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Portland Parks & Recreation’s 84-year-old outdoor Pier Pool in North Portland (Photo: Portland Parks and Recreation)
By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 03 July 2024

Portland Parks & Recreation’s Pier Pool is closed temporarily due to a water line failure. The 84-year-old outdoor pool is located at N Seneca Street and N St. Johns Avenue in North Portland. A reopening date is yet to be determined pending further assessment of the needed repairs.

A large portion of Pier Pool’s inner mechanical workings are original parts dating from as far back as 1940. On June 27, it became clear that the water level in the pool was dropping rapidly and that refilling it was ineffective. Crews determined that Pier Pool has a broken pipe in its water circulation system. Water is draining from the pool and the remaining water cannot be circulated, chemically treated, nor heated. 

PP&R will be working with contractors to determine the nature of the needed work, which will involve digging under the concrete pool deck, doing the plumbing work and replacing the concrete surfacing. The pool will then be refilled with approximately 180,000 gallons of water which will then be heated.

pier pool repairs midOn June 27, it became clear that the water level in Pier Pool was dropping rapidly and that refilling it was ineffective. Crews determined that the pool has a broken pipe in its water circulation system.

Fortunately, no swim lessons will be canceled due to this unforeseen maintenance issue. Portland Parks & Recreation Aquatics staff have swiftly moved to notify registered participants that the bureau is moving Pier Pool staff, swim lessons and swim team practices to Peninsula Pool, located at 700 N Rosa Parks.

Updates will be provided to the community as more information is available. For schedules and information on other city swimming pools and programs, please visit www.portland.gov/parks/recreation/pools.

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