(Portland, OR) –
Hot weather is on the way! Keep up with heat resources to stay cool, including Stay Safe During Heat and Help for When It's Hot. Health and safety information on Help for When It's Hot is available in multiple languages.
Our Multnomah County partners would make any announcement around cooling centers they plan to operate; though the County’s website notes that none are planned at this time. All visitors are welcome to stay cool in Portland Parks & Recreation community center lobbies (at no cost) during regular facility hours.
Stay cool by splashing!
While pools are excellent recreation sites, they are not designated as resources to stay cool. First and foremost, not everyone can swim, and pools have mandated capacity limits for safety.
The most convenient, citywide way to stay cool outdoors is to visit a park splash pad or fountain. No swimming skills necessary.
We have a list of Portland Parks & Recreation fountains and splash pads you can play in at Fountains and Splash Pads.
Splash pad hours are extended this year as Portland Parks & Recreation anticipated a hot summer; so the expanded hours for splash pads are 10 am to 8 pm daily, through Labor Day. Park fountains which are designed for water play have varying hours, posted on the web page.
Misting stations, 24/7 through Thursday
The Portland Water Bureau has just installed water misting stations in 14 parks across town; with cool water spraying 24 hours a day through Thursday, August 17:
• Argay Park (3898 NE 141st Ave)
• Glenhaven Park (8000 NE Siskiyou St)
• Floyd Light Park/Rose Petal Fountain (10620 SE Stark St)
• Harney Park (8498 SE 67th Ave)
• Holladay Park (1198 NE Multnomah St)
• Knott Park (2505 NE 117th Ave)
• Lents Park (4603 SE 92nd Ave)
• Lynchwood Park (17301 SE Haig St)
• McKenna Park (7129 N Wall St)
• Mt Scott Community Center (5527 SE 72nd Ave)
• Normandale Park (1260 NE 57th Ave)
• Powell Park (Curb Service south of Powell in SE 22nd Ave)
• Wilshire Park (3350 NE Skidmore St)
• Woodstock Park (4701 SE 47th Ave)
And caring for trees is very important during hot weather.
We have compiled some helpful guidance from Portland Parks & Recreation’s Urban Forestry team! You can find it at