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UPDATE: Portland Parks & Recreation says the heat threatens its staff and the public.

PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN VILLAGOMEZ - A youngster dives into the water at Sellwood Pool on Friday, Jine 25.Portland Parks & Recreation closed all eight of its outdoor pools on Monday, June 28 because of the heat.

"Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) must close outdoor pools to protect staff and guests from severe heat on Monday, June 28. PP&R understands this is disappointing news as our community navigates through an unprecedented heatwave and suggests Portlanders visit cooling centers and County Libraries to avoid excessive heat," the parks bureau said on its website.

According to the bureau, the outdoor pools anticipates reopening the pools Tuesday, but will only do so if it is safe.

The bureau had previously not expanded the capacity of the pools beyond the 50% COVID-19 capacity, although the Oregon Health Authority has lifted the limits for pools, theaters and mall. The bureau said it did not have enough lifeguards to do so safely.

"Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is aware that the Oregon Health Authority has suspended COVID-related capacity limits at swimming pools in Oregon. PP&R must prioritize the safety of swimmers in pools. The capacity at Portland pools is determined by the numbersof available lifeguards and support staff and will remain the same at this time," the bureau said.

The four indoor pools are open but reservations are needed to use them. More information about the pools, including how to make reservations, can be found at www.portland.gov/parks/recreation/pools.

The bureau also has park splash pads and interactive fountains citywide to help keep cool. Locations and additional information can be found at www.portland.gov/parks/recreation/splash.

A previous story with locations of pools, splash pads and fountains can be found here.


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