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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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Powell Butte Natural Area work party this weekend

Portland Parks & Recreation is performing some needed trail work on Powell Butte Nature Park this Saturday 9am - 12pm and we need all the help we can get!

August 10, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation is performing some needed trail work on Powell Butte Nature Park this Saturday 9 am - 12 pm and we need all the help we can get!

The work will help keep the trails open and comfortable for hikers, bikers and horse riders. 

Interested in volunteering?  Meet at Gates Park @ SE 136th & Holgate Blvd. Turn east onto Holgate from SE 136th and follow to the parking lot.  The work party will likely be hiking quite a ways from the parking lot, so arrive at 9 am to be sure to meet up with the group. Please wear long pants and long sleeves, sturdy walking shoes, and bring a hat and water bottle.  Tools, gloves, water, and granola bars will be provided.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Stewardship Coordinator Susan Hawes at: susan.hawes@portlandoregon.gov or (503) 823-5937

Powell Butte Natural Area trail work

Meet at Gates Park at SE 136th & Holgate Blvd

Saturday, August 11

9 am - 12 pm

Preserving the legacy of Lawrence Halprin

The Oregonian Editorial Board published an article today highlighting Portland Parks & Recreation?s Ira Keller Fountain - part of the Halprin Open Space Sequence - and the work of local non-profit Halprin Landscape Conservancy in preserving this National Historic Landmark

August 10, 2012

The Oregonian Editorial Board published an article today highlighting the Halprin Open Space Sequence and the work of local non-profit Halprin Landscape Conservancy in preserving Portland's beloved downtown fountains.

The Halprin Open Space Sequence was born from architect Lawrence Halprin's vision for community in the heart of Portland.  His innovative design links fountains, plazas, parks, and other open spaces with the bustle of the city - businesses, residences, and other private ventures.

In his own words, Halprin explained that "the space is choreographed for movement with nodes for quiet & contemplation, action & inaction, hard & soft, yin & yang."

The Halprin Open Sequence links some of Portland's most well-known downtown Portland Parks & Recreation spaces - the Ira Keller Fountain, the Lovejoy Fountain, and Pettygrove Park.

During this time of tight budgets, maintaining our spaces can be challenging.  We rely on our public/private partnerships to support our Gold Medal system.  Our partnership with the Halprin Landscape Conservancy will ensure that Halprin's legacy lasts for the next generations of Portlanders.

A private lift for public spaces

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Portland nonprofit pays for private contractors to refresh historic parks

Chase Hall in The Oregonian

Final weekend of Washington Park Summer Festival

Portland Parks & Recreation's Washington Park Summer Festival, presented by Daimler, comes to a close this weekend with three final performances.

August 10, 2012

By David Nguyen

Portland Parks & Recreation's Washington Park Summer Festival, presented by Daimler, comes to a close this weekend with three final performances. Join us at the Washington Park Amphitheater at 6 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 pm on Sunday. 

This weekend's special performances include:

Friday August 10, 6 pm

The David Gerald Band

Mississippi-born blues man with deeply rooted music traditions, now based in Detroit and hailed for his gritty, guitar-driven blues performances.

Saturday August 11, 6 pm

Water Tower

Indie fave bluegrass pickers who imbue their music with an old-time spirit that's harmonious, celebratory and delivered with a punk soul.

Sunday August 12, 7:30 pm

Plan 9 from Outer Space

FILMUSIK’s original performance of a 1959 cult classic. This surreal and magical combination of film, live music, and sound effects brings the Festival to a hilarious close.

Attendees are encouraged to avoid parking hassles by riding TriMet to the park. Take the MAX Blue or Red line to Jeld-Wen Field, King's Hill Station or the Oregon Zoo, then catch bus #83-Washington Park Loop which runs approximately every 25 minutes, offering extended service to accommodate concert crowds. Regular TriMet fares apply.

As always, we'd like to give special thanks to our sponsors who help make Summer Free For All possible.

Check out the 2012 Summer Free For All schedule for an event near you.

Chuck Amato Fitness Center

The fitness center at Matt Dishman Community Center has been named in long-time Parks fitness trainer Chuck Amato's honor.

August 13, 2012

By David Nguyen

Nick and Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté were pleased to join dozens of long-time fitness trainer Chuck Amato’s clients, friends, and family at Matt Dishman Community Center.

To honor Chuck's 50 years of service, the fitness center at the Community Center has been named in his honor.

A former Mr. Olympia, Chuck has trained hundreds of Portlanders for the past 50 years, many of whom have been affected by strokes, brain injuries, and other ailments.

Dishman Trainer Honored

Mindy Cooper in the Portland Observer

Chuck Amato, 50-year trainer at Portland Parks, honored with surprise announcement Friday in Northeast Portland ceremony

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian