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The elected regional government will offer free parking at five of its parks on Jan. 11

COURTESY METRO - Metro Councilor Sam Chase, second from left, was a former chief of staff to late Portland Commissioner Nick Fish, center. Metro, the Portland Parks Foundation, PBOT and Portland Parks and Recreation worked to close a significant gap in Wildwood Trail with the development of the Barbara Walker Crossing over West Burnside Street, which opened last year.Metro will hold a special "Free Parking Day" on Saturday, Jan. 11, to honor the late Portland Commissioner Nick Fish.

According to the regional government, visitors to Blue Lake Regional Park, Oxbow Regional Park, Broughton Beach, the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp and Chinook Landing Marine Park can park for free on Jan. 11 to recognize Fish's legacy in supporting parks and open spaces in the Portland region.

Fish, who was in charge of Portland Parks & Recreation, died of cancer on Thursday, Jan. 2.

"It's hard to overstate the legacy Nick Fish leaves on the Portland region. He was a leader, he was thoughtful, he was indefatigable," said Metro Council President Lynn Peterson. "He advocated passionately for our regional parks system because he understood the value of connecting people to nature. Even as he was undergoing cancer treatment, he worked tirelessly to support the regional affordable housing measure in 2018. He was a mentor and a friend. His legacy touches the lives of thousands of Oregonians every day, and will continue to make the Portland region a better place for decades to come."

Metro operates more than 17,000 acres of parks and natural areas in the greater Portland region, and visitors can learn more about Metro's parks across the three-county region at the website.


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