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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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Preserving Baltimore Woods

June 6, 2010

Baltimore Woods

In partnership with MetroSOLVThree Rivers, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and Portland Parks & Recreation, the Friends of Baltimore Woods have scored a win for preservation in North Portland. With financial support from these partners, the Friends will purchase 5 of the twelve privately owned lots in the 30-acre Baltimore Woods parcel between Cathedral Park and Pier Park in North Portland.

"The goal," writes Holly Goodman in today's Oregonian, "is to protect and restore the remaining groves of Oregon white oak between Cathedral Park and Pier Park, to create a natural buffer between the industrial area and neighboring houses...and to preserve undeveloped greenspace for the proposed North Portland Willamette Greenway trail."

The area, Goodman writes, was originally destined for residential development, but thanks to the Friends of Baltimore Woods, will likely become part of the future npGREENWAY trail. The npGREENWAY will connect North Portland neighborhoods along the Willamette with a system of trails stretching from the Steel Bridge north all the way to Kelley Point Park, at the intersection of the Willamette and Columbia rivers. 

Thanks to npGREENWAY for this flickr photo!

June 3, 2010

Nick was pleased to join community members this morning 

in a rally against hate at Grant High School.

Community Gardens Update

With the June 2 signing of a Declaration of Cooperation, the Oregon Solutions Community Garden project has come to an official close.

June 3, 2010

We have some exciting news to report about community gardens!

Last fall, to address the growing demand for community gardens, the Mayor and I launched an Oregon Solutions project.

Working with dozens of community partners, we developed a plan to address several areas of need. Already, we:

- Developed a Community Gardens Toolkit to help Portlanders connect with local resources.

- Updated our maps to include school gardens, faith-based gardens, and the newest gardens in the City's Community Gardens program.

- Created a phone bank to better communicate with folks on the waiting list for plots.

- Committed, as part of the Climate Action Plan, to adding at least 1,000 plots by 2012.

We are developing exciting new partnerships and securing new financial support, from organizations like the East and West Multnomah Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

I am passionate about community gardens: they foster a sense of community, encourage us to engage in healthy outdoor activities, and connect us to the food we eat in a truly meaningful way. And the surplus food goes to local food banks to help those in need.

Working with our community partners, and building on the blueprint we developed through the Oregon Solutions project, we are working hard to deliver more home-grown food to Portlanders than ever before.

Above: The team celebrates after Wednesday night's signing ceremony

June 4, 2010

The Census 2010 website has a roundup of photos from Census events around the Pacific Northwest, including this one of Nick speaking at Pioneer Courthouse Square in early March.

Rose Court, Portland Housing Bureau, and Rebuilding Together partner for service event

Nick was proud to participate in a service opportunity with the 2010 Rose Court this afternoon

June 4, 2010

Nick was proud to join the 2010 Rose Court, Commissioner Fritz, Rose Festival Foundation President Robert Hansen, Rebuilding Together Director Mike Malone, and Kathryn Sofich of Metro for a service event presented by the Portland Housing Bureau, the Rose Festival, and Rebuilding Together Portland this afternoon.

Together, the group worked on the home of 92-year-old community leader Opal Strong, a 50-year resident of Northeast Portland.

Rebuilding Together helps repair the homes of those who cannot do the work themselves. For more than a decade, the City's Housing bureau has supported the work of Rebuilding Together. The City invests about $40,000 each year, helping 

Rebuilding Together leverage 1,500 volunteer hours and donate materials and repairs valued at nearly $1,000,000.

Each year, Rebuilding Together supports more than 50 local homeowners. Their work inspires individuals, businesses, and community groups to work together to help some of Portland's most vulnerable homeowners.

Visit our Photo Gallery for more pictures and check out this event write-up from Kristen Teel.