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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

Nick tours of Leach Botanical Garden

March 12, 2012

By David Nguyen

On Friday, a beautiful sunny afternoon, Nick was joined by Parks Director Mike Abbaté in welcoming Portland Development Commission Chair Scott Andrews for a tour of Leach Botanical Garden. Special thanks to Leach's Executive Director David Porter and his team for providing a wonderful lunch and tour.

Opened to the public in 1983, Leach Botanical Garden is a partnership between Leach Garden Friends and Portland Parks & Recreation. The Garden is the only public, botanical garden in the Metro area and relies heavily on volunteers who donate countless hours to help with the daily operation. 

Today, the Garden has grown to nearly seventeen acres. A Master Plan approved in 2010 provides direction for new facilities, botanical interpretation, and spaces for community activity.

During the visit, Nick and Chair Andrews discussed the important role of the Garden in East Portland, the value of continuing PDC’s $1.1 million funding from the Lents URA, and the opportunity to leverage additional private investment through the Leach Garden Friends capital fundraising campaign.

Check out this slideshow to learn more about the Garden, and watch this great video Leach created to showcase the Garden's value to our community. 

Join Parks' 5K Races this Summer

March 13, 2012

By David Nguyen

This summer, Portland Parks & Recreation will host a series of 5K races – one race each month from May to October at parks across Portland.

There’s a fee of $5 for 18 & above runners, but youth ages 17 & under run free!  Kids 8 & under have their own free 1K Fun Run. The races will feature timing bibs, music, and drawings for prizes, along with PP&R’s free rock climbing wall. 

Portland Parks is also offering running classes and training opportunities across the city for those who would like to start training for the races.  These programs are offers to all ages, whether you’re a marathon veteran or gearing up for your first race.  Upcoming trainings will be held:

University Park Community Center

9009 N Foss Ave   503-823-3631

Spring Track & Field, Ages 8-14, Tue & Thur, 4:30–6:30, $25

St Johns Community Center

8427 N Central   503-823-3192

Spring Track & Field, Tue & Thu, 5:00-6:00, $25

Mt Scott Community Center

5530 SE 72nd Ave   503-823-1654

Year round Youth Running program, ages 7-16

Spring 2012 Track & Field: Tue, 5:00-6:00, 4/10-5/15/12, $18

Summer 2012 (Track & Field) & Fall 2012 (Cross Country): details TBA

Roseway Heights SUN Community School

7334 NE Siskiyou   503-916-5600

Hosts Spring & Summer Track & Field programs

Jennifer Beegle Award Acknowledge Youth's Contributions to the Community

March 13, 2012

Story by Sophia Kecskes

Do you know a young person who is involved in their community? The upcoming Jennifer Beegle Youth Involvement Award will recognize outstanding youth and all they do to help the community we live in.

This award, sponsored by the Multnomah Youth Commission and the Citizen Involvement Committee of Multnomah County, will be presented on April 18th in the Multnomah County Board Room. Created in memory of Jennifer Beegle, a Multnomah Youth Commissioner who was tragically killed in a car accident at the age of 17, this annual award highlights the positive affects that engaged youth have on communities.

Nominations are due on March 21, 2012. An ideal candidate would be someone who volunteers in a community based agency, local government or place of worship. Click here for more information.

Parks programs help special needs Portlanders

March 14, 2012

By David Nguyen

Tom Hallman Jr. shared a wonderful article in The Oregonian earlier this week regarding Portland Parks & Recreation's programs for special needs Portlanders.

In the article, Tom wrote about a monthly dance at Mount Scott Community Center for people who are developmentally disabled.  Tom describes the dance as an exercise in “humanity, fragility and friendship.”  The dance is one of the many monthly activities offered by Portland Parks’ Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program.

The program offers various community-based recreation activities and leisure services specially designed for children, teens, and adults who have a disability and/or special needs.

Founded in 1964, AIR’s primary goal is to assist people in developing and using their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, well-being, and independence. The program is considered one of the top specialized community recreation programs in the United States.

Click here to learn more about the recreation programs that Portland Parks offers.

Dance at Southeast Portland community center is about humanity, fragility and friendship

Tom Hallman Jr in The Oregonian

Nick welcomes Governor Roberts

March 15, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick was delighted to have former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts in our office yesterday.

Governor Roberts served as the 34th Governor of Oregon from 1991 to 1995. To date, she is the first and only woman to be elected to that office in Oregon history. 

Governor Roberts is currently serving on the Oregon Metro Council, representing District 6, which includes portions of Northeast, Southeast and Southwest Portland.

She and Nick discussed the work Metro and Parks are doing to update the master plan for Washington Park.