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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

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E205 comes full circle in East Holladay Park

Nick joined Portland Parks & Recreation's Director Mike Abbate and community members to celebrate the soon-to-be-opened new playground at E205's inspiration: East Holladay Park.

October 1, 2012

Last year, the inspiration for our E205 initiative began in East Holladay Park - a neighborhood-centric park with few amenities in East Portland.

Knowing we did not have the funds to fully complete master plans for our East Portland parks, we targeted funds for small improvements that would help families enjoy their parks now.

By the end of the year, we will have improved 11 parks in East Portland including adding drinking fountains, trails for walking, hiking, and running, playgrounds, benches, and more.

On Saturday, E205 came full circle as Nick joined Portland Parks & Recreation's Director Mike Abbaté and community volunteers, led by Parks Board member Linda Robinson, to celebrate the soon-to-be-opened new playground at E205's inspiration: East Holladay Park

In addition to the new playground, the park will also welcome new benches along the park trails and dog off-leash area.

Next year, we will ask Portlanders to once again join with us to recommit to our Gold Medal parks by supporting a Parks Bond measure. Together, we can continue to invest in families and neighborhoods across the city.

Volunteers help remove invasive English ivy

Warner Pacific College students and the Friends of Mt. Tabor recently spent a day at Mt. Tabor Park removing English ivy and other invasive species.

October 1, 2012

Warner Pacific College students and the Friends of Mt. Tabor recently spent a day at Mt. Tabor Park removing English ivy and other invasive species.

Portland Parks & Recreation depends on its outstanding volunteers, who spend thousands of hours clearing and maintaining trails and green spaces in our Portland parks.  We're grateful for the efforts from the community to help maintain our national Gold Medal-winning parks system.

Our No Ivy League is a team of volunteers who work hard every year to destroy and remove invasive English ivy from Forest Park and other natural areas.  Each year, they coordinate No Ivy Day - a city-wide ivy removal effort.  No Ivy Day will be on Saturday, October 13, at locations throughout Portland.  There is still time to sign up and volunteer!

Find out more about volunteering for Portland Parks & Recreation online.

Hacienda CDC offers new help for homeowners

Hacienda Community Development Corporation announces a new partnership with the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services.

October 2, 2012

Hacienda Community Development Corporation, one of our homeownership and affordable housing partners, recently announced a new partnership with the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services (OHCS).

This partnership will provide Hacienda CDC with the resources to hire six new housing counselors for Hacienda's Homeownership Support Program

The Homeownership Support Program provides free group education and one-on-one counseling to homeowners who are in foreclosure, in default, or at risk of falling behind with payments. 

In conjunction with their partnership with Hacienda CDC, OHCS has launched a new website, oregonhomeownersupport.gov, where homeowners can easily find information about foreclosure as well as housing counselors in their area.

Jamison Square architect receives national recognition

Peter Walker, the visionary Architect who designed Jamison Square Park has received the prestigious Urban Land Institute's J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development..

October 2, 2012

By David Nguyen

Peter Walker, the visionary Architect who designed Jamison Square Park has received the prestigious Urban Land Institute's J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.

Located between NW Johnson and Kearney, Jamison Square is a favorite destination for Portlanders - especially during the summer.  Jamison Square boasts a unique water feature which simulates a shallow tidal pool.  Water cascades from stone joints into low pools as the fountain continuously recirculates water with energy efficient pumps and motors. 

The landmark square was named in honor of William Jamison, whose work helped bring the now-thriving Pearl District to life.   

Architect Peter Walker's other prominent projects include the National September 11 Memorial in New York City, Millennium Park in Sydney, and Constitution Gardens on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Jamison Square architect wins national award

Suzanne Stevens in the Portland Business Journal

Celebrating "Stand Together" week with the Timbers

This morning, Nick was honored to present the Portland Timers with a very special proclamation on behalf of Mayor Adams as a token of appreciation from the City of Portland for their efforts in organizing Stand Together Week, a community service campaign which last from October 8th all the way through October 14th, 2012.

October 3, 2012

By David Nguyen

This morning, Nick was honored to present the Portland Timbers with a proclamation on behalf of the City of Portland in appreciation of the Timbers' work to organize Stand Together Week, a community service campaign which will begin next Monday, October 8, and run through the following Sunday, October 14.

Starting next week, over 1,000 volunteers - including Timbers players, the Timbers Army, coaches, ambassadors, staff, and community members - will stand together for a week of service to our community. The events, which will take place across the Portland metro area, include home building, improving local gardens, local park restoration, ivy removal, painting schools, and much more.

There's still plenty of time to sign up and join the Stand Together campaign! Visit the Portland Timbers' Stand Together site for more details.