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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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Parks celebrates National Water Safety Month

oin Portland Parks & Recreation this Friday to celebrate National Water Safety Month.

May 14, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join us this Friday to celebrate National Water Safety Month.  Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics is offering a fun opportunity to learn more about how to stay safe in and around the water from 6 – 8pm at Mt. Scott Community Center.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), drowning is a leading cause of accidental death for young children ages 1-4, and the fifth leading reason for accidental death for people of all ages.

Enjoy an evening of swimming with fun activities, games and prizes, as well as water safety information.  There will also be a free drawing for lifejackets.

Mt. Scott Community Center

Friday, May 18  6 - 8 pm

5530 SE 72nd Avenue

Adults: $4.50

Teens & Seniors: $3.75

Children (3-12 yrs): $3.25

Toddlers (0-2yr): FREE!

PP&R pools offer top-of-the-line swimming instruction, water safety tips, plus open swims, water slides, play structures, special events such as Dive-In Movies (watch the screen while floating in the water!), and other family fun.

Parks offers swimming at six indoor pools (and seven outdoor, during the summer) across the city.

Portland Parks - Best of the City!

Congratulations to Portland Parks & Recreation for being featured in the May issue of Portland Monthly: Best of the City 2012.

May 14, 2012

Congratulations to Portland Parks & Recreation for being featured in the May issue of Portland Monthly: Best of the City 2012.

Portland Monthly’s "Best of the City" team visited endless restaurants, stores, spas, green spaces, and natural areas to come up with a list of Portland’s best of everything in 2012.

In the "Best Diversions" category, Ventura Park Pumptrack came away with Best Park Addition for its series of dirt bike paths for our community’s adventurous cyclists. Special thanks goes to the Northwest Trail Alliance for partnering with the City to develop the tracks!

Top Reader Picks includes Forest Park as the best nature escape in the city. The Park includes over 5,000 acres of trails, biking areas, and horseback riding opportunities.

Another Top Reader Pick is Jamison Square for best local park for kids. The Square’s unique fountain and public artwork make it a favorite for park-goers of all ages.

Last year, Portland Parks & Recreation was honored to receive the 2011 National Gold Medal for the Best Park System in the Nation. The Gold Medal is the highest award presented to park and recreation organizations nationwide.

Find your next favorite park today!

Join in the spring fun at our downtown parks

The Water Bureau has turned on their fountain/feature at Jamison Square, Director Park and also at the Waterfront Park

May 15, 2012

By David Nguyen

Feeling the heat? Cool off from the warm spring weather in our local parks!

The Water Bureau has turned on the fountains at several downtown parks, including Jamison Square, Director Park, and Waterfront Park.

The fountains are active from 9am - 10pm everyday.  Children are encouraged to wear swim suits, swim diapers, or clothing while playing in the fountain, and water shoes are recommended.

Grab a towel, and come on down to enjoy the warm weather!

Portland ranked second for bikeability

Walk Score, an online service that helps apartment renters and home buyers find neighborhoods where they can drive less, has ranked Portland the nation’s second-best city for “bikeability.”

May 15, 2012

By David Nguyen

Walk Score, an online service that helps apartment renters and home buyers find neighborhoods where they can drive less, has ranked Portland the nation’s second-best city for “bikeability.”

The bike score is based on availability of bike lanes, hilliness, road connectivity, nearby amenities, and the percentage of people in that area who bike to work.

According to Walk Score, bike commuting increased 43 percent between 2000 and 2010. Last year, the Bureau of Transportation’s Annual Bike Counts showed that bicycle commuting climbed by more than 6 percent in Portland.

This month is the City of Portland’s Bike Month. The Portland Bureau of Transportation and its partners will be offering various bicycle-friendly events nearly every day at locations throughout Portland metro area.  View the complete schedule.

Bike Score ranks Portland nation's 2nd best city for being bicycle commuter

Joseph Rose in The Oregonian

Community Alliance of Tenants helps local renters

We'd like to highlight one instrumental organization in the promotion of fair and equitable housing in Portland ? the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT).

May 16, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

The work we do would be impossible without the help of our community partners. We’d like to highlight one instrumental organization in the promotion of fair and equitable housing in Portland – the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT).

Founded in 1996, CAT works to educate and empower tenants to access affordable, stable, and safe rental homes. CAT has changed the lives of many Oregonians by addressing the impact of Oregon’s decreasing supply of affordable housing, as well as advocating for meaningful protections for low-income tenants.

CAT’s membership includes mostly low-income tenants, families with children, people living with disabilities, older adults, and communities of color. Because CAT directly empowers those who are affected by disparities, CAT has seen astounding success in their efforts.

CAT’s Executive Director, Elisa Harrigan, is an active advocate, participating on both the Portland Housing Bureau’s Portland Housing Advisory Commission, as well as the Fair Housing Advocacy Committee.

If you feel you have experienced unfair rental practices, please call the Renters’ Rights Hotline at (503) 288-0130.