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Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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Bud Clark Commons receives national award

Bud Clark Commons, the now year-old building that provides affordable homes and services for our community?s most vulnerable, has won national recognition for its design.

May 18, 2012

Bud Clark Commons, the now year-old building that provides affordable homes and services for our community’s most vulnerable, has won national recognition for its design.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has given the Bud Clark Commons the "Creating Community Connections" award in their 2012 Design Contest.

The unique eight-story building named for Bud Clark, Portland’s mayor from 1985 to 1992, provides a continuum of services.  Our community partners Transition Projects and Home Forward provide access to healthcare, shelter, and counseling to help homeless people transition from the vulnerability of the streets to a more permanent home. It includes a walk-in day center with access to services, a temporary shelter with 90 beds for homeless men, and 130 efficient, studio apartments for very low-income individuals.

The national jury of architects, design critics, and government housing officials heaped praise on Holst Architecture, the Portland-based firm that designed the building for the Portland Housing Bureau:

"This building is more than an institution. Considering the homelessness initiative – most homeless projects seem institutionalized and one dimensional, but this is not stigmatized, it is thoughtful and brings a new way of thinking about how these facilities should be done. It is a gorgeous project. This approach should be imitated."

The promise of Bud Clark Commons is to create pathways to self-sufficiency for people without a place to call home. This is an exceptional honor for an exceptional building. In the Bud Clark Commons, the city and the design team have proven that design and function are not mutually exclusive.

Dave Otte, the lead architect on the project, will accept the award Saturday at the AIA’s national convention in Washington D.C.

Bud Clark Commons lands top design prize

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal, May 17


Bud Clark Commons Wins National Design Award

Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury, May 18


Honor Promise of Bud Clark Commons

Commissioner Fish's Op Ed in the January 26 Portland Tribune


Portland City Council hears 6 month update on Bud Clark Commons

January 2012

Errol Heights Community Garden celebrates grand opening

Portland Parks & Recreation joined by Brentwood Darlington Neighborhood Association, and other community members celebrated the grand opening of Errol Heights Community Garden.

May 21, 2012

By David Nguyen

On Sunday, Portland Parks & Recreation's staff joined the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association and other community members to celebrate the grand opening of Errol Heights Community Garden, the latest garden in our 1,000 Gardens intiative.

The 10,000 square foot garden added 45 new garden plots to the 1,600 currently in the City’s program. The gardens encourage public access to sustainable food practices, outdoor activities, and strengthens communities.

We will celebrate the openings of Ed Benedict, Grant, and Kenton community gardens this June, which will add another 258 plots for Portlanders waiting to grow their own food this season!
We also expect to open a new garden in Thomas Cully Park and Helensview School this summer, and will continue to provide community partners with support as they expand and grow.

JOIN celebrates its 20th anniversary

Congratulations to JOIN for 20 years of outstanding service in the fight against homelessness in our community!

May 21, 2012

By David Nguyen

Congratulations to JOIN for 20 years of outstanding service in the fight against homelessness in our community!

On Friday, the local non-profit celebrated with the community at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and spent the evening reflecting on the past twenty years.  

JOIN has been a vital partner to the City in the fight against homelessness.  JOIN Executive Director Marc Jolin volunteers his time on the Portland Housing Bureau's Housing Advisory Commission, as well as the county-wide Coordinating Committee to End Homelessness.

Founded in 1992, JOIN supports the efforts of homeless individuals and families to transition out of homelessness into permanent housing.  Over the past ten years, the organization has moved an average of one person every day off the streets and into a permanent home.  

You can help JOIN celebrate their birthday by "giving" away your own birthday for a good cause! Click here for ideas.

Join the Heron Lake Bike Ride

Join Parks on May 25 to visit the Heron Rookery at Heron Lake

May 22, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

Join Portland Parks & Recreation on a sunset bike ride to visit the heron rookery! This ride, happening Friday, May 25 at 7 pm, is an excellent way to start off the summer.  

In past years, riders have seen osprey, swallows, ducks, yellow-headed blackbirds, a coyote, and bats while peddling through the Kenton Neighborhood and the Heron Lake area.

The ride costs $5 and registration is required. To register, please call (503) 823.2525 or visit and use code #369714.  For more information, call (503) 823.3601 or visit Parks’ website