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Charles Jordan Community Center

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Safety is our top priority. For the latest information about cooling centers, tips for staying safe and updates to city services, please visit this page: 
Stay Safe during the Heat 

PP&R classes, activities, rentals, and sports events may be canceled due to inclement weather, such as ice, snow, or extreme heat. Call 503-823-2533 or visit for the most current information. Some recreation programs may run as conditions and staff availability allow. Safety is a major factor in determining operations at each PP&R facility. PP&R facilities, our social media outlets, and our website will all feature operating information including opening and closing times.


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Access Pass - Reduced Pricing

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) believes recreation is for everyone. We know that the price of programs and activities prevents some community members from being able to participate. Thanks to the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy) we can offer new payment options for people who live within the City of Portland. City of Portland residents can register for a free Access Pass to receive an ongoing discount of 25, 50, 75, or 90% based on financial need. The pass is valid for 12 months from the date of enrollment. No proof of income is required.

Learn more about the Access Pass 

Admission Fees and Pass Options

Gain access to drop-in activities during their scheduled times. Amenities include the fitness center, group exercise classes, and open gym times. 

  • The passes listed are valid only at Charles Jordan Community Center. Ask about pass options providing access to all PP&R community centers. The fees listed reflect pricing for City of Portland residents. Non-residents are charged more to account for City of Portland taxes that support Portland Parks & Recreation.
  • Teens (age 10-20) are encouraged to sign up for a TeenForce pass, which provides access to FREE TeenForce activities at Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, and Mt. Scott Community Centers. 
  • Children age 0-2 are FREE
  • Ask your insurance provider if they offer any of the following programs which cover the cost of a pass: Silver & Fit, Active & Fit, Silver Sneakers, One Pass, or Renew Active.

Drop-In Admission

  • Teen (age 13-17): $4
  • Adult (age 18-59): $5
  • Senior (age 60+): $4

20-Visit Pass

  • Teen (age 13-17): $68 
  • Adult (age 18-59): $89
  • Senior (age 60+): $68

Month Pass

  • Teen (age 13-17): $26 
  • Adult (age 18-59): $34
  • Senior (age 60+): $26
  • Senior Couple (both age 60+): $39
  • Family: $56

Month Pass | You can choose to sign up for an Auto Renew Pass, which will allow you to simply pay your first monthly fee upon registering, and all future monthly payments are deducted directly from your debit or credit card (requires a valid card to remain on file). You may also choose to purchase a single month pass, which will expire 30 days from purchase (no debit or credit card necessary). 

Sign Up for Activities

General Registration: Register online, over the phone through the Customer Service Center
(503-823-2525), or by calling or visiting a recreation or arts center.  

Fall activities take place from October 2 through December 29

  • Wednesday, September 6— Register beginning at 12:30pm for fall activities that start on or after September 6.
  •  Thursday, October 12— Register beginning at 9:30am for fall activities that start on or after November 6. 

View and sign up for activities online

View PP&R's Fall 2023 Activity Guide

View and sign up for youth camps at Charles Jordan Community Center

Portland Parks Preschool

Now enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year. Discount options are available. View schedules and learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at

Drop-In Activities 

Call 503 823 3631 if you have any questions about drop-in activities. 
Drop-in group fitness classes and fitness center are also available. 

  • Saturday 
    12:00–1:30pm— Family Basketball (age 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Regular drop-in fees apply. ​​No sports teams or parties permitted in the gym at this time.)

LEAP (Afterschool Program)

Learn, Explore, Achieve, Prosper

A school year program serving grades K-5 from Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, and Peninsula Elementary Schools. We provide transportation from school to our center.

Looking for fun? We're the place! Join us for action-packed games, homework assistance, crafts, and supervised activities to capture the interest of any child while promoting self-esteem and social skills! Sure to brighten any day! LEAP does not operate on Portland Public School non-school days. For more information, please call 503-823-3631.

  • To secure a space in our program, a $40 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. If this is a barrier to participation, the deposit can be collected at a later date upon request.

For further information of the Non-Discrimination statement, please visit the USDA Civil Rights webpage

TeenForce Drop-in Activities

FREE TeenForce Pass and activity sign-in is required (age 10–20). TeenForce waiver and orientation are required for use of Fitness Center.

