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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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Oregon Rail Heritage Center opens its doors

Nick was proud to join the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and the Portland community at the grand opening of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center on Saturday.

September 24, 2012

Nick was proud to join the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation and the Portland community at the grand opening of the Oregon Rail Heritage Center on Saturday. 

The Center, located at the hub of rail activity on the east side, now houses Portland's historic SP 4449, SP&S 700 and OR&N 197 steam locomotives.  Visitors can tour the decades-old trains, and learn about their storied history. 

Over 6,300 visitors enjoyed the inaugural weekend of the Heritage Center.

Earlier in the morning, the community also celebrated the grand opening of the Eastside Streetcar - a perfect day to celebrate Portland's rail history and its future.

Oregon Rail Heritage Center ready for grand opening Saturday, Sunday
Dana Tims in The Oregonian


East side streetcar service begins
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Eastside Connection
Lee Perlman in the Portland Observer

Veterans Stand Down & Job Fair October 3

On October 3rd all veterans are invited to Portland's Annual Stand Down & Job Fair

September 24, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

All veterans are invited to Portland's Stand Down & Job Fair, which is hosted yearly by Central City Concern. The event brings dozens of employers and agencies together to assist veterans. Attending veterans can connect to job opportunities and needed services, as well as connecting with each other. 

New this year is the chance to have breakfast with representatives from three elected officials' offices: Senator Ron WydenSenator Jeff Merkley and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici

This event is a great opportunity for veterans and has been a huge success - nearly 800 veterans attended last year. This year's event will feature a resource and employment fair, food, medical services, hair cuts, and clothing. 

Portland Veterans Stand Down & Job Fair

October 3, 2012

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center

Exhibit Hall E

Interested participants should pre-register for the free event, by completing a quick form.  

If you'd like to volunteer for the fair or are a recruiting employer/service provider, call 503-226-7387 or contact for more information about how to get involved.

Portland Public Golf goes a little more green

Portland Public Gold, part of Portland Parks & Recreation, continues to reduce the amount of chemicals used

September 25, 2012

Portland Public Golf is furthering the City's commitment to environmentally-responsible maintenance practices.

The Greenway Program, developed by Greenway Golf, has led this sustainability effort. The City has instituted the program for the last eight years.

The newest phase of the program will begin this week at Heron Lakes Golf Course. As this is the perfect season for germination, workers at the course will seed the turf with bentgrass.

"We're seeing real, positive effects", says Portland Public Golf Manager, John Zoller. "Better playing surfaces, reduced costs and lower chemical inputs into the environment."

Using bentgrass on the courses is advantageous due to its drought tolerant, disease-resistant nature. It requires much lower use of pesticides, resulting in drastic reduction in costs associated with upkeep.

Heron Lakes Golf Course in North Portland reduces maintenance costs, chemical use

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

Stephens Creek Crossing raises its walls

The first wall of the $52.8 million Stephens Creek Crossing community was raised yesterday.

September 25, 2012

By David Nguyen

The first wall of the $52.8 million Stephens Creek Crossing community was raised yesterday.

Stephens Creek Crossing will bring 122 affordable homes to the Hillsdale neighborhood.  The community is managed by Home Forward, and will be the third HOPE VI development in Portland. HOPE VI funds are granted by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the revitalization of publicly-subsidized communities. 

The City of Portland was proud to invest $5 million in Stephens Creek Crossing, to bring more affordable home opportunities to this Southwest Portland neighborhood.

Scheduled to open in 2014, the community will also include seven Habitat for Humanity homes for first-time homebuyers.

North Portland Greenway Trail survey

Today's the last day to submit your feedback to the proposed North Portland Greenway Trail.

September 26, 2012

By David Nguyen

Today's the last day to submit your feedback to the proposed North Portland Greenway Trail.

Portland Parks & Recreation is working with a Project Advisory Committee on a 10.4-mile trail system which will create a trail along the Willamette River, spanning from the Eastbank Esplanade to Pier Park.  In some cases, where the City does not own property or have an existing trail easement, the project team has identified an interim alignment recommendation.

Your comments will provide valuable feedback for the committee and staff as they make recommendations about where the trail will best serve Portlanders.

Please review the Trail Segment Maps and submit your comments by 5:00pm today!