Lifeguard Training Course!

The class is March 27th – 31st. 9am-2pm every day with a 30 minute lunch break.


Participants must be at all classes and sessions.

It’s $200 for the course. This must be paid prior to enrollment. There is a pretest Monday morning to determine if you have the water skills necessary to complete the course. If you do not pass the pre-test, you will be refunded the $200.

You can pay online, over the phone, or at the pool.


The pre-test includes:

300 meter swim of front crawl and some breast stroke

2 minutes treading water, no hands

25m brick retrieval: jump in, swim to the dive brick, bring it to the surface, and swim it back above the water with both hands.


Sign up Today!!!

April Adult Learn to Swim now Available!

April is Adult Learn-to-swim month! April 10, 12, 17, 19, and 24 from 6:45-7:15 or 7:30-8:00pm. The classes are entirely free! Taught by volunteer US Master Swimmers and HR Aquatic Center Teaching staff, this is a great opportunity for all skill sets!

  • Level 1 = Beginner swimmer, who has had little to no experience in the water, and who might have fear of the water.
  • Level 2= Beginner swimmer, who has had little experience in the water, but who is not afraid of the water. This person may be able to doggy paddle, swim a foot or two, may e able to float a little bit.
  • Level 3=Swimmer who can swim some distance, but doesn’t necessarily feel comfortable in deep water, swimming for longer distances, and would like to work on breathing.
  • Level 4= Swimmer who has mastered basic swimming skills but who would like to work on stroke technique and learning new strokes.


Spring Break Open Swims!

We will be having open swims from 1-5pm Monday through Sunday the week of Spring Break. March 27 through April 2nd. Dollar Swims Friday night from 6:30-8pm and Sunday from 1-5pm.

60 Day Notice to Update the System Development Charges Methodology


The Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District is updating their system development charges methodology. Please see the 60 day notice, and click here to review the proposed Methodology. If you have comments we would love to hear from you. A public hearing to take comments regarding the proposed system development charges will be scheduled in March, 2017 at the Hood River Aquatic Center. If you wish to comment but cannot attend the public hearing, please address written comments as follows:


Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District

Attention: Mark Hickok

1601 May Avenue

Hood River, Oregon 97031

541-386-5720 office


Written comments must be received by March 10, 2016 to be considered.


Q: What are SDCs?

A: SDC stands for System Development Charge. SDCs are one-time fees assessed on new development to cover a portion of the costs of providing certain types of public capital facilities to address impact created by new development. Oregon law provides for establishment of SDC fees for transportation, water, wastewater (sewer), stormwater, and parks and recreation facilities.

Parks and Recreation SDCs cover a portion of the cost to provide for parks and recreation facilities that are needed to serve the Hood River Valley’s growing community. Parks SDC money can be spent only on capital improvements that increase the capacity of parks and recreation in order to offset the impact of new development. SDC funds can’t be used for operations and maintenance of park facilities.


Q: What is an SDC Methodology?

A: Simply put. The SDC Methodology is a study that identifies how much funding will be needed to pay for the expansion of the park system due to development, and then divides those costs by the projected development to establish a fee.


Q: What are the proposed fees?

A: The rate schedule can be found on page 10. The Methodology report calculates the maximum defensible SDC Rate. Every year in June, the Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District establishes a fee for the following year. Historically they have raised the fee 6% per year. The fee cannot go above the maximum defensible rate.


90 Day Notice of System Development Charge Methodology

Hood River Valley Parks & Recreation District

90-day Notice of System Development Charge Methodology

The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District (HRVPRD) hereby issues public
notice, pursuant to ORS 223.304, of its intent to update its local system development
charge for parks facilities.

A technical report addressing the methodology and calculation of the proposed charges
on new development within the HRVPRD service area will be available for review after
December 29, 2016 at 1601 May Avenue, Hood River, Oregon and the HRVPRD

A public hearing to take comments regarding the proposed system development charges
will be scheduled in March, 2017 at the Hood River Aquatic Center. If you wish to
comment but cannot attend the public hearing, please address written comments as

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District
Attention: Mark Hickok
1601 May Avenue
Hood River, Oregon 97031
541-386-5720 office

Written comments must be received by March 10, 2017 to be considered.

Upcoming Pool Closures

The pool will be closed saturday November 19th all day for a Masters Swim Meet. We will reopen with regular sunday hours the following day.

The pool will be closed all day Thanksgiving. We will reopen with our Friday hours the next day, with the addition of an Open Swim from 1-3pm.

Upcoming Pool Closures

The pool will be closed beginning at 1pm on Friday, October 7 through Sunday, October 9th for a swim meet.

The pool will reopen at 7:30am on Monday, October 10th.


In addition the pool will close to the general public at 4pm for all water polo games. Next week, the pool will close at 4pm October 11th and 13th.


Mark Hickok Named as New District Director

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The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District has selected Mark Hickok as the new District Director.  Mark comes to us from Redmond WA, where he has served as the Recreation Division Manager for the last four years. Mark is replacing Lori Stirn as District Director. “I am honored to be awarded this opportunity. Hood River is an amazing community with unique Parks & Recreation opportunities. Lori Stirn has done an outstanding job leading this district for the last 15 years and her legacy will live on in this community for many years to come. I hope to continue to partner with other agencies to make Hood River Valley an great place to live.“ Hickok said.

