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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

Portland Parks celebrates Arbor Week

March 28, 2012

By David Nguyen

Next month, Portland will mark its 35th year as “Tree City, USA” – only a handful of cities nationwide received this distinguished recognition from the Arbor Day Foundation.

To celebrate, we’ve planned a week full of fun Arbor Week activities beginning Sunday, April 1.

One of the week’s highlights will be the “in the Shadow of Elm” event at the South Park blocks (SW Clay & Park) on Thursday, April 5. From 11:00 am until 1:00, Parks City Nature staff will host informational booths describing the benefits of trees, what the City and partners are doing to help manage and maintain our urban forest, and ways for citizens to become involved. Coffee, tea, cookies and other refreshments will be provided, and the Urban Forestry Crew will offer bucket truck rides to get a squirrel’s-eye-view of the urban forest!

Parks Environmental Education staff will have a “Tree’s Life” interactive display where children of all ages can learn about the life cycle of a tree, from the germination of a seed to the structure of a mature tree to dissecting a rotten log. 

Special thanks to the City’s Bureau of Environmental Services, Friends of Trees, Portland State University, Verde, Portland Fruit Tree Project, and the team at Hoyt Arboretum for making this special week possible!

Full schedule of Arbor Week events.

Tree planting event honors veterans and elders this Friday

March 29, 2012

By David Nguyen 

This Friday, March 30, join Portland Parks & Recreation, Native American Youth & Family Center (NAYA), and  NW Indian Veterans Association at a red cedar tree planting event to honor veterans and elders.

The event will start at 10:30am in the back yard near the Sawash House on 5135 NE Columbia Boulevard.  Community members who visit NAYA Family Center will be able to enjoy the tree as it grows for many years to come.

Youth who are currently attending our Parks Spring Break Camp will be studying the red cedar tree as a part of their educational experience at the camp, and will help plant the tree in its new home. 

Native American Youth & Family Center to host honorary tree planting in Northeast Portland Friday

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

Friday roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for the week of March 26, 2012

March 30, 2012

Hall Monitor: I support the Safety Net! Do you?

Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury


NW parking plan delay lets new ideas circle the block

Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune


Northeast Portland's IRCO honors Michael Walsh and Alex Vidales for work with immigrant and refugee families

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian


Portland would backstop green-energy plant with sewer funds and parking revenue

Beth Slovic in The Oregonian


Federal grants target homeless vets

Raymond Rendleman in the Willamette Week


Thousand Gardens Initiative expands community garden spaces to improve health outcomes

Christen McCurdy in the Lund Report

Spring Break in Nick's office

Beatriz story about GRUNT experience

March 30, 2012

Story by Beatriz Adriana Manzo

This week, GRUNT graduates were engaged in internships across the City of Portland.

The Greenspaces Restoration and Urban Naturalist Team (GRUNT) is a volunteer naturalist and job training program for teens. GRUNT graduates become a part of an extensive pipeline of environmental experiences, scholarships, and paid jobs.

My name is Beatriz Adriana Manzo. I graduated from GRUNT in 2008 during my sophomore year of high school. GRUNT has provided an important key that has allowed me to open doors to many great opportunities.

This Spring Break, I feel honored for having the privilege to intern in Commissioner Nick Fish’s office. I never imagined how interesting politics can be, and how much I could learn in just one week. I am very thankful to Commissioner Nick Fish’s staff for sharing all their work stories, for letting me feel part of the team and most of all for helping GRUNT to continue growing and progressing.  

If you know young people who may be interested in the GRUNT program, encourage them to visit GRUNT’s website for more information.

Pictured: City of Portland GRUNT interns Alejandro, Linh, Beatriz, and Mary.

“Jr. GRUNTs” in Action

AngelicaThornton, KATU News

Celebrate the first Latino Family Day

April 2, 2012

Story by Beatriz Adriana Manzo

Join Portland Parks and Recreation and our partners in the Latino Community for the first annual Latino Family Day!

Expect a fun afternoon filled with free recreational and cultural activities, raffle prizes, presentations, performances, and much more.

Parks Bureau recreation coordinator Alejandro Vidales says, “Para servir a la comunidad, se tiene que conocer a la comunidad” (to serve the community, you have to know the community).

Latino Family Day

Friday, April 13, 2012

2 – 6 pm

Mt. Scott Community Center

5530 S.E. 72nd Ave Portland OR 97206

Latino Family Day is sponsored by Catholic Charities, Hacienda Community Development Corporation, Latino Network, and Milagro (Miracle Theatre Group).

For more information about the event, contact:

Alejandro Vidales

(503) 823-1669