Southwest Community Center

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Inclement Weather Policy and Closures

Safety is our top priority. For the latest information about cooling centers, tips for staying safe and updates to city services, please visit this page:

Inclement weather and closure information 

PP&R classes, activities, rentals, and sports events may be canceled due to inclement weather, such as ice, snow, or extreme heat. Call 503-823-2533 or visit for the most current information. Some recreation programs may run as conditions and staff availability allow. Safety is a major factor in determining operations at each PP&R facility. PP&R facilities, our social media outlets, and our website will all feature operating information including opening and closing times.

Alternative Parking
Alternative community center parking is located at Gabriel park playground, SW 42nd Ave off of SW Vermont Street, and the at Gabriel Park skatepark/tennis courts, on SW 45th Avenue at SW Nevada Street.


Portland Parks & Recreation is looking for team-oriented, enthusiastic, and qualified staff! Join our team today. 

Learn about all of our employment opportunities

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.

To get a discount, first register for the Access Discount Program, select a discount amount, and then use it for select activities. No proof of income is required. Discount is valid for 12 months from registration date. Go to any community or arts center for more information about how to register.

Choose a discount: 25, 50, 75, or 90%

Learn more about the Access Discount Program 

Admission Fees and Pass Options

Gain access to drop-in activities during their scheduled times. Amenities include the fitness center, group exercise classes, water fitness and lap swim, whirlpool spa, play swims, and open gym times. 

  • 20-Visit and Month Passes can be used at Charles Jordan, East Portland, Matt Dishman, Mt. Scott, and Southwest Community Centers. The fees listed reflect pricing for City of Portland residents. Non-residents are charged more to account for City of Portland taxes that support Portland Parks & Recreation.
  • Children age 0-2 are FREE
  • Ask your insurance provider if they offer any of the following programs which cover the cost of a pass: Silver & Fit, Active & Fit, Silver Sneakers, One Pass, or Renew Active.

Drop-In Admission

  • Youth (age 3-12): $4
  • Teen (age 13-17): $5
  • Adult (age 18-59): $6
  • Senior (age 60+): $5

20-Visit Pass

  • Youth (age 3-12): $77
  • Teen (age 13-17): $85 
  • Adult (age 18-59): $106
  • Senior (age 60+): $85

Month Pass

  • Youth (age 3-12): $29
  • Teen (age 13-17): $33 
  • Adult (age 18-59): $41
  • Senior (age 60+): $33
  • Senior Couple (both age 60+): $49
  • Family: $66

Month Pass | You can choose to sign up for an Auto Renew Pass, which will allow you to simply pay your first monthly fee upon registering, and all future monthly payments are deducted directly from your debit or credit card (requires a valid card to remain on file). You may also choose to purchase a single month pass, which will expire 30 days from purchase (no debit or credit card necessary). 

Sign Up for Activities

General Registration: Register online, over the phone through the Customer Service Center (503-823-2525), or by calling or visiting a recreation or arts center.  

Spring 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 Discount Program.

View and sign up for activities online

Summer 2024 Program Guide 

View and sign up for youth camps at Southwest Community Center

Portland Parks Preschool (Sprout Academy)

Learning through nature play encourages children to build a strong social foundation for their future. A sustainable philosophy of education focused on both ecological and social consciousness coupled with learning through play engages children in interactions with the natural world in an open-ended way allowing their curiosity to take root and imagination to take flight. With the magic of Gabriel Park onsite, and the utility of a community garden plot, Sprout strives to open young minds to independent thinking and creativity and allows students to travel to outdoor spaces daily.

Now enrolling for the 2024-2025 school year. Discount options are available. View schedules and learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at

Drop-In Activities

Call (503) 823-2840 if you have any questions about drop-in activities. 
Drop-in group fitness classes, fitness center, and swimming are also available. (gym is not available between drop-in activities.)


