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Montavilla pool (Courtesy of PP&R)
Portland Parks & Recreation
Published: 02 August 2017

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is providing additional citywide opportunities to stay cool during the heat wave. Use the following list to find fun activities and cool places to refresh yourself this week.



The public is welcome to visit the following air conditioned PP&R community centers to refresh in the lobby areas as capacity allows at any time. Please note that PP&R summer camps will be given priority for community center space. Additionally, these specific community centers below are offering even more opportunities to stay cool.


Charles Jordan Community Center

9009 N. Foss Ave, 503-823-3631

WED, August 2 -- FRI, August 4        

9 a.m. -- 9 p.m. Board games, cards, & puzzles, possible movie


Community Music Center

3350 SE Francis St, 503-823-3177

WED, August 2 -- THU, August 3                                           

9:30 a.m. -- 8:30 p.m. CMC auditorium is available for the public to cool off

FRI, August 4

9:30 a.m. -- 4:30 p.m. CMC auditorium is available for the public to cool off


East Portland Community Center

740 SE 106th Ave, 503-823-3450

WED, August 2 -- FRI, August 4                                            

5:30 p.m. -- 9:30 p.m. Board games, foosball, ping-pong, movie


Hillside Community Center

653 Northwest Culpepper Terrace, 503-823-3181

WED, August 2 -- THU, August 3                                           

1 p.m. -- 6 p.m. Movie and board games

FRI, August 4

3 p.m. -- 6 p.m. Movie and board games


Matt Dishman Community Center

77 NE Knott St, 503-823-3673

WED, August 2

6:30 p.m. -- 9 p.m. Showing a movie

THU, August 3

6:30 p.m. -- 9 p.m. Showing a movie                    

FRI, August 4

5 p.m. -- 8 p.m. Showing a movie


Mt. Scott Community Center

5530 SE 72nd Ave, 503-823-3183

WED, August 2 -- FRI, August 4

5:30 a.m. -- 9:30 p.m. Limited activities provided (e.g. board games)


Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-823-2787

WED, August 2 -- FRI, August 4

9 a.m. -- 9:30 p.m. Hallways available for refreshing

5 p.m. -- 9:30 p.m. Auditorium also available


Southwest Community Center

6820 SW 45th Ave, 503-823-2840

WED, August 2 -- FRI, August 4

6:30pm - 8:30pm Showing a movie


St. Johns Community Center

8247 N. Central St, 503-823-3192

WED, August 2 -- FRI, August 4

6 p.m. -- 10 p.m. Public welcome to come in to stay cool; no activities provided



PP&R offers you the following tips for a safe summer, PP&R pool and splash pad/fountain information, and Poet’s Beach hours and info below.

  • Stay hydrated. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day – at least 8 oz. each, and drink more if you are working, playing or exercising.
  • Many surfaces found in parks or elsewhere in the city may be hot. These include asphalt, concrete, plastic, metal where the sun is shining, may be hot.  Parents should use care when supervising children on play structures, park benches, paths, and elsewhere
  • Sleep well. Rest is important to the daily recovery of muscles and your body and brain function.
  • Choose food wisely. A sugar rush is usually followed by sugar burnout, about 30 minutes later. Instead, choose whole food proteins, healthy fats, and natural sources of carbohydrates.
  • Don’t burn! Remember to pack and USE sunscreen. Apply it frequently, and reapply after swimming.
  • Cooling centers: people in need of heat relief are encouraged to visit 211info.org or to call 211 for the locations of cooling centers in your area. Other places to get out of the heat include Portland Parks & Recreation Community Centers, libraries, shopping malls, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Our H20 is NOT too low: The Portland Water Bureau assures us that our City’s current water use is normal for this time of year. The Bull Run reservoirs have plenty of water to meet the higher summer demand that comes with hot weather. Anyone with questions can call the Portland Water Bureau Water Line at 503-823-7525.


PP&R pools offer open play swims, water exercise classes, junior lifeguard training, junior swim training, summer swim teams, and special events.

Free swims are offered through August 25, at pools across Portland, though during the heat wave, there may be a wait time at various pools due to high demand. For more information on how to register for swimming lessons or participate in other summer activities, contact the pool in your area or the Aquatics Administration Office at 503-823-5130.

Pool schedules and info are available at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/38284



  • Creston Pool, 4454 SE Powell Blvd, (503) 823-3672
  • Grant Pool, 2300 NE 33rd Avenue, (503) 823-3674
  • Montavilla Pool,8219 NE Glisan Street, (503) 823-3675
  • Peninsula Pool, 700 N Rosa Parks Way, (503) 823-3677
  • Pier Pool, 9341 N St. Johns Avenue, (503) 823-3678
  • Sellwood Pool, 7951 SE 7th Avenue, (503) 823-3679
  • Wilson Pool, 1151 SW Vermont Avenue, (503) 823-3680



  • Columbia Pool, 7701 N Chautauqua Blvd, (503) 823-3669
  • East Portland Pool, 740 SE 106th Avenue, (503) 823-3450
  • Matt Dishman Pool, 77 NE Knott Street, (503) 823-3673
  • Mt. Scott Pool,5530 SE 72nd Avenue, (503) 823-3183
  • Southwest Pool, 6820 SW 45th Avenue, (503) 823-2840



Portland Parks & Recreation's splash pads and fountains around the city are open to help you stay cool! Cool off through the end of September. Splash pad hours are 11 am to 9 pm; fountain hours mirror park hours. What’s the difference? Fountains have chlorination and recirculate water; while water in splash pads drains away – like running through the sprinklers. Our list is also available online at portlandoregon.gov/parks/splash in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Somali, and Vietnamese.



Note: Fountains are great for playing in, but the water is not for drinking! Like a swimming pool, fountains recirculate treated water. Please help us keep the fountains clean for all to enjoy.






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