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Today, Council passed a resolution directing all City bureaus to adopt the Parks Bureau’s existing policy that prohibits the use of Avitrol, a deadly neurotoxin, and any other avicides (bird pest control) on City owned and managed land.
The resolution essentially extends Portland Parks & Recreation’s existing Integrated Pest Management policy to all city bureaus. PP&R has never used avicides.
“These poisons have absolutely no place anywhere in our community,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “They not only put our birds and wildlife at risk, but they also put people and pets at risk as well.”
Special thanks to Bob Sallinger and the Portland Audubon Society for their partnership, the Humane Society of the United States, the Portland Business Alliance, and to BES and Parks staff.
On Friday and Saturday, Nick spoke at two celebrations at Portland gardens – Lan Su Chinese Garden’s 20th anniversary and the grand opening of a new community garden at David Douglas High School.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is the product of a sister-city partnership between the City of Portland and Suzhou, China. The garden was a shared vision of the late Mayor Vera Katz and the Suzhou Foreign Affairs Office. It broke ground on June 7, 1999.
Nick presented a proclamation celebrating Lan Su’s 20 years as a world-class cultural site and one of Portland’s greatest treasures.
On Saturday, Nick and Parks Director Adena Long spoke at the grand opening of the David Douglas Community Garden.
It’s the second garden the City and David Douglas High School have partnered on, and the 16th east of 82nd Ave.
The new space will serve as a place for the public to grow healthy foods, educate people about gardening, and build community.
Special thanks to the many partners at both Lan Su and David Douglas.
It’s hot outside and summer is here!
To celebrate, City Council issued a proclamation to celebrate Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All and thank sponsors for their generous support of the program.
Summer Free For All provides free, family-friendly activities across all of Portland, all summer long.
There’s something for everyone: special events, movies and concerts, free lunches, open swim and swim lessons, and more.
Summer Free For All is possible thanks to public-private partnerships. Thanks to our title sponsor – Nike’s Made to Play and the nearly 50 civic-minded businesses, organizations, and foundations who stepped up this year to support our community.
Park’s splash pads and outdoor pools are also opening! Visit Parks’ website for locations and hours.