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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Pittock Mansion celebrates Centennial

January 25, 2014

Many of Portland’s best skyline views are from the grounds around the historic Pittock Mansion in the West Hills.

This year, the Pittock turns 100! To celebrate this milestone, admission will be free to visitors for the first 10 days of February.

The impressive mansion was originally built in 1914 for Oregonian publisher Henry Pittock and his family. In 1964, Portlanders rallied to save the home, which had fallen into disrepair.  Now, Pittock is owned and enjoyed by the public. Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), in partnership with the Pittock Mansion Society, maintains the home and its grounds.

In 2012, PP&R committed over $500,000 to help renovate the historic structure. With additional funding from the Pittock Mansion Society and private funders, the iconic terraces around the building are now in shape to welcome visitors for the next 100 years.

Nick was proud to sit on Pittock’s Centennial Council, working with other community leaders to ensure a celebration worthy of Portland’s best-known home.

You can read more about Pittock’s Centennial, and the history of Henry Pittock and the early days of The Oregonian, online.

Pittock Mansion Centennial

Free Admission February 1 – 10, 2014

3229 NW Pittock Drive

Portland landmark Pittock Mansion turns 100 with free admission and special tours

Rebecca Koffman in The Oregonian

Photo courtesy of the Pittock Mansion Society

Friday Roundup

News from and about Commissioner Fish

Fish tries to sell suburbs on city water

Jim Redden in Portland Tribune

Portland unveils plan for new east side parks


Portland Unveils Plans For Two Eastside Parks

Amanda Peacher in OPB

St. Johns brownfield will become new kind of mixed-use development, under proposal

Casey Parks in The Oregonian

East Portland parks: Commissioner Amanda Fritz pledges $12.4 million to build Beech Park, Gateway plaza

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Portland landmark Pittock Mansion turns 100 with free admission and special tours

Rebecca Koffman in The Oregonian

Lincoln High School wins state "We the People" Constitution championship

Simina Mistreanu in The Oregonian

New parks coming to East Portland

January 31, 2014

On Thursday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks & Recreation, and community members to celebrate a plan to build two new parks in East Portland!

The City will invest $12.4 million to build Beech Park and the Gateway Park & Plaza, bringing new playgrounds, ballfields, picnic tables, benches, and more to East Portland neighborhoods.

Because East Portland was incorporated into the city just 30 years ago, it lacks the rich history of park development that other parts of the city enjoy. But the need for parks facilities is high – 40% of families with children live in east neighborhoods.

When Nick was Parks Commissioner, he was pleased to help pave a path forward in East Portland. In 2009, we adopted the Master Plan for Beech Park. That same year, the City acquired the property to build Gateway Park & Plaza, and adopted a Master Plan in 2011.

But with limited resources, the two pieces of land remained undeveloped.

In 2011, Nick launched E205, which put a down payment on future improvements by making small (under $250,000) investments that would have a big impact. Over two years, we added things like community gardens, playgrounds, paths, and new seating to parks around East Portland.

Congratulations to Commissioner Fritz, the Parks team, and the community on this huge milestone!

East Portland parks: Commissioner Amanda Fritz pledges $12.4 million to build Beech Park, Gateway plaza

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Portland unveils plans for two East Portland parks

Amanda Peacher on

Portland unveils plan for new east side parks

KGW News

From waterfall to fish ladder

February 4, 2014

The Portland Water Bureau’s Alder Creek Fish Passage has had a successful winter after its construction last summer.

Working under the Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), City crews built a “fish ladder” to improve habitat conditions for steelhead and coho salmon. Both species migrate through Alder Creek, a tributary of the Sandy River, in the winter months to reach spawning grounds. Crews built the passage using the natural basalt in the river, with supporting concrete walls to create the fish ladder.

Coho salmon and steelhead are threatened species; projects like this help the fish thrive – and stay off the endangered species list.

The Alder Creek Fish Passage is under the Highway 26 Bridge, east of Sandy. 

Local businesses: open during construction!

February 5, 2014

This morning, Nick was pleased to visit Blend Coffee Lounge on North Killingsworth & Greeley in the Overlook neighborhood.

About to celebrate its 6th anniversary, the North Portland coffee shop is frequently rated among the best of Portland.

The Bureau of Environmental Services is in the middle of a large sewer construction project in the neighborhood, replacing and repairing about 17,000 feet of public sewer pipes that date back to 1920.

The complexity of the project has posed challenges for the neighborhood. For example, street closures sometimes deter customers from visiting local businesses.

Nick met with Blend owner Matt Lagasse and other local business owners – and they shared thoughtful ideas about how to improve communication and construction processes, and to keep businesses thriving.

Thanks to Matt, Venture Portland Executive Director Heather Hoell, the Overlook Village Business Association, and the Overlook Neighborhood Association for coming out to talk over a great cup of coffee.

And remember – our neighborhood small businesses remain open during big projects like this. Show them your support and shop local!