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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

Rose planting at Peninsula Park

February 21, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join us for the biggest planting day of the year!

Portland Parks & Recreation is recruiting volunteers to help plant 1,200 donated roses (valued at $8,000!) in Peninsula Park, Portland’s first public rose garden. Planting kicked off this morning at 8:00 and will continue on Friday from 8:00 - 2:00.

The roses, donated by Star Roses of California, are a new low-maintenance, pest-resistant breed. We're excited to welcome these bright, fragrant roses to Peninsula Park!

Last year, volunteers contributed 4,500 hours to caring for PP&R's roses! To join the crew on Friday, RSVP with PP&R Horticulturist Mark McKinney at 503-823-6229.

For information about other volunteer opportunities, email

Statement From Housing Commissioner Nick Fish Regarding Shooting of Homeless Men

Statement From Housing Commissioner Nick Fish Regarding Shooting of Homeless Men

February 22, 2012

I condemn the perpetrator of this ugly act of violence. Two sleeping homeless men were apparently the victims of a random drive-by shooting. One victim has been hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.

Homeless men, women, and children living on our streets are particularly vulnerable to violent acts. In the City's 2011 Street Count, nearly half of those who completed a survey reported being the victim of physical violence or attack.

The City is making progress in its effort to end homelessness. The opening of Bud Clark Commons is but one notable example. This shameful criminal act reminds us that everyone in our community deserves a safe and decent place to call home.

Two homeless men wounded under Portland bridge

Associated Press


Workers call 9-1-1 after hearing shots and screams, Portland police find men shot as they lay sleeping

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Two homeless men shot while they slept

Israel Bayer on the Street Roots blog


Two homeless men shot in early morning drive-by in Southeast Portland

Noelle Crombie in The Oregonian


Drive-By Shooting Injures Two Homeless Men Sleeping Under Morrison Bridge

Denis Theriault in the Mercury


Two homeless men wounded in early morning shooting

Jim Redden in the Tribune


Police: Two homeless men shot in 'drive-by' under Morrison Bridge


"Going gangbusters" on community garden expansion

Jennifer Anderson wrote a great story about Portland's growing interest in community gardens and in Portland Parks & Recreation's role for today's Tribune

February 23, 2012

By David Nguyen

After three years in the works, the Frazer Community Garden in the Rose City Park neighborhood is set to open at long last, just in time for planting season, writes Jennifer Anderson in today's Tribune. The new garden is one of five PP&R community gardens that will open this spring and summer as part of our '1,000 Gardens' campaign, the effort to add 1,000 new community garden plots by the end of the year.

Together with our partners, we launched the '1,000 Gardens' initiative in 2009 as part of the City's Climate Action Plan. Portlanders are increasingly excited about the idea of growing their own fresh, healthy food and spending time outdoors with their neighbors.

As Anderson reports, we currently have about 40 community gardens, many with years-long waiting lists. We're working hard to bring new plots to folks in the community, particularly in areas with high demand and few gardens.

In addition to Frazer, two other gardens are under construction and set to open in May: Errol Heights at SE 48th and Tenino, and at Grant High School, NE 36th and US Grant Place.

As with many of our garden projects, the local non-profit Friends of Portland Community Gardens was instrumental in helping the neighborhood secure grants and navigate the system to bring their vision to life. The Friends were able to raise more than $20,000 for the Frazer garden.

Click here to visit our '1,000 Gardens' blog and track our progress!

Photo: Courtesy Christopher Onstott, the Portland Tribune

The Fields groundbreaking set for March 6

February 23, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Commissioner Fish, Director Abbate, and others to celebrate the kick-off of construction on The Fields Neighborhood Park, Portland's newest park!

On March 6, at NW 10th and Overton, we'll gather to break ground on The Fields, a 3.2-acre park including a dog park, one-acre lawn, paths, picnic tables, a children's area, and a Portland Loo.

Construction is scheduled to wrap up in the winter of 2013, which means the park will be open before spring arrives next year.

The Fields is the third of four parks envisioned in a 2001 study prepared for the River District URA. Jamison Square and Tanner Springs, two of the other parks, opened in 2002 and 2005, respectively. A potential Riverfront Park is also outlined in the study.

Funding for The Fields comes from the Portland Development Commission ($5.1 million) and from the System Development Charges PP&R collects from new development and property use changes ($400,000). System Development Charges are one-time fees designed to ensure that we have the funds to make sure our infrastructure can support a growing and increasingly dense city. The project doesn't include any funding from the City's general fund.

This is going to be a beautiful park - we're looking forward to seeing it take shape over the next year!

Construction begins on new Fields park

The Portland Tribune staff

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of February 20, 2012

February 24, 2012

Making homelessness visible

The Oregonian Editorial Board


Garden plots help city harvest a sense of community

Jennifer Anderson in the Tribune


City Council Letter of Support

The Council submitted a letter to our state legislature this week, calling on them to preserve the foreclosure settlement fund as a source of funding to help struggling Oregon homeowners.


More working-class Oregonians dig deep to pay for housing

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian


Construction begins on new Fields park

Portland Tribune


New Willamette River Recreation Strategy

Presented to Council by Portland Parks & Recreation and the Office of Healthy Working Rivers this week