Parks For People

Under Nick's watch, Portland Parks and Recreation built strong public-private partnerships, invested in East Portland, and was named the best-managed parks system in the nation.

  • Nick worked with the community to pass a bond to modernize our parks, improve accessibility, and reduce the maintenance backlog.
  • Nick partnered with East Portland community leaders to develop Gateway Green, 35 acres of new off-road cycling and recreation space between I-205 and I-84.
  • As Parks Commissioner, Nick added over 1,000 new community gardens to our neighborhoods, kicked junk food out of recreation centers, and championed healthy initiatives like the Village Market.
  • Nick helped expand the Park Rangers program to make our parks and natural areas safer, and dedicated new rangers to protect the Springwater Corridor and other eastside natural areas.
  • In a time of scarce resources, Nick made a down payment on community upgrades in East Portland through "E-205."
  • Nick strengthened community partnerships with Leach Botanical Garden, the Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, Zenger Farm, and many others.
  • Nick supported Harper's Playground, making parks more accessible to children of all ages and abilities.
  • Nick worked with neighborhood partners to bring a safer playing field to Grant High School and Buckman Field at Benson High School.

I’ve been proud to partner with Nick and Commissioner Amanda Fritz to bring new parks, green spaces, and community gardens to East Portland.
— Linda Robinson, East Portland parks advocate