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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

Governer Kulongoski says Gateway Green is a go!

Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski gives the green light to Portland's Gateway Green program.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus of

August 12, 2009

This week Governor Kulongoski formally designated Gateway Green as an official Oregon Solutions project. Projects with this special recognition are considered high priority for the State because of their focus on sustainability and creative collaboration.

The Governor has selected Jay Graves, Bike Gallery owner and Oregon State Parks commissioner, and Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder to co-convene our team of regional leaders. I'm looking forward to shifting into the next phase of planning for this one-of-a-kind park in East Portland.

Two of the citizens behind this great vision are Ted Gilbert and Linda Robinson who joined us in council this week to accept a grant through the East Portland Action Plan. The grant will go to Friends of Gateway Green who will work in close collaboration with members of the Oregon Solutions team to bring the vision into reality.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Maus of

Nick helps kick off Census 2010

Nick speaks at the opening of Portland's Census office on NE Columbia Boulevard

August 7, 2009

Commissioner Fish joined Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown, County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, and U.S. Census officials August 4 to open our local Census office. Located at 2210 NE Columbia Boulevard, this office will serve as the hub for metro-area Census activity through 2010.

Nick co-chairs our regional Complete Count Committee with Commissioner Kafoury. The Committee is working to ensure that traditionally undercounted populations - elderly, homeless, and minority groups - are accurately represented in the Census, and to solve local barriers to participation in the Census.

At stake is over $400 billion each year in federal funds to support our roads, our parks, our schools, and programs and services for our most vulnerable citizens.

By working toward the most accurate count possible, the Complete Count Committee will help ensure that we receive our fair share of the federal pie.

PDC welcomes incoming Chair Scott Andrews

Commissioner Nick Fish welcomes PDC Chair Scott Andrews, taking over from outgoing Chair Charles Wilhoite

August 6, 2009

We would like to extend our welcome to incoming PDC Chair Scott Andrews. Scott is a longtime Portland businessman and former leader of the Portland Business Alliance, writes Jim Redden in the August 6 Tribune.

We are grateful for the good work of outgoing Chair Charles Wilhoite, who will remain on the PDC Board of Commissioners.

We look forward to working with Scott on beginning construction on three planned affordable housing projects, his first priority as PDC Chair: the Pearl Family Housing project, the Block 49 project in South Waterfront, and the Resource Access Center in downtown Portland.

Hayden Island celebrates National Night Out

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish joined the National Night Out party hosted by the Hayden Island Manufactured Home Community on Tuesday, August 4.

Nick with firefighters from Station 17    Nick with Hayden Island residents Gayle and Tina

August 5, 2009

Nick joined Ed Garren, Homeowners Association President Pamela Ferguson, along with community members and firefighters from the Hayden Island Fire Station, at the Hayden Island Manufactured Home Community National Night Out event Tuesday evening.

Hayden Island is the focus of the Hayden Island Plan, a collaborative effort by the City of Portland and Island residents to improve accessibility, livability, and sustainability on the Island over the next 35 years. The Plan will create a more walkable residential community and develop new business areas around the proposed light rail station while continuing to protect and support the marine and terrestrial habitats that make Hayden Island such a unique community.

National Night Out, now in its 26th year, brings neighbors together to strengthen community-police relationships and heighten crime and drug prevention awareness. Last year nearly 40 million people participated in National Night Out events.

Washington Park Summer Festival arrives!

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish kicked off the 2009 Washington Park Summer Concert Series, presented by Portland Parks & Recreation.

Nick and sponsor Gordon Sondland introduce the first Washington

August 4, 2009

60 years ago, Dorothea Lensch, Portland's first Recreation Director, founded the Washington Park Summer Festival. The Festival highlighted Portland's musical theater, big band, jazz, ballet, opera, and symphony, and, most importantly, ensured that the performing arts were free and accessible to all Portlanders.

60 years later, Dorothea's Festival has become a beloved Portland tradition attended by many thousands of people each summer.

The loss of its major sponsor put the Festival at risk this year. Thanks to the generosity of my friends Gordon Sondland and Katy Durant, along with donors across Portland, we are once again enjoying summer evenings with the Washington Park Summer Festival.

As Commissioner-in-Charge of Parks and a strong supporter of the arts in Portland, I am so gratified by the civic spirit our community showed in making this Festival happen once again.

Check out the Parks website for the full Festival schedule.

See more pictures in our Photo Gallery!