Re-Name Wilson Pool

Choosing a new name for Wilson Pool

The Hillsdale Neighborhood Association and the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association are seeking to provide input on the renaming of  Wilson Pool to Portland Parks and Recreation, who will have the final say on the pool’s new name. With that in mind, the Rename the Community Pool Committee was formed.

Over the past 2 months, the Committee asked the community to suggest their preference for a new name for the current Wilson Pool.   All of the suggested names are listed in the ballot below, with a brief description provided for each.  If one name receives a majority of the votes cast, the Committee will submit that name to Portland Parks, along with a request to rename the pool to the community’s choice .   However, if the vote results in no clear majority, a second runoff of the top choices will be conducted to determine the community’s final choice for renaming the pool.

This page lists all the suggested names and will serve as a voter’s pamphlet with information about the choices and other information on the voting process. Note that descriptions provided were copied verbatim from the nominee.

SWTrails-PDX is posting this voting information as a community service at the request of the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association and the Hillsdale Business and Professional Association.

A brief history of the renaming effort can be found in this article:

Vaughn, Courtney “Community group aims to rename Wilson Pool“, Southwest Connection, July 15, 2021.

To cast your vote for your favorite pool name, please fill out the ballot form at the bottom of this page.  PLEASE ONLY VOTE ONE TIME!

Suggested Names for Wilson Pool:

Brian Wilson Pool 

Two Nominations

One of Americas greatest song writers.

Carolyn Wood Pool

Carolyn Wood was an Oregonian, an Olympic swimmer, a graduate of the U of O and later a teacher at Wilson High School.


Cocytus is the river of wailing in the underworld in Greek mythology.  It leads to the river Acheron thence to Hades

Gerald H. Williams Jr Pool

Gerald is a 1976 graduate of Wilson HS, where he participated in wrestling and gymnastics. He has organized every reunion of his graduating class.  Gerald is a distinguished alumni of Portland State University where he earned a PHD in Engineering.

Gertrude Ederle

English channel + medals for US at 1924 Olympics and so much more!

Hillsdale Pool

Ten Nominations

While the pool is on the school grounds it’s not accessible to students for school activities so no need to name associate it with the school.   Additionally other Public Pools are mostly named for their locations which is more helpful to the public, ie Creston Outdoor Pool, Montivalla Outdoor Pool, Peninsula Outdoor pool .  The pool is located in the Hillsdale Community and contributes to increased community pride and sense of place.

Ida B. Aquatic

No Further Information Provided

Ida B’s Well

Four Nominations

No Further Information Provided

Josh Butts Pool

Josh Butts was a sixteen year-old minority child who drowned because he had not learned how to swim.

Kallesse pool

The Kalesse family are former Hillsdale area landowners

Kim Payton Pool

Kim Payton won many state championships in Oregon, went to the Munich Olympics, won gold on the 400 free relay team beating the juiced up German team.  She was an academic scholar and All American swimmer who graduated from Stanford on a swimming scholarship in 3 years.  She had terrible headaches and was diagnosed with a brain tumor that took her life at a very young age. 24.  Kim was a graduate of David Douglas High School.

Maritza McClendon Pool

Maritza McClendon was the first African American woman to make an Olympic swim team.  She won a silver medal in the 4x 100 meter freestyle at the 2004 Athens games.  She has made it her mission to teach and advocate for those that don’t know how to swim because swimming is the only sport that is also a life saving skill.

Raz Pool

The Raz family are former Hillsdale area landowners and dairy farmers.

RGB Pool

RGB is intended to honor the late supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Seraw Pool

Seraw’s death and public outcry marked an important moment in Oregon history. Seraw’s life, death and it’s implications are important for high-school students and the community overall to learn about/remember.

The Well

Two Nominations

Short name that conjures a pleasant family gathering place on a hot summer day.

WellsDale Pool

No Further Information Provided

Wells Pool

Three Nominations

No Further Information Provided

Wilson Pool

Two Nominations

Keeping the same name will save on the cost of new singage and branding.  The community has known “Wilson” as a high school and pool for generations.

Zimmerman Pool

Suzanne Winona Zimmerman (July 13, 1925 – March 14, 2021), also known by her married name Suzanne Edwards, was an American competition swimmer and Olympic medalist. At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, Zimmerman won a silver medal in the 100-meter backstroke.  Zimmerman was born in Portland, Oregon and was part of the Multnomah Athletic Club team that from 1939 to 1948, won 58 individual national swimming titles and three national team swimming championships. She is a member of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.


Voting Instructions

Fill out the form below to cast your vote, and press “Submit”.  Only one vote per person is allowed.  Voting closes on April 30, 2022, at Midnight.  Note: a mobile friendly version of the voting portal can be found HERE.

Thank you for taking time to name a community landmark,

Hillsdale Neighborhood Association
Hillsdale Business and Professional Association