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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

Join us at a series of open houses this spring to help design YOUR new playground. Refreshments will be provided, and kids are encouraged to attend. Stop by the second open house to give your input on three concepts:

Gabriel Park Playground Open House #2

Wednesday, May 22, 6pm - 8pm

Southwest Community Center Lobby, 6820 SW 45th Avenue 

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 Open House 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

Linda Akagi, Amina Ali, AngeLeah Andersen, Annika Abel, Renee Becerra, Sarah Bedrick, Evelyn Cannon, Fatma Hajimohamed, Chris Hathaway, Tilda Hathaway, Ryan Jacobson, Myrlaviani Perez-Rivier, Samuel Sennott.

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2019 - Summer 2019: Schematic Design 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
  • Summer 2019 - Fall 2019 - Design Development
  • Fall 2019 - Winter 2019/20: Construction Documents
  • Winter 2019/20  - Spring 2020:  Permitting and Bidding
  • Spring 2020 - Winter 2020/21: Construction

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