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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

Cyclocross takes over PIR this weekend!

The US Gran Prix of Cyclocross season wraps up at Portland International Raceway this weekend with the Stanley Portland Cup

December 2, 2010

Are you familiar with cyclocross?

Many of us aren't. It's a combination of running, climbing, and cycling that Parks calls "both tactical and crazed." Typical cyclocross, they tell us, involves a mix of paved and off-road surfaces over flat or rolling terrain. The challenge is navigating the obstacles every course presents, which force riders to either maneuver around them while carrying their bikes or try to jump ("bunny hop") them.

This weekend, the Portland International Raceway will host the Stanley Portland Cup, the season finale of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross.

Join the crowd for rowdy, raucous fun this weekend! Amateur races begin at 8 am, and elite men and women will take to the course beginning at 1:45.

Holiday fun at Director Park

Portland's Director Park offers a festive lineup of events this month

December 2, 2010

Portland's Director Park

Director Park is a gem in the heart of downtown. It features sustainably-harvested wood, stones designed to become more beautiful with age, movable furniture to encourage a wide variety of uses, and Violetta, an on-site, sustainably-oriented cafe.

Since opening in the Fall of 2009, the park has become a favorite location for presenting events.

This month, the park has a fun and festive lineup of events planned:

This Wednesday the first Chanukah Menorah Lighting offered free latkes and dreidels - the nightly lightings will continue through next Wednesday, December 8

  • This Saturday and next, Parks staff and volunteers will sell winter wreaths fashioned from park prunings - all proceeds help support Nature Camp scholarships for Portland area kids
  • Musical performances include the German Singing Society, 60 singers strong and a Portland tradition since 1923, on the 5th; the Robert Gray Middle School Band and Choir next Sunday the 12th; Beati Chorum's Lumiatra choral group on the 18th; and Beati Chorum's premiere women's ensemble, Caliente, on the 19th

Visit for more on the park's history, calendar, and more.

Friday Roundup

New about Commissioner Nick Fish and the City of Portland

December 2, 2010

Portland's Pittock Mansion

'Summer Free for All' Roundup

Portland Parks & Recreation's Summer Free for All helped tens of thousands of Portlanders make the most of their summer

December 6, 2010

Portland Parks & Recreation's 2010 Summer Free for All helped tens of thousands of Portlanders make the most of their summer.

This summer, Parks:

  • Served nearly 80,000 nutritious and tasty lunches to kids around Portland
  • Hosted over 130,000 supervised, fun playground visits
  • Screened 42 movies to a total audience of close to 40,000
  • Brought almost 30,000 people to concerts in the park
  • Presented the Washington Park Summer Festival to almost 17,000 people

Thanks to all of our generous sponsors, and congratulations to the amazing staff and volunteer crew that helped make 2010 our best summer ever!

19th Annual Steve Lowenstein Trust Award

Commissioner Nick Fish was honored to present the 19th Annual Steve Lowenstein Trust Award to Bobby Fouther in Council this morning

December 8, 2010


As Commissioner in charge of Parks, Nick is proud to present the Steve Lowenstein Trust Award each year. This morning in Council he was honored to present Bobby Fouther with the 19th Annual Trust Award. The award - first presented in 1992 - is presented each year to someone who has made a significant personal contribution to Portland's underserved communities.

Bobby Fouther has spent 40 years bringing the art of dance, theater, and self-expression to children. In 2009, he received a Spirit of Portland award. He currently works with the Oregon Ballet Theater's outreach program, and has also worked with the Children's Museum, the World Affairs Council of Oregon, and White Bird Dance.

A number of past awardees were in Council this morning, including Marc Jolin, the 2008 winner, and Kayse Jamma, who was honored last year.

Congratulations to Bobby and special thanks to Parks star Michelle Harper and the selection committee for recognizing another outstanding Portlander.