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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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Celebrate The Fields this Friday

Don’t forget to join us on Friday for the Grand Opening of Portland’s newest natural area and dog park - The Fields Park!

May 14, 2013

Don’t forget to join us on Friday for the Grand Opening of Portland’s newest natural area and dog park - The Fields Park!

The Fields was created with your four-legged friends in mind. The park’s design followed neighborhood desires – for both human and furry visitors. The Park is located at NW 10th and Overton, and features different amenities for dogs of all shapes and sizes.

The grand opening begins at noon. Join us and enjoy live music, art by neighborhood school children, light refreshments, and plenty of play time.

We’ll see you and your dogs there!

The Fields Park Grand Opening Celebration

NW 10th and Overton        

Friday, May 17

Noon

11 x 13: “Getting It Done”

On Monday, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized the City’s efforts to preserve affordable homes in our community.

May 15, 2013

On Monday, the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recognized the City’s efforts to preserve affordable homes in our community. “Getting It Done” describes the Portland Housing Bureau’s campaign to preserve the affordability of 11 key buildings with expiring federal rent subsidies by the end of 2013.

“Three years ago,” the story reports, “housing prices in downtown Portland were soaring, effectively shrinking the supply of affordable housing, forcing those who couldn’t pay out of the area. With assistance from HUD, the Oregon Department of Housing & Community Services, the Portland Housing Bureau launched its “11x13” initiative, promising to stem the tide and preserve the inventory of affordable, privately-owned and publicly-assisted housing in downtown. Looks like that promise was kept.”

Partnering with other government agencies and our exceptional non-profit partners, we focused our energy on the 11 buildings at risk of converting to market rates. Together, we helped non-profit partners acquire these buildings, renovate them, and renew their contracts with HUD to keep the rent subsidies in place for 20 more years.

In April, we were proud to announce that thanks to the hard work of many partners, we successfully met our goal, preserving the affordability of more than 700 apartments across the 11 buildings and ensuring that more than $160 million of federal rent subsidy remains in our community over the next two decades.

Public Hearing on 2013-14 City Budget

Join us this evening for a public hearing on the proposed 2013-14 City budget.

May 16, 2013

Join us this evening for a public hearing on the proposed 2013-14 City budget.

This year, the City is facing a $21.5 million shortfall. Mayor Hales asked all City bureaus to develop a budget proposal with a 10% cut.

On April 30, Mayor Hales released his proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which includes a number of difficult cuts.

Tonight’s public hearing gives you the chance to have your voice heard. Tell us what programs and services are most important to you. The hearing will begin at 6:30 pm in Council Chambers in City Hall.

Public Hearing on City Budget

City Hall, Council Chambers

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Tonight

Friday Roundup

News from and about Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish

Dawson Park Improvement Brings Resources to the Neighborhood Hit Hardest by Gentrification

Bruce Poinsette in The Skanner News

 

Dawson Park Love

Mike Leighton in The Portland Observer

 

New Pearl District affordable apartment highlights misperception of neighborhoods wealth

Sara Hottman in The Oregonian

 

Hales, Cogen Strike Deal over Crisis Center, Needle Exchange Program, Other Services

Denis C. Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

Hales Cogen Reach Budget Deal that Funds Mental Crisis Center

Aaron mesh in Willamette Week

 

Court Intrigue- How Will Charlie Hales Divvy up the Bureaus?

Denis C Theriault in The Portland Mercury

 

Sunday Parkways roll into new era

Jennifer Anderson in The Portland Tribune

 

Sunday Parkways draws thousands of cyclists to outer Southeast Portland

John Killen in The Oregonian

 

Portland park rangers build bridges to the homeless

Tracy Berry on KGW.com 

Renovation at Dawson Park

Last week, we were proud to announce that Legacy Emanuel Hospital has generously donated $200,000 to add a water feature to the makeover of Dawson Park.

May 17, 2013

Last week, we were proud to announce that Legacy Emanuel Hospital has generously donated $200,000 to add a water feature to the makeover of Dawson Park.

The North Portland park was featured the Portland Observer this week, highlighting the $2.1 million renovation scheduled for the park. The interactive water feature, as the Portland Observer reported, was “originally suggested by neighbors during extensive public involvement and heavily supported.”

Other renovations to the park include a large central lawn area, a new playground, flowering plants, new picnic areas, barbeque grills, and much more.

The park will also include art panels by local artists that tell the history of the park as an important center for the African-American Community.

Nick was proud to partner with Legacy to make the fountain feature part of the park’s remodel.

As Nick said about the renovation, “the generous gift from Legacy Emanuel will greatly add to the amenities and improvements at Dawson Park, and will be a neighborhood treasure for generations to come.”

Renovation for the park is scheduled to begin this fall.

Dawson Park Love

In the Portland Observer 

photo courtesy of the Portland Observer