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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

Bringing the Dream to Life

February 1, 2012

Today, The Oregonian's Editorial Board writes that “Bud Clark Commons is a project that Portlanders can be proud to have brought to life.”

Opened in June 2011, Bud Clark Commons combines shelter space, a day center, and apartments under one roof. It offers homeless individuals the opportunity to transform their lives.

The 130 apartments are fully occupied, and over 4,300 people have been served through the day center. 

Special thanks to my Council colleagues, and to our great partners at Home Forward, Transition Projects, and Multnomah County, for helping to bring the dream of Bud Clark Commons to life.

Bringing the dream to life

Oregon Editorial Board, February 1


Commons is a model to end homelessness

Doreen Binder in the Portland Tribune, February 2


Honor Promise of Bud Clark Commons

Commissioner Fish's Op Ed in the January 26 Portland Tribune

Chapman and Lownsdale Squares re-opened

February 2, 2012

 By David Nguyen

After several weeks of maintenance and repair, Chapman and Lownsdale Squares have re-opened!

The squares were fenced and closed to the public in November. Thanks to the many volunteers, donors, and Parks staff, the historic squares are beginning to return to their natural state.

With spring weather approaching, Portland Parks Bureau will organize community work parties to help continue the restoration of the parks, including restoring plants and grassy areas.

If you are interested in joining the volunteer efforts, please check Parks' volunteer section on the website, or contact Steve Pixley at (503) 823-5121.

In downtown Portland, the chain-link fences around Chapman, Lownsdale come down

Anne Saker, The Oregonian February 2


Restore our Historic Squares Fund

Dignity: A Veteran's Story

February 3, 2012

Jon Dye recently shared his story with the City Council. He is a homeless veteran.

According to some estimates, there are more than 100,000 homeless veterans in America. This is a national disgrace.

Mr. Dye spoke eloquently of his own journey, and of the need for programs that offer people a hand up.

Today, he is getting the help he needs through Bud Clark Commons.

Raptor field trip!

February 6, 2012

By David Nguyen

Love to watch raptors?

Join Portland Parks & Recreations' Naturalist on a bird-watching field trip to Sauvie island next Wednesday and learn why raptors, waterfowls, and eagles abound in the winter in the Willamette Valley. 

Folks on last year's trip spotted a variety of raptor species on the island. We'll have binoculars for you to borrow. There won't be much walking, and we recommend that you wear gloves so you can comfortably hold your binoculars.

This trip is part of the James Davis series of excursions based on his book, "The Northwest Nature Guide," which we'll have for sale at a 20% discount to trip participants.

There's also a "bring a friend" discount available to the first 3 registrants; call (503) 823-3601 to register or with questions.

Photo courtesy the Audubon Society of Portland