(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Thursday, Aug. 31 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.
Portland Parks & Recreation announced Wednesday that a young girl was found unresponsive in a pool in the Montavilla Community Center on Friday night and died three days later. Mark Ross, public information officer for Portland Parks, said it was an “apparent drowning.” It’s the first incident of drowning in a Portland public school in nearly 40 years.
“I am devastated about the loss of life at a Portland Parks & Recreation facility. I have been in constant communication with the bureau since they alerted me to incident on Friday night,” Commissioner Dan Ryan, who oversees Parks, said. “When I was told the young girl passed away on Monday, my heart broke.”
The girl was reportedly found in the water at the center’s outdoor pool. Bureau staff performed CPR until paramedics arrived to transport her to a hospital. She passed away on Monday, according to the bureau.
IndyCar is returning to the Portland International Raceway this weekend for the Grand Prix of Portland, the penultimate race of the season. Alex Palou and Scott Dixon, who both race for Chip Ganassi Racing, are the only two IndyCar Series drivers still eligible to win the Astor Cup. Palou needs to finish at least 55 points ahead after Sunday’s race to be crowned champion.
“We’ve won at Portland before and I also got my first IndyCar pole there, so it is a special place,” Palou said in a news release. “The team is looking good for the championship, and we know that it will stay within the team, which is the most important thing. We have a chance to win it and seal the title there, so hopefully we can bring it home early.”
Practices will be held Friday and Saturday, with qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
Cirque Italia is bringing two of their Water Circus Silver shows to the Portland area next month. The first will be from Sept. 8 - 11 at Clackamas Town Center and the second is from Sept. 15 - 18 at the Vancouver Mall. The show is described as an “aquatic spectacular” with a unique water stage.
Tickets for the events are available on their official website. There will be additional shows in Corvallis and Keizer.
Thanks for reading! See you tomorrow with all the latest Portland news.