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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

New parks coming to East Portland

January 31, 2014

On Thursday, Nick was proud to join Commissioner Amanda Fritz, Portland Parks & Recreation, and community members to celebrate a plan to build two new parks in East Portland!

The City will invest $12.4 million to build Beech Park and the Gateway Park & Plaza, bringing new playgrounds, ballfields, picnic tables, benches, and more to East Portland neighborhoods.

Because East Portland was incorporated into the city just 30 years ago, it lacks the rich history of park development that other parts of the city enjoy. But the need for parks facilities is high – 40% of families with children live in east neighborhoods.

When Nick was Parks Commissioner, he was pleased to help pave a path forward in East Portland. In 2009, we adopted the Master Plan for Beech Park. That same year, the City acquired the property to build Gateway Park & Plaza, and adopted a Master Plan in 2011.

But with limited resources, the two pieces of land remained undeveloped.

In 2011, Nick launched E205, which put a down payment on future improvements by making small (under $250,000) investments that would have a big impact. Over two years, we added things like community gardens, playgrounds, paths, and new seating to parks around East Portland.

Congratulations to Commissioner Fritz, the Parks team, and the community on this huge milestone!

East Portland parks: Commissioner Amanda Fritz pledges $12.4 million to build Beech Park, Gateway plaza

Brad Schmidt in The Oregonian

Portland unveils plans for two East Portland parks

Amanda Peacher on

Portland unveils plan for new east side parks

KGW News

From waterfall to fish ladder

February 4, 2014

The Portland Water Bureau’s Alder Creek Fish Passage has had a successful winter after its construction last summer.

Working under the Bull Run Water Supply Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), City crews built a “fish ladder” to improve habitat conditions for steelhead and coho salmon. Both species migrate through Alder Creek, a tributary of the Sandy River, in the winter months to reach spawning grounds. Crews built the passage using the natural basalt in the river, with supporting concrete walls to create the fish ladder.

Coho salmon and steelhead are threatened species; projects like this help the fish thrive – and stay off the endangered species list.

The Alder Creek Fish Passage is under the Highway 26 Bridge, east of Sandy. 

Local businesses: open during construction!

February 5, 2014

This morning, Nick was pleased to visit Blend Coffee Lounge on North Killingsworth & Greeley in the Overlook neighborhood.

About to celebrate its 6th anniversary, the North Portland coffee shop is frequently rated among the best of Portland.

The Bureau of Environmental Services is in the middle of a large sewer construction project in the neighborhood, replacing and repairing about 17,000 feet of public sewer pipes that date back to 1920.

The complexity of the project has posed challenges for the neighborhood. For example, street closures sometimes deter customers from visiting local businesses.

Nick met with Blend owner Matt Lagasse and other local business owners – and they shared thoughtful ideas about how to improve communication and construction processes, and to keep businesses thriving.

Thanks to Matt, Venture Portland Executive Director Heather Hoell, the Overlook Village Business Association, and the Overlook Neighborhood Association for coming out to talk over a great cup of coffee.

And remember – our neighborhood small businesses remain open during big projects like this. Show them your support and shop local!

Free public presentation on adapting to climate change

February 5, 2014

Join us next Tuesday, February 11 at noon for Dr. Timothy Beatley’s “The Promise of Nature in Cities” presentation.

The Bureau of Environmental Services is proud to sponsor this free and important presentation in partnership with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the Audubon Society of Portland, Friends of Trees, The Intertwine, and Urban Greenspaces Institute.

Dr. Beatley, a Sustainable Communities professor at the University of Virginia, will teach us how to be more sustainable and adapt to climate change.  By working with nature, we can reduce our ecological footprint – and positively impact our communities for future generations.

The Promise of Nature in Cities

Dr. Timothy Beatley, University of Virginia

February 11, 2014

Noon – 1 pm

1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500 (located on the 2nd floor)

Contact Linc Mann at (503) 823-5328 for more information

Be prepared for cold weather

February 6, 2014

Bitterly cold temperatures and chilling winds can cause pipes to freeze – which can damage your property. The Portland Water Bureau (PWB) has some tips to help you protect your home:

  • Make sure that hot and cold pipes are insulated in unheated areas, such as the garage or attic.
  • Keep cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms open to allow pipes behind walls and under floors to get additional heat from inside of your home.
  • Outside of your home, disconnect and drain hoses from faucets.
  • Use insulating covers to wrap faucets and backflow assemblies.
  • Cover foundation vents with foam blocks, thickly folded newspaper, or cardboard.

You can figure out if a pipe is frozen by turning on all the faucets in your home.  If one does not work, then it may be frozen.  To thaw plumbing lines safely, you can use a hair dryer or a heat lamp (do not use an open flame).  To prevent the pipe from freezing again, make sure to leave the water running a little bit.

It’s also important to know where the shut-off valve is in your home.  Most shut-off valves can be found in the crawl space, basement, or garage, where the water line from the meter enters the home.  It may also be found outside of the house near the foundation, protected by a concrete ring or a clay pipe.

If you have a water emergency, Portland Water Bureau Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But note that frozen pipes inside your home or between the water meter and your home, cannot be fixed by Portland Water Bureau. 

Portland Water Bureau is available to respond to questions or concerns 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (503) 823-4874.