Nick Fish admits lack of transparency in South Waterfront Greenway controversy

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish apologized to supporters for not disclosing land transfer details in 2010.

Share this article!

The Oregonian/OregonLive on Thursday published its investigation into the budget-busting park project, which opened last year at a cost of $15.1 million.

The project moved forward in 2010 after Fish signed off on a deal deliberately kept out of the public spotlight. Fish and a city attorney placed the deal on the City Council’s consent agenda — allowing it to be immediately approved with no discussion.

…[On] Friday, Fish sent an email to supporters. In it, he conceded that “it was my mistake” to bring the deal to the City Council without a public hearing. By placing it on the consent agenda, he added, “it did not get the sunshine it deserved.”

(READ MORE: Oregon Live)

Mayor Charlie Hales told OPB that the pathway would eventually connect North Portland to South Portland. The second phase of construction could take up to a decade, according to Oregon Live.