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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

Honoring Charles Jordan, a Portland Visionary

May 10, 2012

By David Nguyen

We’d like to share a story about our friend Charles Jordan, former Portland City Commissioner and Portland Parks & Recreation Director who was featured in The Skanner today.

Charles Jordan spent 10 years as Portland’s first African American City Commissioner, and 14 years as our Parks Director. Jordan changed Portland’s landscape - under his leadership, 44 new parks and natural areas were added to Portland’s parks system.

To commemorate his remarkable achievements, Portland City Council will vote on June 6 to rename University Park Community Center in his honor, to the Charles Jordan Community Center.

How Should Portland Honor Environmental Visionary Charles Jordan?
Helen Silvis in The Skanner