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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

  • New chin-up bars at University Park

  • New xylophone at Bloomington Park

  • Irving Park's new decking and slide

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

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

Project Update - October 16, 2018

  • Albert Kelly Park: Wood chips for the swings were delivered today, and swings will be installed by PP&R staff later this week.
  • At Piccolo Park, wood replacement work on two play structures has begun. One play structure will be fenced off at a time, and the rest of the playground should remain open for play while our staff do the repairs. A total of 278 boards will be replaced!  We apologize for the slow progress at this site. We have only one playground mechanic on staff to do this work, and they also have had to attend to other work orders and emergency repair work. Work will proceed as availability allows. The large play piece is now completed and open for play; repairs will now start on the smaller piece.
  • Work to install new equipment is currently underway at Colonel Summers, Fulton, Mt. Tabor Washington, and Wilshire Parks. All are expected to be complete by the end of October. Washington Park will get a delivery of new wood chips the week of October 26 and open for use once safety inspections are complete.
  • Work is scheduled to start at Wilkes Park the week of October 22 and at Laurelhurst Park the week of November 5.

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 at they are available.

Play Piece Replacement Locations 

Summer 2018 through Spring 2019
Park Name
Play Piece
Albert Kelly Park - Work in progress Play structure with slide
Argay Park - Completed October 2018
Play structure with slide
Berkeley Park - Scheduled for Spring 2019 Whirl
Bloomington Park - Completed June 2018 Musical play piece (xylophone)
Colonel Summers Park - Work in progress Horizontal ladder
Flavel Park - Scheduled for Spring 2019 Whirl
Fulton Park - Work in progress
Hancock Park - Scheduled for Spring 2019 Whirl
Irving Park -  Completed May 2018 New slide and decking repairs on existing play structure
Knott Park  Wood repairs on existing play structure
Laurelhurst Park - Scheduled to start week of October 22 Teeter totter
Mt. Tabor Park - Work in progress
Horizontal ladder
Piccolo Park - Work in progress
Wood repairs on existing play structures
Sewallcrest Park - Scheduled for Spring 2019 Whirl
University Park - Completed June 2018 Chin-up bar
Washington Park -  Work in progress
Wilkes Park - Scheduled to start week of October 22 Talk tubes and a bobble spring toy
Wilshire Park -  Work in progress Play structure for tot area
Woodstock Park - Scheduled for Spring 2019 Whirl

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—2020
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