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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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St. Johns Community Center
8427 N Central Street Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acquired in 1948

Includes basketball court - indoor, community center, gymnasium, kitchen - reservable, meeting room - reservable, party room - reservable, preschool program, rock climbing wall, and wireless Internet access.
Basketball Court - Indoor Community Center Kitchen - Reservable Meeting Room - Reservable Party Room - Reservable Rock Climbing Wall Wireless Internet Access

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Historical Information
Built in 1940, this center was originally part of a recreation complex that served the large number of workers in the Kaiser shipyards during World War II. When the war was over, the pre-fabricated building was dismantled and moved on flatbed trucks, piece by piece, to its current location. This new home was two blocks from the center of downtown St. Johns, at the edge of a large cherry and prune orchard. Some of the old fruit trees still stand on the center's grounds. In 1998-99, a number of improvements were made using funds from 1994 General Obligation Bond.

In 2018, St. Johns Community Center received a roof and HVAC system replacement thanks to funds from the Parks Replacement Bond.