Harper’s Playground is the single pebble that created a ripple effect that started a revolution in radically inclusive playgrounds. It all started when the Goldberg family took their daughters to a local park and discovered that traditional playgrounds are simply unfit for people of different abilities. In a three-year-journey piloted by Harper’s dad, Cody Goldberg, and fueled by massive community support, this park set the standard for fully inclusive, nature-based playgrounds.
“Can Harper get there?” and if so, “Can she do something there?” Guided by these two questions, every inch of the park was designed, funded, and built with love. At the ribbon cutting ceremony, a local child who did his own bake sales to raise money for the park, did the honors. He symbolized the incredible community – including the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association, and Portland Parks & Recreation, all of whom allowed Harper’s Playground to become the first of its kind, but certainly not the last.
Richard Buckminster Fuller famously said, “When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty, but when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.” Harper’s playground turned out to be a beautiful solution, and that’s how you know it’s right.
Thanks to our partners for making this project possible.