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Charles Jordan Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Portland Parks & Recreation community centers are open for limited activities. Schedules are subject to change to meet public health guidelines.
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COVID-19 related information

Portland Parks & Recreation’s primary goal is to keep our community healthy and protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. We continue to follow guidance from public health authorities and elected officials. PP&R programming has been designed to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change. 

View COVID-19 safety guidelines, closures, and postponements

Building Closures and Special Hours

  • December 24 – CLOSED
  • December 31 – CLOSED

Inclement Weather Policy and Closures
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.

Discount Options

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) believes recreation is for everyone and recognizes that cost can be a barrier to participation. With resources from the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy), we can offer new payment options for City of Portland residents that allow you to choose payment levels based on your needs.

Learn about Pay What You Can and Access Discounts

Admission Fees and Pass Options

-Adult (age 18-59)Senior (age 60 and older)Teen* (age 13-17)Senior CoupleFamily
20-Visit Pass$89$68$68--
Month Pass**$34$26$26$39$56
  • Children age 0-2 are FREE
  • 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.
  • *FREE TeenForce Pass available at Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, and Mt. Scott Community Centers
  • **Month Passes | 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). 

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, or Renew Active.

Sign Up for Activities

  • Starting Monday, December 6 at 12:30pm for January 3–February 6 activities
  • Starting Monday, January 10 at 12:30pm for February 7–March 27 activities

View and sign up for activities online

Portland Parks Preschool

Now enrolling for the 2021-2020 school year. Virtual and discount options are available. Learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at

Preschool (age 3-4)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday9:00-11:45am$220 a month
Tuesday, Thursday9:00-11:45am$160 a month
Pre-Kindergarten (age 4-5)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday9:00-11:45am$220 a month
Tuesday, Thursday9:00-11:45am$160 a month

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.

  • Pay What You Can, $175, $125, $75
  • Now enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. 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.

TeenForce Drop-in

  • Age 10-20
  • FREE TeenForce Pass and activity sign-in is required.
  • Face covering required. A limited number of participants allowed at a time for optimal airflow and physical distancing.
  • TeenForce waiver and orientation are required for use of Fitness Center.
TeenForce Fitness Center3:00-6:00pm3:00-6:00pm3:00-6:00pm3:00-6:00pm3:00-6:00pm
TeenForce Open Gym3:00-4:45pm3:00-6:45pm3:00-6:45pm3:00-4:45pm3:00-6:45pm
TeenForce Lounge3:00-6:00pm3:00-6:00pm3:00-6:00pm3:00-6:00pm3:00-6:00pm

Fitness Center

Charles Jordan Community Center’s fitness program offers a wide range of amenities and classes for all levels.

  • 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.
  • Use of the fitness center is limited to 15 people at a time to allow for adequate distancing. This will change as public health guidelines allow.


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

Group Fitness Classes

  • Age 14 and older
  • Access is included with daily admission.
  • Attendance is limited to 15 people per class to allow for adequate distancing. Drop-in is first come, first served.

Strengthen your community, body, and mind with a group fitness class! Classes are offered for every age, shape, and fitness level.  

* Asterisk identifies classes with alternate start dates. Call for start date. All schedules are subject to change.

Zumba™ Gold Toning*
Be Fit*
Zumba™ Gold
Gentle Yoga
Amie M.
Fitness & Fun from your Chair
Yoga in Chairs
Low Impact
Be Fit/Arthritis FX
Tai Chi for Balance
Tai Chi for Balance
The Ellové Technique™
Hatha Yoga
Total Body
Cardio, Strength, and Stretch

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!

Zumba: 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.

Pound: 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.

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!

Personal Training

Available beginning January 2022.
Personal training gives you the opportunity to find real, achievable goals and to meet those goals in a safe and timely manner.

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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.

Park Location or Entrance

9009 N Foss Avenue
Portland, OR 97217

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Open hours

Monday-Friday: 6:30am-7:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED


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)


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