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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

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Honoring Charles Jordan, a Portland Visionary

Charles Jordan, former Portland City Commissioner and Portland Parks and Recreation Director who was featured in The Skanner

May 10, 2012

By David Nguyen

We’d like to share a story about our friend Charles Jordan, former Portland City Commissioner and Portland Parks & Recreation Director who was featured in The Skanner today.

Charles Jordan spent 10 years as Portland’s first African American City Commissioner, and 14 years as our Parks Director. Jordan changed Portland’s landscape - under his leadership, 44 new parks and natural areas were added to Portland’s parks system.

To commemorate his remarkable achievements, Portland City Council will vote on June 6 to rename University Park Community Center in his honor, to the Charles Jordan Community Center.

How Should Portland Honor Environmental Visionary Charles Jordan?
Helen Silvis in The Skanner

Sunday Parkways kick off this weekend

Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation kick off the first Sunday Parkways event.

May 11, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation for the first Sunday Parkways event this Sunday, Mother’s Day!

Portland Sunday Parkways grew from the community desire to open streets and connect neighborhoods.

Sunday Parkways promotes healthy, active living through free events; opening the city's largest public space - its streets - to walk, bike, roll, and discover active transportation. 

These fun events foster civic pride, stimulate economic development, and represent the community, business, and government investments in Portland's livability.

This Sunday, enjoy beautiful Northeast Portland with fun outdoor activities, food, vendors, music, and more at Woodlawn, Alberta, and Fernhill Parks

Portland Habitat for Humanity Featured in the New York Times

Our partner, Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro/East is featured in the New York Times online edition today - it will also be featured in Saturday's paper edition!

May 11, 2012

By David Nguyen

Our partner, Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro/East is featured in the New York Times online edition today - it will also be featured in Saturday's paper edition!

As the oldest Habitat for Humanity affiliate on the West Coast, and the largest in Oregon, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East has served low-income, hardworking families for over 30 years. 

Their unique model of "sweat equity" gives low-income families the opportunity to achieve the dream of homeownership. Homebuyers are required to put in at least 500 hours of sweat equity - helping build the very community in which they will live and thrive.

Philanthropist John Gray saw the value in Habitat for Humanity, and offered his support to make Habitat in Portland a success.  His support helped Habitat for Humanity begin planning their largest build ever, which will bring 45 new affordable homes to East Portland.

To learn more about Habitat for Humanity's homeownership program, volunteer opportunities, and more, visit Habitat for Humanity online.

Kirk Johnson in The NY Times