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Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Gary Datka, Project Manager


Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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Couch Park

  • Couch Park Current park plaza

  • Couch Park Location for future playground

Design and construction of a replacement playground, ADA accessibility plaza improvements, and installation of a Portland Loo under the Parks Replacement Bond at Couch Park.

PROJECT UPDATE - February 2017

The design development process is completed, and the next step is construction documentation. After final reviews, the project will go into permitting and bidding. Construction is planned to start in Spring 2018, with completion in late Summer / early Fall 2018.


Summer 2015
Project Advisory Committee (PAC) recruitment

Fall 2015
Hire Design Team and select PAC members

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Schematic Design and Public Involvement Process

Spring 2016 - Winter 2016/17
Design Development

Spring 2017 - Spring 2018
Construction documents completion, permitting, and construction bidding

Spring 2018 - Late Summer / Early Fall 2018

Fall 2018
Reopening Celebration


  • 1975: A community driven master plan was created to guide Couch Park's design and construction. Metropolitan Learning Center students helped with design ideas and residents of the surrounding neighborhood participated in the construction of the park and in the building of its play structure.  Three pieces of artwork were installed in the park: a steel sculpture by David Cotter, mosaic tiles by Jere Grimm, and carved wooden pillars by William Moore, Eric Jensen, and Brent Jenkins that supported the playground shelter. 
  • 1994: The Parks General Obligation Bond Measure funded repairs and upgrades at Couch Park.
  • 2003: An updated Couch Park Master Plan was completed.
  • 2012: PP&R removed the monkey bars and several other features due to rotted support beams.
  • Spring 2014: The wooden play structure and stage were removed for safety reasons. A few boulders were placed in the play area to provide some play elements, until funds to renovate the playground would come available.
  • November 2014:  Portland voters passed the Parks Replacement Bond which included funding for this project. 
  • 2014 - Present:  Friends of Couch Playground and Harper's Playground commit to fundraise an additional $500,000 beyond the bond funding in support for Couch Park playground. 

Want to get involved with fundraising efforts?
Lauren Nathe, Friends of Couch Playground, 

Project Advisory Committee
Vaune Albanese, Millie Jarvis, Glen Levy, Lauren Nathe, Max Nathe, Carla Peters, Meryl Redisch, Pavlina Summers, Jennifer Wilde, Wayne Wirta

Project Manager
Gary Datka,, 503-823-5574

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer,, 503-823-5593