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.
Please check the Schedule & Events page for specific dates/times.
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
Tuesdays, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
April 11 - May 30
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.
Outdoor Program Trip: Veterans Mt. St. Helens Climb
Friday, April 28 - Saturday, April 29
Join the Outdoor Program for a trip to the majestic Mount St. Helens. This trip is open to veterans, service members and dependents -- registration takes place through the Veterans Resource Center. We will bivy at the base of the mountain Friday night, and start early Saturday morning on an attempt to reach the 8,328 summit. This trip is a strenuous 10 mile hike with some scrambling over rock piles involved. It is recommended that individuals be in good physical condition before the hike.
One intramural team spot is reserved for veterans, service members and dependents.
- 5v5 Outdoor Soccer (Competitive & Recreational & Womens)
- 4v4 Dodgeball
- 6v6 Volleyball
- 6v6 Co-Rec Ultimate Frisbee
- 10v10 Slowpitch Softball
Climbing is for everyone, so please come take advantage of our rock wall. We can accommodate a variety of disabilities and have all the needed climbing gear.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 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.
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.
For accommodations please contact Jen Armbruster at 503-725-2927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.