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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

Be Part of Something Green!

August 16, 2013

There’s a hidden treasure in East Portland. 24 acres of unused, partially wooded land between I-84 and I-205 has a terrific opportunity to be transformed into a world-class recreational area for off-road bicycling, hiking and more in East Portland. Welcome to Gateway Green, a community-led vision to enhance this vibrant and exciting part of our city.

Gateway Green is a great example of a public-private partnership working together to help reclaim this land for the public. After years of strong grassroots support, and local, regional, and state government input, the project is starting to make headway.

Friends of Gateway Green will leverage public, private, and philanthropic funds to fully develop and construct the area. After its completion the City of Portland will operate the park.

But a major component of the project is still underway, and that’s where you come in.

Friends of Gateway Green wants to hear from you! What needs, wants, and dreams do you have for Gateway Green? Visit Oregon’s Kitchen Table by August 23 to let us know what design features you want to make the most of this treasured space.

To learn more about Gateway Green or to contribute to the project contact Sarah Giles at (503) 725-5248.

Gateway Green shows power of partnerships

Nick Fish in the Portland Tribune

photo courtesy of GatewayGreenpdx.org

Your Washington Park

Join Portland Water Bureau (PWB) staff tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church on SW Jefferson to voice your thoughts on the Washington Park Reservoir Improvement project.

August 19, 2013

Join Portland Water Bureau (PWB) staff tomorrow at the First United Methodist Church on SW Jefferson to voice your thoughts on the Washington Park Reservoir Improvement project.

The project will replace Reservoir 3 with a 15-million gallon underground reservoir and update Reservoir 4 as an overflow and storm water retention tank, including a de-chlorination facility. Now, PWB wants to hear what you want to do with Reservoir 3.

The meeting starts at 6 pm, August 20. If you can’t make it tomorrow night, there are other chances to tell us what you think. Check out the PWB website to see a complete list of opportunities to participate and provide feedback on the project.

To be notified on upcoming public meetings and other outreach opportunities, please contact Tim Hall at the Portland Water Bureau at (503) 823 – 6926.

First United Methodist Church

1838 SW Jefferson Room 202

Recognizing the Spirit

It’s time for the 2013 Spirit of Portland awards!

August 20, 2013

Who do you know that embodies the spirit of Portland? It’s that time of year to nominate those who make the “City of Roses” a better place to live, work, pray, or play. It’s time for the 2013 Spirit of Portland Awards!

Each year since 1985, the City Council awards those who have made a difference in the greater community. Nominate a fellow Portlander who you think made a difference in:

  • Assisting in the implementation of outstanding projects
  • Enriching and revitalizing our community and neighborhoods
  • Providing our community and neighborhoods with a special service
  • Demonstrating responsiveness, creativity and civic values, raising cross-cultural awareness
  • Acting as a good steward of the environment

To nominate an exemplary Portlander, complete the form for the individual or group, and attach a one-page narrative explaining why your nominee should be honored. Nominations are due by September 20.

Click here to print the nomination form.

Please send completed forms with narratives to:

Office of Neighborhood Involvement

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110

Portland,Oregon 97204

Email: paul.leistner@portlandoregon.gov

Fax: 503-823-3050

Welcome Portland’5!

Yesterday, The Portland Center for the Performing Arts unveiled their new name as Portland’5 Centers for the Arts!

August 20, 2013

Yesterday, The Portland Center for the Performing Arts unveiled their new name as Portland’5 Centers for the Arts!

The Portland’5 Centers for the Arts is the 5th largest performing arts center in the nation. They bring over 1,000 music, theater, dance, and lecture performances to Portland each year because we know that art matters. Art brings joy, inspires the mind, and unites communities. Art changes lives.

The purpose of the name change was to make clear that these beautiful art spaces belong to you, the citizens of Portland.Portland’5 embodies the spirit of each theater in its new design logo. The logo illustrates how the spotlights hit the stages in the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, the Keller Auditorium, Newmark Theatre, the Winningstad Theatre, and Brunish Theatre.

Along with the name change, Portland’5 launched a fabulous and easy-to-use new website.

Congrats Portland’5, you’re beautiful!

Future Business Leaders getting connected with Arts & Culture

Get connected with arts and culture with Business for Culture and the Arts’ (BCA) newest program, BCA’s Associates!

August 22, 2013

Get connected with arts and culture with Business for Culture & the Arts’ (BCA) newest program, BCA’s Associates!

With a vision to engage every business with the arts, BCA works to strengthen Oregon’s culture and economy. BCA’s Associate program is geared for 21-40 year olds who are employed in the greater Portland area and have expressed interest in the arts. The program breaks the group up in teams of 8-12 and will be assisted by an “arts guide” from Portland Emerging Arts Leaders that will expose the team to art experiences, cultural events, and engage them with artists and cultural organizations throughout the city.

If selected for the program, members pay a $65 fee – of which $30 will go to the Work for Art program, which supportsPortland’s incredible art community, The contribution entitles BCA Associate members to an “ArtCard,” which offers you a pair of 2-for-1 tickets to hundreds of art events around the city!

To learn more about the BCA Associates program visit their website. To find out more about Work for Art, visit Regional Art and Culture Council’s website.

photo courtesy of Business for Culture & the Arts