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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Spring Parks work parties take volunteers to Terwilliger Wildlands, Forest Park, and more

February 9, 2012

We love our volunteers! Each year, volunteers donate thousands of hours to help maintain the health and beauty of our parks system - this help is invaluable.

This month and next, Parks has an especially fun lineup of work parties on tap:

Terwilliger Wildlands

Saturday, 2/11, 9 am - noon

Help beautify Terwilliger Parkway ahead of its centennial celebration this summer! Plant native shrubs and remove invasive species with the Friends of Terwilliger, the West Willamette Restoration Partnership, and Parks staff. Tools and training provided - please make sure you dress for the weather!

For more: Rachel.Felice@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-9423

Springwater Corridor

Saturday, 2/18, 10 am - 1 pm

Saturday, 3/10, 10 am - 1 pm

Join Parks, the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association, the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and neighbors to plant wildflowers, trees, and shrubs along the trail. Treats and tools provided. Please wear long pants and sturdy walking shoes.

For more: Susan.Hawes@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5937

Forest Park

Saturday, 2/18, 9 am - 1 pm

The battle against invasive species is neverending! Join Parks staff and Friends of Trees to plant native shrubs and trees in our largest park. Tools provided, but please bring your own gloves and water bottle. Pre-registration is required for this one, so be sure to sign up with Friends of Trees if you're interested.

For more: Rachel.Felice@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-9423

Marquam Nature Park

Saturday, 2/25, 9 am - noon

Another native species planting event, this one with Friends of Marquam Nature Park, the West Willamette Restoration Partnership, Parks, and the Homestead Neighborhood Association. Tools and training provided - again, please dress for the weather.

For more: Rachel.Felice@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-9423

Johnson Creek

Saturday, 3/3, 8:45 - 11:45 am 

This is a big one - the Johnson Creek Watershed Council's annual watershed event! This year, four East side sites will host volunteer work parties: Errol Heights Natural Area, Clatsop Butte Park, Tideman Johnson Park, and the outer Springwater Corridor Trail. Volunteers will work on everything from native species planting and blackberry removal to litter clean-up and trail maintenance, all to benefit the watershed of SE Portland's largest creek. Please wear long pants, long sleeves, and sturdy shoes. Free lunch at Pietro's Pizza to follow! Registration is required for this one.

To register or for more information: Amy Lodholz, amy@jcwc.org or (503) 652-7477

Volunteer work, discovery hikes among Forest Park's rainy day activities

Molly Hottle in The Oregonian, Feburary 9

E205 upgrades continue despite tough budget forecast

CIty Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which is bringing upgrades to parks east of I205 through the E205 initiative

February 9, 2012

We hope you saw Steve Beaven's great story about our E205 initiative today in The Oregonian.

In the face of an abysmal budget outlook, Beaven writes, we're not seeking additional money to support E205 in the coming fiscal year.

But the program will continue bringing new playground equipment and other amenities to park properties East of the I205 freeway: projects we completed in 2011 came in under budget, which means there's still about $175,000 remaining from Council's $500,000 allocation in last year's budget.

In 2011, we upgraded Ed Benedict, Parklane, Gilbert, West Powellhurst, and Cherry parks. Still in the pipeline are Ventura, Lynchwood, the Columbia Slough Natural Area, and the Ed Benedict Community Garden.

Also on tap are new playgrounds for East Holiday Park and the East Portland Community Center - that work will begin this spring.

E205 Fact Sheet

Project List

Nick discusses restoration of Chapman and Lownsdale, potential budget cuts with KXL

Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish was on KXL yesterday morning to give an update on the restoration effort underway at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares and talk about potential budget cuts for the coming fiscal year.

February 9, 2012

Nick was on KXL yesterday morning to give an update on the restoration effort underway at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares and talk about potential budget cuts for the coming fiscal year: "Fish says cuts at the most extreme level could include closing bathrooms, cutting back on maintenance and trash pick-up, and laying off as many as 40 workers."

Click here to listen

Intertwine Summit at City Hall

February 9, 2012

Nick was honored to give opening remarks at the Intertwine Alliance Summit last Friday here in City Hall.

Many thanks to the Intertwine team, particularly Mike Wetter and Mike Houck, for all their great work arranging this summit and for their leadership with the Intertwine.

The Intertwine Alliance is a coalition of organizations working to preserve land, water, and habitat in the Portland/Vancouver region, and to help residents and visitors connect with nature. As is usually the case, everyone achieves more by working together.

The Intertwine has a great website - we encourage you to check it out: http://theintertwine.org/.

Photo: Eric Rosewall of The Intertwine