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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 Fifth Ave, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204


Robin Johnson Craig, Project Manager


Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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Creston Park

Project Update - June 20, 2018

Hello Creston Park neighbors,

We want to provide some important news about the swing set at Creston Park, the one located near the western park entrance (separate from the main play area).

Portland Parks & Recreation will have to take these swings out of service, as we have identified safety compliance issues with them. Specifically, our certified playground maintenance technician noted that the swing support needs significant repairs. Further, the swings in this location do not provide an adequate safe use zone required for fall protection, per requirements. Large tree roots are present within the “fall zone," so the swings do not meet federal safety standards. 

Therefore, we must fence off these swings immediately while PP&R staff evaluate how to provide safer options for your children. We know that the park’s play equipment is an important neighborhood asset, especially during summertime; but safety is the top priority of Portland Parks & Recreation. We share your frustration, as we had to fence the main play area at Creston Park last year as well.

Fortunately, as you may know, a Parks Replacement Bond-funded project is currently underway and will completely renovate that main playground at Creston Park - and the design team will take the issues with this swing set into consideration as they move forward with community engagement and designing the new play area. So, good things await Creston Park! 

 Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Project Overview

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond and a contribution from System Development Charges, outdated play structures will be replaced with safe and updated play equipment and rubberized safety surfacing at Creston Park's playground.

An ADA-accessible pathway will be installed from the SE Francis Street entrance to the playground and swings, and an ADA-accessible parking space will be added. Other ADA improvements include a new drinking fountain and benches. 

A community gathering was held on May 21 to gather input on three design options, and an online survey was available through May 29.

All input received will be used to create a draft final design which will be shared at a community meeting later this summer (date TBD) for further feedback.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2018 - Summer 2018:  Design Development and Public Involvement
  1. May 21: Community Gathering #1: Give input on 3 design concepts.
  2. Summer 2018 (date TBA): Community Gathering #2: Review the draft final plan and give feedback.
  • Fall 2018 - Winter 2018/19:  Construction Documents
  • Winter 2018/19 - Spring 2019:  Permitting and Bidding
  • Summer 2019 - Fall 2019:  Construction

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Robin Johnson Craig, Project Manager   |   503-823-4182

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