Portland, Oregon – Today, the Oregon Legislature passed budget bills (SB 5701 and HB 5202),
which included $15 million in lottery bond funding for a future North Portland Aquatic Center.
The future site will provide a pool where kids can learn to swim and older adults can exercise,
located within a center that provides space for community to come together. This center will
also provide a community anchor, and jobs— first, construction and later, recreation and
programming—for adults and youth. It will meet wider exercise and recreation needs, provide
space for affordable childcare, and host classes and camps. Further, the facility could also serve
as an emergency resiliency hub for situations ranging from earthquakes to extreme weather.
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