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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

19th Annual Steve Lowenstein Trust Award

Commissioner Nick Fish was honored to present the 19th Annual Steve Lowenstein Trust Award to Bobby Fouther in Council this morning

December 8, 2010


As Commissioner in charge of Parks, Nick is proud to present the Steve Lowenstein Trust Award each year. This morning in Council he was honored to present Bobby Fouther with the 19th Annual Trust Award. The award - first presented in 1992 - is presented each year to someone who has made a significant personal contribution to Portland's underserved communities.

Bobby Fouther has spent 40 years bringing the art of dance, theater, and self-expression to children. In 2009, he received a Spirit of Portland award. He currently works with the Oregon Ballet Theater's outreach program, and has also worked with the Children's Museum, the World Affairs Council of Oregon, and White Bird Dance.

A number of past awardees were in Council this morning, including Marc Jolin, the 2008 winner, and Kayse Jamma, who was honored last year.

Congratulations to Bobby and special thanks to Parks star Michelle Harper and the selection committee for recognizing another outstanding Portlander.

Winter Celebration at the Pittock Mansion

The Portland Parks Foundation held its Winter Celebration at the Pittock Mansion last night - Commissioner Fish had a great time!

December 9, 2010

Congratulations to the Portland Parks Foundation, which hosted a great holiday event at the Pittock Mansion last night. The Winter Celebration offered guests the opportunity to hear about the Parks Foundation's plans for 2011, enjoy the music of local acoustic duo 21june, and tour the historic mansion. Nick and members of our Parks team had a great time at this beautiful Parks site.

For 10 years, the non-profit Parks Foundation has worked to cultivate a new community of donors to ensure the long-term stewardship of our parks. Funds raised by the Parks Foundation support the construction of parks in park-deficient neighborhoods in Portland and the enhancement of existing parks, and ensure that park programs are a community benefit shared by all.

Visit the Parks Foundation website at and click here to support this great organization!

Gateway Green milestone

Commissioner Fish and the City of Portland officially take on a leadership role with the Gateway Green project today

December 10, 2010

You may have noticed an undeveloped wedge of land between I-84 and I-205. Instead, imagine an oasis of greenery, trails, and recreation activities.

This is the vision of Gateway Green.

Partners from across the region have come together to explore how we can transform this space. The Gateway Green vision creates new off-road biking opportunities, connects to the 40-mile loop system, and brings open space to neighborhoods that need it.

In September, Nick announced that the City would take on a leadership role in the project, including management of the finished park and significant financial support.

Today, Nick is very excited to be part of a milestone event for the Gateway Green project.

He'll join Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder, Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves, ODOT's Jason Tell, County Chair Jeff Cogen, and the two neighborhood leaders who launched the vision, Ted Gilbert and Linda Robinson for a ceremony to mark the end of the Oregon Solutions process with the signing of a Declaration of Cooperation.

More than 20 organizations have statements of commitment in the Declaration. With these commitments in place, and a funding commitment from the City, construction on the project could begin in 2012, and East Portland could welcome a signature new park in 2013.

Stay tuned!

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Elders in Action honored with Governor's Volunteer Award

Commissioner Nick Fish is proud to serve as Council liaison to Elders in Action, honored with a 2010 Governor's Volunteer Award

December 13, 2010

Nick is very proud to serve older adults in our community as the official Council liaison to Elders in Action.

This week, we're excited to share with you that Elders in Action's Personal Advocate Program has been honored with a 2010 Governor's Volunteer Award.

Personal Advocate volunteers provide personalized assistance to older adults in the Portland area who need help with housing, health care, crime, abuse, or fraud. Since July of 2006, the program has helped more than 11,000 seniors and has recovered $1.3 million lost to fraud, billing errors, or other problems.

For more than four decades, Elders in Action has helped capture the talent and wisdom of older adults who are looking for active and meaningful ways to stay engaged and make a difference in our community. They are an amazing partner, and we're lucky to be able to work with them to support our community's seniors.