heritage

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

On Friday, Nick was pleased to join community members for a forum on affordable housing and homelessness.

Friends of Trees coming to a neighborhood near you

Friends of Trees request participation this fall with neighborhood tree planting

Welcoming our veterans home

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

Kids’ Days Off with Portland Parks & Recreation

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.

Celebrate Native American Family Day this Friday

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

2012-13 Fix it Fairs coming soon

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

Honoring our Veterans

On Monday, join us for the 38th Annual Ross Hollywood Chapel Veterans Day Parade.

Women's winter shelter to open November 19

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

Willamette Week Give! Guide supports Street Roots

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.

Your neighborhood, your voice

All Portland residents are invited to a Consortium Housing Needs Hearing

Portland Roasting Coffee supports Central City Concern

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.

Portland celebrates Native American Heritage Month

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

Election Night 2012

Nick spent the evening of Election Night 2012 visiting election parties.

Share your Peninsula Park story

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

Mike Alexander selected as new Urban League President

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

Fish Team Transitions

Last week, two of our wonderful team members, Abby Warren and David Nguyen, moved on to their next adventures.

Changing the world, one playground at a time

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.

Friday Roundup: 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 & CCLT Join Forces

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

Community says: we love Portland Parks & Recreation

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

New East Portland playgrounds open

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

Harper's Playground Grand Opening Saturday

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

Portland community celebrates the Spirit of Portland

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.

Section 8 voucher waiting list opens Thursday

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

New roses coming to Peninsula Park Rose Garden

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

City searching for Creative Laureate Volunteer

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

Turkey Swims make a splash at Portland's pools

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

Celebrating 1,000 Gardens

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!

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.

We reached our 1,000 Gardens goal!

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.

Train to be a Friends of Trees crew leader

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

New benches installed at Director Park

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

North Park Blocks welcomes Memory 99

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.

People of the Drum Project final performance Sunday

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

With the help of Whole Foods Market grant, Vestal School's garden continues to grow

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

Friday Roundup

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

Lee Kelly's Memory 99 comes to the North Park Blocks

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

Cycling enhancements coming soon to Forest Park

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

Community Garden grand opening in Northeast 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.

Stay fit this Fall with Portland Parks & Recreation

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

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.

Hoyt Arboretum Fall Color Tour this Sunday

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

No Ivy Day Celebration Saturday

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

Kah San Chako Haws takes shape in SE Portland

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!

Blanchet House receives highest sustainability award

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.

Fall swimming registration is now open

Portland Parks & Recreation offers swimming lessons year-round

Spirit of Portland recognizes the Weed Warriors

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

Get Your 2013 Chinook Book

Come pick up your new Chinook Book at the Portland Building!

Lady Pilots are the Spirit of Portland

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.

Little Artists show their skills at the Multnomah Arts Center

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

Parks kicks off monthly dances for people with disabilities

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

Stephens Creek Crossing "reflects our best values"

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

In honor of REACH's three decades of service to the community, Portlanders recently shared how REACH made a difference in their lives.

Waterfront Park in top 10 'Great Public Spaces'

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).

Celebrating "Stand Together" week with the Timbers

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.

Jamison Square architect receives national recognition

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 CDC offers new help for homeowners

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

Volunteers help remove invasive English ivy

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.

E205 comes full circle in East Holladay Park

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.

PP&R thanks Central City Concern for 10,000 hours of volunteer work

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

PCRI moves forward with "Big 11" renovations

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.

E205 initiative reaches new milestones

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

Commissioner Fish's statement on the Aaron Campbell case

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

Young leaders embody the Spirit of Portland

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

North Portland Greenway Trail survey

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

Stephens Creek Crossing raises its walls

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

Portland Public Golf goes a little more green

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

Veterans Stand Down & Job Fair October 3

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

Oregon Rail Heritage Center opens its doors

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.

Portland fun for every season

The Portland Tribune featured a number of Portland Parks & Recreation sites in its Fall/Winter 2012 "101 Things to Do" insert.

New State Foreclosure Prevention Website

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

Oregon Rail Heritage Center grand opening Saturday

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

Portland Public Golf offers affordable options

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!

Central City Concern celebrates 10,000 volunteer hours

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 welcomes new art piece honoring late artist Nobu

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

10 Weeks in Ecuador - a Summer to Remember

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

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

PP&R Fall 2012 Activity Catalogs now available

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

Summer Free For All comes to a close

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

Statement from Commissioner Fish in response to the Justice Department's investigation of the Portland Police Bureau

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

New Blanchet House of Hospitality Grand Opening

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.

Building a healthier community - one smile at a time

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

Straight Talk: the Fluoride Debate

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.

New faces join the Portland Housing Bureau team

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

E205 Initiative brings updates to Lynchwood Park

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.

REACH CDC celebrates 30 years of service

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.

Trail Blazers, PP&R and Banfield Pet Hospital team up to renovate Chimney Park

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

Prescriptive burn at Baltimore Woods to enhance natural habitat

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.

Huffington Post features "American Winter"

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.

Free Geek donation enhances Charles Jordan Community Center

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.

Hooper Detoxification Stabilization Center 40th Anniversary

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

Schoolhouse Supplies helps children kickstart the school year

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.

Portland icons ready for restoration

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.

Oregon Symphony Waterfront Concert this Thursday

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

Council approves TIF Set-Aside investment in 11x13 campaign to preserve affordable homes

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

Lund Report features 1,000 Gardens initiative and Kids Cook! program

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

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and Senator Jeff Merkley discuss housing proposals with Commissioner Fish, local housing leaders

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.

