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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

Celebrating Commissioner Charles Jordan

September 3, 2019

On Saturday, Nick attended a birthday celebration and tribute for the late Charles Jordan at his namesake community center.

Charles was the first African-American City Commissioner, a longtime Director of Portland Parks & Recreation, and a fierce advocate for parks and recreation.

The event featured activities for kids, community center class demonstrations, a Parks Teen Force basketball tournament, a performance by the Bethel AME Church Choir, cake and refreshments, and more!

During Nick’s first tour of duty as Parks Commissioner, he proposed renaming the University Park Community Center after Charles Jordan. Council unanimously agreed, and Parks held a rededication ceremony on July 22, 2012 – which Charles attended.

Special thanks to Michelle Harper and Dion Jordan for organizing the inspiring celebration of Charles Jordan’s life and legacy.