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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Keeping our public spaces open and safe

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish and Police Chief Mike Reese are discussing ways to improve security measures for large public events

November 30, 2010

Commissioner Fish is exploring security protocols for large events in Portland Parks - Pioneer Courthouse Square, Washington Park, and others - and looking for common sense measures to improve public safety.

On Monday, Nick met with Police Chief Mike Reese to review existing security measures and identify steps to enhance safety.

For example, a ban on parking around the Square during events would help keep a clear buffer zone and increase pedestrian safety before, during, and after events. 

On KGW's 'Hot Box,' Commissioner Fish told KGW's Stephanie Stricklen that keeping Pioneer Courthouse Square and other public gathering spaces open and safe for visitors is one of his top priorities.

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Thanks to flickr user Peat Bakke for the photo of Pioneer Courthouse Square

Cyclocross takes over PIR this weekend!

The US Gran Prix of Cyclocross season wraps up at Portland International Raceway this weekend with the Stanley Portland Cup

December 2, 2010

Are you familiar with cyclocross?

Many of us aren't. It's a combination of running, climbing, and cycling that Parks calls "both tactical and crazed." Typical cyclocross, they tell us, involves a mix of paved and off-road surfaces over flat or rolling terrain. The challenge is navigating the obstacles every course presents, which force riders to either maneuver around them while carrying their bikes or try to jump ("bunny hop") them.

This weekend, the Portland International Raceway will host the Stanley Portland Cup, the season finale of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross.

Join the crowd for rowdy, raucous fun this weekend! Amateur races begin at 8 am, and elite men and women will take to the course beginning at 1:45.

Holiday fun at Director Park

Portland's Director Park offers a festive lineup of events this month

December 2, 2010

Portland's Director Park

Director Park is a gem in the heart of downtown. It features sustainably-harvested wood, stones designed to become more beautiful with age, movable furniture to encourage a wide variety of uses, and Violetta, an on-site, sustainably-oriented cafe.

Since opening in the Fall of 2009, the park has become a favorite location for presenting events.

This month, the park has a fun and festive lineup of events planned:

This Wednesday the first Chanukah Menorah Lighting offered free latkes and dreidels - the nightly lightings will continue through next Wednesday, December 8

  • This Saturday and next, Parks staff and volunteers will sell winter wreaths fashioned from park prunings - all proceeds help support Nature Camp scholarships for Portland area kids
  • Musical performances include the German Singing Society, 60 singers strong and a Portland tradition since 1923, on the 5th; the Robert Gray Middle School Band and Choir next Sunday the 12th; Beati Chorum's Lumiatra choral group on the 18th; and Beati Chorum's premiere women's ensemble, Caliente, on the 19th

Visit for more on the park's history, calendar, and more.

Friday Roundup

New about Commissioner Nick Fish and the City of Portland

December 2, 2010

Portland's Pittock Mansion

'Summer Free for All' Roundup

Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free for All helped tens of thousands of Portlanders make the most of their summer

December 6, 2010

Portland Parks & Recreation's 2010 Summer Free for All helped tens of thousands of Portlanders make the most of their summer.

This summer, Parks:

  • Served nearly 80,000 nutritious and tasty lunches to kids around Portland
  • Hosted over 130,000 supervised, fun playground visits
  • Screened 42 movies to a total audience of close to 40,000
  • Brought almost 30,000 people to concerts in the park
  • Presented the Washington Park Summer Festival to almost 17,000 people

Thanks to all of our generous sponsors, and congratulations to the amazing staff and volunteer crew that helped make 2010 our best summer ever!