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Mt. Scott Community Center Renovation Project
Mt. Scott Community Center is now closed and will remain closed for the duration of the Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion Project.
Please consider visiting one of our other Community Center locations or Swimming Pools and Lessons page for more information.
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is preparing to rehabilitate and expand Mt. Scott Community Center (MSCC). When the project is complete, the center will better serve Portlanders with an additional 2,776 square feet of recreation space, new and improved fitness areas, a large event hall for community use, and more. Please visit the Mt. Scott Community Center Seismic Retrofit and Expansion Project page for complete details.
What To Expect at MSCC During this Project
Construction is scheduled to begin in December 2023 and will require a complete facility move-out. The community center will be fully closed during the expected 18-month construction period.
- All Open Swims and Family Swims have been moved to East Portland Community Center and Indoor Pool.
- Many of MSCC's fitness classes and activities will be available at other PP&R community centers. Updated schedules are below.
Share your memories with us!
In anticipation of the new facility, we would love to collect memories to help preserve and celebrate the history of Mt. Scott Community Center and its role in our community. Please take a minute to submit your pictures, stories, and memories at Mt. Scott Community Center.
Access Pass - Reduced Pricing
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) believes recreation is for everyone. We know that the price of programs and activities prevents some community members from being able to participate. Thanks to the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy) we can offer new payment options for people who live within the City of Portland. City of Portland residents can register for a free Access Pass to receive an ongoing discount of 25, 50, 75, or 90% based on financial need. The pass is valid for 12 months from the date of enrollment. No proof of income is required.
Sign Up for Activities
Register online, over the phone through the Customer Service Center (503-823-2525), or by calling or visiting a recreation or arts center.
Portland Parks Preschool
Now enrolling for the 2023-2024 school year. Mt. Scott Community Center Preschool has been relocated to the former Laurelhurst Dance Studio. Discount options are available. View details and learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at portland.gov/parks/preschool.
TeenForce Drop-in Activities
MSCC TeenForce activities will be held at Lane Sun Community School and Arleta Sun Community School during renovations. * Schedules operate based on Portland Public School's calendar and are subject to change.
FREE TeenForce Pass and activity sign-in is required.
Arleta Sun Community School | Drop-In Activities
- Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
6:00–8:00pm—Open Gym and Game Space
Lane Sun Community School | Drop-In Activities
- Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
Fitness and Personal Training – Find MSCC Fitness instructors at other PP&R Community Centers.
Group Fitness Classes
MSCC was able to transition our fitness instructors and personal trainers to other PP&R Community Centers. Start dates and class times may vary depending on site availability. Please call or use the links below to view updated fitness schedules for other PP&R locations.
Woodstock Community Center | Registered Fitness
8:00–8:45am—HIIT, Angela N.
9:00–9:45am—Gentle Yoga, Denise H.
11:30am–12:15pm—Low Impact 20/20, Angela N.
7:45-8:45pm—Dance to Remember, Cat P.
12:30–1:45pm—Yoga for Healthy Aging, Piper P
5:15–6:15pm—Qigong, Piper P.
6:30–7:45pm—Tai Chi, Piper P.
4:00–5:00pm—Slow Flow Restorative Yoga, Piper P.
5:30–6:30pm—Hatha Yoga, Piper P.
9:00–9:45am—Low Impact 20/20, Angela N.
4:30–5:15pm—Barre, Emily R.
7:30–8:15am—Pilates, Vicki C.
8:30–9:15am—Hatha Vinyasa 1, Denise H.
4:30-5:30pm—Dance to Remember, Cat P.
8:00–8:45am—Circuit, Lisa. S.
9:00–9:45am—Circuit, Lisa. S.
10:00–10:45am—Zumba®, Paula B.
East Portland Community Center | Drop-In Fitness
6:00–8:00am—Circuit Drop-In, Nic S.
6:00–7:30pm—Prenatal Yoga, Eden S.
12:15–1:00pm—Nia, Piper p.
6:00–8:00am—Circuit Drop-In, Nic S.
10:45–11:30am—Core and Stretch, Thais D.
5:00–5:45pm—Zumba®, Sachi N.
7:30–8:15am—Pilates, Thais D.
12:00–12:45pm—Zumba® Toning, Sachi N.
1:00–1:45pm—Zumba®, Sachi N.
Matt Dishman Community Center | Drop-In Fitness
12:00–12:45pm—Kettlebell, Angela N.
