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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

Friday events mark Fair Housing Month in Portland

April 23, 2010

At right, Nick with Tom Matsuda, Executive Director of Legal Aid Services of Oregon

This morning, the Coalition for a Livable Future proudly presented a Community Conversation Event featuring United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Deputy Secretary Ron Sims. Nick was honored to introduce Deputy Secretary Sims at the event and to welcome him back to Portland in his capacity as Deputy Secretary.

The Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) presented two events today in recognition of Fair Housing Month. This morning, a historic bus tour explored the history of housing discrimination in the Portland area. Then, at noon, FHCO presented a luncheon featuring keynote speaker Kevin Boyle, author of "Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights and Murder in the Jazz Age."

Nick was proud to speak at the event and to present an official City Proclamation declaring April Fair Housing Month in Portland.

Vestal Community Garden in the spotlight

April 26, 2010

Portland's 33rd community garden opened March 12 at Vestal Elementary, near 82nd and Burnside in East Portland. David Ashton covered the celebration for East Portland News. "During brief remarks in which Commissioner Fish related stories about his school-age children - and his wife, a schoolteacher - he challenged the Vestal students to help prepare and maintain the garden," Ashton writes.

"A community garden not only helps create a healthy school," Nick told the Vestal students, "but it helps build a healthy community by bringing people from all kinds of diverse backgrounds together."

Click here for the full story, and visit our Photo Gallery for pictures of the event.

Boise Voices-Hello Neighbor project on display at City Hall

April 26, 2010

Four of the ten photos on display in our office

Last Thursday several City Hall offices - those of Mayor Adams, Commissioner Saltzman, and Commissioner Fish - stayed open until 7:00 for the opening of the Boise Voices-Hello Neighbor Project, on display through May.

Writes Rebecca Robinson in the April 24 Oregonian, folks at the exhibit "walk through Boise history with the elders' voices and images as their guides."

In the first floor Atrium is the Boise Voices oral history project; Hello Neighbor portraits showing Boise residents of all ages are on display in the offices of Commissioners Saltzman and Fish along with Mayor Adams.

Visit us any time to check out these amazing photos!

May Day run to benefit Park scholarship program

April 28, 2010

This Saturday, May 1, Parks will present a 5K run/walk to benefit the Mt. Scott Community Center scholarship program, which offers reduced-price passes to low-income Portlanders.

The course will take particpants through Lents park, past the tennis courts, the gazebo, the community garden, and more.

Registration is open through Saturday, so you're welcome to register at the run. The event is open to all ages, and there will be a number of fun prizes available to all participants.

Visit the Parks Bureau's website for more on the event, or call (503) 823-3183 to register.

"Inside the Gates" at Parklane Park

May 5, 2010

Parklane Park includes 20 undeveloped acres

Tomorrow, May 6, Nick will join Tom Lewis, Centennial Community Association Chair, in hosting "Inside the Gates," an inside tour of Parklane Park in East Portland.

Parklane Park is a 25-acre site in East Portland, next to Harold Oliver School. Twenty acres of the park remain undeveloped, and Thursday's event will allow attendees access to the undeveloped portion for a one-of-a-kind discussion of options for the park's future.

If you're interested in joining the tour, meet at the canopy near the park's playground at 4:15 tomorrow afternoon. The tour will begin at 4:30 and wrap up with refreshments back at the canopy at 5:15. There's also a tour specially designed for kids.

Last March, Council unanimously accepted a Master Plan for the park. That Plan was developed by Parks staff working with a variety of partners, including the Centennial Community Association, the Centennial School District, Harold Oliver School, Parklane Church, and park neighbors.

Included in the Master Plan are proposals for open space for sports, a community garden, an off-leash area, tennis courts, a skatepark, a community gathering space, and an outdoor pool.

With the completion of the Master Plan development and implementation, this former gravel pit will become East Portland's signature park. Join Nick tomorrow for the insider's tour and a chance to share your thoughts.