This Weekend: Sunday Parkways in Southeast Portland

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

Council approves anti-camping lawsuit settlement

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.

Kids Cook! event a fun-filled success

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

Parkrose Soccer Field grand opening

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

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.

Summer fun this week with Portland Parks & Recreation

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!

Neighborhood kids secure community grant

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.

Statement from Commissioner Fish in support of water fluoridation

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

Kids Cook! this Saturday, August 19

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

Hot temperatures coming to Portland

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.

Home Smart Oregon launches online homebuyer education

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

Parks Dive-In movies next week!

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.

New Oregon law reduces foreclosures

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.

Trek in the Park receives national attention

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

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

Final weekend of Washington Park Summer Festival

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

Preserving the legacy of Lawrence Halprin

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

Powell Butte Natural Area work party this weekend

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!

Portland is green, and is getting greener!

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.

Montavilla Park Playground Program this Friday

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

Free swimming today with Portland Parks & Recreation

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?

International Tree Climbing Championship & World Conference Comes to Portland

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 features Bud Clark Commons

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

U.S. Bank supports Early Learners Academy

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

Friends of Laurelhurst Park lead clean-up effort

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.

Harper's Playground on track for October grand opening

Construction of Harper's Playground is making steady progress.

Community Cycling Center bringing new repair hub to North Portland

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.

Great ways to cool off this weekend

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?

New Rail Heritage Center taking shape

The new Enginehouse & Rail Heritage Center is nearing completion.

Washington Park Summer Festival kicks off Thursday

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.

Bank of America Homeowner Event

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.

Construction of The Fields making progress

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

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

New Blanchet House taking shape in Old Town

Construction for the new Blanchet House is almost complete.

Piccolo Park Fountain Dedication

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

Council adopts Sullivan's Gulch Trail Plan

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

Local non-profits help veterans and military families

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.

Proud Ground celebrates Svaboda Court grand opening

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.

New Playground coming to East Portland Community Center

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 at Portland Parks & Rec Pools this Summer

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

Community celebrates Charles Jordan

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.

Tanner Springs a Finalist for National Urban Open Space Award

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 Fish regarding Cameron Whitten's hunger strike

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

8th Annual Policy Makers Ride

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

Urban Forestry Commission discusses Portland Tree Policy

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

Charles Jordan Community Center Celebration this Sunday

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.

Restoring Oaks Bluff Trail

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.

Parks Nature Walks program featured on KATU News

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

E205 Initiative brings upgrades to East Portland park

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

Celebrating 100 Years of Terwilliger Parkway

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

My Story's "We Are Portland" Project Receives Prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Grant

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.

Sharing our story: the fight to end homelessness

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

Summer Free For All provides healthy lunches to local kids

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.

Program helps Oregonians prevent foreclosure

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.

$5 5K Race at Gabriel Park

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

Park Ranger Supervisor joins the PP&R Team

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

Ventura Pump Track Celebration

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.

An ever-changing urban canopy

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

PCRI Builds Healthy Homes and Families

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

A divertirse en los parques este verano

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

Support Hotels4Change for a good cause

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

3rd Annual Integration Cup Soccer Tournament

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.

Community efforts support Portland Parks & Recreation

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

Fishing permitted at selected Portland parks

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.

Portland Parks pools open for Independence Day

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

Healthy Vending Options Coming to Downtown Festivals

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.

Congresswoman Bonamici tours Bud Clark Commons

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.

"American Winter" producers featured in The Oregonian

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

An update on key initiatives for 2012 - Commissioner Nick Fish

New Enginehouse & Rail Heritage Center coming to life

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

Council adopts updates to Limited Tax Exemption program

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

Central City Concern creates opportunity

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

Parks celebrates 2012 Summer Free For All

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.

New park coming to Cully neighborhood

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.

Summer Free For All tips off this Wednesday!

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

Teen Adventure Program mountain biking camp

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.

PCRI partners with Oregon Tradeswomen to help preserve affordable homes

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 to open waiting lists for affordable homes

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

Sunday Parkways in North Portland

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

14th Annual Latino Home Fair

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

Gray's Landing coming to life

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

The path to greater opportunity

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

Westmoreland Park Community Open House

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

Ladybug Nature Walks this Summer

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.

Pittock Mansion getting much needed renovation

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

Portland Parks summer swimming

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.

Celebrating new life for Mark O. Hatfield Building

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

Bud Clark Commons Honors Donors

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.

Community Music Center scholarship auction

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

Lents International Farmers Market Opens Sunday!

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

A Shared Path

The Oregonian recently published a series on Fair Housing. The intersection of race, geography, and opportunity is an important subject.

Street Roots Summer Fun Rally

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

Friday Roundup

Commissioner Nick Fish Friday roundup

Harper's Playground Groundbreaking

Portland Parks and Recreation's Arbor Lodge Park.

A balanced approach to housing choice

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.

Harper's Playground Groundbreaking this Friday

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.

Portland Celebrates Great Blue Heron Week

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.

City Council approves Charles Jordan Community Center

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

Hatfield Building grand re-opening

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.

Improvements coming soon to three local parks

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

Congratulations, Chief Janssens

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

Roosevelt students engage about housing, economics

Civic Engagement Roundtable with Roosevelt High School Seniors is huge success

Parks BioBlitz yields exciting results

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.

Two new Community Gardens opened over the weekend

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

American Winter Documentary

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

33 acres in Forest Park free of invasive vines

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!

Scientists study Riverview Natural Area's restoration

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Riverview Natural Area.