Inclusive Rec





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.

Our state-of-the-art facility was built in 2010 using universal design principles. We offer adaptive equipment  for a range of body types and abilities (link to equipment). We are equipped with universal changing rooms  which offer increased privacy in an all-gender space for members with children, disabilities, or others who prefer a single-occupancy space. All of our programs can be adapted for those with disabilities, and we also offer a number of inclusive programs to meet specific needs. 

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

We want you to feel safe and welcome accessing Campus Rec! If you have questions, specific needs, feedback, or ideas for how we can do better, please contact Jen Armbruster 503-725-2927.

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Events & Programs

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

Breaking Barriers Award Application

Adapted Sports and Rec Opportunities Outside of Campus Rec

The Breaking Barriers Award is offered to PSU students who have a qualifying disability and demonstrate strong spirit and/or leadership potential in their application essay. The award will support the student to participate in athletic competition or recreational events not currently offered through Portland State Campus Rec. The award may cover equipment, uniform, travel or other costs of the event. Awardee will be selected based on financial need, and their responses to the essay questions. Athletes and recreation participants in recreation of all levels are encouraged to apply. If you have questions, please contact Jen Armbruster at or 503-725-2927.

Open Inclusive Rec

This is an informal time where folks can check out sportschairs or throw a goalball around on the MAC Court (Third Floor of the Rec Center). See our term schedule for Open Inclusive Rec days/times. Priority is given to inclusive/adaptive activities.

Intramural Leagues

All abilities welcome, mixed gender leagues. Veterans and dependents can pick up free IM PLAY Pass at Veterans Resource Center (Smith Memorial Student Union 401, 503.725.9807).

Inclusive/Adapative Swim Lane

 An inclusive/adaptive lane is available during all lap swim times. The lifeguards are happy to help if assistance is required. 

Coached Adaptive Swim

Seasonally, we offer Coached Adaptive Swim times where coaches from Adaptive Sports Northwest offer instruction to anyone with a physical disability requiring a swim modification. View the Aquatics schedule to learn more.

Outdoor Trips

We offer an adaptive/inclusive trip every term for those with and without disabilities, including alpine skiing, paddling, and cycling, with gear provided for a variety of disabilities and designed for all experience levels. View the Outdoor Program trips to learn more. 


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! View the Inclusive Rec schedule to learn more. 

Wheelchair Sports

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! View the Inclusive Rec schedule to learn more.

Unified Sports

PSU's Unified Sports Rec Club joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding. Contact the club leader at to get involved and visit the Rec Clubs page to learn more.

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Accessibility at the Rec Center


  • Pool: easy entry with four wide steps. Lift rated to 400 lbs.
  • Spa: Stair access to spa with handrails. Lift rated to 450 lbs.

General Facilities

  • Accessible stalls in all restrooms.
  • Universal changing rooms including showers and bench. One is located inside the pool area, and one just outside pool area.
  • Accessible area of locker rooms includes broader bench, lower lockers, private changing areas, and accessible showers. Lockers can be rented from member services.
  • Dog hookups throughout the facility for safety, comfort, and convenience of members and their service animals.
  • Elevated mats

    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.

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

Adaptive Equipment for Checkout at Member Services

  • Therabands with velcro straps
  • Velcro straps for securing hands and feet to cardio equipment
  • Goalballs and soccer balls with bells in them for variety of sports
  • Medicine balls with handles for Group X classes


  • Nustep
  • Krank cycles for use in cardio or Group X classes
  • Sport Chairs
  • Rope climbers
  • Technogym UBE
  • Braille and tactile indicators on cardio equipment
  • Double pole ergometer


  • Free weight racks
  • Life Fitness columns
  • The Eight Station
  • Extra wide bench

For questions about accommodations or facility tour please contact Jen Armbruster at 503-725-2927 or

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.

  Velcro cuff that can connect to the machine for variety of lifting excerises

  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