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On Sunday, Nick attended the grand opening of the Barbara Walker Crossing, a new pedestrian bridge across West Burnside on Forest Park’s famous Wildwood Trail.
The event featured a parade, a trail run, performances by local artists, and more. It celebrated three things Portlanders love – parks, safe streets, and new bridges!
The project was led by the Portland Parks Foundation and funded through a public-private partnership that included generous donors, Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, and Metro.
Prior to the bridge, many pedestrians were required to cross the busy road at a dangerous curve.
The footbridge is named for Barbara Walker, a long-time parks and trails advocate known for her role in the creation of Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the Springwater Corridor.
Congratulations and special thanks to the Portland Parks Foundation, its Executive Director, Randy Gragg, and board of directors on this successful project!
On Monday, Annie Von Burg, Environmental Policy Manager at the Bureau of Environmental Services, was awarded the first annual Betsy Ames Leadership Award by the City of Portland.
The award was created in honor of Betsy Ames, a dear friend, longtime City employee, and former Chief of Staff to Commissioner Fish.
Betsy was known for her ability to find pragmatic and creative solutions to difficult problems. She helped guide challenging debates to effective compromises, and provided mentoring and support to anyone who asked for help.
Annie Von Burg oversees the City of Portland’s efforts to clean up the Willamette River. She passionately and effectively works with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders involved with the $1 billion cleanup. She is a highly respected leader and a mentor to many coworkers.
Following a series of internal promotions, we have a vacancy in our Communications Coordinator position and are looking for a new staff person to join our team.
The Communications Coordinator helps manage the Commissioner’s public inbox, ensuring that we provide timely and thoughtful responses to questions, concerns, and suggestions from community members.
This person will also be working closely with Commissioner Fish on a variety of other communications including talking points, web stories, tweets, and newsletters.
Public service is equal parts challenging and gratifying, and we are excited to welcome a new person to the office and to our team.
Learn more and apply here.