Summer is here at last, which means a lingering evening sun, clearer skies and a seemingly endless array of summer activities in Portland. It's also the busiest season for Portland Parks & Recreation, as people head for communal green spaces to soak up the summer.
Each year starting in July, residents all over Portland take advantage of a slew of activities through Parks & Rec's Summer Free-For-All — two months of free entertainment and fitness activities hosted at area parks in each quadrant of the city. Because of budget cuts, the popular mobile rock climbing wall will not be touring this year, but there's still plenty of fun planned for all ages.
Here's what you'll find at Southwest Portland's city parks in the next few months:
Willamette Park Concerts
During the month of July, the City will host family-oriented concerts in Willamette Park, which is tucked alongside the Willamette River at the intersection of Southwest Macadam Avenue and Southwest Nebraska Street.
Concerts will be held each Wednesday of the month and will begin at 6:30 p.m., with free popcorn provided. Concert-goers should bring extra layers of clothes for when the sun goes down and are encouraged to bring extra snacks to enjoy alongside the free entertainment.
Movies in the Park
Movie mavens can once again enjoy free outdoor screenings of popular classics and blockbuster hits that all ages are sure enjoy.
Pre-movie entertainment will begin at 6:30 p.m. with popcorn and live music from artists and groups from a variety of backgrounds. The movies will begin after dusk. Attendees should prepare by bringing their favorite treats, traveling chairs and blankets and coats for when the weather gets crisper after sundown.
Free summer lunches, mobile playgrounds
Free summer lunches will be available for kids on weekdays from June 20-Aug. 25 at two locations in Southwest. Organized sports, games and crafts will also be offered.
This year, in addition to free lunches and play time, Parks & Rec will also offer mobile playground sites for children in areas where there aren't enough play spaces.
Holly Farm Park, 10819 S.W. Capitol Highway: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; lunch served at noon.
Stephens Creek Crossing, 6715 S.W. 26th Ave.: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; lunch served at 12:30 p.m.
Free fitness classes
From July 5 to Sept. 1, the City will offer free morning fitness classes in a variety of forms. Pre-registration is encouraged, and can be done at portlandparks.org using the course number 1072775, but you can also drop in to sessions. Classes for Southwest Portland will all take place at Stephens Creek on Southwest Bertha Boulevard and Chestnut Street.