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Portland Parks & Recreation Outdoor Pools Open for Summer on June 21, 2023

Play Swims, Free Swim Sessions offered Indoor and Outdoor for First Time Since COVID

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PP&R Welcomes Everyone to Summer Free For All Kickoff Celebration

Summer in Portland returns Thursday, June 29, 2023, at  K ͪunamokwst Park!

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Columbia Children’s Arboretum Reopening Is a “Dream Realized”

Portland Parks & Recreation Project Complete, Community Celebration June 11

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Portland Commissioner Dan Ryan Directs Completion of Mill Park Playground, Splash Pad, Community Garden

“This is a huge win for East Portland and for the Mill Park community,” says Commissioner Ryan.

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Summer Free For All Returns for 2023!

Full slate of FREE movies, concerts, Free Lunch + Play, and more; second annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival set for Ventura Park

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New Skateboarding area planned for Southeast Portland’s Creston Park

Portland Culture & Livability Commissioner Dan Ryan agreed with the Bureau that Creston Park was the best site; the surrounding area has the largest number of overall youth and of people of color out of the locations studied.

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With Direction from Culture and Livability Commissioner Dan Ryan, Portland Parks & Recreation has Improved the Light Pole Safety Project

The new plan will have a phased light pole removal approach and a coordinated replacement timeline to reduce the time that parks will have fewer light poles.  

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North Portland Aquatic Center’s Location Narrowed to Three Possible Sites

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announces that, thanks to continued input from neighbors and project stakeholders, there are now only three sites under consideration for the North Portland Aquatic Center.

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Call for Proposals: Space Use Grants Available for Musicians

Individual musicians, groups, organizations and clubs are encouraged to apply for free or discounted use of Portland Parks & Recreation’s venerable Community Music Center (CMC) for rehearsal, practice and/or performance.

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Portland city offices remain closed Friday; winter weather resources available

Following a winter weather event that began Feb. 23, 2023, City of Portland offices will remain closed for in-person services Friday, Feb. 24.

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Portland Parks & Recreation Removes Older Park Light Posts, Plans Replacement as Funding Allows

The Bureau is removing a portion of light poles in 12 City parks that have been identified as having structural anchoring issues that could pose life and safety hazards to the public.

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Portland Parks & Recreation facing staffing issues, continues to recruit for full-time, part-time, and seasonal work

Portland's parks bureau opens recruitment for full-time and part-time jobs across the PP&R system with immediate openings, as well as many positions available for summer 2023.

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PP&R is recruiting high school freshmen students for EAGLE Caddie Program

Now through Friday, April 28, 2023. Opportunities for summer employment; qualifying participants can apply for a full college scholarship to the University of Oregon.

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Columbia Pool in North Portland to Remain Closed Permanently

After 93 years of serving North Portland, Columbia Pool will permanently close due to life-safety hazards and diminishing structural integrity.

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Parks Levy Allows PP&R to Perform Proactive Park Tree Maintenance

Parks Bureau begins work to improve park tree health and extend their lives, thanks to Portland voters.

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Commissioner Rubio Directs More PP&R Projects to Move Forward

Five projects funded with System Development Charges, not tax dollars

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Wilson Outdoor Pool to be renamed Ida B. Wells-Barnett Outdoor Pool

PP&R's popular recreational facility now bears the name of noted civil rights activist Ida B. Wells-Barnett.

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Portland Parks & Recreation delivers on promises to Levy voters with enhanced park services

Voter-approved Parks Levy makes PP&R services possible citywide; first Annual Report released

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Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio allocates additional $5 million to future North Portland Aquatic Center

Key project moves forward for site selection, programming, and design

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PP&R receives Metro funding for three projects

Bureau's Planning team wrote and submitted three successful grants, each will improve transportation and access

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