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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

Community Gardens toolkit launches!

January 26, 2010

As part of our larger Community Gardens Initiative, we have just released a new Community Gardens Toolkit, a 7-page guide offering resources to help Portlanders to: cultivate inexpensive and nutritious food; connect with neighbors; spend time outdoors; and live more sustainably by eating organic and locally-grown produce. A special thank you to our intern Amanda Hess who helped us with this project.

Community gardening is increasingly popular here in Portland, so much so that many gardens have long waiting lists for plots. The Toolkit can connect you with other opportunities to grow food, from yard sharing, to urban farm collectives, to the "Growing Gardens" program, which installs gardens for low-income families in need.

The Toolkit also offers a step-by-step guide to starting a new Community Garden, and has advice for planting a garden at home as well, including a comprehensive list of local resources for home gardeners.

For the non-gardeners among us, the Toolkit also lists a number of ways to contribute to sustainable food production and to local organizations fighting hunger. Check out the web links or print out the toolkit and distribute it at your next community meeting!

Lents Park Master Plan moves forward

January 27, 2010

Last year, Nick supported a community effort to save Lents Park, a 38-acre jewel in the heart of outer SE Portland's Lents neighborhood, from being turned into a baseball stadium. Following that effort, he announced funding to create a Master Plan for Lents Park, a park which hasn't been evaluated in nearly 30 years.

Now, the process of creating a Master Plan is underway. Last week, the Parks Bureau put out a request for proposals for a consultant to create the plan, and in this morning's Daily Journal of Commerce, author Justin Carinci reports on conversations he's had with a number of Lents residents.

While the park continues to be popular for Little League and other sports events, many neighborhood residents want to see a more family-friendly park, with a larger play area and more benches and tables to gather around.

Nick Christensen, vice chairman of the Lents Neighborhood Association, appreciates that the baseball debate elevated the profile of Lents Park, telling Carinci that the discussion did "a good job of keeping a high profile of Lents as a great neighborhood." 

Thanks to flickr user desikfor the photo of Lents park!

Q Center looks forward to another successful Winter Gala

January 27, 2010

Nick had a great time at the 2009 Q Center Winter Gala and is looking forward to the 2010 Gala this Saturday, January 30.

The Gala, co-sponsored by Comcast; Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; The Standard; and US Bank, will be held in the ballroom of The Nines, in downtown Portland. Host Brenda Braxton, of KGW News Channel 8, will present performers Tahoe Jackson, the Peter Petersen Orchestra, and Charlotte Treuse. The event will also feature winning entries from 'Portland in 60 Seconds,' a contest challenging locals to capture the essence of Portland in 60-second films. 

The Winter Gala also presents the 2010 Robert Speltz Community Service Awards to this year's winners: Gwenn Baldwin, of Baldwin Consulting; and the organizers of the Red Dress PDX Party, one of Portland's largest fundraisers for LGBTQ charities.

Here's to another great event!