Summer officially starts Wednesday, June 21 — and the weather seems to have received the memo. The summer solstice will chase away a recent spate of cool days and usher in the return of warmer temperatures, with some 80° days on the horizon.
But as the weather heats up, Portlanders may need a little help cooling down. Sitting inside a stuffy room without air conditioning is no one’s idea of fun, so the city of Portland operates splash pads, interactive fountains (the kind you can play in), and public pools where people of all ages can find relief.
These free public water features have already been turned on for the summer season and will remain on through Labor Day weekend. All splash pads are open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily.
There are 18 splash pads at parks around the metro area with the highest concentrations in North and Northeast Portland. Find one near you using Portland Parks & Recreation’s online map.
Not all public fountains allow toe dipping and splashing. The keyword is “interactive” — look for one of six interactive fountains spread across Portland, all of which are now turned on for the summer and free to enjoy. The Bill Naito Legacy Fountain at Waterfront Park is open 24 hours a day, while the rest have various hours.
Portland operates 11 pools, seven of which are outdoors. Though their sizes, amenities, and accessibility features range, each location has fixed admission fees and is open Wednesday, June 21-Sunday, Aug. 27.
Outdoor pools cost $3.75-$4.75 for drop-ins, or visitors can buy 20-visit or season passes starting at $64 and $69, respectively. Residents can also register for an Access Pass to unlock ongoing discounts of up to 90% depending on financial need.