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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Portland Parks & Recreation is YOUR Destination During Hot Weather!

Splash pad at Portland Parks & Recreation’s Peninsula Park

POSTED JULY 29, 2016

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation tips for a safe summer:

  • Stay hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day - 8 oz. each, and drink more if you are working, playing or exercising.
  • 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. If it wasn’t around a thousand years ago or is made by man (and not nature), chances are you don’t need it.
  • 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 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.


Keep cool in a PP&R pool, offering open play swims, water exercise classes, junior lifeguard training, junior swim training, summer swim teams, and special events. A list of pools and schedules is available at


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



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