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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 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Gary Datka, Project Manager


Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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Ventura Park

  • Before playground replacement

  • After playground replacement - January 2018

Project Overview
Ventura Park's playground was replaced, and a new Portland Loo was installed to replace the portable toilets, thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond  and System Development Charges.

Thanks to a partnership with Playworld, Ventura Park’s new playground features the PlayForm 7, a piece of play equipment designed to get people thinking, talking, sharing ideas, and engaging in outdoor spaces in new and meaningful ways. 

The project also included funding for the installation of public art. The project was completed in January 2018, and the opening celebration was held on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Project Manager
Gary Datka,, 503-823-5574

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

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2016  -  Summer 2016:  Concept Design and Public Involvement
  1.  Focus Group - June 2016
  2. Open House #1  -  Thursday, July 21, 2016
  3. Open House #2  -  Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • Summer 2016 - Fall 2016:  Design Development and Construction Documentation
  • Winter 2016 - Spring 2017:  Permitting and Bidding
  • July 2017 - January 2018:  Construction
  • April 14, 2018: Opening Celebration

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