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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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Roosevelt students engage about housing, economics

Civic Engagement Roundtable with Roosevelt High School Seniors is huge success

June 5, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

On Thursday, Nick had the pleasure of visiting a senior inquiry class at Roosevelt High School.

The third installment of our Civic Engagement Roundtable Events, Nick talked with about 40 students about their experiences living as youth in Portland. In partnership with the Multnomah Youth Commission, Nick has also visited Grant and Franklin High Schools this year.

Topics of discussion ranged from housing needs to the corporate tax kicker, but one thing was quite obvious: these students are engaged and truly care about their community. Nick listened to student concerns about local parks, and pledged to review the needs of neighborhood parks such as George Park and McCoy Park in North Portland.

Other concerns raised by the students included federal fiscal policy, and the obvious inequities between Roosevelt and other PPS schools like Lincoln and Wilson. Overall, Nick really enjoyed speaking with the students and will consider their feedback when making decisions as commissioner. 

Congratulations, Chief Janssens

Erin Janssens was sworn in today as Portland Fire and Rescue's first woman Fire Chief in bureau history.

June 5, 2012

Erin Janssens was sworn in today as Portland Fire & Rescue's first woman Fire Chief in Portland history.

After 23 years at the fire bureau, Chief Janssens is an inspiring choice.

Congratulations to Chief Janssens, and best wishes to Chief John Klum on his retirement!

Improvements coming soon to three local parks

Omni Spinners, other improvements, coming soon to three Portland parks

June 6, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes 

Portland Parks & Recreation is in the process of upgrading playground equipment at Mt. Tabor Park, Brooklyn Park, and Oregon Park!

Among other things, the three parks will receive new Omni Spinners. These are fun, whirling spin structures that are much safer than the merry-go-rounds they’re often compared to. Take a look at this video if you’d like to see one in action.

Thanks to our PP&R maintenance and playground staff for their hard work. We’re all really excited to see the new and improved parks.

Photo Credit: Landscape Structures

Hatfield Building grand re-opening

Join Nick, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Central City Concern, and community members at the grand re-opening of the Mark O. Hatfield building this Thursday, 3:30 - 5 pm.

June 6, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Nick, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen, Central City Concern, and community members at the grand re-opening of the Mark O. Hatfield building this Thursday, 3:30 - 5 pm.

Originally built in 1910, the building was acquired by Central City Concern who converted the building from office space to affordable homes in 1994.  The organization then re-named the building to commemorate the work of Senator Mark O. Hatfield, who was instrumental in securing the Section 8 subsidy that has helped more than 3,200 individuals call the Hatfield building home.

The renovation project included window replacement, air sealing, exhaust ventilation upgrade, permanent electric heater, hot water heating system replacement, fire and safety upgrades, concrete facade repair and exterior painting.  The improvements increased energy efficiency and the overall health and comfort of residents. 

The Portland Housing Bureau was proud to invest over $600,000 from federal Community Development Block Grant funds toward rehabilitating and preserving the affordable homes. 

Mark O' Hatfield Grand Re-opening

3:30 - 5 pm
Old Town Recovery Center, third floor classroom
33 NW Broadway

Photo credit: Central City Concern

City Council approves Charles Jordan Community Center

Portland City Council voted unanimously today to rename Portland Parks & Recreation?s University Park Community Center in honor of Charles Jordan.

June 6, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland City Council voted unanimously today to rename Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s University Park Community Center in honor of Charles Jordan.

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.

Parks will host a ceremony on July 22, 3:30 pm to formally acknowledge the re-dedication of the Community Center. The event is also a way for the community to commemorate Charles Jordan’s remarkable achievements.

Charles Jordan to be honored in rededication of University Park Community Center in Portsmouth

Chase Hall in The Oregonian

 

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

 

Community center renamed for Charles Jordan

Portland Business Journal

 

Honoring a Visionary for Community

The Portland Observer