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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

Portland’s Newest Natural Area

Metro and the City of Portland teamed up this week to purchase 54 acres of wildlife habitat near the Columbia Slough in Northeast Portland.

December 14, 2012

Metro and the City of Portland teamed up this week to purchase 54 acres of wildlife habitat near the Columbia Slough in Northeast Portland.

The wetland is home to more than 170 species of birds including kingfishers, owls, and great blue herons in addition to deer, bats and amphibians. Metro also plans to build nearly three miles of the Marine Drive and Columbia Slough trail networks, where gaps today force visitors onto busy streets.

PP&R partnered with Metro and the City’s Bureau of Environmental Services to purchase the natural area with funds from Metro’s 2006 bond measure to protect water quality, wildlife habitat and opportunities to enjoy nature. The Columbia Slough is one of the most expansive focal points of the bond, with wetlands and slow- moving channels stretching 19 miles from Fairview Lake to Kelley Point Park. PP&R will manage the new natural area.

In one of our city’s most urban areas – dotted with warehouses, neighborhoods and major thoroughfares – the project will offer access to amazing natural habitat right in our back yard.

Friday Roundup

Greening-up golf is all in the grass

Peter Korn in the Portland Tribune

 

Natural area preserved along Columbia Slough

Steve Law in the Portland Tribune

 

Street Roots Makes Twitter Worth It Today

Andrea Samewood in the Willamette Week

 

Metro, City of Portland purchase 54 acres of Columbia Slough wetlands in Northeast Portland

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

 

Portland City Council will vote whether to refer fluoride question to May 2012 ballot

Beth Slovic in The Oregonian

Gray's Landing

On Friday, Nick was proud to join REACH CDC, community members, elected officials and friends of John Gray for the grand opening of Gray’s Landing.

December 17, 2012

 

On Friday, Nick was proud to join REACH CDC, community members, elected officials and friends of John Gray for the grand opening of Gray’s Landing.

The ceremony featured an inspiring keynote address by Senator Jeff Merkley, a moving tribute to the late philanthropist and veteran John Gray by his friend Tom Walsh, and stirring music by bagpiper Tim Birr and the Grant High School Royal Blues Choir.

We were pleased to be joined by Bud Clark, Barbara Roberts, Gretchen Kafoury, Deborah Kafoury, Amanda Fritz, Sam Chase, HUD Director Mary McBride, and many other distinguished guests.

Gray’s Landing brings the first affordable homes to the South Waterfront neighborhood. The beautiful, LEED Platinum building includes 42 homes dedicated to low-income veterans.

With the opening of Gray’s Landing, hardworking families across Portland have more choice in where they live – from Lents and Cully, to Hillsdale and now South Waterfront.

Affordable rental housing opens in South Waterfront with grand opening ceremony for Gray's Landing Friday
Rebecca Koffman, Special to The Oregonian

 

First Affordable Apartments Open On Portland's South Waterfront
Kristian Foden-Vencil in OPB News

 

Gray's Landing debuts Friday at South Waterfront
Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal

Potluck in the Park gets ready for Holiday Dinner

Potluck in the Park will provide a free Christmas Day dinner to more than 1400 people this year

December 18, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

Come join Potluck in the Park for the 19th annual community Holiday Dinner!

On Christmas Day, Potluck in the Park will provide a free meal to anyone in need. With a traditional turkey dinner, gifts, pictures with Santa, and pet food and kennels, this event features something for everyone!

Cell phones provided by volunteers will be available for use. Entertainment will be provided by local jazz musicians including Tom Grant and Patrick Lamb. 

Potluck in the Park Holiday Dinner

Tuesday, December 25, 12 - 4 pm. 

YWCA of Greater Portland

1111 SW 10th Ave. (between SW Main & Jefferson)

Call (503) 255-7611 or e-mail xmasride@potluckinthepark.org for free guest transportation. Donations are always welcome as well. If you would like to volunteer at this event, please register now for your shift.

Music in the Park

This Wednesday, Director Park will be featuring the marimba music stylings of Michael Charles Smith.

December 19, 2012

Take some time out from your holiday shopping to stop and listen to the music.

Beginning at 12:30 pm today, Director Park will feature the marimba music stylings of Michael Charles Smith. Marimba Mike’s repertoire ranges from Bach to Radiohead - all on the marimba.

On Saturday, Director Park welcomes you to take a break from the downtown hustle and bustle to enjoy the beautiful sounds of Nancy Lamka’s piano performance.

Both performances can be heard for free at Director Park on SW Park and Yamhill downtown.

Michael Charles Smith

Wednesday, December 19

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Nancy Lamka

Saturday, December 22

2 pm - 4 pm