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Harper’s Playground, in partnership with the City of Vancouver, Washington, will build an accessible playground at Marshall Park.
This project addresses the city’s need for accessible public outdoor play spaces through the redesign and construction of an inclusive playground. We broke ground on Monday, July 11, 2022. Click HERE to view scenes from the Groundbreaking Ceremony.
The original Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station (CHAMPS) is a vital part of Marshall Park. Harper’s Playground will continue to honor the memory of Chelsea Anderson and the heartfelt generosity of the donors and members of the Vancouver Fire Department who made this memorial possible.
Harper’s Playground is grateful for the support and engagement of the Anderson family during the planning process for the new vision of Marshall Park playground.
“My family and I are super excited to carry on not only the memory of my sister, but also the memory and tradition of all the Vancouver Firefighters who originally built a playground for my parents in memory of Chelsea. Thanks to Harper’s Playground, now children of all abilities will be able to play together on this inclusive playground.” —Cory Anderson; Chelsea’s Brother & Member of Vancouver Firefighters Local 452
A PARK FOR ALL
This site was selected for its central location, accessibility by public transit, and proximity to other community assets including Legacy Health’s Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, Luepke Senior Center, and the Marshall Community Center. This project directly advances our mission to create a more inclusive world, one playground at a time, where people of all abilities can play together and thrive.
The newly designed Marshall Park will be physically, socially, and aesthetically inviting for users of all ages and abilities. The former playground was inaccessible and dominated by wood chips and plastic stair-laden structures near the end of their 25-year life span. These unnavigable features exclude thousands of children and their caregivers who experience mobility limiting disability from the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor play.
A RADICALLY INCLUSIVE VISION
The new playground will feature fully accessible and explorable play areas (smooth paths, sloping hills, skate ramps for wheelchair users and skateboarders) and equipment that fosters collaboration and interaction among users of diverse abilities (wheelchair swing, integration carousel, musical instruments). The redesign will capitalize on existing amenities (picnic shelter, mature trees, community garden), use long-lasting materials (logs, boulders), purpose built and existing landscaping (rolling hills, trees, sand/water areas), and feature bronze sculptures of native animals to delight and inspire players of all ages. The new playground will meet the social and physical needs of kids and seniors, and foster inter-ability and intergenerational exchange.
HONORING THE HISTORY
The redesigned play area will carry on the legacy of the existing firefighter theme throughout, and will even feature an added custom fire truck. A special tribute area will be created for the preserved Chelsea Anderson Memorial features. Memorial plaques will be integrated into the design, and updated donor brick paving will recognize those who contributed to the memorial.
The total project cost is $3.2 million and is slated to open in March 2023. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a beautiful plaque at the entrance to the park.
Gifts of $250+ & $1,000+ are eligible for a brick or paver. Download our brick and paver form or make your donation and write your message below. View our donor catalog to see the impact of your gift. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org