Constructed in 2012, Harper's Playground is the result of a public-private partnership between PP&R and the Goldberg family. It is named after their daughter, Harper, whose enjoyment of this neighborhood park inspired them to spearhead a community fundraising effort to build a universally accessible playground. It is the first of its kind in the Portland area.
The thoughtful design allows people of all ages and abilities to easily play together. It also provides adult and children a gathering space where neighbors and families can meet and make new friends. Features include an elevated sand table with a water pump, a xylophone, climbing walls of different challenge levels, accessible hill with slide and climbing net, oodle swing, omni-spin, universally-accessible adaptive swings seats along with standard and infant swing seats, and new sea turtle bronze sculptures by artist Peter Helzer.
Created by artist Peter Helzer in 1996, Alligator and Otter is a small bronze statue of two animal characters fresh from a summer swim. A plaque with the artist's statement reads: "This sculpture is for all who enjoy the simple pleasures of a beautiful Oregon day. May it serve to remind us of good friends, good times, and good memories." The sculpture was relocated with the Harper’s Playground project to a new boulder home by the sand and water play area.