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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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Gabriel Park

  • Existing playground at Gabriel Park

  • The playground lacks accessibility features.

Project Update - July 10, 2019 

Thanks to everyone to came to our final open house event on July 9 and gave feedback on a draft of the final design. 

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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, gary.datka@portlandoregon.gov, 971-288-9230

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, 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 (downstairs)
  3. Open House #1 - Wednesday, April 10, 6pm - 8pm, Stephens Creek Crossing Community Room
  4. PAC Meeting #3 - May 14, 2019, 6pm - 8pm, Stephens Creek Crossing Community Room (downstairs)
  5. Open House #2 - May 22,2019, 6pm - 8pm - Share 3 designs
  6. PAC Meeting #4 - June 19, 2019, Stephens Creek Crossing Community Room
  7. Open House #3 - July 9, 2019  - 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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