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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

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Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center

Yesterday, Nick was honored to speak at the Grand opening of the Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center in downtown Portland.

May 25, 2012

By David Nguyen

Yesterday, Nick was honored to speak at the grand opening of the Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center(CRRC) in downtown Portland. 

CRRC will provide access to Veterans Affairs and other community services to help veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Services include housing assistance, healthcare, and employment programs.

The CRRC can be reached at (503) 808-1256.

Congratulations to CRRC, and thanks for supporting our community's homeless veterans.

Join the Youth Conservation Crew this summer!

Portland Parks & Recreation's Youth Conservation Crew (YCC) is now accepting applications.

May 25, 2012

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. 

Youth hired will be place into one of the following crews:

  • The No Ivy League (NIL) restores the native habitat of Portland's natural areas by removing invasive plants.
  • The Tree Crew works alongside City of Portland arborists and high climbers while learning proper pruning techniques, how to maintain the health of Portland's urban canopy, and  how to ensure the safety of park patrons.
  • The Southeast Conservation Crew works in partnership with SE Works, a local nonprofit GED and youth employment training program, which maintains and enhances Portland's east side natural areas.  Teens build fences to protect sensitive habitat, water native plantings to ensure the viability of plants, and remove invasive species.
  • The Trail Crew builds and maintains trails using industry-accepted techniques for sustainable trail maintenance.  The crew focuses on reducing erosion entering Portland's rivers, streams, and water bodies by improving grading and drainage, improving stream crossings, and closing unofficial trails.
  • The Teen Naturalist Team (TNT) teaches environmental science and leads activities for children ages 6 - 12 in SUN School and community summer day camps in the Portland area.

Click here to apply for these amazing summer opportunities!

Friday Roundup

May 25, 2012

Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

Portland Parks & Rec adds extra open swim hours at three community pools for holiday

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian, May 25

McCoy Village, three blocks of low-income housing in Northeast Portland, re-opened after Catholic Charities remodel

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian, May 24


Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury, May 24


A Southeast Portland church's plan to allow homeless to sleep in cars in parking lot draws neighborhood criticism

Steve Beaven in the Oregonian, May 24


Advocates, Commissioner Fish Fight to Restore Housing, Foreclosure Prevention in City Budget

Lisa Loving in the Skanner, May 23

Adaptive Bike Day Clinic this Sunday

Join Portland Parks & Recreation's Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) at our Adaptive Bike Day Clinic, Sunday, June 3 on the Eastbank Esplanade.

May 29, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Portland Parks & Recreation's Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR) program at our Adaptive Bike Day Clinic on Sunday, June 3 at the Eastbank Esplanade, from 9 am - 1 pm.

Several types of adaptive bikes will be available for you to try out!  Enjoy beautiful views of the city while gaining skills on how to ride these two, three and four wheeled cycles.  Everyone is welcome to try the cycles.

There is no cost to attend, and there are free prizes at the door! Bicycle helmets are required when operating the bikes. The Bike Gallery will also be be offering free clinics on flat repairs and shifting techniques.

For more information, call 503-823-4328.

Celebrate the Healthy Portland Initiative

Join Nick, Portland Parks & Recreation, and community members at a celebration of the Healthy Portland Initiative at University Park Community Center this Thursday, May 31, starting at 4 pm.

May 29, 2012 

By David Nguyen

Join Nick, Portland Parks & Recreation, and community members at a celebration of the Healthy Portland Initiative at the University Park Community Center this Thursday, May 31, starting at 4 pm.

The Healthy Portland Initiative serves as a model for parks departments across the country to embrace their growing and important role in community health and chronic disease prevention.   

Last year, PP&R partnered with food & beverage providers to begin serving healthier drinks and snacks at our local community centers.  The change is part of an effort to provide healthy options for the community.

Nick will also try his hand at cooking healthy food with kids at the event to help promote a new pilot program called Grow Afterschool which will give kids the opportunity to plant and harvest crops, taste seasonal vegetables, prepare healthy recipes, and even go on field trips to local markets and farms.

We will continue working with our community partners to ensure that all Portlanders have access to healthy foods every day.

Celebrate the Healthy Portland Initiative

May 31, 4 pm

University Park Community Center

9009 N Foss Avenue