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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish

Commissioner, City of Portland

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Celebrating the Inaugural Betsy Ames Leadership Award

On Monday, Annie Von Burg, Environmental Policy Manager at the Bureau of Environmental Services, was awarded the first annual Betsy Ames Leadership Award by the City of Portland. 

The award was created in honor of Betsy Ames, a dear friend, longtime City employee, and former Chief of Staff to Commissioner Fish.

Betsy was known for her ability to find pragmatic and creative solutions to difficult problems. She helped guide challenging debates to effective compromises, and provided mentoring and support to anyone who asked for help.

Annie Von Burg oversees the City of Portland’s efforts to clean up the Willamette River. She passionately and effectively works with a wide variety of public and private stakeholders involved with the $1 billion cleanup. She is a highly respected leader and a mentor to many coworkers.

Congratulations, Annie!


Parks Replacement Bond Completes Successful Fourth Year of Citywide Park Improvements

Parks Replacement Bond Completes Successful Fourth Year of Citywide Park Improvements
Annual report demonstrates strong performance, accountability, and opportunity

(Portland, OR) – City Council will receive the Parks Replacement Bond Year 4 Annual Report on Wednesday.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the Parks Replacement Bond in 2014, which dedicated up to $68 million in repairs and improvements to some of the most critical needs in the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) system.

“The bond has been a big success,” says Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. “This year’s report demonstrates strong performance, accountability, and opportunity. Thanks to the voters for saying ‘yes’ to fixing our parks, to my colleague Commissioner Amanda Fritz for her leadership in championing the measure, and to the PP&R team for delivering great results.”

“The Fix Our Parks bond measure funded needed repairs in parks all over Portland,” says former Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I am grateful to the voters for recognizing that we must take care of aging infrastructure in our treasured neighborhood gathering places, and to Parks staff who have made wise use of every penny allocated in the program.”

The annual report highlights three key successes – performance, accountability, and opportunity:

Performance – Thirty-four projects are complete. The final eighteen are underway, with five ahead of schedule. All 52 projects will be completed within the overall bond budget of $68 million.

Accountability – An independent auditor, Harvey M. Rose Associates, completed a performance audit in January 2019. The findings confirmed that funds are being spent according to the promises made to voters, that program managers are financially responsible, and that bond dollars are clearly and accurately tracked. A second audit will be completed at the conclusion of the bond work.

Opportunity – Parks is committed to contracting equity. The City has a target of 20% disadvantaged, minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small business (D/M/W/ESB) contractor utilization. Parks has exceeded those goals with 31% of professional and technical contracts (like engineering and landscape design) and 41% of construction contracts being awarded to D/M/W/ESB firms.

“It is immensely gratifying to see the bond projects being completed and enhancing neighborhoods throughout the City,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “And it’s important to note that PP&R works extensively to engage the public in large-scale bond projects. This helps us reflect our increasingly diverse community’s needs and desires in projects.”

Bond investments include:

  • Playground replacements and repairs
  • Roof replacements
  • Footbridge replacements on trails
  • Improved accessibility and ADA compliance
  • New mechanical systems and other swimming pool improvements
  • Visitor and employee safety enhancements
  • Restroom improvements

Here are several photos of bond-funded projects and the Year 4 Report Executive Summary. The full report can be viewed on the Parks website here.


The Fish Team is Hiring!

Following a series of internal promotions, we have a vacancy in our Communications Coordinator position and are looking for a new staff person to join our team.

The Communications Coordinator helps manage the Commissioner’s public inbox, ensuring that we provide timely and thoughtful responses to questions, concerns, and suggestions from community members.

This person will also be working closely with Commissioner Fish on a variety of other communications including talking points, web stories, tweets, and newsletters.

Public service is equal parts challenging and gratifying, and we are excited to welcome a new person to the office and to our team.

Learn more and apply here.

The Weekly Catch

Celebrating the 2019 “Spirit of Portland” Awards

Nick Fish Blog


Nick Meets Nic: Portland Commissioner Nick Fish Posts Photo with Nicolas Cage on Set of ‘Pig’

Nate Hanson in KGW 8 News

Asian Health & Service Center

Asian Health & Service Center Annual Gala

Nick Fish Blog


Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish Marks Two Years as Cancer Survivor

KXL News

Arbor Day

Tree Planting Highlights Arbor Day Celebration

David F. Ashton in the East Portland News


Arbor Day!


Barbara Walker Crossing

Where We Live: Barbara Walker Crossing Over Burnside

Ken Boddie in KOIN 6 News


Safe Passage: Barbara Walker Crossing to Open

Joseph Gallivan in The Portland Tribune


Portland Parks Foundation Putting Finishing Touches on New Pedestrian Bridge Over West Burnside

FOX 12 News


Barbara Walker Bridge in Place Over Burnside, Set to Open on Oct. 27



West Burnside Closed During Bridge Work

Mike Benner in KGW News

Fall Budget Monitoring

Portland Approves Spending $5.5 Million For City Projects, Social Services

Everton Bailey Jr in The Oregonian


Your City Hall: Council to Tweak Bureau Budgets

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Crime Reduction at Holladay Park Coincides with New Safety Plan

Lindsay Nadrich in KGW News


City Council Will Hire Outside Lawyer to Guide Upcoming Police Union Negotiations

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


Citizen Review Committee Discusses Portland Police Bureau’s Response to Climate Strike

KATU News Staff

In Other News

Homeless Death Hit Record High

Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune


Ninety – Two Homeless People Died in Multnomah County in 2018

Alex Zielinski in the Portland Mercury


The Portland Water Bureau Is Building A New Lead Treatment Facility

Monica Samayoa in OPB News


Six Ways Portland Can Kill the Car

Rachel Monahan in Willamette Week

Asian Health & Service Center Annual Gala

October 18, 2019 

Last night, Nick was honored to speak at the Asian Health & Service Center’s (AHSC) Annual Gala in Southeast Portland.

AHSC opened its doors in 1983 in the basement of the Chinese Presbyterian Church. Since then, the non-profit has grown into one of the largest healthcare providers in the Portland area that specializes in culturally-specific care for our Asian and Asian-American communities.

With the support and partnership of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, the new AHSC Cancer Research and Support Center will expand their care by reaching more people who are battling cancer, with an emphasis on Asian American older adults. This is yet another example of how AHSC serves our community and makes Portland a better place.

Special thanks to the Board Chair Dr. Erik Szeto, CEO Holden Leung, my dear friend Lou Savage, and the entire ASHC family for their dedication and commitment to bettering the community.