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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Parks launches 'Healthy Snack' policy

April 14, 2010

Oregon consistently has one of the highest hunger rates in the nation. A rising number of children in Oregon is also facing childhood obesity.

At the Parks Bureau, our motto is "Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland." We work hard to provide free and easily-accessible green spaces to help Portlanders stay healthy and happy.

We're constantly looking for ways to have a positive impact on community health, especially for the youngest among us. Parks offers a number of programs that are part of our community's safety net: we partner with Loaves & Fishes to offer meals through our Senior Recreation Program; we worked to expand the footprint of the Portland Farmer's Market this year; our Community Gardens Initiative will provide Portlanders more opportunities to grow food; and our new "Healthy Snack" policy will bring healthier snacks to our facilities.

Healthy eating is essential to the growth and development of our kids. By becoming a sponsor of an At-Risk Meal and Snack Program, Parks will receive federal funding to provide nutritious meals and snacks to kids in low-income areas. This program will help us 

encourage healthy eating as a part of the educational and enrichment programs we offer in our after school programs.

For more on the hunger challenges facing Oregon and what how we are working with partners around the state to address them, visit the Oregon Hunger Task Force website.

Thanks to flickr user sebastien.b for the photo!

April 15 Oregon Art Beat to feature Oaks Bottom mural

April 15, 2010
 

Last October, Nick attended the dedication of the Portland Memorial Mausoleum Mural, which covers almost 50,000 square feet and overlooks the 160-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. The project was led by Mike Houck, Executive Director of the Urban Greenspaces Institute (the fantastic pictures below are his!)

The mural began in 1991 with a 50 by 70-foot depiction of a Great Blue Heron painted by ArtFX painters. The painting celebrated the adoption of the Gret Blue Heron as Portland's official city bird. Seventeen years later, the expanded mural debuted to national praise.

The completed mural displays a variety of wetland residents - Great Egrets, Great Blue Heron, waterfowl, Belted Kingfishers, and more - on its eight south- and west-facing walls.

         

Tonight at 8:00, OPB's Art Beat will air a feature on the mural, the largest hand-painted mural in the country. Click here for more on tonight's episode

Thanks to flickr user skuarua for the photo!

Council unanimously adopts River Plan

April 15, 2010

This afternoon, Council unanimously adopted the River Plan for the North Reach of the Willamette River, nearly a decade in the making. The Plan strengthens protections for the river while providing clarity, flexibility, and a streamlined regulatory process for companies that operate along the river.

The City has committed to supporting significant improvements to industrial infrastructure, environmental restoration, and trail creation, and to staffing innovative new programs like the Permit Streamlining Process and the Citizen Advisory Committee to ensure successful implementation of the Plan. The City has also demonstrated its commitment to a healthy, working waterfront through the establishment of the Office of Healthy Working Rivers.

While the Plan is still a work in process, it creates significant and exciting possibility for Portland. It provides the framework and the flexibility to create a truly sustainable harbor; one which supports fish and wildlife, a strong industrial economy, and opportunities for citizens to interact with the river - a river that benefits each of us.

Read more on Council's decision in the Portland Business Journal

Celebrate Earth Day!

April 16, 2010

Portland Parks & Recreation is hosting a free Earth Day celebration tomorrow at Lair Hill Park. The event, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, will include games, story telling, face painting, food, music, and more. Lair Hill Park, given to the City by Multnomah County in 1927, is located at Southwest 2nd and Woods Street. Call (503) 823-3601 with questions - we hope to see you there!

Community Music Center celebrates 55 years

April 19, 2010

CMC Director Gregory Dubay is also an accomplished cellist.

Nick was pleased to join staff and friends of the Community Music Center (CMC) yesterday afternoon as it celebrated 55 years of helping kids from across Portland learn how to play, appreciate, and understand music.

CMC, located in a 1912 firehouse at 3350 SE Francis, is a Portland Parks & Recreation facility funded by both public and private sources.

In 1955, under the leadership of Parks Director Dorothea Lensch, Parks began offering music lessons at the Knott Street Community Center. In 1960, CMC was founded - since then, over 10,000 people have received music education through scholarships, tuition subsidies, low-cost instrument rentals, and a music library. CMC now serves over 1,000 students of all ages each week.

Also at the celebration were County Commissioner Judy Shiprack, Musician and philanthropist Mary Tooze, Helen Korngold, Parks Director Zari Santner, and Gayle and Philip Neuman, who have taught at CMC for 30 years.

Nick was also proud to read a proclamation declaring April 18, 2010, Community Music Center Day in Portland.

Congratulation to Director Gregory Dubay and his team at CMC on half a century of service to Portland music lovers of all ages!

Thanks to flickr user K. Kendall for the photo!