Portland Parks Board statement on Commissioner Fish's passing

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(Portland, OR) -

The Portland Parks & Recreation Board mourns the loss of Parks Commissioner Nick Fish, who died January 2. Parks Board Chair Paul Agrimis recently described Commissioner Fish as “a dedicated public servant who approached everything he did with integrity and professionalism.” We also saw the compassion, wit, and intelligence that, as Mayor Wheeler said, Nick brought to his work everyday (Oregonian, January 3, 2020). We also valued a wise and true friend to our city who unceasingly worked hard and effectively for all Portlanders. We will miss him, as will all who knew him. On behalf of the Parks Board, we want to express our deep appreciation and respect for Nick’s dedication to our city and to the bureau: his commitment, leadership, and wisdom will be greatly missed.

About the Portland Parks & Recreation Board

The Board was established in 2001 to ensure that the vision and recommendations of the Parks 2020 Visionare at the forefront of discussions about park and recreation issues and trends over time and in all areas of the city. The Board advocates for parks on a city and regional basis to ensure that parks, natural areas, open spaces, and recreation facilities are advanced in planning and design. The Board provides a forum for public discussion and decision-making about park issues, bringing a citywide and long-term perspective to neighborhood-based issues.

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