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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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The Weekly Catch

Parks

The Beginning of Summer – and Thanks Summer Free For All Sponsors!”

Nick Fish Blog

 

Eventful Weekend in Portland Gardens

Nick Fish Blog

 

Hot Weather Is on The Way – Stay Cool with Portland Parks & Recreation

PP&R News and Media

 

Jump into Summer Fun

Jason Vondersmith in the Portland Tribune

 

Splash Pads Open in Portland As Temps Hit The 90s

KGW News

 

Fountains Open at Parks Around Portland, Splash Pads to Open Wednesday

KATU News 

 

Glenhaven, Rose City Park Playgrounds Targeted for Facelifts

Phill Colombo in The Hollywood Star News

 

Groups Work to Make Holladay Park Safer in NE Portland

KATU News

 

‘Makes A Tough Job Tougher:’ Portland Firefighters, Park Employees Do Their Best to Beat the Heat

Lindsay Nadrich in KGW News

Trail Blazers Proclamation

Portland City Council is Committed to Keeping Trail Blazers in PDX

Jamie Hudson in NBS Sports Northwest

 

Mayor Ted Wheeler: The Blazers Are Part of Portland's DNA

NBC Sports Northwest

 

June 12, 2019: It’s Trail Blazers Day as the Portland City Council Honors the Organization

Jamie Hudson in NBC Sports Northwest

 

Portland Declares Today Trail Blazers Day

KATU News

 

Portland City Council Honors Trail Blazers’ 2018-19 Season

Isaiah De Los Santos in Blazers Edge

BES

News Release: Ready for Willamette River Swimming, Boating, And Playing? “Check the Rec” To See Environmental Services Water Quality Test Results

BES News

 

Going Swimming? ‘Check the Rec’ Gives Weekly E. coli Levels in the Willamette

KATU News

 

Check the River Water on Your Phone Before Swimming

Jacob Dean in KXL News

Vision Zero

Portland City Council to Consider New Vision Zero Street Safety Focus

Bob Heye in KATU News

 

PBOT Plans to Re-Focus 'Vision Zero' On Far East Side, Where Most Traffic Deaths Occur

KATU News

Renter Screening and Security Deposit Proposal

Portland City Council Passes 9 of 10 Amendments to Renter-Protection Policy

Morgan Romero in KGW News

 

Portland City Council Approves Some Changes to Two Controversial Rental Ordinances

KATU News

 

Portland Poised to Make it Easier for People with Bad Credit, Criminal Histories to Find a Place to Rent

Elliot Njus in The Oregonian

 

Portland Mayor Could Support ‘Flawed’ Rental Screening Ordinance

Amelia Templeton in OPB News

 

Mayor Ted Wheeler Poised to Sign onto Tenant Protections

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

In Other News

The Portland City Council Issues Proclamation for Pride Month

KGW News

 

City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly Wants to Create Miles of Bus-Only Lanes Along Portland’s Busiest Streets

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

 

Sara Boone Becomes Portland's 1st African American Fire Chief

Meerah Powell in OPB News

The Beginning of Summer – and Thanks Summer Free For All Sponsors!

June 12, 2019

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.

Eventful Weekend in Portland Gardens

June 12, 2019

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.

The Weekly Catch

Avitrol

Protecting Crows and Other Birds

Nick Fish Blog

 

Portland Audubon Applauds Portland’s Ban of Avitrol and Other Avicides (bird poisons) on City Lands

Portland Audubon Society News

 

Portland Bans Use of Bird Poison on City Property After Crow Deaths

Kale William in The Oregonian

 

Portland Bans Toxic Bird Poisons on City Property

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

 

Portland Bans Bird-Killing Poison on City Land

Brittany Falkers in KGW News

 

Portland City Council Bans Bird Poison from City Property

Bob Heye in KATU News

 

Portland Commissioners Ban Poison Linked to Crow Deaths from City Property

Fox 12 News

Avitrol Responds to Portland Banning Bird Killing Pesticide from City Use

Jacob Dean in KXL News

 

Portland City Council bans bird poison from city property

San Francisco Chronicle

 

Portland Bans Toxic Bird Poisons On City Property

Cassandra Profita in KLCC News

Parks

Portland Parks Budget Cuts Mean Change for Arts Programs

April Baer in OPB News

 

Outdoor Pools Open for Summer on Tuesday, June 18, 2019

PP&R News and Media Releases

 

Portland Parks Outdoor Pools Summer Schedule

The Skanner News

 

Portland Parks Foundation Awards $7,500 In Grants to Innovative Community Groups

The Portland Parks Foundation

 

Portland City Council Votes to Close Five Community Recreation Centers

Don McIntosh in the NW Labor Press

Festivals and Parades

Portland Fleet Week 2019 Begins Wednesday: What You Need to Need To Know About Bridge Lifts, Ships And Tours

Lizzy Acker in The Oregonian

 

Fleet Week Kicks Off Wednesday

Emily Burns in KOIN 6 News

 

Volunteers Bring Rose Festival Floats to Life

Kohr Harlan in KOIN 6 News

 

Downtown Portland Shines During 2019 Starlight Parade

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

 

Flower Festival Dazzles Visitors to Pioneer Courthouse Square

The Portland Tribune

Providence Park

Timbers' Reconstructed Stadium Scores with Fans

Joseph Gallivan in the Portland Tribune

 

Soccer Fans Packed Providence Park Last Weekend, Setting a New Record for Highest Attendance in a Two-Day Span

Elise Herron in Willamette Week

In Other News

Portland City Council to Vote on Bull Run Watershed Charter Amendment

Gordon Friedman in the Oregonian

 

Portland's Poised to (Finally) Hold Airbnb Accountable for Shirking City Rules

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury

 

Prosper Portland Lands $500,000 Grant to Clean Up Post Office Site (subscriber content)

Jon Bell in the Portland Business Journal

 

Census data: Portland now 25th largest U.S. city

Zane Sparling in the Portland Tribune

Protecting Crows and Other Birds

June 5, 2019

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.

Media

Portland Audubon Applauds Portland’s Ban of Avitrol and Other Avicides (bird poisons) on City Lands

Portland Audubon Society News

 

Portland Bans Use of Bird Poison On City Property After Crow Deaths

Kale William in The Oregonian

 

Portland Bans Toxic Bird Poisons on City Property

Cassandra Profita in OPB News

 

Portland Commissioners Ban Poison Linked to Crow Deaths from City Property

Fox 12 News

 

Portland Bans Bird-Killing Poison on City Land

Brittany Falkers in KGW News

  

Avitrol Responds to Portland Banning Bird Killing Pesticide from City Use

Jacob Dean in KXL News