GreenWorks Co-Founder Appointed Portland Parks Bureau Director

Congratulations to Mike Abbaté for his appointment as the new Director of Portland Parks! After a national search to replace Park’s Director Zari Santner, Commissioner Nick Fish selected Abbaté, calling him “’innovative’ and an able manager whose work examining the parks' assets will be a big plus when the bureau goes out for a parks bond.

Mike Abbaté co-founded GreenWorks in 1997. Abbaté brought to the firm great expertise in interpretive, outdoor recreation and ecotourism facilities. He was instrumental in expanding the firm’s services in planning and design for interpretive facilities; urban park design; and planning and design for regional, state and national parks. Prior to GreenWorks, Mike worked for the U.S. Forest Service and in the private sector for many years. Abbaté left GreenWorks in 2007 to become the Planning Director for the City of Gresham.

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