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Matt Dishman Community Center

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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Built in 1940, the community center’s electrical system is outdated and undersized.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

Size in acres


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.

Reservations available

Meeting room
Party room
Matt Dishman Pool Fitness Class

Park Location or Entrance

77 NE Knott Street
Portland, OR 97212

In this Park Facility

Open hours

Temporarily closed


Amourie Downing

Matt Dishman CC Building Supervisor

Steve Kavanagh

Matt Dishman Community Center Aquatics Coordinator

Upcoming construction

Work completed in Fall 2020

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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