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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Robin Laughlin, Project Manager


Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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North Park Blocks

  • North Park Blocks Playground - Before

North Park Blocks Playground


Thanks to the voter-supported Parks Replacement Bond, this project will replace the aging play structures at the North Park Blocks playground. The work will also include a new accessible play surface and pathway improvements. 

New playground rendering

Rendering by PLACE of the new playground


August 2018 - Construction fencing installation starting on Thursday, August 2

Park visitors will see fencing go up around the playground this Thursday to secure the site for construction. The Park Replacement Bond-funded improvements will include a new playground with fully accessible rubber play surfacing, new play equipment, and ADA accessibility pathway improvements. Expected completion is late fall 2018. The playground is located on the park block between NW Davis and Couch Streets. During the closure of this playground, other nearby playgrounds are The Fields Park at 1099 NW Overton Street and Wallace Park at 1516 NW 26th Avenue.

Other construction impacts

The sidewalks along the playground will generally remain open. Later in the project, some work will occur to make the sidewalks more accessible, so there may be signed closures at that time. For your safety, please respect all detour routes.

Two trees that have safety issues will be removed at the beginning of this project, as discussed during the design and public involvement process. One of the trees, a black locust, is considered hazardous by PP&R arborists, due to its leaning condition. The second tree, a sweet gum (well known for the spiky balls it drops) is located within the construction area and has been deemed to be incompatible with providing a safe playground and accessible play experience. Two new American Elms will be planted at the end of construction as replacements in more appropriate locations.

July 2018 - Faison Construction is now on board as the contractor for this project. Construction mobilization will begin in early August, with expected completion in late fall 2018.  

April 2018 - After extensive permitting process delays, the project is now out for bid. Assuming a successful bid, construction is anticipated to start in summer 2018.

July 2016 - The design team has been refining the plans and continues to develop the construction drawings. This drawing shows the current layout for the playground area.  


Winter 2016 - Spring 2016
Design Development and Public Involvement

Summer 2016 - Spring 2018
Construction Drawings, Permitting, and Bidding

Summer 2018 - Winter 2018/19

Project Manager
Robin Laughlin,, 503-823-5588

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