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Events/Programs | Rec Center Accessibility | Adaptive Equipment

Campus Rec celebrates diversity and authenticity. Our Inclusive Program demonstrates our commitment to creating a community that welcomes everyone.

When designing our building and purchasing our exercise equipment we used accessibility as one of our significant values, hopefully resulting in a facility that is inclusive to people of all abilities.  We offer accessible spaces, programs and equipment -- from a lift in our pool to elevated mats, universal changing rooms and renting gear that outfits a range of body types.

Programs can be adapted for those with permanent or temporary disabilities, mobility barriers, rheumatic and other illnesses, or injuries.

Inclusive Rec programs are for any persons wanting to try an activity in a modified way.

Have ideas for how we can be better? We want to hear from you. Our membership plays a vital role in making our community the best that it can be. Please contact Jen Armbruster at 503-725-2927 to set up a time to discuss what the rec center has to offer you.

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Please check the Schedule & Events page for specific dates/times.

 Free Veterans Programming

Portland State veteran, service member and dependent students are eligible to participate. Register for Small Group Training and Intramurals at the Veterans Resource Center, located at Smith Memorial Student Union 401. Register for the Outdoor Program trip at the Outdoor Program office, located at 505 SW Harrison St. 

Programming made possible by a private donation. 

Small Group Training

A Campus Rec personal trainer and Air Force veteran will lead Portland State veteran students in this weekly series of group workouts. Join other vets with similar goals and interests under the guidance of a qualified fitness professional.

*Will return Fall 2017

Outdoor Program Trip: Inclusive Cycle Trip

Saturday, August 5 - Sunday, August 6 
This trip is specifically designed for participants needing some form of accommodation, although everyone is welcome on this trip regardless of ability or need for accommodation. Adaptive bikes will be available to those who need them; any level of disabilityor injury can be accommodated. 

We will be traveling to Eugene, Oregon to participate in the "Blackberry bRamble" community cycling event, riders will be able to select from a 10, 20 or 40 mile ride. 

The trip cost includes transportation, adaptive bicycles (or bring your own) event registration, and overnight accommodation in the community Rec Center.

For more information, visit the Outdoor Program Trip Schedule

Intramural Leagues

One intramural team spot is reserved for veterans, service members and dependents.

(*Will return Fall 2017)

Adaptive Swim

Aquatics has an inclusive/adaptive lane.  This lane is available during all Aquatics lap swimming hours.  If you need assistance, please ask the Lifeguards for help, they will he happy to assist you. 


We have all the equipment you need to try this unique sport where you play blindfolded, utilizing hand-ear coordination rather than hand-eye coordination. Come on out and give it a try.

Wheelchair Basketball

Everyone is welcome to come try the sport of wheelchair basketball. We can supply the sportchairs, so come out and show your skills on the court!

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Accessibility at the Rec Center


Our pool has easy entry with four wide steps as well as a lift rated to 400 pounds. The Spa has stair access with hand rails as well as a recently installed lift rated to 450 pounds.

Youth Policy

Members may bring their children (17 & under) in the facility during youth hours. We have a variety of spaces and activities that are open to children. In addition, we have a unique stroller policy to support the success of students and members with small children. For more information, see our Youth Program Page


We offer  a few different  time slots for adaptive court sports.  These include but are not limited to wheelchair basketball, goalball, sit – volleyball or soccer.  These designated times mean anyone who is wanting to participate in an adaptive court sport has priority on the court for that time.  Please look at the schedule for open adaptive rec times or for specific adaptive sports such as goalball, wheelchair basketball or sit – volleyball.  Court 3 or the enclosed court has markings for goalball and sit – volleyball.


We are offering an adaptive trip every term.  Some of those include alpine skiing, paddling and cycling.  We will provide the gear to adapt for a variety of disabilities.  Check out the Outdoor Rec programs page for the adaptive trip of the term.

Other features

  • In addition on the 4th floor we have the elevated mats along with wedges and bolsters to aide in workouts and again make transfers a little easier.
  • You can also check out a variety of pieces of adaptive equipment from equipment check out including therabands with velcro straps again if you had a grip strength that would prevent you from using the therabands with handles.  We have velcro straps you can check out to secure hands or feet to a variety of our cardio pieces.
  • You can also check out goalballs and soccer balls with bells in them to play a variety of sports in the gym.
  • We have also added medicine balls with handles and some other gear to our Group-X classes so that instructors can make modifications quickly during their classes.

Overall facility

  • We have two Universal changing rooms that include showers and benches for a high level of access.  One is in the pool area and one is outside of the pool area.
  • Also, each locker room has an accessible area that includes a broader bench, lower lockers, private changing areas, and accessible showers.  Lockers can be rented from member services.
  • There are restrooms on each floor that also have accessible  stalls.
  • In addition, we have added dog hook ups in a variety of areas in the campus rec center so that your service animal can be safe and out of the way so that you can enjoy your workout without worrying about the pup accidentally getting hurt.  If there are other areas you want to see hook up stations just let us know.

If you would like a tour of the facility and all of the featured areas and equipment please contact Jen Armbruster at 503-725-2927 to set up a time to discuss what the Rec Center has to offer you.

Adaptive Equipment

In the Weight Room, our circuit includes four Inclusive Fitness Initiative approved selectorized machines from Techno Gym to work out chest, pack and shoulders. Several pieces of Free Motion Equipment can also be used.  Special features include movable seats, handles that are easier to hold, visual cues, and lower seats that allow for easier transfers. We also have an upper-tone machine that was designed by and for a person  with quadriplegia that allows 13 different lifts to strengthen the upper body.

Over at the universal station with the cables we have added velcro cuff straps that can be used around the forearms to do a variety of lifts if gripping is an issue. We have also added medicine balls with handles to make gripping easier.

               Uppertone and sport chair that is available for check out                 Velcro cuff that can connect to the machine for variety of lifting excerises

            Uppertone machine and Sport chair                              Velcro Cuff

Wide weight bench is placed in the free weight area so that someone can transfer out of their chair or if they needed the wider bench to lay out flat to do exercises that will now be possible.

Elevated mats

Elevated Mats

In the Cardio Area – Cybex treadmills provide visually impaired students with bright colors and braille, the TechnoGym Top is an arm ergometer that provides easy wheelchair access while also having all the audiovisual bells and whistles of other cardio equipment, our Recline bikes allow easy pass through access as well.

One of the most exciting pieces we added in the cardio area is the Krank bike.  This is an upper body cardio piece that can be rolled into any of our cycling/Krank group ex classes and anyone can use when they are on the floor as well.  They are independent arms and the seat comes out for wheelchairs to approach or you can approach it from the other direction if you are a power chair user.  The tootsie roll seat makes it much more comfortable for a longer cardio session.

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For accommodations please contact Jen Armbruster at 503-725-2927 or