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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


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

Parks programs offer summer fun for all

 June 30, 2009

A travelling rock wall, donated by Al Roker's Lend A Hand program, stops in Montavilla Park for the Summer Playground Program kickoff with City Commissioner Nick Fish.   Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish launched the Summer Playground Program, part of the Summer Free For All, at Montavilla Park.   Free lunches are offered at many of Portland's parks this summer through the Summer Free For All program overseen by Commissioner Nick Fish.

Along with Director Zari Santner, Nick celebrated the opening of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Playground program and the first Free Federal Lunch program of the summer last Friday at Montavilla Park. The Summer Playground Program brings young Portlanders fun, healthy, and free drop-in activities at Portland’s many parks throughout the summer. Kids can participate in sports, games, arts and crafts projects, enjoy free lunches, and cool off in wading pools at a wide variety of locations, all supervised by playground leaders.

The Summer Playground program recently benefited from a huge donation of goods from local and national businesses organized by Al Roker’s “Lend A Hand” program, which recognized the Portland Parks Foundation as one of five stops on the program’s 8th national tour and which filmed a segment for NBC’s Today Show here in Portland last week.

These youth programs are part of the Parks Bureau’s larger Summer Free For All program, which offers events ranging from the popular movies in the park and park concerts to free swims and free gym times at Community Centers across the City. Check out the Parks website at to find a fun event for your family!