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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, Bond Community Engagement


Evan Callahan, Project Manager


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Citywide Play Piece Replacements and Drainage Repairs

  • Over 270 boards were replaced on Piccolo Park's play equipment

  • New play structure at Argay Park in outer NE Portland

  • Albert Kelly Park's new play structure in SW Portland

  • New teeter totters at Laurelhurst Park

  • New chin-up bars at North Portland's University Park

  • New xylophone at Bloomington Park in the Lents neighborhood

  • Irving Park's new decking and slide in NE Portland

  • Swings have been removed at many parks due to lead paint.

  • During Portland's rainy winters, many playgrounds experience drainage issues.

Project Update - December 10, 2018

Installation of new play equipment is complete at 12 playgrounds:

  • Albert Kelly Park
  • Argay Park
  • Bloomington Park
  • Colonel Summers Park
  • Fulton Park
  • Irving Park
  • Laurelhurst Park
  • Mt. Tabor Park
  • Piccolo Park
  • University Park
  • Wilkes Park
  • Wilshire Park

The swing installation is complete at Washington Park. We are now waiting for the wood chip delivery and expect to have the swings open for use by mid-December.

Work is currently underway at Knott Park to replace wooden boards on the main play structure. We expect this work to be completed in January 2019. 

Project Overview

Thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond, new play pieces will be installed at 19 playgrounds, and drainage repairs will be made at 10 playgrounds. In recent years, many play pieces have been removed from parks due to lead paint and other safety concerns. Read more about the Lead Paint Control Program here. Some sites will also receive ADA access improvements. We will provide schedules for installation as they are available.

Play Piece Replacement Locations 

Summer 2018 through Spring 2019
Park Name
Play Piece Status
Albert Kelly Park  Play structure with slide Completed
Argay Park
Play structure with slide Completed
Berkeley Park  Whirl Scheduled for Spring 2019
Bloomington Park  Musical play piece (xylophone) Completed
Colonel Summers Park  Horizontal ladder Completed
Flavel Park  Whirl Scheduled for Spring 2019
Fulton Park
Swings Completed
Hancock Park  Whirl Scheduled for Spring 2019
Irving Park  New slide and decking repairs on existing play structure Completed
Knott Park   Wood repairs on existing play structure Work underway, expected completion in January 2019
Laurelhurst Park  Teeter totter Completed
Mt. Tabor Park 
Horizontal ladder Completed
Piccolo Park 
Wood repairs on existing play structures Completed
Sewallcrest Park  Whirl Scheduled for Spring 2019
University Park 
Chin-up bar Completed
Washington Park 
Swings Installation work completed, waiting for wood chip delivery scheduled for mid-December 2019
Wilkes Park Talk tubes and a bobble spring toy Completed
Wilshire Park Play structure for tot area Completed
Woodstock Park  Whirl Scheduled for Spring 2019

The below 10 playgrounds will receive drainage repairs and installation of new wood chips. This will require the playground area to be closed for use for 3-5 weeks. A schedule for this work will be posted once available.

Drainage Repair Locations

Summer 2019 through Winter 2019/20
Burlingame Park Pier Park
Clinton Park Portsmouth Park
Harney Park South Park Blocks
Patton Square Park Sunnyside School Park
Peninsula Park Woodlawn Park

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

Project Manager
Evan Callahan,, 503-823-5571

Project Timeline

  • Winter 2017—2018 through Spring 2018: Design Development and ordering play equipment
  • Summer 2018 through Winter 2018—2019: Installation of play equipment
  • Summer 2019 through Winter 2019—2020: Drainage and ADA pathway repairs