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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

Best wishes to two outstanding interns!

Commissioner Fish's team was lucky to have two outstanding interns this summer - Caitlin Burke and Sarah Wigginton did extraordinary work for us! We will miss them!

August 17, 2010


The Fish Team said farewell to two fantastic interns last week. Caitlin Burke, left, and Sarah Wigginton, left, were with us this summer, and their help was invaluable - Caitlin spent a lot of time working with Emily Hicks on Parks' Community Garden initiative, and Sarah wrote a number of excellent posts for our website. Caitlin is off to a job with Americorps, and next week Sarah's off to Texas for college. We wish them all the best in their next adventures!

Sunday Parkways: Southeast

Nick reflects on Sunday Parkways experience

August 17, 2010

Commissioner Fish pictured with Friends of Trees mascot (fake tree with a face)

Sunday Parkways held it's penultimate day of bikes this past weekend with 4-8 mile loops through southeast Portland (see Bike Portland blog and photo album here). The locations included Sunnyside, Colonel Summers and Laurelhurst Parks.

Commissioner Fish participated in the event this weekend and had a blast riding among the crowds. He also took time to catch up with Friends of Trees (and their mascot, pictured left) as well as getting his copy of Mia Birk's Joyride signed at her book release party.

Portland Sunday Parkways is about connecting neighborhoods and people: walkers, runners, bicyclists, seniors, adults, and children all enjoying streets filled with surprises, performers, physical activities and food – and traffic-free. This year sees the most Sunday Parkways after Mayor Adams requested five total events planned for 2010.

The NEXT Sunday Parkways event will be Saturday, September 26th and will feature the Northwest neighborhood. For more information about Sunday Parkways and volunteer opportunities (such as intersection superheros) go to their Facebook Page.



Garden Parking Only

Saturday Oregonian article on Community Garden opening

August 17, 2010

vegetable garden beds, red rose bush in the foreground

As Tom Hallman Jr. wrote in this weekend's Oregonian Community News: a southwest Portland community garden with a two-year waiting list is about to double in size. The Vermont Hills Methodist Church adjacent to the property is donating more than 7,000 square feet to take the 15 plots (with a waiting list of 61 people) up to at least 12 more spaces and two raised garden beds.

"This is a way to witness to the stewardship of the Earth, do something that is good for this community and respond to a need," said the Reverend Tim Overton-Harris.

Located at SW 55th & Iowa St, this garden plays home to the fruits, vegetables and flowers of a lot of renters and condo owners. Even so, a great deal of people with backyards in this area are lining up for a spot. "There are so many trees in this section of town that it's hard to find a spot even in a big yard to have a garden," said Dave Sexton who has gardened at Vermont Hills site for more than 10 years. "What makes this site perfect is all the sun".

Each gardener in the lot is assigned a 400 square-foot lot at $75 a year, paid to the city. They also much agree to maintain the lot and the common pathways in the garden.

Volunteer Opportunity

Join the effort to increase the land for this community garden by helping Depave August 28th from 9:00am-3:00pm for the first ever de-paving in Southwest Portland! Volunteers of all ages are welcome: Depave will provide you with all the necessary tools, safety gear, and water. Snacks and lunch will be provided as well. Due to the physical nature of asphalt removal, volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and closed toed shoes, as well as clothing appropriate for the weather. For more information, visit their website: Asphalt Be Gone!  

Reference: Oregonian Community News "Community Garden gets a windfall of land" by Tom Hallman Jr. August 14, 2010

On Baseball

Nick addresses the concerns of the public over the recent baseball conversation

August 17, 2010

I have received a lot of questions about baseball recently and wanted to share my view publicly:

I share the public's frustration that Portland may once again lose the Beavers.

I am a baseball fan.  I was lucky enough to see some of the greats: Yaz playing balls off the Green Monster in Boston, Tippy Martinez catching 3 runners off base in one inning in Baltimore and Hall of Famer George Brett in Kansas City.  I understand the joy of a sunny day at the ballpark with family and friends.

When this matter first came before council, I advocated for a dual use of PGE Park.  Why not play both baseball and Major League Soccer (MLS) in our venerable ballpark?  Mr. Paulson, who owns both the Beavers and the Timbers,  and MLS said no. 

Alternatively, I would support leasing city property to Mr. Paulson at no cost if he builds a new stadium.

Mayor Adams and his team have been tireless in their search for potential baseball stadium sites.

The core problem, however, is that Mr. Paulson requires that the City of Portland contribute $30-40 million to build a new stadium.  In these tough times, I can’t justify such an investment of tax dollars. New stadiums are wants, not needs.

I hope we can keep the Beavers in Portland and that Mr. Paulson can be a willing partner. Should we lose the Beavers, I will continue to look for ways to bring baseball back to the Portland area in the future.

For more information check out Anna Griffin's article on Oregonlive.

Thank You.

This Saturday: Multnomah Days

Join Nick for Multnomah Days at the Multnomah Arts Center in SW Portland

August 12, 2010

This Saturday, August 21, the Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) and the Multnomah Village Business Association will host Multnomah Days, a popular Southwest Portland tradition offering fun for the whole family.

From 9:00 - 3:00 MAC will host an arts and crafts sale featuring artwork created by MAC teachers and students. All proceeds from the sale will benefit MAC programs. Portland Parks & Recreation purchased the MAC building in 1978 and opened it to the public in 1982. Since then, MAC has offered high-quality arts education to people of all ages.

Other activities include the "Biggest Little Parade," a Dog Wash at the Lucky Lab, a Street Fair, live music, and plenty of food and shopping! And new this year is the Kids' Zone, hosted by MAC. All activities, which take place at MAC's Outdoor West End and Covered Court, are free of charge!

Festivities begin at 8:00 with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at Key Bank and and run all day long. MAC is located at 7688 SW Capitol Highway.

Above: The 2007 Multnomah Days street fair. Thanks to flickr user Christmas w/a K for the photo!