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POSTED JULY 2, 2019
Project funded by Parks Bond, System Development Charges revitalizes North Portland swimming center
(Portland, OR) –
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R)’s Peninsula Pool will reopen Monday, July 8, 2019 for the Summer 2019 season. The Parks Replacement Bond and Parks System Development Charges* funded major renovations at the popular outdoor pool, located at 700 N. Rosa Parks Way in Portland.
The renovations at Peninsula Pool have increased the pool’s capacity from 188 to a maximum of 296 swimmers.
“Peninsula Pool is a neighborhood treasure,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. “The upgrades will allow more users to enjoy the pool this summer.”
Peninsula Pool and all other PP&R outdoor pools are open through August 25, 2019.
The project added a wall between the pool’s deep and newly expanded shallow water areas. The larger shallow water portion increases the pool’s capacity for swim lessons and for free play by younger and less experienced swimmers. The project also added a lift to the adjacent Peninsula Community Center, providing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access to the lower-level classroom and dance studio spaces.
Other project improvements included new pool and deck lights, new drainage and water circulation systems, new pumps, a high-efficiency filtration system, and gutters.
“Peninsula Pool has a rich history of serving a multicultural community,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long. “And now the expanded pool is a place where even more neighbors, families, and friends can gather and make lasting summer memories. Thanks to all our project team members, partners, and to our staff for making this vision a reality.”
Portland Parks & Recreation invites everyone to join us for the grand reopening celebration:
Enjoy free swimming, cake, Water Safety Day activities, a synchronized swimming performance by the Rose City Raindrops troupe, and more!
Peninsula Park Community Center and Peninsula Park remained open during construction, which began in September 2018.
*Parks System Development Charges (SDCs) are one-time fees assessed on new development to cover a portion of the cost of providing specific types of public infrastructure required as a result of this development. Park SDCs help ensure that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.
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