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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

Free For All!

Free and affordable recreation opportunities offered by Portland's Parks and Recreation Bureau, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish.

Free and affordable recreation opportunities abound this summer thanks to the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish.

June 11. 2016 

Dear friends,

During these tough times, when so many families are having trouble finding room for recreation in their budgets, we want to make sure free and affordable opportunities remain available.

This summer, the Parks bureau continues its tradition of offering safe, healthy activities for children and families in parks, pools, and community centers across the city. From the Washington Park Summer Festival and concerts in neighborhood parks to Movies in the Park and summer playground fun there’s truly something for everyone.

To highlight these opportunities, Portland Parks & Recreation has launched “Summer Free for All”, an online portal showcasing the hundreds of free events, classes, and programs the Parks bureau offers. The site will be updated each week through early September to reflect upcoming activities and classes designed to keep youth safe and active this summer, including free swims, game room drop-ins, gardening classes, breakdance and skateboard sessions, and much more.

Portland’s parks and natural areas also support all kinds of unstructured relaxation and recreation. Portlanders can enjoy visiting skateparks and dog parks; playing on basketball and tennis courts; hiking or biking on over 150 miles of trails; or simply packing a picnic and a frisbee and heading to a neighborhood park.

We hope to see you out and about in our parks this summer!

Portland Housing Bureau Director Announcement

Commissioner Nick Fish announced Margaret Van Vliet of Oregon Solutions as the first Director of the newly-formed Portland Housing Bureau.

June 11, 2009

I am proud to announce the appointment of Margaret Van Vliet as the first Director of the new Portland Housing Bureau.  Margaret brings extraordinary talent and experience to my team.  

Margaret currently works for Oregon Solutions in the Hatfield School of Government at PSU, a project that applies collaborative problem solving approaches to complex public policy issues.  From 2000-2008, she served as Deputy Executive Director at the Housing Authority of Portland, and from 2006 oversaw all operations and an annual budget of more than $90 million.

Margaret's impressive work history also includes private sector experience with First Interstate Bank of Oregon's Corporate Banking Group, nonprofit management as director for Network for Oregon Affordable Housing, and policy work as staff to Governor Kitzhaber.

The new Portland Housing Bureau will benefit from her strong management background and broad range of experience.  Margaret is an example of the outstanding talent we have right here in Oregon.

Special thanks to Baruti Artharee, the consultant selected to lead the search.

I am excited to welcome Margaret, and eager to begin our work in partnership with our stakeholders.  I encourage you to connect with her as we move forward to make the dream of housing a reality for everyone in our community.


Nick Fish


Legislative check-in in Salem

Commissioner Nick Fish visited Salem on Tuesday, June 9, to check in with Portland's represenatives, including Senator Suzanne Bonamici and Representative Tina Kotek, in the state legislature.

June 11, 2009

Nick with Oregon State Senator Suzanne Bonamici, with whom he penned a recent guest opinion piece in the Oregonian and who is leading the charge on important legislation to help renters and homeowners facing foreclosure.






Nick with Oregon State Representative Tina Kotek, whose good work facilitated the passage of two broad health reform bills this past Monday. The bills aim to contain costs, create a new health agency and add thousands of uninsured adults and children to the state health plan.

"Legislators and health care advocates said the bills represent Oregon's biggest leap forward in health reform since it enacted the Oregon Health Plan 15 years ago," wrote Bill Graves in the Oregonian this past Monday.

Council officially proclaims ReUse Week 2009 in Portland

Commissioner Nick Fish and the Portland City Council, together with Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen, proclaimed ReUse Week 2009 in Portland beginning today, June 10, and extending through next Thursday, June 18.

 June 10, 2009

   Joining Commissioner Fish and his Council colleagues were (left to right) Bo Bullock of Schoolhouse Supplies, Joe Connell of the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Dave Haskins of Free Geek, Roz Babener of Community Warehouse, Tom Patzkowski of The ReBuilding Center, Kelley Carmichael Casey of SCRAP, and Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen

ReUse Week in Portland was officially kicked off this morning in Council with an official proclamation on behalf of the City.

Portland was recently named America's 3rd least wasteful city in a national study. To celebrate the values of sustainability in our community, County Commissioner Jeff Cogen and Commissioner Fish are partnering to present ReUse Week 2009, beginning today and extending through next Thursday, June 18th.

Reuse not only conserves scare and precious natural resources and diverts a wide variety of materials from the waste stream, it's also an invaluable tool in helping some of our most vulnerable citizens give items new life. ReUse Week highlights amazing local organizations - Community Warehouse, SCRAP, The ReBuilding Center, Free Geek, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Schoolhouse Supplies - promoting reuse and encourages Portlanders to make reuse a part of their routine.

Please consider donating the following items for reuse in our community: towels, blankets, furniture, household items, school and office supplies, building materials, computers and computer-related equipment, and clean, reusable materials for use in creative projects.

Donations for all ReUse Week partner organizations will be accepted at the Community Warehouse, at 2267 N Interstate, or in Commissioner Fish's office at City Hall.

The City of Portland and Multnomah County encourage and support all local efforts and programs that incorporate principles of sustainability and environmental responsibility. We encourage you to do the same at home!

For the official ReUse Week press release, please visit our 'News' section.

Classical Chinese Garden celebrates 10th anniversary

Commissioner Nick Fish joined the 10th anniversary celebration of the Classical Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, June 7, 2009.

June 9, 2009

Portland's Classical Chinese Garden is an authentically built living museum of Chinese trees and flora. Constructed in the Ming Dynasty style, the non-profit Garden is nationally known for its unique beauty and is a draw for visitors from around the world.

Nick was honored to participate in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Portland's Classical Chinese Garden on Sunday, June 7. Also in attendance were Mayor Sam Adams and former Mayors Bud Clark and Vera Katz.

Thanks to Philip Tang for the photos! 

Commissioner Nick Fish joined former Portland Mayor Bud Clark at the 10th anniversary celebration of the Classical Chinese Garden on June 7, 2009.    Commissioner Nick Fish spoke at the 10th anniversary celebration of Portland's Classical Chinese Garden on Sunday, June 7, 2009.