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The Parks and Recreation Department includes the:

Check out all the Parks & Recreation Department activities in our 2017 Program Guide

Online Registration
Register online for Portland Parks & Recreation programs including Kidz Klub!

The department provides a variety of classes for the public.

Online Registration

Special Events

Toy Drive
The Portland Parks and Recreation Department will host a Toy Drive to benefit Christmas for Kids Year Round. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the Portland Community Center December 1-14, 2017. Make a difference in our community by making Christmas just a little brighter for children in Portland!

Parade of Lights
Santa Claus is coming to…PORTLAND! Welcome Santa to town as he travels the illuminated parade route through the community. The 2017 Christmas in Portland Parade of Lights will begin at 6:00 PM on Monday, December 4th. Individuals and companies who are interested in participating in the parade may complete a registration form available at the Portland Community Center. Don’t forget about our Toy Drive benefitting Christmas for Kids Year Round. Drop off a new, unwrapped toy at the Portland Community Center!
When: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: Free
Register: Parade floats must register by Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Christmas in Portland

The 14th Annual Christmas in Portland event, sponsored by the City of Portland and the Kiwanis Club of Portland, will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017. Festivities will include pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts, face painting, cookie decorating, Christmas bingo, letters to Santa, hayrides, winter carnival games, refreshments and appearances by Rudolph and Frosty! Parents be sure to bring your camera to take a picture with Santa. All participants are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to this FREE event. All toys will be donated to Christmas for Kids Year Round. Make a difference in the life of a child in your community!
When: Saturday, December 9, 2017
Time: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM (Pictures with Santa begin at 5:00 PM)
Where: Portland Community Center
Cost: Free

Pooch-A-Palooza & Santa
Calling all dogs! Do you want to tell Santa what you want for Christmas? Well, head on over to the Kaiah Dog Park and get your picture with Santa. Straight from the North Pole, Santa and his elves will be taking photos with your pooch. Don’t miss this FREE event! We encourage the community to give back and bring a donation of dog food. All donations will be distributed between Portland Animal Control and Last Chance Rescue. All dog park rules apply.
When: Saturday, December 16, 2017
Where: Kaiah Dog Park
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost: Free
Register: No registration required

Father Daughter Dance, 80’s Night
The Portland Parks & Recreation Department will be hosting the 9th Annual Father/Daughter Ball. All school age girls are invited to bring their father, grandfather, uncle, brother or other father figure to the event. The Community Center will be decorated in a 80’s theme and snacks will be provided. Current pop music and Dad’s favorites will be spun by a professional DJ. A photographer will be available at an additional cost. Guests are asked to wear semi-formal attire. And back by popular demand…the fun photo booth, karaoke and sundae bar! Tickets can be purchased at the Portland Community Center and all Kidz Klub sites.
When: Friday, February 9, 2018
Time: 6:30-9:30 PM
Where: Portland Community Center
Cost: $25.00/couple, $10.00/additional child


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Kristin Connor 

2000 Billy G. Webb
Portland, TX 78374

Ph: (361) 777-3301
Fx: (361) 777-3314