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Multnomah Arts Center

Community and arts center

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All PP&R recreation activities are canceled through September 2020. This date is subject to change. For refund information, please visit our Parks Cancellations and Refunds page.

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Multnomah Arts Center ADA and Seismic Improvements

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond, Multnomah Arts Center (MAC) received seismic and ADA improvements. In order to make the best use of these limited funds, feasibility studies were completed in Phase 1 of the Bond to help define the scope of work for the two projects. In Phase 2, design and construction on these improvements will be completed.

Seismic improvements were focused on creating conditions for safe egress in the event of seismic activity. Work included installing bracing in the roof, replacing skylights, and rebuilding one wall of the auditorium.

ADA improvements improved access to the six cottages at MAC, which are used by PP&R for community arts classes and other programs. There are now smooth, newly paved ramps, handrails, and two additional reserved ADA parking spots. These improvements will better serve community members by ensuring access for all. 

Project Timeline

Seismic Improvements

  • Summer 2017 - Winter 2017/18: Design Development
  • Winter 2017/18 - Spring 2018: Construction Documents
  • Summer 2018 - Winter 2018/19:  Permitting and Bidding
  • December 2018 - April 2019: Construction

ADA Improvements

  • Winter 2017/18 - Spring 2018: Design Development
  • Summer 2018 - Fall 2018: Construction Documents
  • Winter 2018/19 - Summer 2019:  Permitting and Bidding
  • September 2019 - December 2019: Construction

Size in acres

5.92

Year acquired

1984

History

The City of Portland annexed Multnomah between 1954-62. The volunteer fire department, built in 1939 at 7780 SW Capitol Hwy, was converted into the Multnomah Community Center. In 1973, the focus changed from sports-related activities to arts and crafts, which were more suited to the space and layout of the building, and the center was renamed the Multnomah Community Design Center. With the addition of ceramic, pottery, and weaving classes, the center was renamed Multnomah Arts Center in 1978.

After the 1979 closure of the Multnomah Elementary School (built in 1919), parents created the Multnomah Historical Association to preserve the buildings, history, and memorabilia of the community. Due in part to the efforts of the association, the school became the new community center. It was acquired by Portland Parks & Recreation in 1980 and renovated. In January 1982, MAC was moved to the new location.

In 2019, Multnomah Arts Center received seismic and ADA improvements thanks to funds from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond.

Reservations available

Kitchen
Meeting room
Party room
Wedding site

Park Location or Entrance

Multnomah Arts Center main entrance
7688 SW Capitol Highway
Portland, OR 97219

Past construction

Multnomah Arts Center Seismic and ADA Improvements

Park amenities/activities

Basketball Court
Picnic Table
Playground
Gymnasium
Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)

Neighborhood

Multnomah

City section

SW