Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204
Sellwood Pool's bathhouse roof will be replaced with funds from the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond. The bathhouse will also receive seismic upgrades and other building repairs. Work will be done during the fall and winter to avoid any closures to this seasonal pool.
Connie Johnson, Connie.Johnson@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5571
Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, Maija.Spencer@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5593
Portland Parks & Recreation staff presented plans for the roof renovations at the Wednesday, November 4, 2015 meeting of SMILE (Sellwood-Moreland Improvement League). The presentation boards can be seen here.
The Sellwood Park Pool was built in 1910 as a replacement for the municipal bath house which had been at the foot of Jefferson Street. The Jefferson Street bathhouse had once been a floating structure with a slat bottom. It was closed due to increased pollution in the Willamette River. The Sellwood pool was the first structure of its kind in the city. It was a large wooden edifice with a ten-foot board fence around it to provide privacy: girls used the pool one day, boys the next.
The Sellwood Natatorium (aka Bathhouse), an arts and crafts style building, opened to the public in 1929 and still serves pool visitors today. In 1996, funds from the General Obligation Bond Initiative (GOBI) were used to reconstruct the pool and renovate the bathhouse. The bathhouse's lobby, restrooms, dressing areas, and showers received improvements.
From initial studies of the roof by the architect team in September 2015, it appears the original wood shingles have never been replaced over the past 86 years, and now the roof assembly is in an advanced state of decay and deterioration making repair critical. The roof replacement and other repairs funded by the Parks Replacement Bond will allow this facility to serve pool users for decades to come.