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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

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American Winter Documentary

We’d like to share a trailer from the upcoming documentary “American Winter,” produced by Emmy Award-winners Joe and Harry Gantz.

June 1, 2012

By David Nguyen

We’d like to share a trailer from the upcoming documentary “American Winter,” produced by Emmy Award-winners Joe and Harry Gantz.

The documentary focuses on Portlanders who call the 211info resource hotline to connect with social services like emergency shelter, groceries from food banks, help paying utilities, or medical or mental health care.

Every year, non-profit 211info answers more than 120,000 calls from people in need and connects them with health and community resources that can help.

211info is an amazing resource for folks in our community who are feeling stuck: pulling from a database of more than 4,500 programs, expert staff at 211info can help you find a place to sleep, get help paying an overdue utility bill, connect with medical or legal services, and much more.  Particularly in the winter, it's an invaluable resource for people looking for a warm, dry place to escape the weather.

The production of the film is at its critical phase and the producers have asked the community for help funding the project.  An IndieGoGo page has been setup to gather donations.  Visit American Winter’s website for more about this exciting project.

Friday Roundup

Habitat for Humanity's Home Builders Blitz will result in four new homes in Southeast Portland

Steve Beaven in The Oregonian


New Portland Parks Program Offers Kids An Interactive Way to Experience Gardening, Cooking, and Food

Amanda Waldroupe in The Lund Report


Grant Community Garden opens; Happy Cup Coffee empowers disabled adults; other Northeast Portland news: Friday Roundup

Larry Bingham in The Oregonian


Portland Council approves 2012-13 budget

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal


Improvements in store for East Portland parks

James Mayer in The Oregonian

Join Portland Parks and Recreation for two great events this weekend!

Saturday events at Johnson Creek

June 1, 2012

By Sophia Kecskes

Errol Heights Natural Area – National Trails Day event!
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Friends of Errol Heights, REI, and other community members will be working to perform much-needed trail work at Errol Heights Natural Area! Discover this little gem of a park, which hosts a cold-water stream, interesting history and (often) mallard ducks 

in the pond. We’ll be gravelling sections of the trail and otherwise improving the trail through the natural area. Please wear long pants and sturdy walking shoes, and bring warm clothes, raingear, a hat and a water bottle. Tools, gloves, treats and hydration will be provided.

Meet at: SE 45th & SE Tenino Dr., Portland OR 97206. Tri-met bus #75.

For more information or to RSVP (required), contact Stewardship Coordinator Susan Hawes at: or (503) 823-5937.

Tideman Johnson Park – Freshwater Mussel Survey!
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 a.m. – noon

Join Portland Parks & Recreation, Friends of Tideman Johnson, Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and Xerces to survey for native mussels in Johnson Creek at the lovely Tideman Johnson Park. This is part of a comprehensive and long term study to monitor macroinvertebrates in Johnson Creek. Please wear clothing that can get wet and bring dry clothes to change into. Waders, sneakers or closed-toe sandals are recommended. Instruction, necessary survey materials, water and treats will be provided.

Registration is required and space is limited! All ages welcome. RSVP to Amy Lodholz at or call (503)652-7477. Location will be confirmed upon registration. Also, check out this website about the project.

Photo Credit: Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Two new Community Gardens opened over the weekend

Over the weekend, Nick was honored to speak the opening of the City’s 43rd and 44th Community Gardens.

June 4, 2012

By David Nguyen

Over the weekend, Nick was honored to speak the opening of the City’s 43rd and 44th Community Gardens.  These are the latest gardens to open as part of our 1,000 Gardens initiative.

The opening of Grant Community Garden on Saturday was due to the work of a group of Grant High School students who spent two years looking for ways to increase sustainability on the campus in inner Northeast Portland. After they came up with the idea, they wrote a grant asking State Farm to support their effort. The insurance company awarded the project $50,000 and the garden was built just in time for the students to celebrate before their high school graduation.  Nick was pleased to attend the celebration and congratulate these extraordinary young leaders.

On Sunday, the Friends of the Portland Memory Garden celebrated their 10th Anniversary by opening the new Ed Benedict Community Garden adjacent to the Portland Memory Garden.  Attendees had a chance to ask questions about the project and enjoy refreshments, live music, and garden tours.

We also expect to open new gardens in the Kenton neighborhood, Thomas Cully Park, and at Helensview School later this year. 

It’s not too late to garden this season - Portlanders are encouraged to Sign up for a plot at one of our new Community Gardens.

Parks BioBlitz yields exciting results

The results of Portland Parks & Recreation?s first-ever BioBlitz event at Forest park are here! Wildlife experts compiled the data that was collected by over 140 volunteers during a 24-hour period in the park.

June 5, 2012

By David Nguyen

The results of Portland Parks & Recreation’s first-ever BioBlitz event at Forest Park are here! Wildlife experts compiled the data that was collected by over 140 volunteers during a 24-hour period in the park.

BioBlitz participants searched for and documented birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, snails, slugs, insects, spiders, and millipedes.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • More than 90 vertebrate species and 130 invertebrate species have been documented, including 66 species of birds. The most often detected songbirds were American Robin, Wilson’s Warbler, and Pacific Wren. Cassin’s Vireo, Hutton’s Vireo, Bullock’s Oriole, Olive-sided Flycatcher, White-breasted Nuthatch, and Yellow Warbler were also found.
  • Ten species of bats are now known to use Forest Park.
  • The BioBlitz yielded five species of amphibians, all of them salamanders.
  • BioBlitz teams found more than 120 different species of arthropods, which include insects, arachnids (spiders), crustaceans, and more.
  • Eight species of true bugs were evident, including the Red-Cross Shield Bug, plus three different bumblebee and nine ant species.

Click here for a complete summary of this one-of-a-kind wildlife study!