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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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Paddle to preserve Ross Island!

Portland Parks & Recreation presents amazing, family-friendly nature opportunities at Ross Island Natural Area.

May 16, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation presents amazing, family-friendly nature opportunities at Ross Island Natural Area, beginning this Saturday!

Parks' City Nature division, in partnership with the Friends of Ross Island, is offering six canoe trips to Ross Island Natural Area.  Once on the island, you’ll work to enhance wildlife habitat and learn more about the animals and plants that call the island home.

Children are welcome when accompanied and supervised by an adult. Use your own canoe or kayak or reserve a spot in one of our canoes for only $10 per person.

Register today, or you can RSVP by contacting Marissa (503) 823-7016, or Marissa.Dorais@portlandOregon.gov

Cant make it this Saturday? Click here to find out about future event dates.

Ladybug nature walks this Friday

Portland Parks & Recreation's Ladybug Nature Walk for preschoolers continue this Friday.

May 17, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Ladybug Nature Walk for preschoolers continues this Friday at Alberta Park, NE 22nd Avenue & Killingsworth, from 10 - 11am.

Trained Parks naturalists will walk you and your kids through the park's gardens and natural areas. Touch slimy slugs, smell tree bark, feel crinkly and soft leaves, hear musical bird songs, and experience the many changes of spring!

The Walks are just $3 per preschooler (no charge for accompanying adults), and begin at 10am, rain or shine.  No advanced registration is necessary. 

Can't make it this Friday?  There will be plenty more opportunities this spring and summer to join a walk!  Click here for a complete schedule.

101 things to do this summer

The Portland Tribune shared their list of 101 fun activities all across the metro area for Portlanders to enjoy all summer long.

May 17, 2012

Have you seen the “101 Things to Do” list in the Portland Tribune today?

The Tribune shared their list of 101 fun activities across the metro area for Portlanders to enjoy all summer long.

Festivals, movies, concerts, and parks are all featured in the list, including several from our very own Portland Parks & Recreation and the Summer Free For All!

As you work through the list this summer, here are our top picks:

#11:   The Portland Rose Festival

#17:   Trek in the Park

#18:   Shakespeare in the Park

#20:   Portland Children's Museum

#27:   Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade

#31:   Farmers’ Markets

#35:   Outdoor Movies

#45:   Blues Festival

#50:   Splash Pads are the New Wading Pools

#59:   Pittock Mansion

#61:   Forest Park

#67:   Council Crest

#73:   World Forestry Center

#74:   Portland Japanese Gardens

#83:   Lan Su Chinese Garden

#85:   International Rose Test Garden

#94:   Public Art Tour

#100: Summer Concerts

Check out some of these amazing events happening in and around our community, and have a great summer!

Volunteer with Portland Parks this weekend

Warm spring weather brings great volunteer opportunities with Portland Parks & Recreation!

May 18, 2012

Warm spring weather brings great volunteer opportunities with Portland Parks & Recreation! 

Grab your work gloves - we'd love to see you this weekend:

Springwater Corridor Trail

Saturday, May 19, 9 am – 12 pm

Join Parks, Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project and other community members to weed around native plants. Weeding around native plants—previously planted by volunteers—will reduce competition for nutrients and water and will help the plants to survive. Please wear long pants and long sleeves, sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle.

Tools, gloves, water and treats will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Lents Springwater Habitat Restoration Project coordinator Ed Kerns at edkerns@aracnet.com or (503) 234-4947.
Errol Heights Natural Area

Saturday, May 19, 10 am – 1 pm

Join Parks, the Friends of Errol Heights and other community members for our Friends of Errol Heights regular third-Saturday-of-the-month work party! Please wear long pants and sturdy walking shoes and bring warm clothes, a hat and a water bottle. Tools, gloves, water and treats will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Stewardship Coordinator Susan Hawes at: susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-5937.
Mt. Tabor Park

Saturday, May 26, 9 am – 12 pm

Join parks, Friends of Mt. Tabor Park and other Weed Warriors community members! We will be removing invasive species. Please wear long pants and sturdy walking shoes, and bring a water bottle. Tools, gloves and water will be provided.

For more information and to RSVP, contact FMTP Volunteer Coordinator Alexa Todd at 503.512.0816 or AlexaTodd.FMTP@gmail.com.

Spring comes to Chapman & Lownsdale Squares

Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square are now open to the public.

May 18, 2012

 

Spring has arrived at our historic squares downtown.  Chapman Square and Lownsdale Square are now open to the public! 

The grass has filled in, and the parks are ready to welcome visitors.  Yesterday, a group of Native Americans celebrated the re-opening of the parks with a blessing ceremony.  Many Portlanders enjoyed a stroll through the squares, or a rest on the benches. 

Chapman, Lownsdale squares see post-Occupy Portland fences come down

Anne Saker in The Oregonian

 

Chapman and Lownsdale Squares Open After Restoration

Allyson Will on OPB News

 

Final fences removed from Chapman, Lownsdale squares

KPTV News

 

Repaired Portland Parks reopen after Occupy

KGW News