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Southwest Community Center

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Construction Tuesday 5/16

Construction on the pathway from Southwest Community Center to the Gabriel Park Playground will take place 5/16-5/20. Parking in the main lot will be limited and the pathway will be unavailable. 

We Are Hiring! Consider sharing our Lifeguard and Swim Instructor training and hiring information with someone you know who may be interested in joining our team! Aquatics Training Programs and Employment Opportunities |

Inclement Weather Policy and Closures
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 Pass - Reduced Pricing

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) believes recreation is for everyone. We know that the price of programs and activities prevents some community members from being able to participate. Thanks to the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy) we can offer new payment options for people who live within the City of Portland. City of Portland residents can register for a free Access Pass to receive an ongoing discount of 25, 50, 75, or 90% based on financial need. The pass is valid for 12 months from the date of enrollment. No proof of income is required.

Learn more about the Access Pass 

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

Register online, over the phone through the Customer Service Center (503-823-2525), or by calling or visiting any PP&R community or arts center.  

Summer activities take place from June 26 through August 27 and are now viewable online.

  • May 17 — Register beginning at 12:30 pm for spring activities that start on or after June 26.
  • June 21 — Register beginning at 12:30 pm for spring activities that start on or after July 31.

View and sign up for activities online

View PP&R's Summer 2023 Activity 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 2023-2024 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.

  • Monday
    9:30–11:30am —Indoor Park (canceled 5/29)
    12:00–2:00pm—Adult Basketball (age 18+) 
    6:00–8:00pm—Pickleball (age 14+) (canceled 5/29)
  • Wednesday
    9:30–11:30am —Indoor Park 
    12:00–2:00pm—Adult Basketball (age 18+) 
    6:00–8:00pm—Pickleball (age 14+)
  • Thursday
    12:00–2:00pm—Pickleball (age 14+)
  • Friday
    8:00–9:50am—Pickleball (age 14+)
    12:00–2:00pm—Basketball (age 18+)
    4:15–5:30pm— Open Skate 
  • Saturday
    7:30–9:30am—Pickleball (age 14+)
    10:00am–12:00pm— Adaptive Wheel Chair Basketball
    12:30–2:30—Basketball (all ages)
  • Sunday
    9:30–11:30pm—Indoor Park
    12:00–2:00pm—Basketball (all ages)
    2:00–4:00pm— Basketball (30+)


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 and complete an orientation prior to access.


  • 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 (canceled 5/29)
    7:30–8:25am—Hatha Yoga, Serena (canceled 5/29)
    8:30–9:25am—Strong Dance, Linda (canceled 5/29)
    9:30–10:25am—PiYo® LIVE, Tam (canceled 5/29)
    10:30–11:25am—Tai Chi, Catherine 
    11:30am–12:25pm—Tai Chi, Catherine
    12:30–1:25pm—Beginner Yoga, Kathy
    4:30–5:25pm—Barre Above®, Marnie
    5:30–6:25pm—Dance Fitness, Tom (canceled 5/29)
    6:30–7:25pm—Tai Chi, Phillipa (canceled 5/29)
  • Tuesday
    5:30–8:00am—Circuit City, John
    8:30–9:25am—Senior Powered Fitness (SPF), Linda
    9:30–10:25am—Strength and Stretch, Linda
    11:30am–12:25pm— Essentrics, Denise
    3:30–4:25pm—Zumba® Gold, Kimo
    5:30–6:25pm—Belly Dance, Ahndine  
    6:30–7:25pm—Zumba®, Jasmine 
  • Wednesday
    6:30–7:25—Boot Camp, Jessica
    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
    5:30–6:25pm—Zumba®, Jaimee
    6:30–7:25pm—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 
    11:30am–12:25pm—PiYo® Flow and Flexibility, Tam
    12:30–1:25pm—Tai Chi/ Chigong, Nathaniel
    2:30–3:25pm—Beginner Yoga, Kathy
    3:30–4:25pm—Zumba® Gold, Kimo
    5:30–6:25pm—Fusion Fitness, Patricia
    6:30–7:25pm—Barre Above®, Marnie
  • Friday
    7:30–8:25—Yoga, Patricia
    8:30–9:25am—Strong Dance, Jennifer
    9:30–10:25am—Yoga, Amy
    10:30–11:25am—Cardio Strength, Gail
    11:30am–12:25pm— Essentrics, Denise
    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
    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—Stretch and Relax, Gail
    2:30–4:00pm—Israeli Folk Dance, Rhona

Group Fitness Class Descriptions

Barre Above®
A workout technique inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates focusing on low-impact, high-intensity movements designed to strengthen your body, develop agility, and increase flexibility.

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.

Belly Dance
Get a great workout, strengthen, and tone your entire body while learning this graceful form of ethnic dance!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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. 

Pulse and Balance
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.

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.

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! 

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

Strong Dance
Capture the music! Embody the fun! A new way to get your boogie on! 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 to top it off, relaxing flexibility work. Come to play, leave sweaty and smiling!

Tai Chi: Yang style
This Yang style Form emphasizes slow, fluid, continuous motion while maintaining breath and posture control. A mindful movement to improve balance, posture, and coordination of whole-body motions. All levels are welcome.

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!

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.

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

Year acquired
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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-8:00pm
Saturday – 7:00am-5:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am-5:00pm

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

Building Closures and Special Hours 
May 29– Open 10:00am to 6:00pm
June 19–Open 10:00am to 6:00pm 
July 4 –CLOSED 
September 4–Open 10:00am to 6:00pm 
September 11 to 22–CLOSED (Annual Maintenance)


Southwest Community Center

Craig Vanderbout

Southwest Community Center Building Supervisor

Lisa Osterberg

Aquatic Supervisor

Park amenities/activities

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


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