  • Monday
    5:00–9:00am— Open Play Basketball 
    9:30–11:30am— Indoor Park
    12:00–2:00pm—Adult Basketball (age 18+)
    7:00–9:00pm—Pickleball (age 14+)
  • Tuesday 

    5:30–8:00am—Circuit City 
    8:00-9:30am—Open Play Basketball
    10:00-11:30am— Drop-in Toddler Sports
    12:30-2:00pm— Open Play Basketball
    4:15–5:15pm—Open Skate 

  • Wednesday
    5:30–9:00am—Open Play Basketball
    9:30–11:30am—Indoor Park 
    12:00–2:00pm—Adult Basketball (age 18+) 
    7:00–9:00pm—Pickleball (age 14+) 
  • Thursday 
    5:30–8:00am—Circuit City 
    8:00-11:00am—Open Play Basketball 
    11:30-1:30pm—Pickleball (age 14+)
    4:15-5:30pm—Open Skate
    7:30–9:00pm—Open Play Basketball
  • Friday
    8:00–11:00am—Pickleball (age 14+) *Registered class uses 2 courts 9:00-11:00am
    12:00–2:00pm—Basketball (age 18+) 
    2:30-5:00pm—Open Skate
    5:30-6:30pm—Open Play Basketball 
    6:30-7:30pm— Roller Skating (Ages 14+) (first, third, and fifth Friday of every month)
  • Saturday 
    7:30-9:30am—Pickleball (age 14+)
    12:00–2:00pm—Wheelchair Basketball (age 18+) 
    2:00-5:00pm—Open Play Basketball 
  • Sunday
    8:00–9:00am—All Ages Basketball
    9:30–11:30am—Indoor Park
    12:00–2:00pm— All Ages Basketball
    2:00–4:00pm—Basketball Team Play (Age 30+)
    4:00-5:00pm—Open Play Basketball 

TeenForce Drop-in Activities

FREE TeenForce Pass and activity sign-in is required. TeenForce waiver and orientation are required for use of Fitness Center.

  • Monday 
    3:00–7:00pm—TeenForce Lounge
    5:00–6:30pm—TeenForce Open Gym
  • Tuesday 
    3:00–7:00pm—TeenForce Lounge
  • Wednesday
    3:00–7:00pm—TeenForce Lounge
    5:00–6:30pm—TeenForce Open Gym
  • Thursday 
    3:00–7:00pm—TeenForce Lounge
  • Friday 
    3:00–7:00pm—TeenForce Lounge


Southwest Community Center’s fitness program offers a wide range of amenities and classes for all levels.

  • Age 14 and older
  • Access is included with daily admission. 
  • Open for drop-in during regular business hours.
  • Teens age 14-17 must have a guardian release form on file.


  • Selectorized Strength Equipment
  • Free weight and stretching area
  • Stationary bikes
  • Concept II rowing machine
  • Elliptical cross-trainers
  • True Fit Elliptical
  • Treadmills
  • Stair Climbers
  • VMX Rope Trainer
  • TVs and Cardio Theater

Group Fitness Classes  

Strengthen your community, body, and mind with a group fitness class! For people age 14 and older at any fitness level. Access is included with daily admission. All schedules are subject to change.