  • Monday through Friday
    3:00–6:45pm —TeenForce Fitness Center
    3:00 –6:45pm —TeenForce Game Room
    4:30–5:30pm—TeenForce Tutoring
  • Monday 
    3:00–6:00pm —TeenForce Open Gym
    5:15–6:45pm—BB Workouts 
  • Tuesday
    3:00–5:00pm — TeenForce Open Gym
    5:15–6:45pm—Sheball (open basketball for self-identifying girls ages 10–18yrs old)
  • Wednesday
    3:00–6:00pm— TeenForce Open Gym
    4:15–5:15pm—Dance Studio
    5:15–6:45pm—BB Workouts 
  • Thursday
     3:00–4:45pm —TeenForce Open Gym
  • Friday* First and third Fridays of each month.
    4:00–6:30—Middle School Teen Night
    7:00–9:30pm —High School Teen Night 
    Contact site to register.Please note on Fridays when we are not offering Teen Night, we will run regular drop-in activities.


Charles Jordan Community Center’s fitness program offers a wide range of amenities and classes for all levels. Fitness Center is closed from 1:30pm-2:30pm Monday through Friday for deep cleaning and sanitizing.

  • Age 14 and older
  • Access is included with daily admission. 
  • Open for drop-in during regular business hours. 
  • Teens age 14-17 must have a guardian release form on file and complete an orientation prior to access.


  • Selectorized Strength Equipment
  • Treadmills
  • Recumbent Bikes
  • Stair Climbers
  • Upright Bike
  • Elliptical Cross Trainers
  • Free weight and stretching area

Group Fitness Classes

Strengthen your community, body, and mind with a group fitness class! For people age 14 and older at any fitness level. Access is included with daily admission. All schedules are subject to change.

  • Monday

    9:00–9:50am— Gentle Hatha Yoga, Raymi 
    10:00–10:50am—Be Fit, Maria
    11:00–11:50am—Better Balance & Strength, Maria 
    12:30–1:25pm—Circuit City, Leah 
    5:30-6:20pm—Zumba, Denesyn
    6:30–7:20pm—Hatha Yoga, Karen 

  • Tuesday
    8:45–9:35am—Yoga all levels, Cymbrie
    10:00–10:50am—Gyrokinesis, Marina
    2:00–2:50pm—Tai Chi for Balance, Terry
    5:00–5:50pm—The Ellové Technique®, Kelly
    6:00–6:50pm—Cardio, Strength, and Stretch, Georgann
    7:00—7:50pm—Gyrokenisis – Sit/Stand/Floor, Marina (beginning 9/19) 

  • Wednesday
    9:00–9:50am— Gentle Hatha Yoga, Raymi
    10:00–10:50am—Zumba® Gold, Melanie
    11:00–11:50am—Fitness and Fun from your Chair, Kathryn
    12:00–12:50pm—Be Fit/Arthritis FX, Kathryn
    6:30–7:20pm—Total Body Workout, Charissa
  • Thursday
    9:00–9:50am—Be Fit, Maria 
    10:15–11:05am—Gentle Yoga, Karen
    11:15–12:05am—Yoga in Chairs, Karen
    12:30-1:25pm – Boxing Strength, Leah
    2:00–2:50pm—Tai Chi for Balance, Terry
    6:00–6:55pm—Cardio, Strength, and Stretch, Georgann
    7:00-7:55pm- Zumba, Paula 
  • Friday
    9:00–9:50am—Zumba® Gold Toning, Michelle
    11:00–11:50am—Low Impact, Judy
  • Saturday
    9:45–10:35am—Total Body Workout, Charissa
    10:50–11:35am—Active Hatha Yoga (varied levels), Karen

Group Fitness Class Descriptions


Cardio, Strength, and Stretch
Combines all your favorite aspects of fitness and puts them into one solid workout! Combine 15 minutes of cardio, 15 minutes of strength, and 15 minutes of flexibility! Light to moderate class that works on slowly improving overall cardio, endurance, muscle tone, and flexibility.

Low Impact
A variety of cardio activities to improve your cardiovascular endurance. This class is designed to be lower impact, but still effective!

