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Summer recreation activities kick off at Portland Parks and Recreation locations.

COURTESY PHOTO: PPANDR - A Portland Parks and Recretion life guard at a pool.The pools are open.

Now that higher temperatures have finally arrived in the Portland area, families may be looking for fun ways to beat the heat.

The seven outdoor Portland Parks & Recreation pools opened Wednesday, June 22, and will stay open through Aug. 28. The parks bureau said the pools will open for the season even though they are experiencing staffing shortages, which limited swim lessons to only the outdoor pools this summer. If they get more staff, lessons at the indoor pools may begin. Four indoor pools are also open.

The park bureau's 2022 Summer Free For All program will begin with Free Lunch + Play on Tuesday, June 21, at 15 parks in the Portland Public School district area, and for other school district sites on Monday, June 27.

"Please appreciate the fact that we are stretched and doing our very best and to encourage all your family and friends who might want a really fun fulfilling summer job to apply with us," said parks spokesperson Mark Ross.

"We really would love to have more people who speak languages other than English apply. It'll help us better serve a growing diversifying community in Portland," he said. "But really, you don't have to be an Olympic swimmer. You just have to really love the water and want to work and be reliable and we will do the rest with you."

Other cooling options include interactive fountains and splash pads that are now open at a number of locations throughout the city. The splash pads will stay open through Labor Day.

Coming up on July 9-10 is the first annual East Portland Summer Arts Festival at Ventura Park. Grammy winner (and Portland native) Esperanza Spalding will headline this festival.

"Summer Free For All programming is community-driven and community-focused, and it meets real community needs," Parks Commissioner Carmen Rubio said in a statement. "I'm thrilled we're able to offer this key public service again, thanks in part to the investment Portlanders made in the Parks Levy."

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