Mark and his family will be relocating to Hood River later this month.

A native of Everett, Washington Mark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation Management from North Arizona University.

Mark brings a wide variety of talent to the District with exceptional budgeting skills, unique cost recovery models for recreation programs, partnerships, and community outreach.  His experiences as Recreation Division Manager for Redmond, Washington, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Moses Lake, Washington, and Recreation Coordinator for the City of Flagstaff, Arizona has enabled him to develop a well-rounded background and passion for the Parks and Recreation profession.

Mark was selected after a nationwide search.

Park District President, Greg Davis “I am pleased to share that Mark Hickok has accepted our offer for the District Director position!”


Hood River Parks and Recreation District is hiring!

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District

Job Announcement

District Director of Parks and Recreation

Closing date August 11, 2016, 5pm



The Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is seeking a dynamic, seasoned professional to lead the Parks and Recreation District. This is an exciting executive leadership opportunity.


Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District is located in Hood River County, 60 miles east of Portland, Oregon.  The District is in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic area and includes Mount Hood and its National Forest.  The area is world-renowned for its beauty and outdoor recreation.  It is among the top-ranked areas in the world for windsurfing, kiteboarding and sailing.  Mount Hood is one of the few mountains to offer year round opportunities for the snow enthusiast. Other outdoor recreationalists enjoy kayaking, cycling, mountain biking, hiking and much more.   The area is routinely recognized for its outstanding recreation, quality of life, fine restaurants, breweries and wineries as well as family friendly amenities. The Park District is within easy driving distance of major national parks, the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges, and the urban centers of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington.


The Park District operates under a 5 member board of Directors elected for staggered 4 year terms.  The Parks and Recreation Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the direction, administration, and management of the District’s aquatic center, parks, recreation, and business operations.


Desirable Qualifications

The District is looking for an individual with strong leadership skills who has significant experience working in parks and recreation; preferably a special district. Successful candidates will have a bachelor’s degree (preferably in parks, recreation, or administration), and at least 5 years progressively responsible management experience. A master’s degree and Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) certification is an advantage as well as knowledge and experience with Oregon’s unique land use laws and Aquatic facility operations.


Priorities of the new Director

  • Update the Parks and Recreation Master plan and Capital Improvement Plan that includes an update of the System Development Charges methodology.
  • Develop Golden Eagle Park with School District and County MOU’s
  • Explore the feasibility of expanding the Aquatic Center
  • Maintain essential partnership with the Public Schools district, Port of Hood River, City of Hood River and the County.
  • Develop master plan for Barrett Park
  • Pursue stable source of funding for ongoing maintenance and cost tracking accounting





Constrained resources require new approaches and alternative funding models.  The time may be right to explore a Parks District operations and maintenance levy.



The business of parks and recreation has become increasingly more complex with fluctuations in the economy, rising operating and maintenance costs, increases in the state minimum wage, aging infrastructure and shifts in societal demands.

As backyards shrink and people (and their pets) look for more places to gather, find solitude and recreate, our parks become even more essential to communities.

Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District faces the challenge of balancing the public’s enjoyment of natural resources with the conservation of these assets, and finding the optimum mix of land acquisition, development, preventative and proactive maintenance.


The Ideal Candidate

For this important role the District seeks an experienced, unifying leader who is deeply committed to the success of the District and is a strategic big-picture thinker. The ideal candidate will have a passion for public service and will lead by example to gain the confidence of the public and staff. Integrity that aligns with the District’s organizational values is essential and the desire and capability to lead a team in implementing innovative operations and programs.


The preferred candidate will have experience and demonstrated success in the following areas:


  • Visionary and strategic leadership.
  • Customer service and the ability to mentor, coach and direct the work of staff.
  • Thorough knowledge of the objectives and ideals of public recreation, including a comprehensive understanding of the diverse activities of a successful community recreation program.
  • Knowledge of available outdoor recreation and related grants and other funding approaches to stretch District resources.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of park management associated with a special district in Oregon.
  • Ability to develop a creative strategy for maintaining high quality programs and services.
  • Cultural competency that enables effective working relationships in cross-cultural situations.
  • Successful planning, implementation and oversight of new park
  • Forming and maintaining public-private partnerships and knowledge of innovative funding approaches.
  • Integrity, honesty, compassion, courage, optimism, and good judgment – particularly in situations characterized by disagreement, conflict, tension, and uncertainty.
  • Creative problem solver, bringing fresh ideas and a progressive approach.


Total Compensation

Full-time position with an annual salary range as $75,000-$95,000; depending on qualifications and experience. The District offers a competitive benefit package including a stipend for family health and vision insurance, as well as vacation and sick leave. The district participates in an independent retirement system.



Application Process

Persons Interested in this position should submit the following information:

  • Cover letter
  • Salary history
  • Current resume
  • 3-5 references

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please call or e-mail Lori Stirn at 541-386-5720 or


This position will remain open until filled. In order to be considered for the first round of interviews please submit your application by the August 11th deadline.  E-mails are acceptable.  Send to


Selection timeline

  • July 21st, 2016: Job announcement posted
  • August 11th: closing date for applications
  • August 5-8: review of applications
  • August 18th -19th: interviews * tentative meet and greet.
  • August 29th -30: interviews if needed + final selection
    • Reference checks
  • September 26th: desired start date