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Matt Dishman Community Center

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Inclement Weather Policy and Closures

Safety is our top priority. Check here for the latest information about program schedules and closures.
Inclement Weather Information 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.


Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for team-oriented, enthusiastic, and qualified staff!  Join our team today. 

Learn about all of our employment opportunities

Access Discount Program - Reduced Pricing

 Thanks to the Parks Local Option Levy, Portland residents can get a discount on program and activity fees. Use the discount for community center and pool admission, preschool and after-school programs, classes, camps, swim lessons, and more.

To get a discount, first register for the Access Discount Program, select a discount amount, and then use it for select activities. No proof of income is required. Discount is valid for 12 months from registration date. Go to any community or arts center for more information about how to register.

Choose a discount: 25, 50, 75, or 90%

Learn more about the Access Discount Program 

Free North Portland Pass

Starting December 1, 2022, all North Portland residents are eligible for a free North Portland Pass at Matt Dishman Community Center. This pass allows free access to the center's fitness room and drop-in pool activities.  

To get your free North Portland Pass:

  • Call the Customer Service Center line at 503-823-2525
  • Call Matt Dishman Community Center at 503-823-3673
  • Visit with the front desk staff at Matt Dishman Community Center.

* The North Portland Pass is available only to North Portland residents. Passes must be renewed annually at no cost. The registration period does not end. Residents must have a photo taken on their first visit to create a membership card.

**Residents who register for a North Portland Pass can also receive a free Tri-Met bus pass for access to Matt Dishman Community Center. Tri-Met passes are mailed weekly only to those who indicate needing such during registration.

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, One Pass, 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). 

Sign Up for Activities

General Registration: Register online, over the phone through the Customer Service Center
(503-823-2525), or by calling or visiting a recreation or arts center.  

Spring activities take place from April 1 through June 9.

Summer programs open for enrollment on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 16 at 9:30am. Session A & A/B (June 24 - July 28) 
  • Thursday, June 13 at 9:30am. Session B (July 29 - August 25) 
  • Thursday, July 25 at 9:30am. September Session (September 2 - September 29)
  • If cost is a barrier to participating, consider getting an Access Pass.

View and sign up for activities online

Summer 2024 Program Guide 

View and sign up for youth camps at Matt Dishman Community Center

Portland Parks Preschool

Now enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year. Discount options are available. View schedules and learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at

Drop-In Activities

  • Monday
    5:30–9:00am —All Ages Basketball 
    2:00–4:00pm —Adult Basketball (age 18+)
    1:00–3:00pm—All Ages Ping Pong
  • Tuesday
    6:00–9:00am —All Ages Basketball (age 18+)
    12:00–2:00pm— Indoor Park (age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
    3:30–5:00pm—Family Basketball (All ages, age 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult) 
  • Wednesday
    6:00–9:00am —All Ages Basketball (age 18+)
    12:00–2:00pm— Indoor Park (age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
    1:00–3:00pm—All Ages Ping Pong 
    2:00–4:00pm —Adult Basketball (age 18+)
  • Thursday
    6:00–9:00am —All Ages Basketball (age 18+)
    12:00–2:00pm— Indoor Park (age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
    2:00–3:30pm—All Ages Volleyball
  • Friday
    6:00–9:00am —All Ages Basketball (age 18+)
    12:00–2:00pm— Indoor Park (age 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult)
    1:00–3:00pm—All Ages Ping Pong 
    2:00–4:00pm —Adult Basketball (age 18+)
    6:00–8:00pm—Open Skate (age 5+)
  • Saturday
    9:30–10:30am —Double Dutch (age 40+)
    1:30–3:30pm —Queer Basketball 
    3:30–5:00pm—Family Basketball (All ages, age 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult) 
  • Sunday
    2:00–4:00pm —Adult Basketball (age 18+)

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
    3:00–7:45pm—TeenForce Fitness Center
    3:00–7:45pm—TeenForce Game Room
    5:00–7:45pm—TeenForce Open Gym (no open gym on Wednesdays)
  • Friday
    3:00–8:00pm—TeenForce Game Room
    3:00–8:00pm—TeenForce Fitness Center
    5:00–8:00pm—TeenForce Open Gym
    5:30–7:30pm—Pre-Teen Night (age 10–13)
    6:30–9:30pm—Teen Night (grades 6–12)


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.

