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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, OR 97204

Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


Gary Datka, Project Manager


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Gabriel Park

  • Existing playground at Gabriel Park

  • The playground lacks accessibility features.

Gabriel Park Open House flyer

All are welcome at the first Gabriel Park Playground Open House!

  • Wednesday, April 10, 6pm - 8pm
  • Stephens Creek Crossing Community Room, 6719 SW 26th Avenue
  • Parking at Stephens Creek is limited to residents. Please park at Hillsdale Community Church, 6948 Capitol Highway. See map on page 2

Come learn about the plans for an inclusive playground at Gabriel Park. Information will be shared about inclusive play and different play themes. Bring your ideas to share with the design team. Kids are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Project Update - June 2018

City of Portland Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Portland Parks & Recreation announced on June 11, 2018 that Gabriel Park will be the site of the next inclusive playground in the PP&R system. The new playground will become a “destination” site, with a footprint of 10,000 square feet, up from 3,250 square feet. Inclusive playgrounds provide a rich play experience, addressing physical, sensory, and social needs of all children and their caregivers, and are designed with universal accessibility in mind, accommodating everyone and challenging them at their own developmental level. 

The project is anticipated to include the new inclusive playground as well as pathway and parking improvements. PP&R expects the play area to be completed in late 2020, after a public involvement process for the design starting in Spring 2019 —including robust outreach to community members who are experiencing disabilities. Read more here.

Project Overview

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges, Gabriel Park's playground will be replaced with a new, more inclusive and accessible play area. The playground is located at SW 37th Avenue and SW Vermont Street.

Through a Project Advisory Committee and Community Gathering events, the community will help guide the development of the design for an inclusive playground.

Project Manager
Gary Datka,, 971-288-9230

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

Project Advisory Committee Members

Sabrina Ahmed, Zina Amed, Amina Ali, AngeLeah Andersen, Annika Abel, Renee Becerra, Sarah Bedrick, Evelyn Cannon, Chris Hathaway, Ryan Jacobson, Myrlaviani Perez-Rivier, Samuel Sennott.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2019 - Summer 2019: Design Development and Public Involvement
  1. PAC Meeting #1 - March 20, 6pm - 8pm, Stephens Creek Crossing Community Room
  2. PAC Meeting #2 - April 4, 6pm - 8pm, Stephens Creek Crossing Community Room
  3. Open House #1 - Wednesday, April 10, 6pm - 8pm, Stephens Creek Crossing Community Room
  4. PAC Meeting #3 - May 2019 (date TBD)
  5. Open House #2 - May 2019 (date TBD) - Share 3 designs
  6. PAC Meeting #4 - June 2019 (date TBD)
  7. Open House #3 - date TBD - Share draft of final design
  • Fall 2019 - Winter 2019/20: Construction Documents
  • Spring 2020 - Summer 2020:  Permitting and Bidding
  • 2020: Construction

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