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.