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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

Parks and Portland Public Schools announce new partnership agreement

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees Portland Parks & Recreation, which announced a new agreement with Portland Public Schools today

November 3, 2010

This morning in Council Commissioner Fish announced an important new partnership between Portland Parks & Recreation and Portland Public Schools.

For more than 50 years, PPS and Parks have worked together to jointly manage shared facilities and inter-dependent programs. The same facility might house, for example, PPS golf courses and pools, PIL fields, a Parks community center, youth basketball leagues managed by Parks, and SUN Community Schools. Not only do Parks and PPS share facilities, they share a commitment to health, education, and safety.

The Collaboration Agreement announced today is a model of how the City and PPS can work together. The Agreement consolidates and strengthens existing agreements and established a new Strategic/Management Committee to guide future relationships.

Thanks to the Parks and PPS teams who worked together to bring this Agreement to life.

Above: Students at the Mt. Tabor SUN School, which is operated by Parks and takes place in a PPS facility

Spirit of Portland awards honor outstanding community partners

The 2010 Spirit of Portland awards will honor community partners DePave, Ted Gilbert, and Daimler Trucks North America

November 4, 2010

Next Monday, the 2010 Spirit of Portland awards will honor 17 people and organizations who've helped make our city a better place. In addition, Commissioner Fish will present three Commissioner's Awards. This year, Nick has chosen to recognize the following groups of people for their contributions to our community:

  • Daimler Trucks North America, which stepped up as presenting sponsor of the Washington Park Summer Festival, allowing Portland Parks & Recreation to continue this long-standing and much-loved tradition
  • DePave, which works to foster livable cities through the removal of unnecessary pavement in urban areas
  • Ted Gilbert, a passionate and dedicated advocate for a number of worthy causes in our community, including affordable housing and the revitalization of East Portland

Parks in the news

Portland Parks & Recreation, overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish, had a very busy week!

November 5, 2010

Congratulations to our fantastic team at Portland Parks & Recreation! This week City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade released results of the 20th Annual Community Survey, and we're very proud of what citizens said about our Parks staff.

  • 86% of residents rate parks services good or very good
  • More than 1/3 of Portlanders visit a park at least once a week
  • 9 in 10 respondents rate Parks ground maintenance highly, a testament to our great grounds crews

Also this week, the City approved a tentative Collective Bargaining agreement with the District Council of Trade Unions, representing shared sacrifice and shared gains.

We are also making progress with exciting partnerships. In Council on Wednesday, Nick announced a new collaborative agreement with Portland Public Schools. Parks and PPS have worked together for more than 50 years to jointly manage shared facilities and programs; this agreement strengthens and expands our partnership moving forward.

Did you know? 

During peak season, Parks staff maintain 140 restrooms each day 

Our parks system benefits from the help of more than 6,000 volunteers each year  

We offer 7,000 programs annually, from pre-school to senior recreation  

Over 10,000 acres of natural areas, trails, and open spaces make up our parks system

"Portland is a place where we have extra programs to help all people buy a home"

Commissioner Nick Fish oversees the Portland Housing Bureau, which administers the Mortgage Credit Certificate to help low-income first-time homebuyers

November 8, 2010

We hope you saw Saturday's Oregonian, which had a great story about one of the tools the Portland Housing Bureau uses to help first-time homebuyers in our community.

It's called the Mortgage Credit Certificate, and it's a valuable tax credit available to buyers who take a homebuyer education class and meet income requirements.

The Portland Housing Bureau, Connie Potter writes, is the only agency in Oregon to offer the program. Since 2008, 158 people have been approved for the credit.

In Portland, 60% of whites but only 33% of African American and 38% of Hispanics live in owner-occupied homes.

PHB's Jon Gail told Potter that the mission of the program is to encourage more people of color to buy homes. "It's important that we bring every resource we have to close that gap," he said, "so they know that Portland is a place where we have extra programs to help all people buy a home."

Visit PHB's website for more.