Portland's outdoor pools closed Thursday and Friday due to air quality

Montavilla outdoor pool, courtesy Portland Parks and Rec

Due to the poor air quality, Portland Parks and Rec officials have closed all outdoor pools Thursday and Friday.

"I mean it’s a little hazy out here, but it’d be nice to be able to get the kids in the pool," said Christian Molstrom, who was turned away after bringing his two sons to the pool at Grant High School Thursday afternoon. "I’m probably going to have to take them home and hose them off with the garden hose."

Indoor pools will remain open, but all synthetic sports fields are closed.

Air quality index readings reached as high as 188 Thursday morning, meaning the air quality was "unsafe" for everyone, but especially those with breathing problems.

READ MORE: Air quality alert issued through Tuesday for parts of Oregon and Washington

All camps are being pulled indoors as well. Officials will alert parents of children who attend camps that do not have an indoor option.

PHOTOS: Haze blankets Portland metro

All activities at Holladay Park and Director Park are canceled for Thursday, Aug. 3.


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