Ida B. Wells-Barnett Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Wilson Pool
Outdoor pools are closed. Thank you for another great summer season! 

Learn more about the selection of the new name for the pool, Ida B. Wells-Barnett Outdoor Pool, here

Year acquired
Size in acres

The first Wilson Outdoor Pool was constructed in 1957 and opened in the summer of 1958, through an agreement with Portland Public Schools. In 2005, Wilson Pool received major renovations with funds from the 2002 Parks Levy.  

In 2022, Wilson Outdoor Pool was renamed Ida B. Wells-Barnett Outdoor Pool through a community naming process. Former President Woodrow Wilson was known to have racist and segregationist views.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett (1862-1931) was honored for her significant legacy as a Black female journalist, civil rights advocate, educator, and researcher. She was known for her leadership speaking out against lynching and fighting for women’s suffrage. She spoke and wrote to President Wilson in protest of segregation and discriminatory hiring practices.

Accessibility Notes

All-User Changing Rooms
Ida B. Wells Outdoor Pool facilities feature one all-user changing room.

Zero Depth Entry
The leisure pool has a zero depth entry (sloped entrance from land to water). Pool-accessible wheelchair available for Leisure pool. 

Lifts with straps available for access to Lap pool.

Park Location or Entrance

1151 SW Vermont Street
Portland, OR 97219

Open hours



Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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