POSTED AUGUST 2, 2017
(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|
SAFETY TIPS AND OTHER OPTIONS TO STAY COOL
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 211info.org 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
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 portlandoregon.gov/parks/38284
- 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
SPLASH PADS, FOUNTAINS, and POET’S BEACH
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 portlandoregon.gov/parks/splash in English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, Somali, and Vietnamese.
FOUNTAINS YOU CAN PLAY IN
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.
- Dawson Park, N Stanton Street and Williams Avenue
- Director Park, 815 SW Park Avenue
- Holladay Park, NE 11th Avenue and Holladay Street
- Jamison Square, 810 NW 11th Avenue
- Stark Street Island Park’s Rose Pedal Fountain, SE 106th Avenue and Stark Street
- Waterfront Park’s Bill Naito Legacy Fountain, by Saturday Market, near the Burnside Bridge
- Waterfront Park’s Salmon Springs Fountain, Naito Parkway between SW Harrison Street and NW Glisan
PARK SPLASH PADS
- Columbia Park and Annex, N Lombard Street and Woolsey Avenue
- Earl Boyles Park, east of SE 107th Avenue and Francis Street (UNDERGOING MAINTENANCE, MAY BE CLOSED FOR REPAIRS)
- Elizabeth Caruthers Park, 3508 SW Moody Avenue
- Essex Park, SE 79th Avenue and Center Street
- Farragut Park, Kerby Avenue and Farragut Street
- Grant Park, NE 33rd Avenue and US Grant Place
- Irving Park, NE 7th Avenue and Fremont Street
- Kenton Park, 8417 N Brandon Avenue
- Khunamokwst Park, 5200 NE Alberta Street
- McCoy Park, N Trenton Street and Newman Avenue
- Northgate Park, N Geneva Avenue and Fessenden Street
- Peninsula Park, 700 N Rosa Parks Way
- Pier Park, N Lombard Street and Bruce Avenue
- Raymond Park, SE 118th Avenue and Raymond Street
- Woodlawn Park, NE 13th Avenue and Dekum Street
- The new Poet’s Beach on the Willamette River is open daily, staffed with river lifeguards 11am-7pm (lifeguard hours are subject to change).
CANCELATIONS OF PP&R CLASSES, CAMPS, AND/OR OTHER ACTIVITIES
All cancelations will be posted on the PP&R Inclement Weather page.
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