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Sellwood Outdoor Pool

Swim Pool (Outdoor)
Sellwood Pool
Sellwood Outdoor Pool is open for the summer from June 22 through August 28, 2022.

With resources from the Parks Operating Levy (Parks Levy) approved in November 2020, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) reopened all seven outdoor pools and four indoor pools on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 

Year acquired
1929
Size in acres
0.00
History

This pool was built in 1910 as a replacement for the municipal bathhouse which had been at the foot of Jefferson Street. The Jefferson Street bathhouse had once been a floating structure with a slat bottom. It was closed due to increased pollution in the Willamette River. The Sellwood pool was the first structure of its kind in the city. It was a large wooden edifice with a ten-foot board fence around it to provide privacy: girls used the pool one day, boys the next. The pool has been in continuous use since 1910. In 2016, the original 87-year old cedar shingle roof on the bathhouse was replaced with funding from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond. Other improvements included new paint, seismic improvements, and brick repairs.


Sellwood Outdoor Pool Project

Phase 1
Sellwood Outdoor Pool's bathhouse roof was replaced in 2016-17 with funds from the voter-approved Parks Replacement Bond. The bathhouse also received seismic upgrades and other building repairs. Work was done during the fall and winter to avoid any closures to this seasonal pool. 

Phase 2
The Sellwood Park Kitchen roof and structural columns were replaced with funding from the Parks Replacement Bond. This building was constructed in the mid-1920s as a concession stand and is used now as a kitchen space for park reservations.

Project Background

The Sellwood Park Pool was built in 1910 as a replacement for the municipal bathhouse which had been at the foot of Jefferson Street. The Jefferson Street bathhouse had once been a floating structure with a slat bottom. It was closed due to increased pollution in the Willamette River. The Sellwood pool was the first structure of its kind in the city. It was a large wooden edifice with a ten-foot board fence around it to provide privacy: girls used the pool one day, boys the next.

The Sellwood Natatorium (aka Bathhouse), an arts and crafts style building, opened to the public in 1929 and still serves pool visitors today. In 1996, funds from the General Obligation Bond Initiative (GOBI) were used to reconstruct the pool and renovate the bathhouse. The bathhouse's lobby, restrooms, dressing areas, and showers received improvements. 

From initial studies of the roof by the architect team in September 2015, it appears the original wood shingles have never been replaced over the past 86 years, and now the roof assembly is in an advanced state of decay and deterioration making repair critical. The roof replacement and other repairs funded by the Parks Replacement Bond will allow this facility to serve pool users for decades to come.

Accessibility Notes

All-User Changing Rooms
Sellwood Outdoor Pool facilities feature two all-user changing rooms.

Park Location or Entrance

7951 SE 7th Avenue
Portland, OR 97202

Located within

Open hours

Monday-Friday: 8:00am-8:00pm
Saturday-Sunday: 11:30am-5:00pm

Special Hours
July 4 - Open 11:30am-5:00pm

Contact

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City section

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