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The local option levy approved by Portland voters last November will fund more activities starting Monday, Oct. 4.

COURTESY PHOTO: PP&R - The front doors of the Matt Dishman Community Center in Northeast Portland.Portland Parks & Recreation is launching its fall schedule of community center activities on Monday, Oct. 4.

The centers have been largely closed because of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, reducing revenues and forcing staff layoffs. The centers began partly reopening on Sept. 7 with funding from the five-year, $48 million local option levy approved by Portland voters at the Nov. 3, 2020, election.

"Portland Parks & Recreation is excited to welcome the community back into community and art centers this fall," said Director Adena Long. "Because voters invested in the Parks Local Option Levy, PP&R is able to provide fall programming to the community. As the bureau has done throughout the pandemic, PP&R will follow the guidance of public health officials, and the direction of elected officials, to provide programming which is responsive to COVID-19."

The bureau has nine community centers in parks in all parts of town. Until early September they have mostly housed staff who support outdoor activities.

The new increase in indoor activities is happening as the rainy season begins, limiting outdoor activities in the parks. Because of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, some of the indoor activities are restricted and have capacity limits. Masks must always be worn inside.

According to the bureau's website, the fall schedule includes: adaptive and inclusive recreation; art and music classes; preschool and limited afterschool programs and drop-in TeenForce activities; fitness centers and drop-in fitness classes.

All programming, participant capacity limits and locations are subject to change based on the most current public health guidance. More information on the fall schedule and how to participate in the community center activities can be found here.

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