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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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Dwell Magazine features Bud Clark Commons

Dwell Magazine recently highlighted the beauty and innovative approach of our nationally recognized Bud Clark Commons.

August 7, 2012

Dwell Magazine recently highlighted the beauty and innovative approach of our nationally recognized Bud Clark Commons.

The article featured the services provided by the Commons, including our focus on Housing First - providing safe, affordable homes for Portland's most vulnerable, chronically homeless individuals.

Dwell also describes the Commons' visionary design, including natural light, sustainable building materials, and attention to detail.  The result is a warm, inviting space that can change lives.

A year into its operation, Bud Clark Commons has helped thousands.  Transition Projects, which operates the 90-bed men's shelter and day service center at BCC, has helped over 7,500 individuals access Transition Projects programs.  Home Forward provides supportive services with its 130 permanently affordable apartments. 

Commons' Grounds

Diana Budds on Dwell.com

International Tree Climbing Championship & World Conference Comes to Portland

August 11-12 at Laurelhurst Park, Portland Parks & Rec will host the International Society of Arboriculure's world conference and tree climbing championships!

August 8, 2012

The International Society of Arboriculture is coming to Portland!

This weekend, Portland Parks & Recreation will host the International Society of Arboriculture's world conference. Or, as explained by PP&R Urban Forestry Supervisor Larr Maginnis,  "New Year's Day, the Super Bowl, and the 4th of July all wrapped into one for tree people." 

Last year the conference was held in Australia, so this year Portland is fortunate to have it at our own Laurelhurst Park! Events begin Saturday, August 11 and continue through Sunday, August 12.

Come along for a free PP&R Urban Forestry bucket truck ride - letting kids and adults lift high above the park. Watch the world's best professional arborists scale trees and perform tree-care tasks in hopes of becoming the world's next Tree Climbing Champion. Try tree climbing for yourself with instruction by Tree Climbers International to ensure personal safety and care of the trees.

International Society of Aboriculture 2012 International Conference and Tree Climbing World Championship

Laurelhurst Park

SE Cesar Chavez Blvd & Stark St

Day one: Saturday, August 11, 8 am - 5 pm

Championship: Sunday, August 12, 8 am - 4 pm

Free bucket truck rides from 10am-3pm both days

Tree-climbing championships come to Rose City

Jennifer Anderson in the Portland Tribune

Laurelhurst Park will host international tree-climbing championships Saturday and Sunday

Stephen Beaven in The Oregonian

Free swimming today with Portland Parks & Recreation

Temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 80s today - what would be a better way to cool down than swimming in one our of Portland Parks & Recreation's aquatic facilities for free?

August 9, 2012

By David Nguyen

Temperatures are supposed to be in the upper 80s today - what would be a better way to cool down than swimming in one our of Portland Parks & Recreation's aquatic facilities for free?

Peninsula Park Community Center's outdoor pool has free Open Play Swim today from 1:00 – 2:55 pm.

If you prefer an indoor pool, then head to Matt Dishman Community Center today for some Free Swim from 1:15 – 3:45 pm.

Click here to find a pool near you!

Montavilla Park Playground Program this Friday

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Trail Blazers staff at the Summer Free For All playground and lunch program this Friday, 10 am ? 2 pm at Montavilla Park

August 9, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Portland Parks & Recreation and the Portland Trail Blazers staff at the Summer Free For All playground and lunch program this Friday, 10 am – 2 pm at Montavilla Park.

Enjoy free, healthy lunches for kids, a bouncy house, and arts and crafts activities.

This summer, PP&R will be able to serve over 100,000 lunches to local youth thanks to our sponsors, and hundreds of volunteers hours from the community.

Check out the 2012 Summer Free For All schedule and the Washington Park Summer Festival schedule online to find an event near you!

August 10 Playground Program

Montavilla Park

NE 82nd Ave & Glisan St

10 am - 2 pm

Portland is green, and is getting greener!

Data from a Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) aerial imagery study show that Portland’s urban tree canopy has grown by 2.6 percent over the past 10 years, and now covers nearly 30% of the city.

August 9, 2012

By David Nguyen

We’d like to share some great news! Data from a Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) aerial imagery study shows that Portland’s urban tree canopy has grown by 2.6 percent over the past 10 years, and now covers nearly 30% of the city.

The study is based on aerial imagery from 2000, 2005, and 2010, and reveals citywide and zoning class urban forest cover change.  Over a ten-year period, canopy increase was seen citywide, across all zoning classes.

This new report provides a baseline to approach the City’s goal of 33% urban tree canopy by 2030, and will be used to hone strategies addressing canopy losses and gains.

A 2009 study valued the ecological benefits of Portland's street and park trees at $27 million annually

Currently, Portland has approximately 240,000 street trees and PP&R will continue the efforts to plant more street trees and to care for the approximately 1.2 million trees throughout Portland’s parks.

The next monitoring phase will occur in 2015.

Click here to view the full canopy monitoring report.

Portland tree canopy spreading, study finds

James Mayer in The Oregonian

Tree canopy increases throughout Portland

On KPTV news