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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 Health Fair this Saturday

The SE Portland Boys and Girls Club will host the second annual Community Health Fair this Saturday, August 7

August 5, 2010

This Saturday, August 7, the second annual Community Healthy Fair will be held at the Boys and Girls Club, 7119 SE Milwaukie Avenue, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Vendors at the fair will be offering free health care screenings, $5 bike helmets, massage, acupuncture, vision tests, and much more. Come visit over 20 informational booths! There will also be presentations on stress management, sustainable living, and the dangers of lead in homes.

The event is sponsored by Providence, Northwest Primary Care, the Sellwood Westmoreland Business Alliance, and the Sellwood/Westmoreland Improvement League.

Take advantage of all the great resources at the fair and enter for a chance to win a $250 gift certificate from Naomi's Organic Farm Supply. Admission to the fair is free for everyone!

Bridge Pedal this Sunday

Join Nick as he leads the 2010 Providence Bridge Pedal 'Kids Pedal' this Sunday morning

August 6, 2010

Join Nick this Sunday as he leads the 2010 Providence Bridge Pedal Kids Pedal. The 2-mile ride begins at 10:00 at the West end of the Morrison Bridge and crosses the Hawthorne and Steel bridges before the finish line at SW Naito and Ash Street. While the ride is free, registration is required, and all parents must be accompanied by children!

The Bridge Pedal offers several rides catering to a wide variety of riders. Test yourself with the 10-bridge, 36-mile route, enjoy the 7-bridge, 23-mile ride, or relax with the 5-bridge, 11.5-mile option. There's also 6-mile Stride for walkers. 

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Providence Bridge Pedal, which offers the only chance each year to enjoy the Willamette bridges from the seat of a bicycle and without car traffic.

Saturday, Providence will present a Bridge Pedal Health and Wellness Expo at NE Holladay and 7th Avenue from 9:00 to 4:00. Gather healthy living tips, enter drawings, check out the latest in bike gear, and learn more about local community groups and bike organizations. You'll also have the opportunity to join a yoga class from Pureheart Yoga, do some square dancing at 10:30, see a demonstration on bike tire changing and maintenance from the Bike Gallery, and take part in a noon ice cream celebration!

We'll see you there!

Weekend roundup

Commissioner Nick Fish enjoyed a full weekend, with stops at Brunch on the Bridge, the Bridge Pedal, a Washington Park concert, a fundraiser for Blanchet House, and more.

August 9, 2010

It was another eventful weekend for Commissioner Fish. Friday morning, he met with several members of the leadership team at OMSI for a discussion about OMSI's vision for the future and a tour of the OMSI campus. Later that day he toured Forest Park with Parks Bureau staff, visiting some less-traveled areas of the park and looking at some of the areas that are part of the conversation around increasing access for mountain bikers.

Saturday began with Brunch on the Bridge, the last of more than 60 events that made up the inaugural Portland Bridge Festival. He was very proud to officially open the park and dedicate it to Tony Lester, who worked for more than 20 years to keep our Willamette River bridges safe and accessible before announcing his retirement this June. The "Tony Lester Temporary Greenway" was enjoyed by more than 1,000 picnickers, who enjoyed food cart fare and the first-of-its-kind experience of walking in a park on the Hawthorne Bridge with no shoes on!

The Washington Park Summer Festival welcomed a group of unforgettable musicians for "Jazz Women" night. The lineup included Janice Scroggins, Ward Griffiths, Leah Hinchcliff, The Quadraphonnes, and more. The Festival continues through this Saturday, so you still have plenty of chances to enjoy an evening in one of Portland's most spectacular venues.

On Sunday, Nick led the Providence Bridge Pedal's first annual Kids Pedal on a 3-mile route across the Hawthorne and Steel bridges. Chief of Staff Betsy Ames, meanwhile, was leading the pack in the 36-mile, 10 bridge ride. Finally, Nick attended and spoke at a fundraising event for the Blanchet House, which is working to raise funds for a new building in downtown's Old Town neighborhood.

Above left: The Hawthorne bridge was full of happy picnickers Saturday morning.

Above right: Washington Park welcomed Jazz Women on Saturday night.

More pictures in our Photo Gallery!

Summer Free for All offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities

Parks' Summer Free for All offers a wide variety of recreation opportunities for Portlanders

August 10, 2010

All summer, Portland Parks & Recreation has offered fun, free, family-friendly activities to Portland-are residents. From concerts and free lunch programs to movies and rock climbing, there's been something for everyone.

Parks' rock climbing walls are the subject of "Putting up walls to break a few down," a story by Anna Griffin in today's Oregonian. Parks purchased two climbing walls a few years ago, and while private donations purchased two more, current funding only pays to operate two. The walls make appearances across town, usually at two parks each day. "Last summer," Griffin writes, "3,300 people took 33,000 climbs," and the walls have gotten even more use this summer.

Providing opportunities for healthy recreation is a priority for Commissioner Fish. The climbing walls and the activities offered through Parks' Summer Playground Program are some of the ways we're helping kids stay healthy during summer months. The Summer Playground Program also helps kids access healthy food at lunchtime, during a season when a number of kids don't get three healthy meals each day. For more on how Parks is helping Portlanders access healthy food, visit the Community Gardens section of Parks' website.

If you want to try your hand at the climbing wall, visit Woodlawn Park or Matt Dishman Community Center today, or click here for the full schedule of stops. The wall will be out and about until the end of this month, and then you'll have to wait until next summer to check it out.

If you're interested in organized activities but maybe not ready to attempt the climbing wall, Parks offers both Adult and Youth Basketball, Volleyball for a variety of ages, and indoor park times at parks across Portland. Click here for the indoor park schedule, and here for a listing of drop-in sports times.