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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

We support the safety net!

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish and others have joined the 'I Support the Portland Safety Net' campaign, showing support for the Portland Housing Bureau's 12/13 funding requests

March 21, 2012

Nick was proud to join the "I Support the Portland Safety Net" campaign in support of the Portland Housing Bureau's 12/13 budget requests, which will support needed programs and services for some of our community's most vulnerable.

Listen Up City Hall: "I Support the Portland Safety Net"

Denis Theriault in the Portland Mercury

Spring Community Garden Openings

March 22, 2012

By David Nguyen

We’d like to share some great news - we're opening six new community gardens before the end of June! The following gardens will provide space for 250 new gardeners:

  • Clarendon, North Portland
  • Kenton, North Portland
  • Ed Benedict, SE Portland
  • Errol Heights, SE Portland
  • Frazer, NE Portland
  • Grant High School, NE Portland

Community garden plots offer space to grow healthy, organic, low-cost food. Through our 1,000 Gardens initiative, we're working with community partners to bring 1,000 new community garden plots to Portlanders by the end of 2012. In addition, planning and fundraising are underway for another three gardens tentatively scheduled to open later this year at Thomas Cully Park, Helensview High School, and Mt. Tabor Park.


Spring checklist for your home garden


Green Castle reopening; Gateway MAX slowdown; Parkrose Rose Fest princess; other Northeast Portland news: Friday Roundup

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian


Parks' Bioblitz event this May

March 23, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Portland Parks & Recreation's staff and volunteers for the first ever BioBlitz for Forest Park Wildlife event this May!

BioBlitz is an intense, continuous, 24-hour survey documenting all the living things in a specific area. This blitz will focus on animals within Forest Park, and we are definitely including arthropods and mollusks.

The blitz starts at noon on Friday, May 18 and continues through the night, running until noon on Saturday.

We’re looking for up to 40 wildlife experts to lead small teams of volunteers in search of animals in the park. Each team of 4 to 10 volunteers will join team leaders and as they look for slugs, batsbeetles, hummingbirds, salamanders, owls, coyotes, spiders, lizards, and anything else they can find – most surveys will last 4 hours.

Click here to be a team leader, or here to volunteer.

Gray's Landing

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish joined partner REACH CDC to announce that South Waterfront?s first affordable housing development (Block 49) will be named ?Gray?s Landing,? in honor of local philanthropist and developer John Gray.

March 26, 2012

Today, we joined our partner REACH CDC to announce that South Waterfront’s first affordable housing development (Block 49) will be named “Gray’s Landing,” in honor of local philanthropist and developer John Gray. 

The new building, scheduled to open later this year, will bring 209 affordable apartments to the South Waterfront district.

Mr. Gray is best known for his philanthropy, supporting education and affordable housing. He developed Sunriver, Skamania Lodge, and Portland’s own Johns Landing.

What many people don’t know is that he is also a decorated veteran.

Mr. Gray served with the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division during World War II, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He received a Bronze Star for his service.

It is fitting that this new building, which includes 42 homes for homeless veterans, will honor Mr. Gray.

Providing affordable rental homes for low-income Portlanders is the Portland Housing Bureau’s top priority. The City invested over $25 million to bring Gray’s Landing to life.

This development reflects our values. We’ve set ambitious targets for equity, living-wage jobs, and sustainability. REACH will partner with the Veterans Administration to provide support services to residents. Home Forward will contribute rent assistance for formerly homeless veterans.

Congratulations to John Gray, REACH, and our many project partners.

Tom Hallman Jr. in The Oregonian

South Waterfront project named for John Gray

Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal

Photo courtesy of REACH CDC