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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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Celebrating new life for Mark O. Hatfield Building

On June 7, Nick joined Central City Concern and community members in celebrating the grand re-opening of the Mark O. Hatfield Building.

June 14, 2012

On June 7, Nick joined Central City Concern and community members in celebrating the grand re-opening of the Mark O. Hatfield Building. 

The building was named for the late Oregon Senator Mark O. Hatfield, to honor his commitment to providing affordable homes to the community.

In today's Oregonian Molly Hottle profiled the grand re-opening, and shared the story of Portland Housing Bureau staff architect Nate McCoy, who worked on the renovations for the building.  Having lived in low-income housing himself in his youth, Nate quickly formed a passion for architecture and giving back to his community.  Nate received the Mark O. Hatfield Architectural Award in 2003, a scholarship to the University of Oregon's architecture school.  Last Thursday, his passion for architecture and giving back to the community came full circle.

Home to 106 alcohol and drug-free affordable homes, the City of Portland was proud to invest over $800,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to support the renovation of this historic building.

Renovation of Mark O. Hatfield Building updates 106 low-income housing units

Molly Hottle in The Oregonian

Portland Parks summer swimming

Summer is quickly approaching, and the Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics staff is hard at work getting our 7 outdoor pools ready for the warm weather.

June 15, 2012

By David Nguyen

Summer is quickly approaching, and the Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics staff is hard at work getting our 7 outdoor pools ready for the warm weather.  This will create more opportunities for swim lessons, swim teams, lap swimming, and recreational swimming.

Parks is currently accepting summer swim lessons.  Register online, call your neighborhood community center, or the Aquatics Administration office to sign up for one of these fun summer activities!

Also, don't forget to check us out on Facebook.  We'll keep you updated on our Portland Parks & Recreation pools.  Fans on our Facebook page will be randomly selected to receive free swim passes to Portland Parks Pools.

Click here to find a Parks pool near you.

Pittock Mansion getting much needed renovation

Portland Parks & Recreation's Pittock Mansion will soon undergo a major renovation.

June 15, 2012

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Pittock Mansion will soon undergo a major renovation.

The $1.1 million renovation of one of Portland’s most well-known historic structures is expected to start next summer. The plan is to restore and waterproof the 103-year-old mansion’s four terraces. Currently, the terraces do not drain properly, which has lead to water damage on the mansion’s exterior.

Parks has committed $550,000 to the renovation, with the rest of the funding coming from generous public donations and our partner, the Pittock Mansion Society.  We are pleased to be a part of this very meaningful project that will help preserve this historic Portland building.

Portland’s Pittock Mansion to be renovated

Reed Jackson in the Daily Journal of Commerce

Photo credit: Pittock Mansion Society

Ladybug Nature Walks this Summer

Summer is here, and Portland Parks & Recreation invites you to join one of our Ladybug Nature Walks for preschoolers! This Friday, join us at Powell Butte Nature Park.

June 18, 2012

By David Nguyen

Summer is here, and Portland Parks & Recreation invites you to join one of our Ladybug Nature Walks for preschoolers!  

This Friday, join us at Powell Butte Nature Park, at the Ellis Street entrance at 10 am.

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 and summer!

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

Can't make it this Friday?  There will be plenty more opportunities all summer long.  Click here for a complete schedule.