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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

Friends of Leach Botanical Garden advocate for continued PDC funding

 March 1, 2012

The Friends of Leach Botanical Garden, in East Portland, have shared a great video they created to show case the garden's value to our community.

Through the Lents Urban Renewal Area (URA), the Portland Development Commission committed funding for needed improvements to the garden. Today, that funding is in jeopardy.

The community has rallied around Leach - we've received letters from the Lents Neighborhood Association as well as the East Portland Action Plan calling on PDC to honor its prior commitment.

Harper's Playground set to break ground

Harper's Playground set to break ground on June 8th

March 2, 2012

Story by Sophia Kecskes

After several years of hard work, the Goldberg family is finally ready to break ground on Harper's Playground. This amazing addition to North Portland's Arbor Lodge Park will be 100% accessible and is designed to create a space where children and adults of all capabilities can play together.

The Goldberg family is especially thankful for the support of the Portland Timbers and the University of Portland Pilots Women's Soccer Team. The playground, which will cost a total of $350,000, has almost reached its fundraising goal.  With just months to go before the June 8th groundbreaking (Harper Goldberg's seventh birthday), there is still time to help the project leaders reach their goal.  

If you'd like to support the playground, you're invited to attend the "Let's Dance for Harper" benefit event. This concert, headlined by Keegan Smith and Family, will be held from 7 to 10:30 p.m. on March 14 at the Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W. Burnside St. Tickets cost $25 and are on sale now.

Photo courtesy: Harper's Playground

Team effort makes it special: Soccer community rallies to help fund all-inclusive playground

Kerry Eggers in the Portland Tribune

Upcoming events this week

Happy Monday! We’d like to highlight some notable events coming up this week.  Click on the links below to learn more.


  • Groundbreaking of the next phase at The Yards, adding 80 new affordable rental homes in the River District.
  • City Hall’s Arts forum will feature Mayoral and City Council candidates.
  • A public budget forum – your chance to be heard about funding decisions for next year.


  • Groundbreaking at The Fields neighborhood park in the River District.


  • Grand re-opening of Chaucer Court, home to 83 mostly low-income older adults.

The Yards at Union Station breaks ground

PHB celebrated the groundbreaking of the Yards at Union Station

March 6, 2012

The Portland Housing Bureau celebrated the ground-breaking of “Phase C” of the Yards at Union Station yesterday.

80 new, affordable rental homes will be added to the neighborhood, and will be home to individuals and families making 60% or less of the median family income.  For a family of four, that means $43,200 per year.

These new homes ensure that Portlanders of all incomes have the opportunity to live in the city’s core, close to work or school.  All 80 homes will remain affordable in our community for at least 60 years.

In addition to adding affordable homes to the area, it is also creating over 200 development and construction jobs for our local businesses.

This is the latest stage of a multi-stage development on a former 7-acre brownfield.  The rehabilitation of the area earned Portland an award for “excellence in brownfield redevelopment” by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Building rendering courtesy of Otak Architects

"The Yards" project to add 80 affordable housing units in northwest Portland



Ground broken for 80-unit affordable apartment building in Northwest Portland

Molly Hottle, the Oregonian March 6