  • Monday
    8:00–8:45am—Pilates, Viki
    9:00–9:45am—Soulful Movement and Meditation, Tomara 
    10:00–10:45am—Silver Sneakers Classic, Amy
    10:30–11:15am—Hatha Yoga, Terri
    11:00–11:30am—Silver Sneakers Stability, Amy
    1:00–2:00pm—Boxing, Fitness for Women, Leah
    6:00–6:45pm—HIIT Pilates, Tomara
    7:00–7:45pm—Stretch and Flow, Tomara
  •  Tuesday
    9:00–9:45am—Zumba® Gold Toning, Michelle/Steve
    10:00–10:55am—The Ellové Technique®, Kelly  
    11:00–11:45am—Hatha Yoga, Sabra
    12:00–12:45pm—Kettlebell, Angela 
    1:00–2:00pm—Boxing, Bootcamp, Leah
  • Wednesday
    8:00–8:45am—Music and Movement Flow, Amanda
    9:00–9:45am—Pilates Mat, Tomara
    10:00–10:45am—Silver Sneakers Classic, Amy
    11:45am–12:30pm—Low Impact 20/20, Angela 
    3:00–3:45pm—Chair, Stretch, and Tone Terri
    4:00–4:45pm—Vinyasa Yoga, Terri
    7:00–7:45pm—Soulful Movement and Meditation, Tomara 
  • Thursday
    9:00–9:45am—Soulful Movement and Meditation, Tomara
    10:00–10:55am—The Ellové Technique, Kelly 
    11:00–11:45pm—Hatha Yoga, Sabra
    12:00–12:45pm—Kettlebell, Angela 
  • Friday
    9:00–9:45am— Pilates, Amanda
    10:00–10:45am—Vinyasa Yoga, Sabra 
    11:15–12:00pm— Restorative Yoga, Sabra 
  • Saturday
    9:00–10:00am—Boxing, For Everyone, Leah
    10:00–11:00am—Boxing, For Everyone, Leah
  • Sunday
    9:00–9:45am—Music and Movement Flow, Amanda

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!

Chair Stretch & Tone: Designed for beginners or mature bodies, this moderately paced class will help build strength & flexibility with resistance bands & optional weights. Expect some standing positions.

Deep Stretch: A flow focused on deeper stretches, holding longer poses, and breath work. 

Vinyasa Yoga: Emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind.

Music & Movement Flow: An all-levels fun full body workout which incorporates elements of dance and yoga. You’ll enjoy guided movement with plenty of freedom and flexibility to tune into your own body and breath and go at your own pace. This 45-minute class will also include some basic guided meditation and time for relaxation!

Restorative Yoga: A gentle, slow, still style of yoga that involves long, passive holds in a series of 4-6 restful poses. Yogis are often supported by props to enhance or deepen their experience and achieve a state of total relaxation and release.

Pilates: A system of repetitive exercises performed on a yoga mat or other equipment to promote strength, stability, and flexibility. Pilates exercises develop the body through muscular effort that stems from the core.

Pilates Mat: A full-body workout that creates long, lean muscles. Pilates Mat is performed on a mat on the floor and achieves results by using gravity and your body's own resistance — and sometimes small props, such as foam rollers, exercise balls, or weights.

HIIT Pilates: Combine the best of High-Intensity Interval Training and Pilates delivering a heart-pumping, muscle-burning workout that will leave you feeling energized and stronger. All bodies are welcome. 

Silver Sneakers Classic: Silver Sneakers Classic focuses on strengthening muscles and increasing range of movement for daily life activities. 

Silver Sneakers Stability: Movements focus on strengthening the ankle, knee, and hip joints, for balance & strength, while improving reaction time. 

Soulful Movement & Meditation: A gentle slow-flowing yoga. Focusing on moving postures with breaths that strengthen and stretch the entire body. Perfect for beginners, easy to follow practice.

Stretch & Flow: Improve your range of motion, increase circulation, and calm the mind with this 45-minute full body stretch gently flow Slow movements to target your tightest muscles, ensuring an amazing total body stretch! 


Boxing – Bootcamp: This a high intenseworkout packs a punch! Exercise, condition and reduce stress using footwork skills, body movement, and equipment such as jump ropes, speed, heavy, and double end bags.

Boxing – Fitness for Women: Step inside the ring for an exciting workout. Punch the heavy bags, jump rope, strike the speed bag, and fancy footwork helps to reduce stress, increase endurance, burn calories, and builds strength through this non-contact activity.

Boxing – For Everyone: A high-intensity cardio workout based on boxing techniques using gloves and pad work. Suitable for all levels, this non-contact workout will you improve your agility, strength, and overall fitness.

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. 

Step & Sculpt: A upbeat mix of step and floor cardio circuit to build strength.


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.

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-8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-5:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am-5:00pm

*Indoor Pool hours vary—View link to pool schedules.

Building Closures and Special Hours
March 31–Open 8:00am to 3:00pm
May 27– Open 10:00am to 6:00pm
June 19– Open 10:00am to 6:00pm


Matt Dishman Community Center

Evan Lilly

Matt Dishman Community Center Building Supervisor

Steve Kavanagh

Aquatic Supervisor

Upcoming construction

Park amenities/activities

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

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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