Southwest Community Center

Community And Arts Center
Southwest Community Center Exterior
Portland Parks & Recreation community centers are open for limited activities. Schedules are subject to change to meet public health guidelines.
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COVID-19 related information
Portland Parks & Recreation’s primary goal is to keep our community healthy and protect the public from the spread of COVID-19. We continue to follow guidance from public health authorities and elected officials. PP&R programming has been designed to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change. 

View COVID-19 safety guidelines, closures, and postponements


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 portland.gov/parks/closures 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.


Discount Options

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) believes recreation is for everyone and recognizes that cost can be a barrier to participation. With resources from the Parks Local Option Levy (Parks Levy), we can offer new payment options for City of Portland residents that allow you to choose payment levels based on your needs.

Learn about Pay What You Can and Access Discounts


Admission Fees and Pass Options

-Adult (age 18-59)Senior (age 60 and older)Teen (age 13-17)Youth (age 3-12)Senior CoupleFamily
Drop-in$6$5$5$4--
20-Visit Pass$106$85$85$77$85-
Month Pass*$41$33$33$29$49$66
  • Children age 0-2 are FREE
  • 20-Visit and Month Passes provide access to 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.
  • *Month Passes are available beginning October 4, 2021. 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). 

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, or Renew Active.


Sign Up for Activities

  • Summer activities, including day camps, will be viewable online beginning May 9.
    • May 23 at 12:30pm you can start signing up for activities that take place June 21 through July 24
    • June 27 at 12:30pm you can start signing up for activities that take place July 25 through August 28

View and sign up for activities online

Learn more about PP&R's summer camp program.

Summer Camps at SWCC


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 2022-2023 school year. Virtual and discount options are available. View schedules and learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at portland.gov/parks/preschool.


Fitness

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.

Amenities

  • 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

  • Age 14 and older
  • Access is included with daily admission.

Strengthen your community, body, and mind with a group fitness class! Classes are offered seven days a week for every age, shape, and fitness level. 

All schedules are subject to change.
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
-5:30-8:00am
Circuit City
John
-5:30-8:00am
Circuit City
John
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8:30-9:25am
Strong Dance
Linda
8:30-9:25am
S.P.F.
Linda
 
8:30-9:25am
Strong Dance
Linda
8:30-9:25am
S.P.F.
Linda
*No Class 4/28
8:30-9:25am
Strong Dance
Jennifer
8:30-9:25am
Zumba™
Jasmine
-
9:30-10:25am
PiYo LIVE
Tam
9:30-10:25am
Strength and Stretch
Linda
9:30-10:25am
Yoga
Amy

9:30-10:25am
Strength and Stretch
Linda

9:30-10:25am
Yoga
Amy
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10:30-11:25am
Tai Chi
Catherine
-10:30-11:25am
Tai Chi
Catherine

10:30-11:25am
Qi Gong
Sarah Jane

10:30-11:25am
Cardio Strength
Gail
10:30-11:25am
Yoga
Amy
10:30-11:25am
Yoga
Patricia
11:30am-12:30pm
Tai Chi
Catherine
-11:30am-12:25pm
Gentle Yoga
Nurit
---11:30am-12:25pm
Cardio Strength
Gail
12:30-1:30pm
Beginner Yoga
Kathy
-12:30-1:30pm
Tai Chi
Catherine
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-12:30-1:25pm
Stretch and Relax
Gail
---2:30-3:25pm
Beginner Yoga
Kathy
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-3:30-4:25pm
Zumba Gold™
Kimo
-3:30-4:25pm
Zumba Gold™
Kimo
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5:30-6:25pm
Zumba™
Tom
5:30-6:25pm
Belly Dance
Ahndine
5:30-6:25pm
Zumba™
Jaimee
5:30-6:25pm
Fusion Fitness
Patricia
5:30-6:25pm
Zumba™
Kimo
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6:30-7:25pm
Tai Chi
Phillipa
6:30-7:25pm
Zumba™
Jasmine
6:30-7:25pm
Tai Chi
Phillipa
-6:30-7:25pm
Hip Hop
Kimo
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Group Fitness Class Descriptions

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!

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!

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.

S.P.F. (Senior Powered Fitness)
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
Who says strength training needs to be tedious and tiresome? The best way to make the fastest gains in muscle strength and definition is all about variety! Shake loose from tired old routines and do new and interesting flow-motion moves, along with embracing tried and true, physiologically sound principles of weight training. Solid core work, and an extra-long flexibility section, guarantee you a rejuvenating fitness experience.

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.

Yoga
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.

Zumba®
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
1999
Size in acres
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History

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.

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Southwest Community Center Pool Open Swim

Park Location or Entrance

6820 SW 45th Avenue
Portland, OR 97219

Open hours

Monday-Friday – 5:30am-7:30pm
Saturday – 7:00am-2:00pm
Sunday – 8:00am-2:00pm

Building Closures and Special Hours
May 30 – OPEN 10:00am-6:00pm

Contact

Southwest Community Center

Craig Vanderbout

Southwest Community Center Building Supervisor

Lisa Osterberg

Southwest Community Center Aquatics Coordinator

Park amenities/activities

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

City section

SW