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Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589


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

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Honoring World Champions

July 31, 2019

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.


Grand Re-Opening of Halprin Open Space Sequence

July 30, 2019

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.


Downtown Fountain Repair Project Finishes For $4 Million

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune


PP&R, Halprin Landscape Conservancy Celebrate Grand Reopening of The Portland Open Space Sequence

PP&R News and Media Releases


Portland Parks & Recreation Celebrates End Of $4M Project with Samba Music

Fox 12 News

Portland Audubon Expands Wildlife Sanctuary

July 26, 2019

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.


Northwest Portland’s Urban Forestland Expands By 22 Acres

Monica Samayoa in OPB News


A Developer Planned to Build Mansions in the West Hills. His Daughter Talked Him Into Preserving the Forest Instead.

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week


Developer's Donation Adds 22 Acres to Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Hannah Sievert in the Portland Business Journal


Portland’s Protected Forestland Grows Thanks To 22-Acre Donation Near Forest Park

Jamie Hale in The Oregonian

The Weekly Catch

2% for The Arts

Nick Fish Blog

Portland Audubon’s Wildlife Sanctuary

Portland Audubon Expands Wildlife Sanctuary

Nick Fish Blog


Northwest Portland’s Urban Forestland Expands By 22 Acres

Monica Samayoa in OPB News


A Developer Planned to Build Mansions in the West Hills. His Daughter Talked Him Into Preserving the Forest Instead.

Aaron Mesh in Willamette Week



Summer Lunch Program Helps Fill Gap (Opinion)

Joe Dang in the Portland Tribune


Portland’s Walk with Refugees Carries More Weight This Year, Organizers Say

KGW News


Portlanders Walk to Support Refugees and Immigrants

KOIN 6 News


Hundreds Turn Out for 3rd Annual ‘Walk with Refugees and Immigrants’ in Portland



Assault, Disturbance, Theft Calls Drop at Portland’s Holladay Park During Police-Community Partnership

Maxine Bernstein in The Oregonian


Holladay Park Safety Plan is Cutting Down Crime

Emily Burris in KOIN 6 News

Arts and Film

Expanded Opportunities for Portland’s ‘Exploding’ Art Scene

Hannah Ray Lambert in KOIN 6 News


The Historic Oregon Film Trail Celebrates Scenery, History, Movies Like ‘The Goonies,’ ‘Stand by Me,’ And More

Kristi Turnquist in The Oregonian


Portland Art Museum’s New Native American Art Curator Brings Strong Focus on Contemporary Work

Amy Wang in The Oregonian

In Other News

Street Fairs Celebrate Southeast Portland

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Neighborhood Associations Agonize as Portland Moves to Purge Them from Code

Gordon R. Friedman in The Oregonian


Portland's 'Better Naito Forever' Plan Will Make Naito Bike Lanes Permanent

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


A Fluid Situation

Brittany Allen in the Portland Tribune

2% for The Arts

July 24, 2019

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:

  • Expanding the list of allowed uses for Percent for Art dollars, including allowing creative space and artists-in-residence
  • Prioritizing underserved communities’ access to art
  • Clarifying responsibilities between the City and the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), who administers the program

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.