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Sellwood Pool's bathhouse roof was replaced in 2016-17 with funds from the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond. The bathhouse also received seismic upgrades and other building repairs. Work was done during the fall and winter to avoid any closures to this seasonal pool.
The Sellwood Park Kitchen roof and structural columns will be replaced with funding from the Parks Replacement Bond. This building was constructed in the mid-1920s as a concession stand and now is used as a kitchen space for park reservations.
Evan Callahan, Evan.Callahan@portlandoregon.gov, (971) 940-5741
Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, Maija.Spencer@portlandoregon.gov, (503) 823-5593
Phase 1 - Sellwood Pool Bathhouse Roof
Phase 2 - Sellwood Park Kitchen Roof
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.