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Reopening community centers and pools – What to expect in 2021

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After summer 2021, when public health guidance allows, PP&R will be excited to fully reopen community centers and pools to the public. For now, the bureau is excited to restore summer programming through the Parks Levy.
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For the current information about 2021 summer programming, please visit the Summer 2021 with Portland Parks & Recreation page.

For current information about COVID-19 related closures and safety guidelines, please visit the COVID-19 Updates, Closures, and Postponements page.


Portland Parks & Recreation’s community centers and pools are currently closed because PP&R did not have the financial resources or staffing available to open and operate them – a situation that resulted from the onset of the pandemic. However, with resources from the 2020 Parks Levy, PP&R is now preparing to recruit, hire, and train exercise instructors, camp counselors, lifeguards, and many other valuable staff members to restore important services to the community, beginning this summer.

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PP&R services will prioritize helping Portlanders recreate and diminish the spread of COVID-19. To protect public health and be resilient to changing public health guidance, the focus of PP&R's summer 2021 programming will be outdoor activities. Some limited indoor programming may occur, including indoor pools, but the vast majority of summer programming will occur outdoors in 2021.

After summer 2021, when public health guidance allows, PP&R will be excited to fully reopen community centers and pools to the public.

For now, the bureau is excited to restore summer programming through the Parks Levy. We will keep you posted as more information becomes available, and we thank Portland voters for passing the 2020 Parks Levy.