Harper’s Playground, in partnership with the city of Vancouver, Washington, will build a fully 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.
The existing playground is inaccessible, dominated by wood chips and plastic stair-laden structures near the end of their 25-year life span, and excluding thousands of children and their caregivers who experience mobility limiting disability from the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor play.
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 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 (oodle swing, musical instruments, weesaw). 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 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.
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 Fall 2022. More than $700,000 has been raised and Harper’s Playground aims to raise another $2 million over the next two years. Gifts of $5,000 or more will be recognized on a beautiful bronze plaque at the entrance to the park. View our donor catalog to see the impact of your gift.