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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

5th Annual NAYA Homeownership Fair

The 5th Annual Native American Housing to Homeownership Fair, held July 31, 2010 was a rousing success!

August 2, 2010


 Thanks to Shilo George for the photos!

Weekend roundup

August 2, 2010

Nick had a fun and eventful weekend filled with the kind of events we love about Portland.

Friday evening he spoke at the rededication of the Japanese American Historical Plaza at Tom McCall Waterfront Park, presented by the Oregon Nikkei Endowment and then Nick and Patty attended "A Magical Night in Cambodia," a fundraiser for the Cambodian American Community of Oregon.

Saturday afternoon, he attended the Native American Youth and Family Center's 5th Annual Native American Housing to Homeownership Fair at NAYA's headquarters on NE Columbia. He enjoyed Parks Volunteer Appreciation Night at Laurelhurst Park with a screening of "Guys & Dolls" that evening and finished the night with Devin Phillips at Jimmy Mak's.

On Sunday afternoon, Nick was honored to meet Oregon's 6th Poet Laureate, Paulann Peterson, at the home of Susan Hammer and Lee Kelly.

Join us for the grand reopening of Gilbert Heights Park

Join Nick for the grand reopening of Powellhurst-Gilbert Park in East Portland.

August 3, 2010

Story by Sarah Wigginton

Nick is looking forward to the grand reopening of Gilbert Heights Park tomorrow evening. Portland Parks & Recreation has worked hard over the past year to make some major improvements to the park, including the addition of benches, picnic tables, lighted pathways, and a new community garden, which will bring us one step closer to our goal of adding 1,000 new community garden plots by 2012.

To commemorate the reopening, Parks and the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association have put together a fun-filled evening. Join Nick for the ribbon cutting at 6:00, thenenjoy live music from The Sounds of Norman. There will also be plenty of food and drink.

At dusk, enjoy a screening of "Shorts: Adventures of the Wishing Rock" at dusk - with all you can eat popcorn! This is park of Parks' Summer Free for All lineup of fun, free, family-friendly activities.

Washington Park Summer Festival kicks off this Thursday

Join Commissioner Nick Fish at the kick-off celebration for the 2010 Washington Park Summer Festival, presented by Portland Parks & Recreation

August 3, 2010

Join us this Thursday to kick off of the 2010 Washington Park Summer Festival! Our opening night performance features an exciting lineup of international drumming, featuring Japanese and Brazilian music and choreography from Portland Taiko and The Lions of Batucada.

In 1949, Dorothea Lensch, Recreation Director for Portland Parks & Recreation, established the Washington Park Summer Festival, a series of free concerts open to the public. The Festival ran - in various forms - through 1988, when budget restrictions put it on hold. It wasn't until 2005, when Daimler (formerly Freightliner LLC) stepped up as Presenting Sponsor, that the Festival returned.

Last year, Parks was unable to find a presenting sponsor for the Festival. Faced with the possibility that the Portland tradition would once again be put on hold, a group of community donors, led by Gordon Sondland and Katy Durant, stepped up to donate the $100,000 needed to put on the Festival. Donors from across the region contributed more than enough to save the Festival.

This year, we are proud to welcome back Daimler Trucks North America as presenting sponsor of the Festival. "We believe it is important to support the communities in which we operate and are proud of the enjoyment the Festival brings to the many people who attend - many of which are our own employees," says Dave Wiederrich, of Daimler. Also supporting the Festival this year are the Mark Spencer Hotel, Safeway, Wells Fargo, US Bank, Key Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Portland Trail Blazers, and Star Park/Schlesinger Company.

The Festival is part of Parks' Summer Free for All program, which offers free movies, concerts, and recreation activities all summer long across Portland. The Washington Park Summer Festival will run each night through next Saturday, August 14. The Festival schedule features jazz, blues, Beatles night, drumming, opera, and more - there's something for everyone! Shows begin at 6:00 pm. Bring your own picnic or enjoy food from some great local vendors. The Washington Park Amphitheater is easily accessible by TriMet's #63 bus, or the MAX Blue Line, which connects to a Rose Garden Shuttle at the Oregon Zoo station.

Above: Concertgoers enjoyed beautiful weather at last year's opening night

City Council welcomes national champions

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic, and staff of EastSide United joined Council to celebrate the recent national championship of Liverpool Red boys soccer team.

August 4, 2010

City Council was honored to welcome a group of national champions to chambers this morning, as the EastSide United Liverpool Red U18 Boys team joined us for a proclamation recognizing their recent victory at the 2010 US Youth Soccer national championship in Overland, Kansas. Joining the team were Drew Mahalic, CEO of Oregon Sports Authority, Merritt Paulson, Portland Timbers owner, and staff of the EastSide United Football Club.

It's a great time for soccer here in Portland. The City is working to bring high-quality sports facilities to youth around the city, with projects planned for Buckman Field, Roosevelt High School, and Parkrose High School. This summer, thousands of people packed Director Park and Pioneer Courthouse Square to watch World Cup broadcasts. Local college teams have won national championships, including the University of Portland Pilots. The Portland area is home to two great corporate partners - Nike and Adidas - which are global leaders in sports equipment and fantastic partners in youth sports. Major League Soccer is on the way in 2011 when the Timbers join the league.

Today, we're very proud to celebrate another milestone as we recognized the young men of Liverpool Red. Congratulations to the team and their supporters on this amazing achievement!

Thanks to Sarah Wigginton for acting as official photographer - more pictures in our Photo Gallery!