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Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-7529 (PLAY)

Travis Ruybal, Project Manager


Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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Fernhill Park

Project Updates

January 2019

All improvements at Fernhill Park are now complete. 

September 2019 

Work on the splash pad and restroom renovations project at Fernhill Park is complete. As announced at the August 25 splash pad opening celebration, Portland Parks & Recreation is pleased to share that cost savings on this project will be used to provide significant playground improvements to the existing playground at Fernhill Park, located near NE 37th Avenue and Ainsworth Street. These improvements will provide ADA accessibility to all new equipment, increased fall protection zones, and new site furnishings including benches and picnic tables. 

The existing whirl, teeter-totter, slide, and swings will be removed and replaced with new equipment in a new location closer to the other play equipment. The equipment located within the existing playground curb line will all be retained in its current location. By expanding the playground north, we are able to incorporate more play equipment providing increased play value for you and your children.

The work will begin this fall and the playground will be fully complete by Spring 2019. Unfortunately we will need to close the playground over the winter to complete the above work in a safe manner. We will provide an update when it is ready for play. Thank you for your patience as we complete these improvements!

Here is a list of the new play equipment coming to Fernhill Park's playground:

  • Slide
  • Teeter totter
  • Three swing sets, featuring individual, toddler, and group swinging options
  • Two individual spinners
  • Whirl
  • Wood arch climber

The full list of project improvements at Fernhill Park include:

  • Benches and picnic tables
  • Full restroom renovation
  • New irrigation system
  • Potable water service to the existing restroom
  • Sidewalks along the park frontage on NE 37th Avenue
  • Splash pad
  • Two drinking fountains
  • And soon, a newly improved playground!

Fernhill Park Splash Pad Grand Opening Celebration

The splash pad at Fernhill Park is complete!
Thank you to our neighbors and community for celebrating its grand opening on August 25, 2018. Check out awesome photos from the event by clicking below. 

2018 Fernhill Park Splash Pad

Project Overview

Fernhill Park is getting new play equipment, a splash pad, renovated restrooms, new water service lines, pathways, benches, irrigation improvements, and other park amenities, thanks to funding from the Parks Replacement Bond and System Development Charges. Fernhill Park is located at NE 37th Avenue and NE Ainsworth Street.

Project Manager
Travis Ruybal,, 503-823-5487

Public Involvement
Maija Spencer,, 503-823-5993

Project Timeline

  • Spring 2018 - Summer 2018: Splash Pad and Restroom Construction
  • August 25, 2018:  Splash Pad Grand Opening
  • Fall 2018 - Winter 2018/19: Playground Construction