  • Monday
    6:30–7:25—Boot Camp, Jessica *No class 6/17 and 6/24
    7:30–8:25am—Hatha Yoga, Serena 
    8:30–9:25am—Strong Dance, Linda, 
    9:30–10:25am—PiYo® LIVE, Tam
    10:30–11:25am—Tai Chi, Catherine 
    11:30am–12:25pm—Tai Chi, Catherine
    12:30–1:25pm—Beginner Yoga, Kathy 
    1:30–2:25pm—Chair Yoga, Amy
    2:30–3:25pm—ChiGong/Tai Chi, Nathaniel
    5:30–6:25–Yoga, Amy 
    6:30–7:25pm—Tai Chi, Phillipa
  • Tuesday
    5:30–8:00am—Circuit City, John *No class 6/18 and 6/20
    8:30–9:25am—Senior Powered Fitness (SPF), Linda 
    9:30–10:25am—Strength and Stretch, Linda 
    10:30am–11:25— Refit, Kat 
    11:30am–12:25pm— Essentrics, Denise
    12:30–1:30pm—Zumba®, Kimo 
    1:30–2:25pm—Tai Chi for Bettter Balance, Catherine *No class 6/18 
    3:30–4:25pm—Zumba® Gold, Kimo 
    4:30-5:25pm— Fusion Fitness, Patricia 
    5:30–6:25pm—Belly Dance, Ahndine 
    6:30–7:25pm—Zumba®, Jasmine 
  • Wednesday
    6:30–7:25—Boot Camp, Jessica *No class 6/19 and 6/26
    7:30–8:25am—Strength and Stretch, Linda
    8:30–9:25am—Strong Dance, Linda
    9:30–10:25am—Yoga, Amy
    10:30–11:25am—Tai Chi, Catherine
    11:30am–12:25pm—Gentle Yoga, Nurit 
    12:30–1:25pm—Tai Chi, Catherine 
    1:30–2:25pm—Chair Yoga, Amy 
    2:30–3:25pm—Essentrics- Gentle Stretch, Kathy
    5:30–6:25pm—Yoga, Amy  
    6:30–7:25pm—Zumba®, Jaimee 
    7:30–8:25pm—Tai Chi, Phillipa 
  • Thursday
    5:30–8:00am—Circuit City, John
    8:30–9:25am—Senior Powered Fitness (SPF), Linda 
    9:30–10:25am—Strength and Stretch, Linda 
    10:30–11:25am—Qigong, Sarah Jane *No class 6/13 and 6/20
    11:30am–12:25pm—PiYo® Flow and Flexibility, Tam
    12:30–1:30pm—Zumba®, Kimo
    1:30–2:25— Global Grooves, Ahndine 
    2:30–3:25pm—Beginner Yoga, Kathy
    3:30–4:25pm—Zumba® Gold, Kimo
    4:30–5:25pm—Tai Chi for Bettter Balannce, Catherine *No class 6/20
    5:30–6:25pm—Fusion Fitness, Patricia
    6:30–7:25pm—Step into Kettlebell, Jessica 
  • Friday
    6:30–7:25am—HIIT, Angela
    7:30–8:25—Yoga, Patricia 
    8:30–9:25am—Fun Dance, Jennifer 
    9:30–10:25am—Yoga, Amy 
    10:30–11:25am—Cardio Strength, Gail 
    11:30am–12:25pm— Essentrics, Denise*No class 6/21
    1:30–2:25pm—Chair Yoga, Amy 
    4:30–5:25pm—Zumba® Gold, Kimo 
    5:30–6:25pm—Zumba®, Kimo 
    6:30–7:25pm—Hip Hop, Kimo 
  • Saturday
    8:30–9:25am—Zumba®, Jasmine
    9:30–10:25—Boot Camp, Jessica 
    10:30–11:25am—Yoga, Amy
    12:30–1:25pm—Zumba® JJ
  • Sunday
    9:00–9:25am—25 Minute Flex, Paula 
    9:30–10:25am—Dance Dance Dance!, Paula 
    10:30–11:25am—Yoga, Patricia
    11:30am–12:25pm—Cardio Strength, Gail
    12:30–1:25pm—Release, Restore and Renew, Jennifer
    1:30–2:25pm—Fun Dance, Jennifer 
    3:30–4:25pm—Israeli Folk Dance 

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

ACTIVE AGING – Lifelong Fitness (specially designed for older adults)

Essentrics®: Gentle Stretch
Slow, full-body stretch, strengthening workout focusing on increasing mobility, flexibility, relieving aches, pains/joint stiffness.  Reawaken the power of your 650 muscles and 360 joints. This equipment free work out enables your body to remain ageless and strong while building strength in your body.

Chair Yoga
Does not require being able to get down on the floor and get back up again. Combines seated movements & postures with standing poses in which the chair can be used for support as needed. Ideal for Seniors and/or people who have limited mobility.

