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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

Do Good

Start searching and purchasing with two websites that will support a charity or organization of your choice. Innovative Housing is one such organization that Commissioner Nick Fish supports, and you can support by searching today.

December 29, 2010

As the year comes to a close, many of us are making resolutions for the coming year to change. Change our diet, change our outlook, change our hair... For the coming year, consider using these websites instead and actually do some good while you're at it:


Website donates a penny for each search performed to a charity of your choice.

How it works: 1. Choose a charity or school from the list on the site. 2. Search the web as you normally would. 3. They donate to your cause for every search.

Website donates a percent of your total purchase to a charity of your choice.

How it works: 1. Choose a charity or school from the list on the site. 2. Choose your favorite store from the Goodshop list (such as the Apple Store, Banana Republic,, and more) 3. Up to 30% of your total purchase goes to your cause. 

Portland's own Innovative Housing, Inc. is among the many organizations you can find in the list of charities on both "Good" websites.

A Banner Year

Portland Parks & Recretion, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, had a banner year

December 30, 2010

In so many ways, it's been a great year for Portland Parks & Recreation.

We presented the biggest Summer Free for All lineup ever, hosting more than 130,000 safe, supervised playground visits and serving almost 80,000 free, nutritious lunches to Portland kids.

We opened new community gardens all over town, helping more Portlanders than ever before access their own fresh, healthy food.

The 20th annual Community Survey of Portland residents showed that 86% of you felt good or very good about how we take care of our parks.

Now, we're very proud to ring in the new year with a #1 ranking from Travel & Leisure Magazine, which put Portland at the top of the list for "Public Parks & Access to the Outdoors" as well as "Quality of Life and Visitor Experience."

Congratulations to the amazing staff at PP&R for all of this well-deserved recognition!


Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which uses ParkScan to communicate directly with park users about maintenance needs around the city

December 30, 2010

Portland's ParkScan

Portland Parks & Recreation is responsible for more than 200 parks across the city. We have an amazing team of crews working to maintain them, but PP&R staff can't be everywhere all the time.

We know that as the most frequent visitors to our parks, you are our eyes and ears on the ground and the most knowledgeable about park needs.

So how can you share your concerns directly with the park maintenance supervisor who needs to hear them?

With ParkScan, a tool we've been using since the Fall of 2008, you become an active partner in the stewardship of our parks.

ParkScan is an interactive website - and iPhone app - that lets you send messages about conditions you observe directly to a parks maintenance supervisor. When the supervisor responds, we'll let you know via email.

ParkScan also lets you see what else has been reported about your neighborhood park and compiles yearly reports that show trends about observations, help you understand how we maintain your parks, and help PP&R prioritize areas for improvement.

Staff are happy to visit with your Neighborhood Association, Friends group, Business Association, school, or other group to walk you through how ParkScan works. Responding to maintenance needs more quickly helps us keep our recreation areas and green spaces healthy for fun and play - we'd love to have you as a partner in this effort!

ParkScan FAQ