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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

Thanks for 30 years of service

Portland Parks & Recreation

April 5, 2012

By David Nguyen

We’d like to give a special thanks to our friend Karen Loper for her amazing contributions as Portland Parks & Recreation’s Assistant Director.

Karen is retiring after a 30 year career with Parks. She writes:

“I leave knowing PP&R is in good hands.  I feel so fortunate to have had the honor to call all of you my co-workers because I do believe the work we do is so important - the legacy of our gold medal park system, the people who count on us, and those who will in the future.

I am moving from employee to advocate, volunteer, and 'customer'.  Over the past 30 years I have seen us go through good times and tough times but I can honestly say, the park system keeps getting better.  Thank you and I'll see you in the park, center, along the trail...”

We'd also like to welcome Warren Jimenez to our Parks team! Warren is taking over Karen’s position and was most recently Mayor Adams’ Chief of Staff.

In the picture: Parks' Director Mike Abbaté, Karen Loper, Commissioner Nick Fish

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish for April 2, 2012

David F. Ashton in the Bee


Laying the groundwork for forest recovery

Claire Oliver in the Portland Tribune


Commissioner Nick Fish Fosters Community Garden Initiative

Christen McCurdy in the Lund Report

Portland Parks' Summer Programs

Commissioner Nick Fish, Portland Parks & Recreation programs for summer

April 9, 2012

By David Nguyen

Registration is now open for Portland Parks & Recreation’s summer recreation programs, camps, outdoor and teen activities, and all-ages swims.

Parks offers summer day camps, teen programs, arts and crafts, music, theater, and various sports activities.

From June 18 – 22, Parks is also offering FREE swim lessons!

Walk-in registration for free swim lessons begins Saturday, June 16, 8:00 am – 11:30 am, at your neighborhood pool.

For more information about these and other pool activities, call the Portland Pool Program Hotline at 503-823-5130.

Click here for more on our Recreation programs.

Click here if you interested in volunteering for Parks summer programs.

Benefits of Trees

April 10, 2012

By David Nguyen

Have you ever wondered what trees do for us, besides looking good? A lot!

According to, a site which allows anyone to make a simple estimation of the benefits of an individual tree, a Noble Fir (native to Oregon!) with a diameter of 30 inches, a tree native to Oregon will catch 4,174 gallons of storm water runoff every year!

Trees act as mini-reservoirs, controlling water runoff by increasing filtration and storage of rain water. This also reduces soil erosion by slowing rainfall before it gets to the soil.

In total, the 30-inch Noble Fir will provides the overall benefits of $184 every year – and the benefit will increase to $212 when the tree grows to 35 inches in size!

Find out more at

April is National Fair Housing Month

April is National Fair Housing Month - 2012 City of Portland Proclamation

April 11, 2012

Nick was pleased to lead his fellow Council members in recognizing National Fair Housing Month at City Council this morning.  Nick read a proclamation recognizing and celebrating April as Fair Housing Month in Portland. 

The proclamation calls on all Portlanders to "observe this month by joining in the effort to promote fair housing for all."

City Council also welcomed Cassiel Thom, the 2012 Fair Housing Council of Oregon Fair Housing poster contest winner.  Cassiel’s winning entry beautifully represents the contest’s theme: Fair Housing Welcomes Everyone Home.

Cassiel is a seventh grader at Metropolitan Learning Center, and enjoys photography and art.  Poster judges at the Fair Housing Council named her the winner for the second year in a row!  Cassiel’s poster will be on display with other prize-winning entries at the Beaverton City Library from April 14 – 23.

The City of Portland and its partners have made a renewed effort to focus on combating illegal housing discrimination and removing other barriers that impede housing choice. 

In September 2011, City Council adopted the Fair Housing Action Plan – a set of first steps toward addressing fair housing impediments in our community.  Nick appointed community members to the Fair Housing Advocacy Committee, charged with implementing the Plan. 

If you or someone you know has experienced discrimination in housing, please contact the Fair Housing Council of Oregon at (800) 424-3247 or

2012 Fair Housing Proclamation

Photo courtesy of Marian Hammond, Carlson Communications