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Matt Dishman Community Center

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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 – OPEN 5:30am-3:00pm
  • December 25 – CLOSED   
  • December 31 – OPEN 5:30am-3:00pm
  • January 1, 2022 – 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)Youth (age 3-12)Senior CoupleFamily
20-Visit Pass$106$85$85$77$85-
Month Pass**$41$33$33$29$49$66
  • Children age 0-2 are FREE
  • 20-Visit and Month Passes provide access to 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.
  • *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

Matt Dishman Indoor Pool

See more about Matt Disman Indoor Pool

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

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 Center3:00-7:00pm3:00-7:00pm3:00-7:00pm3:00-7:00pm3:00-7:00pm
TeenForce Open Gym5:00-7:00pm5:00-7:00pm5:00-7:00pm5:00-7:00pm5:00-7:00pm
TeenForce Lounge3:00-7:00pm3:00-7:00pm3:00-7:00pm3:00-7:00pm3:00-7:00pm

Fitness Center

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.
  • Use of the fitness center is limited to 10 people at a time to allow for adequate distancing. This will change as public health guidelines allow.


  • Selectorized Strength Equipment
  • Treadmills
  • Stationary Bikes
  • 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 25 people 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. 

All schedules are subject to change.
Hatha Yoga
Zumba® Toning
Hatha Yoga
Zumba® Gold Toning
Yoga in Chairs
Yoga in Chairs
The Ellové Technique
Fab & Fit & Over Fifty


*Begins 10/22

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

Bootcamp: Use simple, effective, fundamental exercises designed to push you farther than you would push yourself! A traditional mix of callisthenic and bodyweight workouts that build core strength, increase flexibility, and relieve stress. Couch potatoes and athletes alike can benefit from this in­tensely exciting way to get fit.

Butoh: Butoh is a modern dance movement that began in Japan in the late 1950s and is now a global dance phenomenon. Butoh movement rests somewhere between Tai Qi and mime, it can be very peaceful or expressive. Many dancers experience meditative states with Butoh. All abilities welcome.

Fab. & Fit & Over Fifty: This class is a combination of strength training and basic movements to improve balance, joint stability, coordination, and flexibility. The class is designed for those that prefer a workout without the added impact to joints and includes aerobic movements and toning with plenty of friendly fun!

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!

Kettlebell: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!

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.

Yoga in Chairs: A fun, gentle class of stretching and movement to maintain and 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®: 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.

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 in achieving the desired goals. Strength training exercises are essential in preventing loss of muscle mass, atrophy, increasing muscle strength, and just toning up. Looking forward to taking you on a trip around the World! Are you ready to party?

Zumba® Toning: For those who want to party but puts extra emphasis on toning and sculpting to define those muscles! Zumba Toning adds resistance by using Zumba® Toning Sticks (or light weights), to help you focus on specific muscle groups, so you (and your muscles) stay engaged.

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



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.

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.

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.

Matt Dishman Community Center Pool, Spa, and Roof Projects

Phase 1 - Matt Dishman Indoor Pool and Spa

Matt Dishman Indoor Pool and Spa received major repairs and renovation thanks to the Parks Replacement Bond. Due to a small part of this project (spa expansion) being eligible for System Development Charge (SDC) funding, the Parks SDC Fund contributed $10,000. 

The project included resurfacing the pool, which addressed hollow locations behind the plaster and cracks in the sub-surface of the pool floor. 

It also completely replaced the spa (which was leaking 1,000 gallons of water per day) with a larger capacity spa that can hold up to 20 users. The spa’s mechanical systems including piping, filters, chemical controllers, and chlorine systems have been replaced, and a new ultra-violet filtering system has been added.The three existing fiberglass sand filters for the pool have also been replaced with one high-efficiency filter.  

Project Schedule

Phase 1 - Pool and Spa - COMPLETED

  • Fall 2015 - Winter 2015/16: Design Development
  • Winter 2015/16 - Spring 2016: Construction Documents
  • Spring 2016 - Summer 2016: Permitting and Bidding
  • Summer 2016 - Mid-October 2016: Construction / Pool Closure
  • Mid-October 2016: Pool and spa reopened

Phase 2 - Matt Dishman Community Center Electrical Systems 

Built in 1940, the community center’s electrical system is outdated and undersized. This project will replace components of the electrical system that are more than 40 years old. Improvements will increase safety and reliability of the electrical system. Construction is planned for spring 2019 - summer 2019. 

Planned improvements include: 

  • Replace main distribution panel in janitor’s closet including associated bussing, wires, and conductors.
  • Move electrical panel from gym into hallway outside gym. 
  • Install light switches in gym so metal halide lights can be turned off without using the breakers.
  • Relocate existing punching bag in boxing room to provide clear space around electrical panel.

Project Schedule

Phase 2 - Electrical Work - COMPLETED 

  • Winter 2016/18 - Summer 2018: Project Set-up / Design Development 
  • Summer 2018 - Fall 2018: Construction Documents
  • Fall 2018 - Spring 2019: Permitting and Bidding
  • March 2019 - Summer 2019: Construction 

Phase 3 - Matt Dishman Community Center Roof Replacement 

Several areas of the Matt Dishman Community Center roof have been identified as being in poor condition, and there is evidence of water damage within the building from these areas. This project will investigate and repair the roof. This work is not expected to impact daily activities at the community center, but visitors may notice noise, odors, and other construction impacts. 

Roof replacement is planned for summer 2020. 

Project Schedule

Phase 3 - Roof Work

  • Fall 2018 - Winter 2018/19: Project Set-up / Design Development 
  • Winter 2018/19 - Spring 2019: Construction Documents
  • Spring 2019 - Spring 2020: Permitting and Bidding
  • Summer 2020: Construction
Matt Dishman Pool Fitness Class

Park Location or Entrance

77 NE Knott Street
Portland, OR 97212

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Open hours

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


Matt Dishman Community Center

Amourie Downing

Matt Dishman CC 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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