There was money in the last Parks Bond Issue to pay for needed renovation of the historic Sellwood Pool. Over the past winter it got done

DAVID F. ASHTON - The newly-renovated exterior of the pool house at the historic Sellwood Pool makes it an even more inviting summer recreation destination. The venerable Sellwood Pool, the first public pool of its kind in the city, has been in use every summer season since 1910.

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) reopened it for the 2017 season on June 20, to the delight of a large number of Inner Southeast Portland residents – just four days before three days in a row above 90 degrees arrived in the Northwest as summer began.

"It all looks brand new!" exclaimed Westmoreland resident Mira Banks, who – with her kids in tow – had stopped to take in the new roof and paint job on the pool house, and the sparkling clean swim area.

The outdoor oval pool, heated to 84 degrees, is especially inviting on hot summer days, when kids of all ages can slip down the drop slide, and play under the spray water features.

Families can purchase a season pass, or pay for individual splash-and-swim sessions, as well as swim lessons.

"Swim free" times

But, as part of the PP&R "Summer Free For All" program, free Open Play Swim sessions are offered at two of the area's pools this summer, and one of those pools is Sellwood. Offered through August 25, you're invited in to "Drop in and have a splash" with no cost or registration needed:

· Sellwood Pool, Wednesdays, 7:20-8:50 p.m., 7951 S.E. 7th Avenue

· Creston Pool, Mondays, 1:00-4:00 p.m., 4454 S.E. Powell Blvd.

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