Summer 2024 with Portland Parks & Recreation

Information
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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is thrilled to provide programming with resources from the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy)!

Work with Portland Parks & Recreation

Apply today for summer jobs!

Visit portland.gov/parks/employment for information and to see all opportunities available within recreation, aquatics, environmental education, maintenance, and more. 

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How to sign up for activities, classes, and offerings

Spring activities are open for enrollment. Activities take place from April 1 through June 9 

Summer programs open for enrollment on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 16 at 9:30am. Session A & A/B (June 24 - July 28) 
  • Thursday, June 13 at 9:30am. Session B (July 29 - August 25) 
  • Thursday, July 25 at 9:30am. September Session (September 2 - September 29)
  • If cost is a barrier to participating, consider getting an Access Pass.

View and sign up for activities online

Summer 2024 Program Guide 

Access Discount Program- Reduced Pricing
Thanks to the Parks Local Option Levy, Portland residents can get a discount on program and activity fees. Use the discount for community center and pool admission, preschool and after-school programs, classes, camps, swim lessons, and more.

Create an account
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) uses an online registration system for all the amazing camps, classes, and programs available to you and your family. To register for PP&R activities, you'll first need to create an online account.

Search for a class or activity
Once you have an account, follow this video's step-by-step instructions and captions to search for and sign up for activities.


Spring programs and offerings

Severe weather may impact activities and building hours. Visit portland.gov/parks/weather for up-to-date information on delays, cancellations, and weather-related building closures.

Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR)
Offering activities specially designed for children, teens, and adults who live with disabilities.

Arts classes and Music classes
Multnomah Arts Center offers in-person arts activities, classes, and camps. 
Community Music Center offers in-person music activities and classes 

Community Centers
Portland Parks & Recreation community centers are open for classes, camps, and drop-in activities.  For questions or more information about PP&R community centers, please visit your local community center information page or contact the PP&R Customer Service Center at customerservicecenter@portlandoregon.gov

Community Gardens
For information about our 58 Portland Community Gardens, including renewing garden plots, please visit our Community Gardens page.

Environmental Education
PP&R offers diverse environmental experiences in our city's parks and natural areas. Classes, guided walks, camps, volunteer opportunities, naturalist training for youth, trail/tree maintenance jobs (including work for young people), and special events focus on the stewardship and connection to nature.

Ladybug Nature Walks
Guided programs for preschools and their caregivers to connect Portlanders to the natural environment.

Lifelong Recreation
Virtual and in-person activities for Portlanders ages 60 and up. 

Portland Parks Preschool
Registration for the 2023-24 school year is now open. 

Swimming
PP&R is experiencing staffing shortages at all levels. For more information, and to confirm schedules, call your local pool. 

Portland Tennis Center
Indoor and outdoor courts are available for play, lessons, and tournaments.

TeenForce Pass and Programs
PP&R offers FREE access to scheduled drop-in and special registered activities at Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Montavilla, Mt. Scott, and Southwest community centers. Stop by any TeenForce site to pick up your required TeenForce pass today. 

Urban Forestry Programs
Urban Forestry hosts community events and workshops on a wide variety of tree topics. For more information, visit Get Involved with Urban Forestry. 


Summer Programs and Offerings

Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation (AIR)
Offering camps and activities specially designed for children, teens, and adults who live with disabilities.

Arts classes and camps
Multnomah Arts Center offers camps, classes, and activities onsite and across the city through Art Pods through the Summer Free For All Free Lunch + Play program. Community Music Center will offer classes and activities at our location,  plus outdoor classes at Kenilworth Park.

Community Centers
Portland Parks & Recreation community centers are open for camps, classes, and drop-in activities. 

Fitness in the Park
PP&R features FREE outdoor fitness programs such as yoga, exercise, and Zumba classes.

5K Series Fun Runs
Portland Parks & Recreation's annual 5K Fun Run Series are family-friendly 5K races that take place monthly from May through September at parks throughout Portland. 

Gateway Discovery Park
Gateway Discovery Park provides free, equitable, and safe programming in collaboration with the community. Gateway Discovery Park is host to Summer Free For All Free Lunch + Play lunch and activities, plus free community events throughout the summer.

Summer Free For All - Free Lunch + Play
Free nutritious meals for youth ages 1-18. Plus free, drop-in activities and special events including art and music activities, pop-up performances, book/reading events, sports, games, and more. No registration is required.

Summer Free For All - Events
Summer Free For All has over 40 free concerts, movies, and performances this summer throughout the city. The East Portland Summer Arts Festival kicks off the summer with two days of fantastic performances at Ventura Park. The Washington Park Summer Festival returns to the Washington Park Amphitheater.

Interactive Fountains and Splash Pads
Interactive fountains are open during park hours starting in mid-May, remaining on through early autumn. Splash pads are open daily from June 15, 2024 through Labor Day weekend, between 10:00 am and 8:00 pm.

Ladybug Nature Walks
Guided family programs to connect Portlanders to the natural environment.

Lifelong Recreation
Virtual programs and outdoor activities for Portlanders ages 60 and up. 

Nature Day Camps
Summer day camps for kids to hike and explore nature.

Summer Camps
Day camps, sports, and art camps for ages 5-12 at locations across the city. 

Swimming pools and lessons
Portland Parks & Recreations owns and operates four indoor pools and seven outdoor pools. Outdoor pools will be open for the summer season Thursday, June 20, 2024. 

Portland’s Parks Bureau continues to experience the same staffing challenges as nearly all parks and recreation agencies across the country.  Specifically, the PP&R aquatics program is affected by ongoing recruitment struggles.

If you or someone you know is interested in joining our staff, we offer lifeguard certification, swim instructor training, and water fitness instructor training classes year-round to prepare and train staff.

  • Lifeguards provide safety at pools. 
  • Swim instructors teach individuals of all ages how to swim. 
  • Water fitness instructors teach well-rounded and balanced water fitness classes.

View staff training program information.


Program Changes Due to Weather

PP&R classes, activities, rentals, and sports events may be canceled due to weather. Check with your PP&R facility for the most current information, via phone at 503-823-2533, or online for updated information.

Inclement Weather Information