Matt Dishman Community Center

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Matt Dishman Community Center building entrance
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

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.

Inclement Weather Policy and Closures

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

Sign Up for Activities

  • Summer activities, including day camps, are viewable online.
    • Sign up today for activities that take place through August 28

View and sign up for activities online

Learn more about PP&R's summer camp program.

Summer camps at MDCC

Admission Fees and Pass Options

Gain access to drop-in activities during their scheduled times. Amenities include the fitness center, group exercise classes, water fitness and lap swim, whirlpool spa, play swims, and open gym times. 

  • 20-Visit and Month Passes can be used at Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Mt. Scott, and Southwest 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, or Renew Active.

Drop-In Admission

  • Youth (age 3-12): $4
  • Teen (age 13-17): $5
  • Adult (age 18-59): $6
  • Senior (age 60+): $5

20-Visit Pass

  • Youth (age 3-12): $77
  • Teen (age 13-17): $85 
  • Adult (age 18-59): $106
  • Senior (age 60+): $85
  • Senior Couple (both age 60+): $85

Month Pass

  • Youth (age 3-12): $29
  • Teen (age 13-17): $33 
  • Adult (age 18-59): $41
  • Senior (age 60+): $33
  • Senior Couple (both age 60+): $49
  • Family: $66

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). 

Portland Parks Preschool

Now enrolling for the 2022-2023 school year. Virtual and discount options are available. View schedules and learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at

Drop-In Activities

Adult open gym activities are canceled for the summer. Drop-in group fitness classes, fitness center, and swimming are available.

TeenForce Drop-in Activities

FREE TeenForce Pass and activity sign-in is required. TeenForce waiver and orientation are required for use of Fitness Center.

  • Monday through Thursday
    3:00–7:00pm—TeenForce Fitness Center
    3:00–7:00pm—TeenForce Game Room
    5:00–7:00pm—TeenForce Open Gym (no open gym on Wednesdays)

  • Friday
    3:00–10:00pm—TeenForce Game Room
    5:30–7:30pm—Pre-Teen Night (age 10–13)
    8:00–10:00pm—Teen Night (age 14–18)


Matt Dishman 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 orientation prior to access.


  • Selectorized Strength Equipment
  • Treadmills
  • Stationary Bikes
  • 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.

  • Tuesday
    9:00–9:45am—Zumba® Gold Toning
    10:00–10:45am—The Ellové Technique
    6:00–6:45pm—Yoga in Chairs
    7:00–7:45pm—Hatha Yoga
  • Wednesday
    11:45am–12:30pm—Low Impact 20/20
    6:00–6:45pm—Yoga in Chairs
    7:00–7:45pm—Hatha Yoga
  • Thursday
    10:00–10:45am—The Ellové Technique

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

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, & fun class. Newbies are welcome!

A high-intensity-ballistic workout that can help meet your toughest fitness goals. It combines functional, compound exercises such as “the swing,” “the clean” and “the press” that will work multiple muscle groups. Beginners welcome!

Low Impact 20/20
This class combines all your favorite aspects of fitness and puts them into one solid workout! With 20 minutes of strength training interspersed with 20 minutes of low-impact cardio, you’ll receive a full-body workout. We’ll utilize free weights and resistance bands in this moderate to high-intensity format. 

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.

Yoga in Chairs
A fun, gentle class of stretching and movement to maintain and increase joint mobility. Influenced by traditional Yoga, this class addresses coordination, balance, and flexibility. Participants also learn basic breathing and meditation techniques to handle stress and promote relaxation.

Zumba® Gold Toning
This class will feature all the fun of Zumba while adding weight resistance in increasing muscular and cardio benefits. We will use 1-pound toning sticks, weights, water bottles, or your own body to achieve the desired goals. Strength training exercises are essential in preventing loss of muscle mass, atrophy, increasing muscle strength, and toning up. Looking forward to taking you on a trip around the World! Are you ready to party?

Year acquired
Size in acres

The center is located on the site of the former Eliot Grade School. After the school was relocated, PP&R took it over in 1950 and remodeled the building, naming it the Knott Street Community Center. In the late 1960s, the local community lobbied to name the center after Matt Dishman, the first African-American Multnomah County sheriff and police officer in the city of Portland. The pool was added in 1992. In 2009, the fitness center was completely renovated.

In 2016, Matt Dishman’s pool and spa were fully renovated with funding from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond. Improvements included resurfacing the pool shell to address hollow locations behind the plaster and cracks in the sub-surface of the pool floor, replacement of the spa with a larger capacity spa (expansion funded by System Development Charges) and new major mechanical systems, and the replacement of three fiberglass sand filters for the pool with one high-efficiency filter. In addition to the pool and spa, Matt Dishman Community Center received electrical system upgrades and a new roof in 2019-2020 thanks to the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond. 

Installed on the lawn in front of the center is a pavilion sculpted by Jon Gierlich in 1996, aptly titled Angle of Repose. The artist combined traditional porch designs based on the historic Victorian architecture in the area with an urban plaza where people are encouraged to meet and interact.

Park Location or Entrance

77 NE Knott Street
Portland, OR 97212

Open hours

Monday-Friday: 5:30am-7:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am-2:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am-2:00pm

Building Closures and Special Hours
September 5 – CLOSED
September 22 – CLOSED for Staff Training


Matt Dishman Community Center

Evan Lilly

Matt Dishman Community Center Building Supervisor

Steve Kavanagh

Matt Dishman Community Center Aquatics Coordinator

Upcoming construction

Park amenities/activities

Fitness Room
Preschool Program
Statue or Public Art
Weight Room
Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)
Stage (Indoor)
Basketball Court (Indoor)


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