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Fall 2021 with Portland Parks & Recreation

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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is thrilled to restore fall programming in 2021 with resources from the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy)! Due to the ongoing global pandemic, the fall will look different this year to protect public health.
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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 fall programming has been designed to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change.

Due to public health guidance, some PP&R sites and programs may need to operate at reduced capacity or change locations.

View COVID-19 safety guidelines, closures, and postponements

Visit our COVID-19 Safety Practices for Youth Participants materials to learn more about Portland Parks & Recreation's protocols.


How to register for activities, classes, and offerings

  • Fall activities run October 4 - December 31, 2021
  • Registration is now open.

Create an account
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) uses an online registration system for all the amazing camps, classes, and programs available to you and your family. To register for PP&R activities, you'll first need to create an online account.

Search for a class or activity
Once you have an account, follow this video's step-by-step instructions and captions to search for and sign up for activities.


Fall 2021 Activity Guide

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Fall programs and offerings

Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR)
Offering activities specially designed for children, teens, and adults who live with disabilities.

Arts classes and Music classes
Multnomah Arts Center offers in-person and virtual classes. 
Community Music Center offers in-person classes and virtual classes.

Community Centers
Portland Parks & Recreation community centers are open for PP&R’s educational preschool, plus limited afterschool programs and drop-in TeenForce activities for youth ages 10 to 20. Drop-in access to our fitness centers and group fitness classes now available. PP&R indoor pools are open for drop-in activities (water fitness, lap swim, and play swims). Fall swim lesson information is below. 

All programming, participant capacity limits, and locations are subject to change based on the most current public health guidance. Currently, private rentals are not available. For questions or more information about PP&R community centers, please visit your local community center information page or contact the PP&R Customer Service Center at customerservicecenter@portlandoregon.gov.

Community Gardens
For information about our 58 Portland Community Gardens, including renewing garden plots, please visit our Community Gardens page.

Environmental Education
PP&R offers diverse environmental experiences in our city's parks and natural areas. Classes, guided walks, camps, volunteer opportunities such as No Ivy Day on November 20, 2021, naturalist training for youth, trail/tree maintenance jobs (including work for young people), and special events focus on the stewardship and connection to nature.

Fitness in the Park
Fitness in the Park activities are expected to return in early summer 2022.

Ladybug Nature Walks
Guided programs for preschools and their caregivers to connect Portlanders to the natural environment.

Lifelong Recreation (formerly known as Senior Recreation)
Virtual and in-person activities for Portlanders ages 60 and up. 

Swimming Lessons

  • Registration is currently open for PP&R swim lessons that run between November 8 to December 19.

For questions for more information, call your local pool.

The number of classes that Portland Parks & Recreation is able to offer will be limited this fall. If you are not able to get into a class, we highly recommend that you place yourself on the waitlist for a class. All classes are 30-minutes long and are offered either Monday or Wednesday, Tuesday or Thursday, or Saturday. Lesson offerings vary by pool and not all levels are offered at all times. See the link below to view and register for swim lessons. No private or semi-private lessons will be offered for fall 2021.

Southwest Community Centeris undergoing maintenance work which has closed the pool until late October. Swim lessons at Southwest Community Center will begin on Saturdays only October 23, 2021 and subsequent days during the next session which begins on November 8, 2021. For more information, contact the pool at 503-823-2840.

Lap Swimming and Water Fitness
Lap swimming and water fitness classes are available at three indoor pools. 

Portland Tennis Center
Indoor and outdoor courts available for play, lessons, and tournaments.

TeenForce Pass and Programs
PP&R offers FREE access to scheduled drop-in and special registered activities at Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, and Mt. Scott community centers. Drop-in activities are available now, and registration is open now for classes that begin October 4, 2021. Stop by any TeenForce site to pick up your required TeenForce pass today. 

Urban Forestry Programs
Urban Forestry hosts community events and workshops on a wide variety of tree topics. For more information, visit Get Involved with Urban Forestry. 

  • Portland Arbor Day
    Saturday, October 30, 2021, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at Lents Park.
    Join us to kick off the tree planting season at Lents Park. Bring friends and family to plant trees, meet neighbors, and sign up for free yard trees.
  • Free Yard Tree Giveaway
    PP&R is giving away 1,800 trees this fall. Click here to register now or call 503-823-4963

Virtual Programs
Free Stay and Play videos help Portlanders stay active and connected to PP&R throughout the summer. Videos are available at youtube.com/pdxparksandrec/videos. A limited number of registered, virtual classes will also be available.


Work with Portland Parks & Recreation

Thanks to Portland voters and the Parks Levy, PP&R is hiring for seasonal work and for year-round employment. Please visit portland.gov/parks/employment for information and to see all opportunities available within recreation, aquatics, environmental education, maintenance, and more. 

See employment opportunities