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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

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World Cup kicks off this weekend at Director Park

The US-England World Cup match this Saturday will be shown at downtown's Director Park

June 7, 2010

There's no shortage of great spots to watch a World Cup game here in Soccer City USA - click here for the Oregonian's listing of local sites and check out Lee Williams' write-up of Piazza Italia in this morning's paper.

Portland Parks & Recreation has also teamed up with the Oregon Sports AuthorityAlpha BroadcastingTAOW Modern Marketing, and the Portland Timbers to bring you two games outside.

The US-England match will be shown this Saturday at 11:00 am in Director Park in downtown Portland, and on July 11 the final match will be shown at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Thanks to Flickr user poetas for the photo of Director Park!

"Behind Locked Gates" at Parklane Park

 June 7, 2010

"Hidden deep in the Centennial Community association," writes David Ashton in East Portland News, "is a triangle-shaped public space called Parklane Park. There is a play area, a softball field, and picnic area - but that's about it."

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.

Lack of funding, though, has stalled implementation of the Plan. At "Inside the Gates," attendees were treated to special tour of the park's 20 undeveloped acres. At that event, Parks 

Director Zari Santner told the crowd, "the development of this park has the highest priority for us...whenever we get funding, we will make sure" that the project moves forward.

The Master Plan includes proposals for a community garden, an off-leash area, tennis courts, a skatepark, an outdoor pool, and a variety of open spaces for community events. Once completed, the former gravel pit will become East Portland's signature park.

Thanks to David Ashton of East Portland News for the great photo of Parklane Park

Brooklyn Park summer program saved

In The Bee, Rita Leonard writes about the Brooklyn Park summer program

June 8, 2010

We hope you saw Rita Leonard's story, "Popular Brooklyn Park playground program saved from budget axe," in The Bee this morning. "On May 14," she writes, "PP&R Commissioner Nick Fish announced that all 23 playground sites were saved for this summer." Youth programs are an important part of our community's safety net, and preserving the summer playground program was among the Commissioner's top budget priorities this year. Read the full article atthebeenews.com.

Thanks to flickr user jkprime for the photo of Brooklyn Park!

The 2010 Starlight Parade

Photos from the June 5 Starlight Parade, one of the Rose Festival's first events

June 8, 2010

The 2010 Rose Court The Daimler float, decorated like the Washington Park Summer Festival
Rose Festival President Robert Hansen and Janie Hansen with Rose Festival Director Jeff Curtis Downtown spectators take in the parade

Join Nick tonight for "Romance of the Rail Heritage"

Commissioner Fish will join the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation tonight for an exciting announcement

June 8, 2010

Nick is excited to join the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation (ORHF) tonight to share some breaking news about "Romance of the Rail Heritage," a new project in the OMSI district.

Since 2000, a dedicated group of community partners have worked to ensure the preservation of three historic locomotives owned by the City of Portland and to find a permanent place to display them for the public.

Today, two of the three trains have been fully restored, and ORHF finally owns the property that will become their permanent home. Join the celebration tonight at the Hampton Opera Center in the OMSI District to learn more about the Oregon Rail Heritage Center project! The informal reception is open to the public and begins at 5:30.