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For the Culture: Portland Celebrates Juneteenth

By: Malika Bennett, The Portland Medium Needing a dose of culture this weekend? The Greater Portland area is gearing up for a fun filled week of Juneteenth and community celebrations. For those unfamiliar, Juneteenth is a special holiday in the African American community that represents a celebration of freedom, family and community. Juneteenth commemorates the […]

Three Established African American Owned Businesses Relocate to Alberta Commons

This spring, several successful, established entrepreneurs are relocating their businesses to Alberta Commons, located in the Alberta District of Northeast Portland. Together, the owners of the trio of businesses decided to open their doors on the same block in the heart of the community on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard––what they call “Dream Street.” Champions […]

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Community Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Couch Park

Portland residents came together this past Saturday to celebrate the grand re-opening of Couch Park in Portland, Oregon. The new upgrades to the park that were highlighted during the celebration include a new inclusive playground, plaza, and Portland Loo. Park renovations were funded with support from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond, Metro, Harper’s Playground, and MLC PTSA’s Friends […]

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Nearly 50 Students From Across Washington State Commit To Pursuing STEM Careers

Just like signing days for athletes, the second-annual Washington STEM Signing Day presented in partnership with Boeing today celebrated high school seniors from across the state as they made their commitments to some of the state and country’s top technical schools, colleges, and universities. Students signed STEM Letters of Intent at the state capitol in […]

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By: Aaron Williams (Seattle Medium) Initiative I-1000 has passed! On April 28 both houses of the Washington State Legislature passed the long-fought initiative bringing back into law Affirmative Action in the state.  The initiative passed the Senate by a vote of 26-22, and the House by a vote of 56-42. King County Councilmember Larry Gossett […]

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New Portland Loo Comes to Lynchview Park

Parks Commissioner Nick Fish has approved additional System Development Charge funds to allow for the installation of a Portland Loo (permanent restroom) as part of the improvements at Lynchview Park. The Loo will be located near the new playground, in a location that was previously planned to have a porta-potty. (The playground will be located along […]

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Portland, OR) –Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is joining with other organizations nationwide during the month of May to promote National Water Safety Month. From May 1 through May 31, 2019, PP&R poolswill have pledge forms for youth asking them to promise to: Always swim with a buddy Look before they leap Wear a life jacket Be […]

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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has announced a new pilot program offering grants for artists and arts organizations to lease under-used PP&R spaces for free. This program is one of the recommendations in the Arts Affordability Plan Council adopted last spring. The idea is simple – provide artists access to under-used space in PP&R facilities in exchange for […]

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Portland Parks & Recreation Appoints Adena Long As New Director

Portland Parks and Recreation announced on Friday its appointment of Adena Long as its new Director. A long-time public servant with over 20 years of experience with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Adena brings deep operational experience and a record of collaborative and innovative leadership. Her appointment follows an extensive national […]

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City of Vancouver Announces Holiday Schedule, Updates and Closures For Community Centers

The City of Vancouver recently published new holiday schedules,  updates and closures for community centers in the local area. Holiday Schedules Christmas Eve — Monday, December 24: Firstenburg and Marshall community centers will be OPEN modified hours from 5:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Christmas Day — Tuesday, December 25: Firstenburg and Marshall community centers will be CLOSED for the […]

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