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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 - September 19, 2018

  • At Albert Kelly Park, fencing is up and PP&R will begin removal of the decommissioned swing and teeter totter on September 4. The other swing set and whirl will remain in place. Contractors will be installing erosion control and tree protection on August 31. Some limited site grading and installation of the new play piece will start in September. During the site preparation and installation work, the play area will be closed off for everyone's safety. Work will be completed by the end of September.
  • 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.
  • Installation of new play equipment at Argay Park and Washington Park will begin the week of September 17, 2018; installation of new equipment at Wilshire Park will start the week of September 24. All are expected to be complete by mid-October.

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 - Work in progress
Play structure with slide
Berkeley Park Whirl
Bloomington Park - Completed June 2018 Musical play piece (xylophone)
Colonel Summers Park Horizontal ladder
Flavel Park Whirl
Fulton Park Swings
Hancock Park 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 Teeter totter
Mt. Tabor Park Horizontal ladder
Piccolo Park - Work in progress
Wood repairs on existing play structures
Sewallcrest Park Whirl
University Park - Completed June 2018 Chin-up bar
Washington Park -  Work in progress
Wilkes Park Talk tubes and a bobble spring toy
Wilshire Park Play structure for tot area
Woodstock Park 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