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Southwest Community Center

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Portland Parks & Recreation community centers will be open for limited activities beginning September 7, 2021. 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 fall programming has been designed to meet public health guidance and to be flexible as conditions change. 

View COVID-19 safety guidelines, closures, and postponements

Building Closures and Special Hours

  • November 11 – OPEN 10:00am-6:00pm
  • November 24 – OPEN 5:30am-3:00pm 
  • November 25 – CLOSED
  • November 26 – OPEN 10:00am-6:00pm
  • December 24 – CLOSED
  • December 25 – CLOSED   
  • December 31 – OPEN 5:30am-3:00pm
  • January 1, 2022 – OPEN 10:00am-6:00pm

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.

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**
20-Visit Pass$106$85$85$77--
Active Pass***$41 a month$33 a month$33 a month$29 a month$49 a month$66 a month
  • Children age 0-2 are FREE
  • Passes are valid only at the community center in which they are purchased.
  • 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.
  • **Family denotes a couple (married or domestic partner) or single parent and their legal dependents living in the same household.
  • ***Active Passes available beginning October 2021, if public health conditions allow. Pass will auto-renew each month. Simply pay your first monthly fee upon registering and all future monthly payments are deducted directly from your debit or credit card. Active Passes are not intended for less than three consecutive months. Monthly pass option available.

If you are age 60 or older, ask your insurance provider if they offer one of the following programs which cover the cost of a pass: Silver & Fit, Silver Sneakers, Renew Active.

Register for Activities

  • September 9 at 12:30pm - Register for activities that take place from October 4, through November 7, 2021.
  • October 10 at 12:30pm - Register for activities that take place from November 8, through December 30, 2021.

View and register for activities online

Southwest Indoor Pool

Currently open for limited drop-in activities.

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 in 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 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 2021-2020 school year. Virtual and discount options are available. Learn more about Portland Parks Preschool at

Preschool (age 3-4)
Monday, Wednesday, Friday9:15am-12:00pm$335 a month
Tuesday, Thursday9:15am-12:00pm$230 a month
Forest Pre-Kindergarten (age 4-5)
Monday-Friday9:15am-12:00pm$550 a month

Fitness Center

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

  • Open beginning October 4.
  • 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

  • Classes resume on October 4.
  • 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. Formats include, but are not limited to Zumba, Boot Camp, Yoga, and more!

Personal Training

Personal training gives you the opportunity to find real, achievable goals and to meet those goals in a safe and timely manner. Stop by the community center or give us a call to get started!

Register for an Access Discount to receive up to a 90% discount based on your total income. No verification is required. Learn more at

The Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) helps our trainers design a workout plan fit to your specific needs. Fill one out now to get started on reaching your fitness goals!

Individual Personal Training
Make an appointment with a personal trainer, who will oversee your progress and hold you accountable. Our excellent personal training staff will motivate you to make a fresh start or reach a new level in your fitness.

  • 2 half-hour sessions: $50
  • 6 half-hour sessions: $120
  • 12 half-hour sessions: $215

Group Personal Training
Set up a personal training session with a friend. Our personal trainers will work with groups of up to four people. Personal training with friends is a great way to stay motivated, work out with your friends and save money!

  • 2 people: $35 per person, per hour
  • 3 people: $25 per person, per hour
  • 4 people: $20 per person, per hour

Size in acres


Year acquired



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

In this Park Facility

Open hours

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


MaryAnn Thibeault

Southwest Community Center Supervisor

Lisa Osterberg

Southwest Community Center Aquatics Coordinator

News and notices


Park amenities/activities

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

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