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Portland 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

503-823-5574

Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator

503-823-5593

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Couch Park

  • Couch Park Current park plaza

  • Couch Park Location for future playground

PROJECT OVERVIEW
Design and construction of a replacement playground, ADA accessibility plaza improvements, and installation of a Portland Loo at Couch Park. with funding from the Parks Replacement Bond.


PROJECT UPDATE - July 2018

Thanks to those who attended our celebration on June 8 to say farewell to the old and hello to the new at Couch Park. We want to thank everyone who has contributed to this project, especially our partners with Harper’s Playground and the MLC PTSA’s Friends of Couch Playground. After much hard work by all, Couch Park will soon be transformed by the construction of a new inclusive playground, plaza, and Portland Loo, thanks to the Parks Replacement Bond and additional funds from our partners.

Picture of celebration

Picture featuring PP&R staff, Greenworks design staff, Raimore Construction staff, and our partners with Harper’s Playground and MLC.

What’s Ahead:

Construction mobilization will start up following the July 4th holiday. You can expect fencing installation and other work to start around the week of July 9. Park users should expect to see fencing around the plaza, including the restroom, and the playground. The rest of the park, including the dog off-leash area, will remain open. We apologize in advance for the impact this will have on your park, but we hope the final product will be worth it! 

We will keep you updated as the project proceeds. We expect completion this winter, with a community celebration in spring 2019.


PROJECT SCHEDULE

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

Summer 2018 - Winter 2018/19
Construction

Spring 2019
Reopening Celebration


PROJECT BACKGROUND

  • 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. 

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, gary.datka@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5574

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5593