11:45am–12:30pm—Low Impact 20/20, Angela N.
12:00–12:45pm—Kettlebell, Angela N.
Montavilla Community Center | Drop-In Fitness
8:00–8:50am—Zumba®, Sachi N.
9:00–9:50am—Zumba Gold®, Sachi N.
8:00–8:50am—Zumba® Toning, Sachi N.
9:00–9:50am—Zumba Gold®, Sachi N.
1:00–2:15pm—Tai Chi, Mary L.
Southwest Community Center | Drop-In Fitness
6:00–7:30am—HIIT, Angela N.
Group Fitness Class Descriptions
ACTIVE AGING – Lifelong Fitness (specially designed for older adults)
Core and Stretch
Combine 20 minutes of core strengthening and 20 minutes of flexibility. Progressive flexibility allows for a full range of motion which enhances daily living. All fitness levels will benefit from this class. Modifications can be made for beginners or those seeking a lower intensity/slower-paced workout.
Low Impact 20/20
Combines all your favorite aspects of fitness and puts them into one solid workout! Combine 20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strength. The class is light to moderate intensity with free weights, and bodyweight movements.
For the largest growing segment of the population: baby boomers! It takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves & pacing to suit the needs of the active older participant, as well as those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Get your circuit training workout on your schedule. This instructor-led two-hour circuit training window allows participants to come and go as they please. The instructor will set you up with a workout upon arrival. Circuit training is a form of body conditioning that includes endurance training, high-intensity aerobics, and resistance training performed in a circuit with short rest breaks between each exercise.
HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training)
This class combines high-intensity cardio and strength intervals to build your cardiovascular fitness while improving muscular strength. The short bursts of activity will get your heart rate up and keep boredom at bay. You’ll wonder where the time went! We’ll finish the class with some floor abdominal work and a relaxing stretch to increase mobility
A high intensity workout that can help you 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!
Gain energy, develop stamina, tone up, and feel fit. Non-impact exercises work the deep, core abdominal muscles to help achieve efficient and graceful movement. Devote time to concentrated strength. Improve balance, posture, flexibility, and body alignment.
An energetic blend of the dance arts, martial arts, and healing arts. Get your heart pumping in a fun, easy, and creative way that feels effortless. Relax your mind, strengthen your body and lift your spirits! Practiced to world music, Nia teaches you to move in a way that most benefits your individual body.
Dance to Remember
Dance to Remember invites us to return to our bodies in the midst of the stress and overwhelm of daily life. Our bodies carry wisdom, pain, joy, grief, rage, beauty & so much more. Each class offers an opportunity to move through these feelings, sweat it out, release, ground, and connect. You'll be guided through a gentle warm‐up, move across the floor, and expand into bigger movements, letting your body lead the way. No dance experience is needed. All ages (14+) & abilities are welcome.
A high-energy combination of Latin, Reggae, and Salsa dance steps. Routines combine fast and slow rhythms to achieve a balance of cardio & muscle-toning benefits. Join our certified Zumba instructors; no previous dance experience necessary!
Get in a high-energy, body-sculpting workout all while having fun! Zumba Toning™ combines the dance party elements of a typical Zumba class with the use of light (1 to 2.5 lb) weights or toning sticks to build definition and strength. It targets the abs, thighs, arms, and other muscles throughout the body.
Chen Style Tai Chi
Practitioners perform a series of postures designed to achieve balance and harmony in both body and mind, as well as to improve overall health. All movements consist of continuous turning of the waist and spine, wrist and shoulder, ankle, and knee. It contains vigorous as well as gentle movements.
A yoga practice that is designed for those who are seeking a gentle practice. You will warm up the body with simple flowing sequences and slower-paced movements. The class will focus on balance, flexibility, strength, and alignment. No experience is required.
Hatha Vinyasa Yoga 1
A class suitable for all levels of practitioners. Conscious breathing is used to link the
physical yoga postures and increase flexibility, strength, awareness, and relaxation. Classic poses are sequenced to promote empowering yourself with an efficient system of health care. This class will be combined with Hatha Vinyasa Yoga 2 for a more vigorous experience.
Hatha Vinyasa Yoga 2
This energetic class is suitable for those with some yoga experience. Postural alignment and coordination of breath and movement are emphasized. Postures are held for prolonged periods and become "mediation in motion". A series of 12 postures, the Sun Salutation sequence, is included with hand outs available.