Total Body
A high-intensity interval class to help burn calories quickly and build muscle. It combines conditioning drills, and strength training intervals resulting in body strengthening and improved flexibility.


Zumba® Gold
Recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity, easy-to-follow Zumba™ choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion, and coordination. Come ready to sweat and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong. The class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility, and balance!

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility, boosted energy, and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. Everybody and everybody! Each Zumba™ class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on. Mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba™ Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise.

Channel your inner rockstar with this full-body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums.

The Ellové Technique®
A non-impact conditioning class taught by certified instructors. The pure techniques of ballet, yoga, fitness, and Pilates are set to music in a seamless movement sequence that improves alignment, balance, strength, flexibility, and body awareness.

MIND/BODY all levels

Tai Chi
A slow, gentle exercise practicing body awareness and intentional movement. Classes include exercises to strengthen core and legs, and to improve flexibility and balance.

The Gyrokinesis Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences.  It incorporates movements while standing, or on a mat, stool, or chair with an emphasis on circular and wavelike motions of the body.  It is an original and unique method that coordinates movement, breath, and mental focus

Gentle Yoga
Originating in India, this centuries-old practice of exercise revitalizes both mind & body.  Improve focus and release stress and tension while increasing strength, flexibility, balance, energy, and overall well-being.  This class features slow, flowing, mindful movement, linked to breath.

Hatha Yoga
Join in this all-level class that incorporates favorite Hatha yoga positions with just the right amount of deepening into those poses, stretching, and some light flow movement–all with a goal of strengthening our individual yoga practices little by little. A judgment-free, stress-free, and fun class. Newbies are welcome!

Year acquired
Size in acres

This center was built in the early 1940s as part of an enormous federal housing project for ship workers mobilized for the World War II effort. At the time of its construction, it included recreational facilities as well as a restaurant, a fire department with three engines, and administrative offices for the housing project. The center was acquired by PP&R in 1953. With funding from the 1994 bond measure, a major renovation resulted in the expansion of the east and west wings. A portion of the 2002 parks levy was used to build a new active recreation wing in 2007, nearly doubling the center's size with PP&R’s largest gymnasium, a fitness room, a youth game room, dance studio, and computer lab.

A wind-driven kinetic sculpture by Jerry Mayer was installed in front of the center on August 31, 1999. Mayer worked closely with the North Portland community to develop Whirlymajig, an altered water pump windmill with a 5-ft diameter fan wheel atop a 30-ft steel flag pole. Driven by the wind through a system of gears, driveshafts, axles, and drive chains, the sculpture's tail section consists of variously moving aluminum cutouts of arms and legs performing physically and mentally challenging tasks.

As part of the center's extensive 2007 renovation, a wall sculpture by Laura Bender and John Early was installed in the lobby. From Here to There is a metaphor for the venture of exploration, a story about movement, coordination, and change that references things historical, nautical, and navigational. Movement refers to people relocating here, ships sailing rivers and seas, driftwood swept up on the shores of the Columbia River, and people meeting and forming relationships as they dance, exercise, and move around one another.

In 2012, the center was renamed in honor of Charles Jordan, Portland’s first African-American City Commissioner and Portland Parks & Recreation Director. He was the force behind Portland landmarks such as Pioneer Courthouse Square, the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, Delta Park, and Southwest Community Center. On the national stage, Charles Jordan broadened the agenda of the environmental movement and land conservation to make it more inclusive. He is known for his groundbreaking approach to putting people - particularly people of color - at the heart of the American Conservation Movement.

Park Location or Entrance

9009 N Foss Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

Located within

Open hours

Monday–Friday: 6:30am–8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am–5:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Building Closures and Special Hours
September 21–CLOSED
November 10–Open10:00am to 6:00pm
November 22–Open 6:30am-3:00pm
November 23–CLOSED 
November 24–Open 10:00am to 6:00pm 


Charles Jordan Community Center

Park amenities/activities

Computer Lab
Fitness Room
Preschool Program
Rock Climbing Wall
Statue or Public Art
Weight Room
Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)
Stage (Indoor)
Basketball Court (Indoor)

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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