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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

Parks employee receives Presidential honor

March 6, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation Sports Management Supervisor André Ashley has been selected as a ‘Let’s Move!' and Physical Activity Champion of Change, as part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative.

The initiative honors people who are doing great work to increase access to physical activity for youth in their community.

The event will be held on March 22 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. André will participate in a discussion of the work he and his team are doing.  He’ll also meet and speak with agency representatives and White House staff. 

Nick praises André and notes that his leadership “guarantees that Portland Parks & Recreation offers many ways to stay active and healthy.”

PP&R’s sports programs receive support from friends and community partners like Nike. The organization helps pay for program jerseys and other sports equipment.

PDX Sports

In the Portland Tribune

Hilken Community Stadium grand opening

March 7, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick was delighted to join more than 1,000 neighbors, friends, alumni, and community leaders at the grand opening ceremony for Concordia University’s new Hilken Community Stadium last Saturday.

The Hilken Community Stadium is a year-round soccer and baseball athletic complex that spans four city blocks and was made with Nike Grind turf infill, created from approximately six million recycled shoes.

The stadium is also the new home field for Northeast United Soccer Club and Central Catholic baseball. Both the soccer and baseball fields have a press box and stadium seating for more than 1,000 spectators.

The $7.5 million dollars complex will be used by Concordia University and many local community groups.

Photo courtesy of Concordia University

The Fields groundbreaking ceremony

March 7, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick joined Parks Bureau staff, community partners, and neighbors at the groundbreaking of The Fields Neighborhood Park.

Nick was honored to speak at the event, noting that the creation of the park is “honoring a commitment to the community."

Scheduled to be completed by spring of next year, the 3.2-acre park will include a dog park, one-acre lawn, paths, picnic tables, a children's area, and a Portland Loo.

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.

The land was generously donated by Hoyt Street Properties and the construction cost is being covered by Portland Development Commission funding, and funds from System Development Charges that PP&R collects from new development and property improvements.  No City general fund money is being used for the construction of park.

We're looking forward to the grand opening of the park and know that it will be a wonderful addition to our community.

In Northwest Portland, ceremony kicks off construction of The Fields Park in Pearl District

Molly Hottle, in the Oregonian


'The Fields is going to be an amazing place'

Shannon L. Cheesman on Katu News


New Portland park under construction

Fox 12 staff


The Fields Park Groundbreaking-Pearl District 2012


New Park in The Pearl

Ed Nieto on KGW


New Pearl park will have panoramic view

On K103fm


New park coming to Portland's Pearl District

Erica Heartquist and Staff


The Fields Park Groundbreaking-Pearl District 2012

Video by Guy Bodin

Community Gardens Grand Openings this Spring

As part of Commissioner Fish's 1,000 Gardens initiative, Portland Parks and Recreation has been working hard to break ground on new gardens. Join us as we celebrate the openings of three new gardens this Spring!

March 8, 2012

Story by Abby Warren

It's that time of year again - community garden grand openings are bringing neighbors together to to join in the celebration of new gardens!  

As part of Commissioner Fish's 1,000 Gardens initiative, committed partners have been collaborating and working hard to expand opportunities for Portlanders to grow fresh, healthful, sustainable and affordable produce.

This spring we will honor the fruits of their labor with the grand openings of three new Portland community gardens: Clarendon Community Garden, Errol Heights Community Garden, and Ed Benedict Community Garden.

Please join Commissioner Fish, Portland Parks and Recreation, and invaluable community partners as we express our joy, make merry, and share produce and other tasty treats at the following openings:

  • Clarendon Community Garden - March 17th, 10:00am-12:00pm @ N Newark St & Van Houten Ave.
  • Errol Heights Community Garden - May 20th, 3:00pm-6:00pm @ 4841 SE Tenino Dr.
  • Ed Benedict Community Garden - June 3rd, time TBA @ SE 104th Ave & Bush St.  

See you there!

EAGLE program helps send two students to college

March 8, 2012

By David Nguyen

Two Madison high school students will be attending Oregon State University this fall on Portland Parks & Recreation’s Evans Scholarships, valued in excess of $45,000.

The Winners, Jean Le and Tony Huynh, both participated in the Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment (EAGLE) program. The program provides a unique internship through a cooperative venture between Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Public Schools to expose students to all aspects of golf course operation. 

PP&R has sponsored the EAGLE program for 20 years, providing key opportunities for hundreds of area teens. So far, 57 of the program’s participants have received Evans Scholarships during that time. Winners may choose to attend either the University of Oregon or Oregon State University. Scholarships are awarded for up to four years.

The EAGLE program is now accepting applications from qualified high school sophomores currently enrolled at Portland Public high schools. Interested parties should contact Carolyn Lee at or 503-823-5076.

Congratulations, Jean and Tony!

Photo courtesy of Portland Parks and Recreation