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Today, City Council honored the members of the Portland Thorns FC who participated in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
We welcomed the four Thorns who played for the US Women’s National Team – Adrianna Franch, Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan, and Emily Sonnett – to City Hall for a proclamation. They were joined by the Thorns head coach, Mark Parsons.
Nine members of the Portland Thorns played in the World Cup, representing four different countries.
Today’s proclamation honored the champion United States women’s national team who won their second consecutive, and fourth overall, World Cup title.
The Thorns are the most-watched professional women’s sports team in the world. Council and Portlanders are proud to support the Thorns and the US Women’s National Team’s ongoing claim for equal pay.
Special thanks to Adrianna, Tobin, Lindsey, and Emily for joining us today, and congratulations to all the Thorns who played in the World Cup.
Today, Nick spoke at the grand re-opening of the Portland Open Space Sequence.
The project included the historic restoration of four public plazas and fountains – Ira Keller Fountain Park, Pettygrove Park, Lovejoy Fountain Park, and the Source Fountain.
The event celebrated the City’s public-private partnership with the Halprin Landscape Conservancy. The Conservancy, made up of a group of adjacent building owners and other local leaders, has been instrumental in raising over $4 million to restore the fountains and plazas.
Today’s celebration also included a parade and series of “mini ribbon-cuttings” at each park.
Special thanks to Halprin Landscape Conservancy Executive Director Karen Whitman and the Conservancy Board of Directors; local leaders John Russell, Bill Naito, and Randy Gragg who were the founders of the Conservancy and have been longtime advocates of the fountains; the dedicated Parks employees who worked on this project, especially Sandra Burtzos and Dave Obern; and Lawrence Halprin and his team for designing one of the great sequences of urban plazas and fountains in the world.
Today, Nick spoke at the grand opening of an expansion to the Portland Audubon Society’s wildlife sanctuary. The addition, called the Kehoe Sanctuary, is twenty-two acres donated by Marty Kehoe.
Audubon’s property is home to birds recovering at their veterinary facility. It also serves as an educational resource and an important wildlife corridor that connects to Forest Park and natural areas outside the city.
The Kehoe Sanctuary addition will help protect Balch Creek, the largest stream in Northwest Portland and home of the healthiest population of cutthroat trout in the city.
The event celebrated both Kehoe’s donation and Portland’s commitment to a healthy environment. The grand opening was dubbed an “ivy-cutting” to celebrate ongoing efforts to replace invasives (like English ivy) with native species.
Special thanks to Marty Kehoe and his family for their donation, to the Portland Audubon Society for their partnership with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) on Balch Creek restoration and other projects, and to the great team at BES for their work protecting our urban watersheds.
This afternoon, Council updated the City’s Public Art Code to expand the Percent for Art program.
Percent for Art is a City program that requires major City projects to include funding for public art. Today’s update expands the program to increase art access and leverage public dollars more efficiently, including:
This update is one of the recommendations included in the Arts Affordability Plan adopted by Council in 2018.
Special thanks to Tracy Schreiber on our team, Pollyanne Birge from Commissioner Eudaly’s office, RACC, the City Attorney’s office, and community partners for their help crafting this update.