Senior Powered Fitness (SPF)
Inclusive fitness for the mature adult. Easy to follow, and fun to do, this class incorporates heart-healthy cardio with full-body strength and flexibility work. Our chance to reinvent our bodies, and de-stress our minds, in a supportive and accepting atmosphere.

Tai Chi Movement for Better Balance 
Begin with seated warm ups utilizes foundational Tai Chi movements/ exercises to train functional/ dynamic balance.  This form helps with blood pressure regulation, heart rate decrease and improved breath control

Zumba® Gold
Specifically designed to take the exciting Latin and International dance rhythms created in the original Zumba and bring them to active older adults, beginners, and other special populations that may need modifications for success.


Boot Camp
A full body strength plus cardio class, using body weight moves & equipment. An intense mix of aerobic, strength training & speed elements provides a whole-body workout that builds strength, aerobic endurance & agility.

Cardio Strength
This class aims to improve cardiovascular health and muscular strength by combining HIIT cardio with strength training, utilizing free weights and resistance bands. Workloads can be modified in intensity and weight.

Circuit City
Box, pump, and jam your way through different strength and cardio workout stations in this awesome circuit training class. Drop in for however long you want your workout to last, you pick the duration!

High-intensity Cardio and strength intervals to build cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength. Short bursts of activity get your heart rate up. Finishes with floor abdominal work and stretching.

Step Into Kettlebell
Full body strength and cardio workout using kettlebells and the aerobic step. 

25 Minute Flex 
Increase strength, core, and flexibility with these targeted efficient combo workouts. 25 minutes is all you will need!


Belly Dance
Exercise your body and spirit while learning ancient, evolving belly dance techniques. Improve posture, strength and stretch. Learn the fundamentals of universal belly dance language for your own dance journey.

Dance Dance Dance!
55 minutes of continuous sweaty cardio combining diverse dance themes and music with fun choreography. All levels are welcome.

Fun Dance
Ready to hit the dance floor? Fun Dance class features fresh music, accessible moves, and an “anyone can dance” spirit.  We start class with light resistance training set to music, then we shake, sway, and boogie to songs you’ll love to move to. The entire class is low to no impact and welcoming of folks of all abilities and experience, beginners are extra welcome. You’ll get a full-body workout and leave class with a smile on your face. 

Fusion Fitness
Expressive dance for cardiovascular fitness in a joyful and supportive community environment, set to music from a variety of genres and cultures. Increase your awareness and pleasure in living in a human body.

Global Grooves
Move your body with a fusion of Western and Eastern dance disciplines including ballet, theatrical, tribal, folkloric, and Egyptian bellydance, North Indian Bhangra and Bollywood, West African, Native American and beyond! Enjoy isolation exercises that improve posture and focus on strength, technique, musicality and  rhythms with a touch of trance and yoga

Hip Hop
Beginner/intermediate level. No dance experience is required. Learn a new routine every month! The instructor will break down the moves and steps and add them little by little each week.  Dance to many different songs, practice, and repeat. Have a great time dancing and get a good cardio workout!

Israeli Folk Dance
Learn the steps and the stories behind Israeli Folk dances while enjoying catchy rhythms and creative body movements.  No experience or partner is necessary. All levels of dancers are welcome. Traditional dances taught & reviewed regularly. Beginners are encouraged to first take the Beginning Israeli Folk Dance class available with pre-registration. 

The heart is more than a muscle. A person is more than a body. Relationships are as important as results. Fitness isn’t just for the fit…it’s for the willing. Music driven, powerful moves with positive, empowering music! Community center fitness for everybody.

Strong Dance 
Fusing classic (and not so classic) dance moves with small weights to add an extra fitness dimension. Weave a new dance together in every class. Add a dash of full body strength and core training, and top it off with relaxing flexibility work. Come play and leave sweaty & smiling.

A high-energy combination of Latin/Reggae and Salsa dance steps, sure to rock your socks off! No previous dance experience is necessary!


Beginner Yoga
In this class, the basic, foundational yoga postures are practiced aligning, strengthening, and promoting flexibility in the body. You can expect an emphasis on simplicity, repetition, and ease of movement.

