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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Inclement Weather Policy and Closures

AIR QUALITY UPDATE FOR PP&R

UPDATED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2018 AT 11AM

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation is modifying activities to focus on indoor activities as feasible, low-exertion arts and crafts, board games, etc. Unfortunately, the Trail Blazers clinic intended for Woodlawn Park at lunchtime today is CANCELED, as well as an event with the Rose City Rollers at Creston Park. However, free lunches WILL be served citywide. For all #SFFA info, please visit portlandoregon.gov/parks/sffa.

Portland Parks & Recreation is closely keeping an eye on air quality in the Portland metro area and working with health authorities to ensure our participants - particularly our most vulnerable populations, children, the elderly, and those with identified respiratory issues - are in a safe and healthy environment.

We also note that all parents can and should make their decisions based upon their own evaluations of the area’s air quality, benefits, and potential risks of taking part in outdoor activities. Our goal as a Bureau is to try to maintain service levels for the families which do find their needs can best be met by participation. We recognize that some participation levels may be low.  

If air quality moves into the “Very Unhealthy” range, as determined by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Portland Parks & Recreation may potentially cancel or postpone some activities. Changes will be posted on the Inclement Weather page and other portlandparks.org sites, on Facebook.com/PortlandParks, on Twitter @PDXParksandRec, and sent to local media outlets. For information from the Environmental Protection Agency on air quality, visit the EPA’s Airnow.gov page for Portland at this link.

 

UPDATED TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018 at 3:30PM

  • Peninsula Pool will close at 5:30pm tonight (after swim lessons) due to a temporary lack of staffing.
  • The Dive-In Movie showing of Toy Story at Pier Pool is going on as planned; the pool opens at 7:30pm; the movie starts at about 8:15pm, and is a great way to cool off and enjoy a great flick on our outdoor big screen.

While the closure of Peninsula Pool is NOT related to air quality, PP&R will continue to monitor conditions, and will communicate any further actions around the other scheduled showings this week - and any other postponements or cancellations impacting our programs, activities, and offerings. 

At this time, all other PP&R recreation programs are currently being held as planned. The Dive-In Movie showing of Toy Story at Pier Pool is going on as planned. However, due to the adverse air quality in the Portland metro area, activities scheduled for outdoors are being moved indoors where feasible. For all organized PP&R camps, classes and other activities, Portland Parks & Recreation staff are taking care to ensure that exertion is minimized, particularly for children and the elderly, and anyone with identified respiratory issues.

If air quality moves into the “Very Unhealthy” range, as determined by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Portland Parks & Recreation may potentially cancel or postpone some activities. Changes will be posted on the Inclement Weather page and other portlandparks.org sites, on Facebook.com/PortlandParks, on Twitter @PDXParksandRec, and sent to local media outlets. For information from the Environmental Protection Agency on air quality, visit the EPA’s Airnow.gov page for Portland at this link.


AIR QUALITY UPDATE FOR PP&R

UPDATED TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018, at 1:30PM

Portland Parks & Recreation outdoor (and indoor) pools remain open at this time, and all PP&R recreation programs are currently being held as planned. However, due to the adverse air quality in the Portland metro area, activities scheduled for outdoors are being moved indoors where feasible and other modifications to mitigate impacts are being implemented. PP&R continues to coordinate with POEM and monitors the Air Quality Index website. For all organized PP&R camps, classes and other activities, Portland Parks & Recreation staff are taking care to ensure that exertion is minimized, particularly for children and the elderly, and anyone with identified respiratory issues.

If air quality moves into the “Very Unhealthy” range, or the current event is prolonged, Portland Parks & Recreation may potentially cancel or postpone some activities. Changes will be posted on the Inclement Weather page and other portlandparks.org sites, on facebook.com/portlandparks, on Twitter @PDXParksandRec, and sent to local media outlets. For information from the Environmental Protection Agency on air quality, visit the EPA’s airnow.gov page for Portland at this link.

We encourage our patrons and families to evaluate the information available as it applies to their own health conditions and make the determination regarding participation during this air quality event. Our goal will be to strive to maintain service levels for the community, subject of course to patron and employee safety considerations.


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CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES

PP&R classes, activities, rentals, and sports events may be canceled due to inclement weather, such as ice, snow, or extreme heat. Check with your PP&R facility for the most current information via phone or online at portlandparks.org. Some recreation programs may run as conditions and staff availability allow. Safety is a major factor in determining operations at each PP&R facility. PP&R facilities, our social media outlets, and our website will all feature operating information including opening and closing times. 


PARKS, NATURAL AREAS, TRAILS

  • As time permits -- closures, delays, or detours on trails are posted on the Trail Closures and Delays page and also posted to Twitter and Facebook.
  • Never walk on frozen ponds or other water features. You never know how thick the ice is or how deep the water is below.
  • In cold temperatures, 'black ice' can easily be disguised when left behind by melting snow or rain. People traveling by bike or on foot should use caution and be safe.

Trail Closures and Delays

Portland is home to more than 152 miles of completed regional trails laced together, connecting people to each other and to the natural beauty of our city. Click here for up-to-date trail closures, delays, or detours.


Report a Tree Issues on Public Land

If you see a downed tree or large limb (not small branches), call 503-823-TREE (8733). Urban Forestry crews are working on biggest impacts first, as well as mitigating safety issues before clearing debris.