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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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Hooper Detoxification Stabilization Center 40th Anniversary

Join Central City Concern to celebrate 40 Years of the Hooper Detox Stabilization Center and the Sobering Station/CHIERS.

August 4, 2012

By David Nguyen

Join Central City Concern to celebrate 40 Years of the Hooper Detox Stabilization Center and the Sobering Station/CHIERS.

The event coincides with National Recovery Month, which helps promote the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.

Aside from impacting hundreds of thousands of people in Portland, the evolution of Hooper had an enormous impact on the Old Town Chinatown neighborhood. Central City Concern’s involvement with Hooper inspired their housing development work in the neighborhood when staff realized that getting people clean and sober was not enough - they needed safe homes in which to recover and gain self-sufficiency.

The event will feature cake, live music, and commemorative coins to the first 400 participants.

Monday, September 10, 2012

4:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Left Bank Annex

101 N. Weidler, Portland

Photo courtesy Central City Concern

Free Geek donation enhances Charles Jordan Community Center

A grant from Portland's Free Geek has more than doubled the size of the free computer lab at the PP&R Charles Jordan Community Center.

September 4, 2012

Story by Abby Warren

The computer lab at Portland Parks & Recreation's Charles Jordan Community Center offers kids, teens, and adults free access to email, internet browsing, job searching and more.

This valuable community asset was greatly enhanced this week when Portland's Free Geek, through grant funding, more than doubled the size of the lab.

Established in 1997, the CJCC computer lab is open to all public, daily. It is used to facilitate programs that help at-risk youth, to host to summer camps and after-school homework clubs, and offers City learning events and seminars.

Free Geek is a Portland non-profit whose mission is to recycle technology and provide access to computers, the internet, education tools, and job skills in exchange for community service. Their generosity has not only doubled the size of the CJCC computer lab, it has also provided new monitors and dozens of cables and accessories.

Portland Parks & Recreation is working with Free Geek to expand the computer lab's reach to offer free computer lessons at CJCC this fall, and hopefully build a new computer lab at Peninsula Park Community Center.

Charles Jordan Community Center computer lab doubles in size, thanks to Free Geek grant

Casey Parks in the Oregonian

Huffington Post features "American Winter"

Nick was pleased to speak with HuffPost Live, a Huffington Post webcast, this morning to discuss poverty - one of our community's, and the nation's, biggest crises.

September 5, 2012

Middle class families are one pink slip, one health care emergency,

one unanticipated event from going from middle class to very vulnerable.  

The American Winter film documents how commonplace this has become.

- Commissioner Nick Fish                       

Nick was pleased to speak with HuffPost Live, a Huffington Post webcast, this morning to discuss poverty - one of our community's, and the nation's, biggest crises. 

The Huffington Post shared clips from American Winter, a powerful documentary about struggling American families, by Emmy Award-winning duo Joe and Harry Gantz.  The film focuses on several Oregon families seeking services like emergency shelter, groceries from food banks, assistance paying utilities, foreclosure relief, and help with medical bills.

The production of the film is wrapping up, and the producers are working to raise an additional $25,000 to help finalize the documentary.  A Kickstarter fundraising page has been set up to gather donations. 

Visit American Winter’s website to learn more about the project.

Donate to American Winter

Nancy Haught in The Oregonian

Prescriptive burn at Baltimore Woods to enhance natural habitat

Portland Parks & Recreation, Portland Fire & Rescue and BES are collaborating to execute a prescriptive burn in the St. Johns Prairie unit of Baltimore Woods Natural Area in North Portland.

September 6, 2012

Story by Abby Warren

Three City bureaus are collaborating to protect and preserve the St. Johns Prairie unit of the Baltimore Woods Natural Area.

The City Nature Division of Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the Wildland Unit of Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), and the Willamette Watershed Group of the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), have scheduled a prescriptive burn to take place on Friday, September 7.

The St. Johns Prairie area of Baltimore Woods Natural Area, once a thriving oak savannah, has been degraded by the encroachment of highly flammable, non-native species. This controlled burn is one of many tools that PP&R will use to restore the health of the two-acre site.

The prescriptive burn will benefit birds and wildlife, help re-establish native vegetation, and improve visitors' park experience.

Earlier this summer, Portland non-profit Depave partnered with PP&R, other City Bureaus, and community organizations to transform a two-acre parking lot into the Baltimore Woods Connectivity Corridor. What was once asphalt is now an Oregon white oak and native wildflower meadow- soon to be enhanced by this prescriptive burn.

NOTE: Due to light smoke lingering in the air, visitors are encouraged to avoid the area on the day of the burn.

Trail Blazers, PP&R and Banfield Pet Hospital team up to renovate Chimney Park

The Portland Trail Blazers are teaming up with Portland Parks & Recreation and Banfield Pet Hospital to renovate Chimney Park

September 6, 2012

Story by Abby Warren

This Saturday, September 8, join community members and associates from Portland Parks & Recreation, the Trail Blazers, and Banfield Pet Hospitals, as well as some four-legged friends in a celebration of the renovations at one of Portland's most popular dog parks, Chimney Park in North Portland.

As part of a partnership between Banfield and the Trail Blazers, the pet hospital created an annual dog park renovation program. Trail Blazer fans are invited to vote on which dog parks receive a makeover courtesy of the two entities. Chimney Park won this year, the program's second year in action, with a resounding 74% of the votes!

Chimney Park is one of the longest-standing dog parks in Portland, and is the City's largest fenced-in park.

At 9 am, volunteers will set to work making improvements to the park: planting trees, mending fences and spreading paw-friendly cedar chips. Other improvements to the park include a new water line for drinking fountains (a big thank you to the Portland Water Bureau!), double entry gates, a trash bin and two picnic benches.

After the work party, beginning at 11 a.m., Trail Blazers radio broadcaster Brian Wheeler will lead a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the renovation of the park. The park will reopen following the ceremony and neighbors are invited to come out and join the celebration with their pets! There will be cupcakes, raffle prizes, dog treats, and a professional pet photo booth until noon.

Banfield will provide information on veterinary services, dog park etiquette, and animal nutrition. Blaze the Trail Cat and the Blazer Dancers will also join the celebration. PP&R's own Assistant Director, Warren Jimenez, will join the festivities with his own two dogs, Rex and Whiskey.