Stretch out the aches and hold firm poses to engage your muscles with the low-impact and highly relaxing body awakening. Hatha Yoga combines postures (asanas), with conscious breathing (Pranayama), while developing flexibility, endurance, balance, mental clarity, and strength. Blocks, mats, and straps are available for use.
With roots in Chinese Philosophy & Martial Arts, Qigong is a meditative practice used to cultivate and balance Qi. Using both active movements and passive still postures that balance body, breath, and mind, to build strength, develop breath control, and increase vitality. This class involves light stretching followed by low‐impact slow‐flowing movement, sustainable for all levels.
Relax and Restore
This class will help you tap into a deep sense of body awareness and presence as you focus on your breathing and move mindfully through gentle stretches and rejuvenating poses to create space to bring it all inward. Set to beautiful music, this class will take you through breathing exercises, deep stretches, self-massage, extended yin yoga poses, and guided body scan meditation. Come to this candlelit class to relax your nervous system after a long stressful day.
Slow Flow Restorative Yoga
A gentle blend of Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. A calm and restful practice with a focus on the release of mind‐body tension and bringing the nervous system into a state of healing. This class begins with connecting to our breath, a slow & intentional sequence of posses, followed by a longer held final resting pose. Suitable for all levels.
Yoga for Healthy Aging
Build balance, stability, and strength in this class designed specifically to encourage well-being for aging adults. Develop practical strategies for a lifetime of vitality and healthy living with adapted yoga postures to increase your focus and sense of relaxation.
MSCC was able to transition our personal trainers to other PP&R Community Centers. Please call or visit your local community center to learn more about personal training availability.
Personal training gives you the opportunity to find real, achievable goals and to meet those goals in a safe and timely manner. Sign up for a free Access Discount to receive reduced pricing up to 90% off based on your financial needs.
Individual Personal Training
Make an appointment with a professional personal trainer who will oversee your progress and help to hold you accountable. Our excellent personal training staff will motivate you to make a fresh start or reach a new level in your fitness.
- One 1-hour session: $45
- Three 1-hour sessions: $120
- Six 1-hour sessions: $215
Group Personal Training
Set up a personal training session with a friend! Personal training with friends is a great way to stay motivated, work out with your friends, and save money.
- two people: $30 per person, per 1-hour session.
- two people: $78 per person, 3: 1-hour sessions.
- two people: $153 per person, 6: 1-hour sessions.
- Nic Seybold (he/him): "I truly enjoy making everyone feel comfortable in a fitness setting. I have experience working with all ages and all fitness levels. My aim is to provide a solid base for the newcomers, help push the experienced past their plateau, or provide new routines to keep the lifelongers on track. I strive to provide a positive experience that will generate results for all of my clients."
- Group fitness classes taught: Circuit at East Portland Community Center.
- Thais Denmark (she/her):"I believe functional fitness is the cornerstone of all fitness. It helps people get healthy and live longer. I enjoy working with all populations, but my passion is working with adults and seniors. I like to help people reach their health and wellness goals by teaching them how to safely work out, avoid injuries, and gain an understanding of what workouts will suit them best."
- Group fitness classes taught: Pilates Method, Stretching and Flexibility at East Portland Community Center.
- Angela Nichols (she/her): "Exercise is about celebrating what your body can do today and planning for all the possibilities of what its capable of doing in the future. I feel so lucky to see all the progress my students and clients make through their perseverance and commitment to their goals. Altough I endeavor to bring my clients to a place where they feel capable and powerful. I still think that there is always a place for some fun and a little silliness in your workouts."
- Group fitness classes taught: HIIT, Kettlebell, Low Impact Strength/Cardio at various community centers.
- Kim Yaudas (she/her): Kim’s philosophy towards wellness is based on function and fun. Working out should be both invigorating, challenging, and enjoyable. Building and maintaining a human body is hard work, and our needs change over time. Kim wants to help people find their best gym experience, where the joy from full physical involvement can benefit many aspects of life.
The center was first constructed in 1927 as a wood-frame bathhouse for the pre-existing outdoor pool. In 1949, a concrete building was constructed, and the dressing rooms in the original building were renovated. The gymnasium and roller-skating rink in the basement were constructed in 1953-1954. The auditorium was constructed sometime between 1949 and 1953. As a result of the 1994 bond measure, an indoor aquatic center was added to the facility in 2000. The outdoor pool was filled in and turned into a parking lot.