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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

"Inside the Gates" at Parklane Park

May 5, 2010

Parklane Park includes 20 undeveloped acres

Tomorrow, May 6, Nick will join Tom Lewis, Centennial Community Association Chair, in hosting "Inside the Gates," an inside tour of Parklane Park in East Portland.

Parklane Park is a 25-acre site in East Portland, next to Harold Oliver School. Twenty acres of the park remain undeveloped, and Thursday's event will allow attendees access to the undeveloped portion for a one-of-a-kind discussion of options for the park's future.

If you're interested in joining the tour, meet at the canopy near the park's playground at 4:15 tomorrow afternoon. The tour will begin at 4:30 and wrap up with refreshments back at the canopy at 5:15. There's also a tour specially designed for kids.

Last March, Council unanimously accepted a Master Plan for the park. That Plan was developed by Parks staff working with a variety of partners, including the Centennial Community Association, the Centennial School District, Harold Oliver School, Parklane Church, and park neighbors.

Included in the Master Plan are proposals for open space for sports, a community garden, an off-leash area, tennis courts, a skatepark, a community gathering space, and an outdoor pool.

With the completion of the Master Plan development and implementation, this former gravel pit will become East Portland's signature park. Join Nick tomorrow for the insider's tour and a chance to share your thoughts.

Teacher for a Day!

May 5, 2010


Nick was excited to join Lisa Newlyn's 6th grade class at Arleta Elementary Tuesday, May 4, as Teacher for a Day. Thanks to Mrs. Newlyn and her class for being gracious hosts!

Summer Free for All!

May 5, 2010

Portland Parks & Recreation has a long history of offering free summer programs in our parks. In healthy economies, these programs are important – in tough economic times like these, they are essential.

Thanks to partnerships with over 50 sponsors, this year’s Summer Free for All will continue this Portland tradition.

One of this year’s highlights will be the Washington Park Summer Festival, a free series of concerts held August 5 – 14. A concert series of this size requires a lead sponsor, and we are proud to announce our renewed partnership with Daimler. Without Daimler’s extraordinary act of corporate citizenship, we wouldn’t be able to offer such an amazing lineup of performers.

Providing opportunities for people to come together for free, fun, high-quality entertainment is one of my top priorities as Parks Commissioner, and I am pleased that this year’s festival will be as exciting as you’ve come to expect.

Other Summer Free for All activities include movies in the park, free family swim times at our pools, concerts in the parkplayground programs which provides safe and supervised activities, and free lunches for children who need them most.

For a complete list of our Summer Free for All lineup, visit or sign up for daily Twitter updates.

And be sure to take note of the Daimler Truck, highlighting the summer concert series, in the June 5th Starlight Parade.

I look forward to seeing you out and about this summer!


County Commission recognizes Older Americans Month

May 6, 2010

This morning Nick joined the Multnomah County Commission's weekly meeting to take part in the presentation proclaiming May Older Americans Month in Multnomah County. Next Wednesday the Portland City Council will read a companion proclamation designation May Older Americans Month in the city of Portland.

With the Multnomah County CommissionersWith representatives from Elders in Action, the Hollywood Senior Center, and the Hollywood Farmer's Market

Congratulations to the Community Music Center!

May 6, 2010

Even in tough times, Portlanders are finding ways to give back to worthy programs in our community.

A few weeks ago we told you about the Community Music Center's 55th anniversary celebration. Now, we're pleased to share that the Anniversary Gala exceeded its goal of raising $25,000 to support CMC's scholarship fund! Congratulations to Gregory Dubay and the entire team at CMC!

Next friday, CMC will offer its final Family Fridays event, a free series of family-friendly concerts at the Center (3350 SE Francis.) The concert will feature the Garbot-Popadiuk-Kim trio, made up of three of our region's top young classical musicians. 

Click here for more on the Community Music Center, and again, congratulations!