2022 How-To Workshop

October 17–18, 2022, Harper’s Playground hosted community leaders from across the country in Portland, Ore., for the second annual How-To Workshop.

Chief Play Officer G Cody QJ Goldberg led a passionate group of parents impacted by disabilities, parks professionals, landscape architects, and more in learning how to design, fund, and build their very own Harper’s Playground!

Attendees from across the Northwest, including the City of Vancouver, Longview Parks and Recreation, and City of Maple Valley—plus Selma, Alabama, and Puerto Rico joined us for two days of work and PLAY.

Chief Play Officer G Cody QJ Goldberg gives attendees a spin!

Through a mix of classroom presentations and walking tours of playgrounds, they learned the inside scoop on how to build radically inclusive playscapes in their own communities!

Topics covered included a deep dive into: Playground Design, Assembling Your Team, Hands-on Design Challenge, Basics of Fundraising, and Overall Process.

By the Numbers

  • 2 Days
  • 13 Attendees
  • 6 Classroom Hours
  • 4 Playground Tours
  • 3 Bonus Playground Tours!
  • 2 Networking Lunches
  • 1 Happy Hour (multiple hours!)
  • Endless connections, insights & behind-the-scenes tips!
Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Stations (CHAMPS) @ Marshall Park Hard Hat Tour

Participants enjoyed walking tours of the following playgrounds that Harper’s Playground inspired, empowered, consulted or partnered on: Couch Park, Gateway Discovery Park, the original Harper’s Playground at Arbor Lodge, and a special hard hat tour of our construction site for the reimagined Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station (CHAMPS) @ Marshall Park in Vancouver, Washington.

Plus attendees enjoyed “bonus tours” of the newly designed Gabriel Park, as well as Luuwit View Park, and our construction site at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.

For more detailed information on the workshop, visit our dedicated website: www.harpersplaygroundhowtoworkshop.org. You can also download a free copy of our How-To Manual HERE. And remember, Harper’s Playground puts the ‘wow’ in the How-To!