Hatha Yoga
Move your body slowly and deliberately into different poses that challenge your strength and flexibility, while at the same time focusing on relaxation and mindfulness. This style of yoga places special emphasis on controlled breathing and posture.

Influenced by the flowing movements of tai chi, the strengthening theories behind ballet, and the healing principles of physiotherapy, Essentrics engages all 650 muscles and 360 joints. With a diverse music playlist accompanying each routine, this equipment-free workout enables our body to remain ageless, strong, mobile, flexible, and pain-free.

Gentle Yoga
A gentle, slow, restful style of yoga that involves long, passive holds in a series of 4-6 restful poses. Achieve a state of total relaxation and release.

This low-impact class combines the muscle-sculpting benefit of Pilates with the flexibility and strength of Yoga. Set to music, you will move in flow and fusion movements that will stretch, strengthen, and tone your body. No weights, bands, or equipment are needed; just you and a yoga mat. Suitable for all levels.

PiYo® Flow + Flexibility
Enhance your PiYo LIVE practice with a focus on slower flow and fusion movements inspired by Pilates and Yoga. Relax and move into deep stretches aimed to release tension throughout the body while improving overall flexibility. Finish in Savasana with a moment of stillness, slow breathing, and complete relaxation. 

ChiGong/Tai Chi
Allow rhythmic music curated to guide you through warm-up; Qigong; the nine form Yang style tai chi; and a smattering of gentle yoga to settle and strengthen you from the inside out.

Qi Gong
Qi Gong can be described as a mind-body-spirit practice that improves one's mental and physical health by integrating posture, movement, breathing technique, self-massage, sound, and focused intent.

Release, Restore, and Renew
Welcome to your rejuvenating restorative stretch class, where tranquility meets flexibility! In this class, participants of all ages and skill levels are invited to embark on a journey of deep relaxation and increased flexibility. Our session begins with deep, gentle stretching to release the tension you may be holding in your body. We then take a series of restorative poses which will leave you feeling calm and serene. We end the class with a restorative pose which can be adjusted to suit your needs. At class closing, you'll find the tension and troubles have fallen away to be replaced by a sense of well-being and relaxation. Join us! All ages and abilities are more than welcome.

Strength and Stretch 
Boost your quality of life! This class uses light, medium, and heavy weights, along with various other pieces of strength training equipment, to increase your strength, endurance, and stamina. Comprehensive core training, along with functional training, and flexibility work are also included to help you regain or enhance your sense of power and possibility! 

Tai Chi
A slow, gentle exercise and is a practice in body awareness and intentional movement. Classes include warm-up exercises to strengthen the core and legs and to improve flexibility and balance.

Enjoy a renewed sense of balance and calm in a mixed-level Yoga session. Improve your health, tone your muscles and internal organs, and strengthen your bones. You don’t have to twist yourself into a pretzel to do Yoga; Yoga is for everyone!

Year acquired
Size in acres

The construction of PP&R's newest community center was completed in 1999 with funding from the 1994 bond measure; it opened on June 19. The sculptures in the lobby were created by Fernanda D'Agostino and Valerie Otani. Gabriel Park Journal is in two parts: the copper and bronze panels above the fireplace provide a visual diary of the park through the seasons and through history. The glass panels on the front of the reception desk are three magnifications of stream water; each panel shows water from a healthy stream ecosystem and from a degraded one.

Southwest Community Center Pool Open Swim

Park Location or Entrance

6820 SW 45th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219

Open hours

Monday-Friday – 5:30am-9:00pm
Saturday – 7:00am-5:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am-5:00pm

*Indoor Pool hours vary—View link to pool schedules.


Southwest Community Center

Craig Vanderbout

Southwest Community Center Building Supervisor

Lisa Osterberg

Aquatic Supervisor

Park amenities/activities

Fitness Room
Preschool Program
Weight Room
Wireless Internet Access (WiFi)
Basketball Court (Indoor)

Park policy

  • All dogs must be leashed in this park.


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