Spring Break Free Lessons at EPCC & Mt. Scott Pools

We are offering free swim lessons March 25- March 28, 2013 at EPCC & Mt. Scott Pools.  Registration starts March 1st, 2013.  It is first come first serve.  List below are both pools swim lesson classes & times availability.

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Spend President’s Day Weekend with US!

Check out our hours for this President’s Day Weekend at your favorite pool!

President's Day Weekend of swims


Register for Spring Lessons Starting TODAY!

Spring Lessons are available for registration.  Here are the lesson dates for each pool.  You can register Online, or at your local Community Center or Pool.

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Martin Luther King Jr Weekend Swimming Hours

Happy New Year!  It has been a busy beginning to our New Year.  We will be working on keeping you more up to date on what’s going on at Portland Parks Swimming pools.  Here are our special holiday weekend hours for this weekend.

MLK's Day Weekend of swims


Top 10 Healthy Holiday Party Hosting Tips


Here are some great tips for holiday parties.  Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or family gathering, or you’re a guest contributing a dish to the celebration, there are many ways to make your holiday party or dinner a healthy, tasty, and festive event.

1. Less is more! Plan to simplify your menu with fewer options that complement each other in balance and taste.
2. Use smaller plates and bowls. Smaller dishes equal less food and instant portion control.
3. Ditch the paper plates. Non-disposable plates will deter you from throwing your plate away and filling up a new one 30 minutes later. Plus, non-disposable plates are “green” and great for the environment!
4. Offer low-calorie beverages. Sparkling water with a splash of cranberry juice, wine spritzers, or water infused with berries, citrus fruits, or cucumbers provide a low-calorie, low- or alcohol-free, tasty option that looks festive as well.
5. Avoid too much cheese. Make hors d’evours or side dishes with less cheese or choose lower fat cheese and cream cheese options. You might not even taste a difference if you use fresh seasonings and ingredients.
6. Substitute fat-free or low-fat Greek yogurt for recipes that call for sour cream or mayonnaise. For example, traditional spinach dip can be made with a combination of Greek yogurt and fat-free sour cream instead the usual high-fat ingredients. Add shredded kale along with the spinach for an added nutritious boost.
7. Have a colorful fresh fruit plate on the desert table. Make a fruit dip with Greek yogurt and honey or lightly dip strawberries and bananas in dark chocolate as an alternative to rich brownies, cheesecake or layered cake with frosting.
8. Be creative with vegetables. Roasted vegetables with an herbed yogurt dip make a nice alternative to the traditional raw veggies and ranch or sour cream dip. They are great with hummus too.
9. If you’re hosting a dinner, skip the heavy hors d’evours and offer a simple, vegetable-based appetizer. Start your meal with a colorful, fresh green salad and use the MyPlate model for balancing your plate (¼ meat, ¼ carbohydrates and ½ vegetables).
10. Part of the celebrating is trying new foods. Providing a fruit or vegetable tray with rarely used items such as pomegranate, kiwi, and baby onions, as well as the standard celery, carrots, green peppers, apple slices (dipped in lemon juice to keep them from turning brown), and orange slices makes a great item.


Water Warrior 2013 ~ Aquatic Challenge

2012 Water Warriors

Our Annual Water Warrior Challenge is almost here.  This year we are featuring The Pool History Tour.  Here is how it works, you sign up for the challenge at one of our participating facilities.  Then you must come at least 16 time during the month of January, to do some sort of water work out, either lap swimming or take a water fitness class.  You can only participate at ONE facility of your choice.  There will be a tracking sheet with your name on it and each day you come in you will get one sticker.  It is one sticker per day.  If you complete the challenge you will receive a FREE Water Warriors T-shirt.

To participate you need to register at the front desk of the facility you plan to complete the challenge at.  This is a free program that you register for.  They will ask you what size T-Shirt you might want.

Here are the participating pools:
Buckman Pool course # 396581
Columbia Pool course # 396582
Dishman Pool course # 396584
East Portland Pool course # 396583
Mt. Scott Pool course # 396585
Southwest Pool course # 396586

Sign up NOW!


Winter Break Extra Swim Schedule

Portland Parks Aquatics is offering some additional swims during the winter break.  Check out what your local pool schedule is.

Winterbreak Extra swims


Inclement Weather Policy for Portland Parks & Recreation

As the weather is changing from fall to winter, here is our Inclement Weather Policy that we follow for Portland Parks & Recreation if there is snow or ice.


Blue Makos at SWCC Pool

We offer Blue Makos at most of our pools, this week we are featuring Blue Makos at Southwest Community Center & Pool