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:
Stay Safe during the Heat
Classes and Activities
PP&R classes, activities, rentals, and sports events may be adjusted or canceled due to inclement weather, such as ice, snow, or extreme heat. Check with your PP&R facility for the most current information via phone at 503-823-2533 or keep checking this page for updated information.
Stay cool by splashing!
While pools are excellent recreation sites, they are not designated as resources to stay cool. First and foremost, not everyone can swim, and pools have mandated capacity limits for safety.
The most convenient, citywide way to stay cool outdoors is to visit a park splash pad or fountain. No swimming skills necessary.
We have a list of Portland Parks & Recreation fountains and splash pads you can play in.
Splash pad hours are extended this year as Portland Parks & Recreation anticipated a hot summer; so the expanded hours for splash pads are 10 am to 8 pm daily, through Labor Day. Park fountains which are designed for water play have varying hours, posted on the web page.
Misting stations, 24/7 through Thursday
The Portland Water Bureau has just installed water misting stations in 14 parks across town; with cool water spraying 24 hours a day through Thursday, August 17.
• Argay Park (3898 NE 141st Ave)
• Glenhaven Park (8000 NE Siskiyou St)
• Floyd Light Park/Rose Petal Fountain (10620 SE Stark St)
• Harney Park (8498 SE 67th Ave)
• Holladay Park (1198 NE Multnomah St)
• Knott Park (2505 NE 117th Ave)
• Lents Park (4603 SE 92nd Ave)
• Lynchwood Park (17301 SE Haig St)
• McKenna Park (7129 N Wall St)
• Mt Scott Community Center (5527 SE 72nd Ave)
• Normandale Park (1260 NE 57th Ave)
• Powell Park (Curb Service south of Powell in SE 22nd Ave)
• Wilshire Park (3350 NE Skidmore St)
• Woodstock Park (4701 SE 47th Ave)
Trail Closures and Delays
Portland is home to more than 152 miles of completed regional trails laced together, connecting people to each other and to the natural beauty of our city. All trail closures, delays, or detours on trails are posted on the Trail Closures and Delays page.
Report Tree Issues on City Property and Public Streets
Portland Parks & Recreation’s Urban Forestry crews are responding to hazardous situations and emergency needs citywide resulting from inclement weather in the Portland metro area.
- Call 503-823-TREE (8733) and push 1 for the fastest way to report tree emergencies.
- NOTE: If a tree emergency situation involves downed wires please contact your utility provider first. Urban Forestry is unable to respond until electrical hazards have been addressed.
- Please avoid calling for NON-emergency issues. Crews are focused on addressing issues involving major roads and thoroughfares in Portland and will work their way down into neighborhood streets and roads.
- General maintenance involving trees on private property or on adjacent rights-of-way are the responsibility of the property owner.
Annual Maintenance Periods and Closures (unrelated to weather)
In order to keep our community centers and other facilities in good condition, each year, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) conducts annual maintenance reviews and in some cases, closes facilities for a period of time to do safety checks, deep cleans, and small updates or fixes.
PP&R is committed to providing safe and dependable facilities. Though we know planned closures (or partial closures) may cause some inconvenience, they allow us to address facility maintenance needs safely and efficiently to minimize impacts during the rest of the year.
Please be prepared for limited or no access to specific facilities during the annual maintenance periods identified below. In some circumstances, it may be necessary for PP&R to close part of or an entire facility temporarily while disruptive maintenance occur. Some examples include fumes from paint and cleaning materials, interior upgrades (electrical, mechanical, minor construction), and work requiring our pools to be drained.
If you have a membership at one of our large community centers, please inquire with the front desk about your options for visiting other centers during your center's closure. If you have additional questions regarding your center's maintenance closure, please contact the center's director.
Types of work PP&R performs during maintenance closures;
- Painting and patching
- Door inspection and repair
- High ceiling light bulb replacements
- Fire alarm testing
- Environmental and building material testing inspection (e.g. lead, radon, asbestos)
- Electrical system testing
- Deep cleaning and polishing
- Miscellaneous repairs that could not be done earlier in the year
Portland Parks & Recreation’s developing civil rights page offers information related to making programming more accessible and inclusive.