Here's how to jump into summer fun in Portland
As warm weather ushers in the season, it's also time for Summer Free For All, the Portland Parks and Recreation's offerings of live music, movies, crafts, sports games and lunches.
"Summer Free For All is about community," says Nick Fish, parks commissioner. "Families enjoy free events, kids stay active and make new friends, and we celebrate our diverse city."
There'll be a Summer Free For All Kickoff Celebration, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 20, at Luuwit View Park, Northeast 127th Avenue and Fremont Street, with music, games, and activities planned for 10:30 a.m. and lunch for noon.
But first things first: Hot weather has arrived and, although it's not affiliated with the Summer Free For All, the city wants citizens to know that they can cool off in interactive water play fountains and splash pads, as well as outdoor pools set to open June 18.
The fountains are: Bill Naito Legacy Fountain, Waterfront Park; Director Park Teachers Fountain, 815 S.W. Park Ave.; Holladay Park Fountain, Northeast 11th Avenue/Holladay Street; Jamison Square, 810 N.W. 11th Ave.; McCoy Park, North Trenton Street/Newman Avenue; and Salmon Street Springs Fountain, Waterfront Park.
The splash pads are located at many Portland parks.
While indoor pools remain open year-round, PP&R Aquatics outdoor pools open Tuesday, June 18. They are: Creston Pool, 4454 S.E. Powell Blvd.; Grant Pool, 2300 N.E. 33rd Ave.; Montavilla Pool, 8219 N.E. Glisan St.; Pier Pool, 9341 N. St. Johns Ave.; Sellwood Pool, 7951 S.E. Seventh Ave.; and Wilson Pool, 1151 S.W. Vermont Ave. The Peninsula Pool, 700 N. Rosa Parks Way, opens July 8 after renovation.
As part of Summer Free For All, there'll be free swim lessons at pools this summer.
Highlights of Summer Free For All:
• The Free Lunch & Play Program will provide healthy lunches to kids in need, in partnerships with five local school districts and Meals on Wheels People. The city expects to serve around 100,000 free lunches to children in parks, community centers and apartment complexes.
• Mobile Play — Part of Free Lunch & Play, the program goes to five sites in east Portland in park-deficient areas, bringing the park and play experience to children at apartment complexes and sites for kids to enjoy games and sports.
• Movies in the Park — It's the 13th season, and more than 30 movies will be shown at city parks, including the Navajo language version of "Finding Nemo," with English subtitles. We'll list weekly screenings in our "Movie Time" listings each Tuesday.
• Concerts in the Park — There'll be movies and concerts at 41 different parks around Portland, including 23 free concerts. Watch for our concert listings in a later edition of the Tribune.
• Other events — Washington Park Summer Festival, Aug. 1-4; Festival Latino, Aug. 10, Cully Park; Tonga Day 2019, Aug. 17, Gateway Discovery Park; and the 11th annual Slavic Festival "Heritage," Sept. 1, Gateway Discovery Park.
For complete info: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/sffa.