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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

Youth Conservation Crew is hiring!

Portland Parks & Recreation's Youth Conservation crew is hiring for this summer 2012

April 19, 2012

By David Nguyen

Looking for a job this summer? Portland Parks & Recreation’s Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) is now accepting applications.

YCC provides summer employment opportunities for Portland-area teens ages 14 - 18.  The crews protect, restore, and manage Portland's parks and natural areas while developing essential job skills.

Last summer, the 56 teens employed in the program saved 398 trees, maintained 575 newly planted trees, mulched and watered 1,706 plants, improved 8.8 miles of trails, and taught 2,008 kids and adults about urban ecology and conservation.

Click here to apply for this amazing summer opportunity!

Exploring the Intertwine

Oregon Metro and Intertwine 2nd Annual Regional Trails Fair

April 20, 2012

By David Nguyen

Spring is starting to arrive in the Rose City - what better time to learn more about the many opportunities our region's green spaces and trails have to offer?

Join Oregon Metro and the Intertwine at their Second Annual Regional Trails Fair: Exploring the Intertwine at Metro headquarters located at 600 NE Grand Ave on Wednesday, April 25 from 1 to 3pm.

The event focus on networking, information sharing, and idea exchange on trail projects and issues.  More than 50 local trail partners will have table top displays about their programs and projects.

There's no charge to attend, and visitors should bring their business cards for a prize drawing!

Visitors are also encouraged to carpool, bike, walk or use public transit.

Friday Roundup

Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune


Renee Myers named executive director of Forest Park Conservancy

Molly Hottle in The Oregonian


Zenger Farm, Burgerville team to promote vegetables

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

Spring Trip to Washington, DC

Nick was pleased to attend a trip that spanned advocacy for protecting services for the homeless to talking about how to grow businesses.

April 23, 2012

Nick travelled to Washington, DC last week to advocate for Portland’s federal housing priorities, and was honored to lead a delegation of local business leaders to a White House briefing on jobs and the economy.

The delegation included Sean Robbins from Greater Portland, Inc., Mark Ganz of Cambia Health Solutions and Chairman of the Board for Greater Portland, Inc., Patrick Quinton of the Portland Development Commission, Chandra Brown with United Streetcar, Paresh Patel of VendScreen, and Angela Jackson with the Portland Seed Fund.

During his trip, Nick had the opportunity to meet with members of Oregon’s delegation, including Senator Jeff Merkley, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer. Nick briefed our Oregon reps on fair housing issues, preservation of affordable housing, the importance of veteran housing and services, and the need to protect the Community Development Block Grant and other housing safety net programs.

Nick was also pleased to meet with key leaders at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, including Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, John Trasviña, and Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, Peter Kovar.  Both Assistant Secretraries have been key allies in the Portland Housing Bureau’s work on fair housing.

Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank welcomed Nick to his office for a visit. Nick worked for Congressman Frank in the early 1980’s and was pleased to catch up with his old friend and mentor. Congressman Frank is an authority on federal housing issues in Congress, and has helped craft many pieces of legislation that have helped Americans, including strong leadership for fair housing and LGBT rights.

On Friday, Nick joined the delegation of Portland business leaders for a tour of the White House, followed by a detailed briefing in the afternoon with senior White House officials. Business Forward, an organization that brings civic and business leaders together with key administration officials to discuss economic development topics, hosted the briefing. The group discussed export promotion, advanced manufacturing, support for entrepreneurs and small businesses, regulatory reform, and ways the administration is helping businesses succeed in today’s economy.

Patrick Quinton, Executive Director of the Portland Development Commission, highlighted the City’s economic development strategy, including some of the City’s successful public-private partnerships.

On a trip that spanned advocacy for protecting services for the homeless to talking about how to grow businesses, Nick was proud to represent Portland.

Join Parks for a Screen-Free Week

Portland Parks & Recreation offering various activites during Screen-Free Week

April 24, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation is partnering with Kaiser Permanente for Screen-Free Week this April 29-May 6.

The event is being promoted nationwide by a group called Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood which encourages people to turn off their electronic devices, and engage in healthy outdoor activities.

According to the Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood, organizer of Screen-Free Week, “children are spending way too much time with screens—a staggering 32 hours a week for preschoolers and even more for older kids. The costs of excessive screen time are enormous—poor school performance, childhood obesity, and problems with attention are just a few.”

During the week, Parks will be organizing various fun activities for you and your family at Community Centers throughout Portland.  Click here to view the schedule.

Portland Parks & Recreation is offering activities all over town to help parents during Screen-Free Week

Steve Beaven in The Oregonian