Harper’s Playground is partnering with the City of Vancouver to build an inclusive playground in Marshall Park to replace the current structure which is inaccessible and nearing the end of its life.
Marshall Park was chosen because of its central location with easy accessibility to essential amenities like parking and public transit, a natural setting with a mature tree canopy, and connection to Marshall Community Center and Luepke Senior Center which already offer robust programming for residents of all abilities.
The playground will consist of universally accessible features as well as open and communal spaces. Playground elements will include accessible slides and swings, a sand area, nature-scapes, musical instruments, and the signature Harper’s Playground Hill.
The original firefighter theme of the original playground is an important driver for the design to continue to honor the memory of Chelsea Anderson and her family. We are grateful for the support and engagement of the Anderson family in the planning process for the new playground.
The total project cost is $2.5 million and is slated to open in 2022. More than $700,000 has been raised so far and Harper’s Playground aims to raise another $2 million over the next two years. Naming opportunities are available for gifts of $5,000 or more.