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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589

Email: nick@portlandoregon.gov

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

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Friday Roundup

Couples brave the cold to get coveted wedding reservations

Melanie Wingo on KATU.com

 

Developers vie for tax abatements for affordable housing

Lee Fehrenbacher in the Daily Journal of Commerce

 

Temps drop, volunteers seek out homeless

KGW News

 

For Landlords: Help our Vets Find a Home

 

Northwest Academy will not buy YWCA building in downtown Portland

Jillian Daley special to The Oregonian

 

Steve Duin: Mark Gunderson is a veteran of Portland's war on homelessness

Steve Duin in The Oregonian

 

What to expect from Portland's new City Council, which takes off Tuesday

Beth Slovic in The Oregonian

 

Fitness for everyone, at every age

Janie Nafsinger in The Oregonian

A wedding in a park? How romantic!

Couples braved the bitter cold on Wednesday as they lined up in front of the Portland Parks & Recreation offices for a chance to reserve a spot to tie the knot at one of the city’s parks this year.

 January 4, 2013

Couples braved the bitter cold on Wednesday as they lined up in front of the Portland Parks & Recreation offices for a chance to reserve a spot to tie the knot at one of the city’s parks this year.

On the first business day of the New Year, throngs of brides and grooms-to-be waited outside, some before sunrise, to reserve one of PP&R’s 180 wedding locations. Couples are seen on a first-come first-serve basis, so many couples decided to withstand the winter chill. Phone reservations are only taken after the last person in line has been helped.

Congratulations to all those getting married in our Parks this year!

To learn more about how to reserve a PP&R facility for your ceremony, check out the PP&R wedding brochure online.

Couples brave the cold to get coveted wedding reservations

Melanie Wingo, KATU News

2012 Forest Park Wildlife Report

Did you know there are hundreds of species of wildlife living right here in our fair city?

January 7, 2013

Did you know there are hundreds of species of wildlife living right here in our fair city?

Forest Park, the largest urban forested area within a city limit in the U.S., provides the perfect home for wildlife.  Portland Parks & Recreation has published its 2012 Forest Park Wildlife Report, which documents the flora and fauna of the forest.

The Report was completed by wildlife biologist John Deshler. John led teams throughout the park to take a comprehensive wildlife inventory, and to create a report to help plan future park research and management efforts.

Information was gathered in a number of ways, including our first-ever volunteer-based Bioblitz. A Bioblitz is a 24-hour study led by experts to survey a designated piece of land and document its wildlife.

To read the full report, and to learn more about the BioBlitz, please visit the PP&R website.

OPB Oregon Field Guide: Episode 2408

Looking good at every age

At 93 years old, Willa Asbjornsen is testament that you can look good at every age.

January 9, 2013

At 93 years old, Willa Asbjornsen is testament that you can look good at every age.

Willa was in an assisted living facility, but she wanted to move back home – and regain her independence. 

Her daughter Allison understood Willa’s desire to go home, but would only allow it if she began to work out with a personal trainer to regain her strength. Willa needed to be able to meet the basic needs of daily life on her own.

And that’s just what Willa did.

Willa has been working with Holly Howard, a Portland Parks & Recreation personal trainer, for 5 years now. Together they do exercises to help build strength, mobility, and flexibility. The two have become life-long friends and Willa has pushed herself to limits she never dreamed of seeing.

Way to go Willa!

PP&R has personal training, group exercise classes, fitness centers and pools available across the city. For more information, please visit the PP&R website.

93-Year-Old Woman Maintains Independence with Portland Parks & Recreation Personal Trainer

On pdxtraffic.blogspot.com

 

93- year old inspiring others to work out

On kptv.com

 

Personal trainer helps 93-year-old maintain her independence

On katu.com

Wednesday Roundup

City to test anew for housing bias

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

 

Developers vie for tax abatements for affordable housing

Lee Fehrenbacher in the Daily Journal of Commerce

 

And the Survey Says...We Asked, They Answered: City Hall Staffers Open Up - and Unload!

Denis C. Theriault

 

Portland City Council to Consider apartments without parking

Jim Redden in The Portland Tribune

 

Portland Habitat for Humanity reaches $12M capital goal

Wendy Culverwell in the Portland Business Journal

  

Portland Parks & Recreation wants your feedback

on SwanIslandTMA.com

 

Reach gets half-million from Meyer trust

Andy Giegerich in the Portland Business Journal