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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

Let’s Celebrate Oaks Bottom!

Join Portland Parks & Recreation this Saturday to celebrate the new and improved Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Bluff Trail!

March 8, 2013

Join Portland Parks & Recreation this Saturday to celebrate the new and improved Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Bluff Trail!

Construction for the wildlife sanctuary trail was completed in December. The final piece of the project, the native re-vegetation planting, was finished at the beginning of this year. After all the great work to revitalize the trail, it is ready to be enjoyed.

The revitalized trail includes 500 feet of slip resistant boardwalk, rock walls at the north and south trail entrances, wildlife and bird observation deck, and more.

Join us for refreshments, kids’ activities, bird watching, and a ribbon cutting ceremony. There will also be guided nature walks and a photo display of the project.

For more information about the trail, please call (503) 823-5300 or visit the PP&R website.

We’ll see you there!

Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge Bluff Trail

March 9, 10 am - 1 pm

Look for tents in the south meadow of Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge

Dive into spring!

Spring is just around the bend, which means it’s time to sign up for Portland Parks & Recreation’s spring swim lessons!

March 8, 2013

Spring is just around the bend, which means it’s time to sign up for Portland Parks & Recreation’s spring swim lessons!

PP&R offers a variety of lessons and aquatic activities for swimmers of all ages and skill levels at six indoor community pools.  PP&R offers water fitness classes, lap swims, open play swims, and more. Group, semi-private, and private lessons are available.

For more information, and to sign up for classes, contact PP&R Aquatics at (503) 823-5130.

Portland’s smallest park is making some big news

Driving down Naito Parkway you might pass by Mill Ends Park and not even notice it - but the Guiness-certified “World’s Smallest Park” made national headlines last week when its lone Douglas Fir sapling was missing.

March 11, 2013

Driving down Naito Parkway you might pass by Mill Ends Park and not even notice it - but the Guiness-certified “World’s Smallest Park” made national headlines last week when its lone Douglas Fir sapling was missing.

Mill Ends Park is located at SW Naito Parkway and Taylor. The smallest city park is part of Portland lore, and is said to be home to a family of leprechauns. Mill Ends is 2 feet in diameter, and was given its name by Oregon Journal writer Dick Fagan, who could see the plot of land from his office window.

Legend says that Fagan captured the leprechaun patriarch, who granted him a wish (per leprechaun tradition). Fagan’s wish? A park of his own. In 1976, Mill Ends officially became a Portland City park.

On Wednesday, Portland Parks & Recreation replaced the missing Douglas Fir with a new one. Perhaps thanks to some leprechaun magic, the missing tree turned up Friday morning - laid carefully on its side next to the new one.

PP&R staff is evaluating the old tree. If the tree is ok, it will be planted in another park.

The leprechauns have been too busy rejoicing to give any official comment on the park, but sources tell us that they are incredibly grateful to PP&R staff for providing them with the new tree to provide shade from the sunny months ahead.

Tiny Tree Returned To Tiny Portland Park After Theft

Cassandra Profita on HuffingtonPost.com

 

Donor helps world's smallest park in Portland

On KGW.com

 

City receives $3.25 check to cover tree planting at world's smallest park

On KATU.com

 

Tree stolen from Portland's Mill Ends Park returned--maybe leprechaun magic, maybe remorse, officials say

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

 

Teeny-tiny Portland park has an itsy-bitsy theft

Michael Pearson on CNN.com

 

Stolen tree from world's smallest park in Portland found

KGW staff

 

Only Tree In World's Tiniest City Park Stolen

Cassandra Profita on OPB.com

Helensview Community Garden Opening

The grand opening of the Helensview Community Garden was a huge success!

March 11, 2013

The grand opening of the Helensview Community Garden was a huge success!

Nick was proud to join community members, Portland Parks & Recreation partners, and City Commissioner Amanda Fritz in the sunshine on Saturday to inaugurate the newest community garden in Portland.

Nick shared with the crowd that the event was momentous — “it’s two firsts and a last.”

Helensview is the first community garden in partnership with the Parkrose School District, it’s the first community garden in the Sumner Neighborhood, and it is the last garden in our 1,000 Gardens initiative.

Special thanks to Scott Somohano, Chair of the Sumner Association of Neighbors and the champion of this park, Helensview School Principal Kris Persson, and all the community members and partners who made this garden possible.

Helensview Community Garden to build Sumner Neighborhood pride

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian

 

Portland Parks to open 46th community garden

On KGW.com

Local partners increase affordable options in Portland-area communities

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home. PHB’s work would not be possible without its mission-driven community partners.

March 12, 2013

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is committed to ensuring that everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home. PHB’s work would not be possible without its mission-driven community partners.

While PHB and its community partners work to create safe and affordable homes in the city of Portland, our partners are also working hard to do the same in neighboring communities.

Northwest Housing Alternatives is constructing Alma Gardens, their first affordable housing community in Washington County. Alma Gardens is just steps from TriMet’s Max station at Orenco Station, and is surrounded by retail shops, medical services, and grocery stores. Alma Gardens will be home to 45 older adults in Washington County.

REACH CDC recently received $750,000 in federal Home Investment Partnerships funds. The nonprofit is using the grant to increase affordable housing opportunities in Washington County.

Our partner, Proud Ground, recently merged with Clackamas County Land Trust to expand their affordable homeownership opportunities in the community. Proud Ground recently helped a local family buy the first Proud Ground home in Beaverton.

Thank you to all of our partners for your work in ensuring everyone has a safe, affordable place to call home!

As Orenco lands vanish, Northwest Housing Alternatives grows senior community in Hillsboro

Andrew Theen in The Oregonian

 

REACH lands $750,000 for affordable housing project

Suzanne Stevens in the Portland Business Journal

 

Proud Ground makes Beaverton home affordable for first-time buyers

Dominique Fong in The Oregonian

Photo courtesy of The Oregonian