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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

"Now more than ever"

Carol Morse, RACC Chairwoman, has a guest piece in the Oregonian, encouraging Portlanders to support the arts however they are able.

July 6, 2009

"Times are hard, but we can't stop investing in creativity and innovation, the very key to our economic recovery", writes Carole Morse in a July 4 guest opinion piece in the Oregonian. She applauds the Portland City Council for recently approving full funding for the Regional Arts and Culture Council for the coming year and for supporting the arts agenda in Portland.

She encourages Portlanders of all stripes to support the arts, writing that "now more than ever, we need the arts - and the arts need us. Businesses, foundations, governments and individuals should lend their support in whatever way they can to preserve the vibrant arts community that we have built together, and to protect our amazing collection of cultural assets."

Mary Josephson's 2004 piece "Fire Station 42," despite its name, hangs in Fire Station 29

Parks programs offer summer fun for all

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish kicked off the Parks Bureau's Summer Playground program, part of the Summer Free For All, at Montavilla Park.

 June 30, 2009

A travelling rock wall, donated by Al Roker's Lend A Hand program, stops in Montavilla Park for the Summer Playground Program kickoff with City Commissioner Nick Fish.   Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish launched the Summer Playground Program, part of the Summer Free For All, at Montavilla Park.   Free lunches are offered at many of Portland's parks this summer through the Summer Free For All program overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish.

Along with Director Zari Santner, Nick celebrated the opening of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Playground program and the first Free Federal Lunch program of the summer last Friday at Montavilla Park. The Summer Playground Program brings young Portlanders fun, healthy, and free drop-in activities at Portland’s many parks throughout the summer. Kids can participate in sports, games, arts and crafts projects, enjoy free lunches, and cool off in wading pools at a wide variety of locations, all supervised by playground leaders.

The Summer Playground program recently benefited from a huge donation of goods from local and national businesses organized by Al Roker’s “Lend A Hand” program, which recognized the Portland Parks Foundation as one of five stops on the program’s 8th national tour and which filmed a segment for NBC’s Today Show here in Portland last week.

These youth programs are part of the Parks Bureau’s larger Summer Free For All program, which offers events ranging from the popular movies in the park and park concerts to free swims and free gym times at Community Centers across the City. Check out the Parks website at to find a fun event for your family!

Council votes to decouple soccer and baseball

Commissioner Nick Fish and his Portland City Council colleagues voted June 24 to decouple soccer and baseball proposals brought by Merritt Paulson.

June 25, 2009

Portland City Commisioner Nick Fish opposed the proposal that would have located a baseball stadium in Lents Park.

In early March, Portland City Council approved, by a 3-2 vote, a proposal to bring Major League Soccer to Portland and to relocate the Portland Beavers. I voted against the original stadium deal. I concluded that it required too much public subsidy and did not provide enough public benefit.

Since the first vote, the City explored Memorial Coliseum and Lents Park as potential sites for a new baseball stadium.

I objected to locating a minor league stadium and parking in Lents Park, and to funding a new stadium with urban renewal dollars dedicated to affordable housing.

On June 24, the Council voted in favor of a resolution to decouple soccer and baseball.

I voted in favor of the proposal, which doesn’t create any financial obligation for the City but will allow the City’s negotiating team to explore options to bring Major League Soccer to the Rose City in a financially responsible way.

While I am an enthusiastic soccer fan, I remain opposed to significant public subsidies for soccer. My priorities during these tough times are public safety, family-wage jobs, education, parks, and affordable housing. Soccer is a  “want,” not a “need.” 

Thanks to Flickr user p medved for the great photo!

"Top Secret" Parks Donation Unveiled

Al Roker and the Today Show donate to Parks Foundation

June 24, 2009

Early Tuesday morning, Al Roker and the Today Show broadcast live (video) from North Portland’s McCoy Park to announce a generous donation to the Portland Parks Foundation. Nearly $400,000 worth of materials were donated including sports equipment, food, clothes, art supplies, and two rock climbing walls.

Read Christine McFadden's story in the Portland Tribune here.

McCoy Park

Youth Commissioner Shantel Monk in the Skanner

Lisa Loving's Skanner profile of Shantel Monk included a photo shoot with Portland City Commissioner NIck Fish.

Portland, Oregon City Commissioner Nick Fish with Multnomah Youth Commissioner Shantel Monk.

June 24, 2009

Lisa Loving has profiled our outstanding Multnomah Youth Commissioner, Shantel Monk, in the Skanner's Careers issue, available now. Writes Loving, "we at The Skanner sought out the most inspirational person we could find to offer advice on preparing for the future." That person, as we on the Fish Team knew, is Shantel Monk.

"With economy problems that we have now," Shantel offered, "don't let the negativity that's going on now stop you from living your dream. I don't intend to and you shouldn't either."

Shantel, a recent graduate, is on her way to Spelman College this fall. As our Youth Commissioner, she has been a tremendous addition to our team, and we wish her the very best in Atlanta.