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Charles Jordan Community Center

Community and arts center

The Charles Jordan Community Center is temporarily closed and all recreation activities are canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change.

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All PP&R recreation activities are canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit our Parks Cancellations and Refunds page.

COVID-19 related information

Learn more about closures and postponements related to the COVID-19 pandemic response.

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Admission Fees and Pass Options

VisitorDrop-In20-Visit CardActive Pass
Adult | age 18-59$5.25$89$34/month
Senior | age 60+$4.00$68$26/month
Teen | age 14-17$4.00$68$26/month
Senior Couplen/an/a$39/month
  • Children age 0-2 are FREE
  • Passes only valid at Charles Jordan Community Center. Must be at least 14yrs of age to utilize the fitness center and drop-in fitness classes. Passes provide access to both fitness center and fitness classes.
  • Combo pass available for access to Charles Jordan Community Center and Columbia Pool. Inquire at either facility. 
  • Non-residents may be assessed an additional fee to account for City of Portland taxes that support Portland Parks & Recreation.
  • *Active Passes will auto-renew each month. Simply pay your first monthly fee upon registering and all future monthly payments are deducted directly from your debit or credit card. Monthly pass options are available for scholarship recipients.
  • **Family denotes a couple (married or domestic partner) or single parent and their legal dependents living in the same household.

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Fitness and Personal Training

The Charles Jordan Community Center fitness program offers a wide range of amenities and classes for all levels, from beginning to advanced.

Fitness Center Hours

Monday-Friday: 6:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Fitness Center Amenities

  • 17 Selectorized weight machines
  • 7 Elliptical cross-trainers
  • Free weight area
  • 6 Treadmills
  • 5 Stationary bikes
  • Cardio Theater
  • 4 Flat screen TVs
  • Locker Room with Private Showers

Group Exercise Classes
Drop-In Group Exercise Classes are offered every day in our Exercise Studio. For the most up-to-date information call 503-823-3631 or view the Group Exercise Drop-In Schedule posted online.

Personal Training
Look and feel your best with a guided fitness plan designed just for you. Personal training gives you the opportunity to find real, achievable goals and to meet those goals in a safe and timely manner. Stop by CJCC or call us at 503-823-3631 to get started!

Personal Program Orientation
We strongly recommend this program to everyone planning to use the Fitness Center. A fitness specialist will show you how to use all of the cardio equipment and devise a safe, effective weight training routine personalized to your body type and fitness goals.

1-hour session: $40

Individual Personal Training
Make an appointment with a personal trainer, who will oversee your progress, and hold you accountable. Our excellent Personal Training Staff will motivate you to make a fresh start, or reach a new level in your fitness.

1 half-hour session: $20
1 one-hour session: $40
3 one-hour sessions: $99
6 one-hour sessions: $180

Group Training
Set-up a personal training session with a few of your friends. Our personal trainers will work with groups of up to four people. Personal training with friends is a great way to stay motivated, workout with your friends and save money!

2 people: $25/person per hour
3 people: $20/person per hour
4 people: $15/person per hour

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Portland Parks Preschool

Open Enrollment for the 2020-2021 School Year Begins Wednesday, February 19

Portland Parks & Recreation is dedicated to providing a play-based, child-centered educational preschool program for ages 3-5 years old. Play is an important avenue for learning. It is our goal to honor where each child is in their development and to make goals to foster the individual child's growth and development. It is our belief that ALL children want to be successful; we are committed to providing guidance that supports each child and classroom.

Preschool (3 years by 9/1/20)
Monday / Wednesday / Friday
9:00am-11:45am | $210/month

Tuesday / Thursday
9:00-11:45am | $150/month

Monday - Friday
9:00-11:45am | $360/month

Pre-K (4 years by 9/1/20)
Monday / Wednesday / Friday
9:00am-11:45am | $210/month

Tuesday / Thursday
9:00-11:45am | $150/month

Monday - Friday
9:00-11:45am | $360/month

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Portland Parks & Recreation recognizes that some residents of the City of Portland may require financial assistance to participate in our programming. We believe all preschool-age children should have access to educational opportunities in their community. If the cost of Portland Parks Preschool is out of your reach, we encourage you to speak to our staff about scholarship opportunities that may align the price to your family’s budget. 

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LEAP Afterschool Program

Learn Explore Achieve Prosper (LEAP)  | Grade K-5

A school year program serving 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 PPS non-school days.

2019-2020 school year | $78/month

For more information, please call: 503-823-3631

Typical daily schedule:

  • Arrive and table games in the classroom
  • Large group game
  • Snack
  • Homework
  • Rotations (arts, crafts, science and more!)
  • Free time/pick up 

Rental and Party Packages

Having an event? Whether you are looking for a hosted children's party or simply space for your event, we can help! Check the Party Package or Facility Rental links to the left. Please feel out a request form and submit it into our front desk or email it to Derek Sawhney our Rental Coordinator.

Birthday Packages

What's your favorite theme? Indoor Park, Messy Art, Sports, or maybe Pirates or Princesses? Choose your party package and we'll do the rest! See the application to the left for pricing and additional information. 

  • Party packages require a minimum two-week advance booking so we may schedule our fun staff to host your party. 
  • Please fill out the Birthday Party Package Request Form to let us know your needs and call to speak to the rental coordinator for availability. 

Facility Rentals

Looking for a space? Charles Jordan Community Center has been booked for events that range from public meetings to family reunions to weekly basketball games for a group of friends who have played together for years. Our modern facility has a large gymnasium, a small gymnasium, two multi-purpose rooms and a small meeting room available for private, commercial, and non-profit groups. 

Please fill out the Facility Rental Request Form to let us know your needs and call for availability!

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Year acquired



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.

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Park Location or Entrance

Charles Jordan Community Center main entrance
9009 N Foss Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

Open hours

Monday-Friday: 6:30am-9:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am-6:00pm

Sunday: 9:00am-1:00pm


Park amenities/activities

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


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