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Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Stay cool for FREE at several PP&R community centers


(Portland, OR) –

Select centers and hours only; see list. PP&R also offers swimming pools, park fountains and splash pads, Poet’s Beach on the Willamette

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.

FREE Communtiy Center Activities
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.

Community Center Cool Activities: Wednesday, August 2-Friday, August 4
Charles Jordan Community Center 
9009 N Foss Ave, 503-823-3631
9am-9pm Board games, cards, and puzzles, possible movie
Community Music Center
3350 SE Francis St,503-823-3177
9:30am-8:30pm Wed/Thu 8/2,3 Auditorium is available (classes held on the stage from 6:30-8:30pm Public is welcome as quiet audience) 9:30am-4:30pm Friday 8/4 CMC auditorium is available for the public to cool off
East Portland Community Center
740 SE 106th Ave, 503-823-3450
5:30-9:30pm     Board games, foosball, ping-pong, movie
Hillside Community Center
653 Northwest Culpepper Terrac., 503-823-3181
1-6pm          Movie and board games
Matt Dishman Community Center
77 NE Knott St, 503-823-3673
Wedneday, 8/2  6:30-9pm , Showing a movie
Thursday, 8/3 6:30-9pm, Showing a movie
Friday, 8/4 5-8pm, Showing a movie
Mt. Scott Community Center 
5530 SE 72nd Ave, 503-823-3183
5:30-9:30pm     Limited activities provided (e.g. board games)
Multnomah Arts Center
7688 SW Capitol Hwy, 503-823-2787
9am - 9:30pm   Hallways available for refreshing5-9:30pm  Auditorium also available
Southwest Community Center
6820 SW 45th Ave,503-823-2840
6:30 - 8:30pm      Showing a movie
St. Johns Community Center 
8247 N Central St,503-823-3192
6pm-10pm 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 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

  • 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 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.




All cancelations will be posted on the PP&R Inclement Weather page.

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