East Portland Aquatic Center

Free Beginner Swim Lessons in Portland

The City of Portland Parks & Recreation wants you to be safe this summer. They want this so much they are willing to teach you to swim and will even foot the bill for the lessons.

Between June 21 and June 25, Portland Parks & Recreation will offer five free beginner swim lessons to any Portland resident over the age of three. Classes are available during mornings, afternoons and evenings on a first come, first served basis at any of the thirteen city-owned neighborhood pools.

In order to be part of the free program you must register at the pool you will be taking the lesson at on Saturday, June 19 between 8 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. You must register in person.

For those with a little more experience, Portland Parks & Recreation will be offering intermediate and advanced classes throughout the summer for a fee. But financial assistance is available for those in need.

Portland Parks & Recreation Pools

East Portland
East Portland Pool, 740 SE 106th

North Portland
Pier Pool, 9341 N St. Johns
Columbia Pool, 7701 N Chautauqua
Peninsula Pool, 700 N Rosa Parks Way

Northeast Portland
Dishman Pool, 77 NE Knott
Grant Pool, 2300 NE 33
Montavilla Pool, 8219 NE Glisan

Southeast Portland
Buckman Pool, 320 SE 16th
Creston Pool, 4454 SE Powell
Mt. Scott Pool, 5530 SE 72nd
Sellwood Pool, 7951 SE 7th

Southwest Portland
Southwest Pool, 6820 SW 45th
Wilson Pool, 1151 SW Vermont

Storm Water Swale at Marysville School Park


Greenbucks Program: Donate to Schools and Clean Rivers on Your Sewer Bill

Starting this summer the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services will offer sewer customers in Portland an opportunity to help Portland Public Schools by donating money on their bill to help maintain stormwater management facilities on public school properties.

The program is called GreenBucks and the money will go towards the costs of maintaining rain gardens, swales and ecoroofs at public schools. Donations can be made in $1, $3 or $5 increments on each billing cycle. The donations will help public schools divert maintenance costs, allowing the schools to use the money for other things.

In order to make the donation, just check one of the GreenBucks boxes on your next sewer utility bill. The donation allows you to help schools while also helping protect Portland’s rivers and streams.

Southeast Sunday Parkways 2009


Sunday Parkways comes to North Portland

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation will be holding the second in a series of five Portland Sunday Parkways events in North Portland on Sunday, June 27.

The Bureau of Transportation, in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente and Metro, is hosting the 7.5-mile, traffic-free fun ride. Food, music and activities will take place along the ride at Kenton, Arbor Lodge and Peninsula Parks. There will also be a stop at Willamette Bluff along the way.

The event will take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

For more information, or to look at the route, please click here.

2009 Spirit of Portland Emerging Community Leader Mark White receives his memento from Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.


City Seeks Spirit of Portland Nominees

The City of Portland is asking citizens to nominate fellow community members for the 25th annual Spirit of Portland Awards.

In addition to the 20-30 various awards that are handed out each year, the City of Portland has announced a new award for this year, the Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship Award.

Diedrich, who died in 2007, was a City employee who founded the No Ivy League, a group dedicated to removing non-native ivy from City owned land.

Nominations are due to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement by Monday, August 16. ONI is located at 1221 SW Fourth Avenue, Room 110. Nomination forms can be picked up at any of the seven neighborhood district offices. Or it can be downloaded online by clicking here.

Stay tuned for more details about the location and exact date of the awards ceremony. The ceremony is tentatively scheduled for early-November.

This years awards include:

  • Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship
  • Business Association
  • New/Emerging Community Leader
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Public Involvement
  • Community Policing/Public Safety
  • Humanitarian
  • Independent Spirit
  • Community Harmony
  • Large Business
  • Small Business
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Neighborhood
  • Outstanding Partnership
  • Employee of the Year
  • Youth Volunteer