The idea of "Harper's Playground" was born in late 2009 and named after its inspiration: 5-year-old Harper Goldberg. Harper is a young girl who loves to play, but because of a disability affecting her mobility, she is unable to use the majority of play structures in local parks. Harper's parents, April and Cody, founded Harper’s Playground in 2010 to level the playing field for kids like Harper and their friends.
Our first playground, located in Arbor Lodge Park in North Portland, opened in 2012 and has become a destination for thousands of families throughout the city and region. It has also won several awards as “Best Playground in the Portland Metro Area,” showing that it is both creating equity through inclusiveness and serving as a space that all children and adults enjoy. On the day of the groundbreaking, former Mayor Sam Adams declared it "Goldberg Family Day" in honor of April and Cody and both daughters Harper and Lennon.
Today, the Goldbergs are joined by hundreds of people throughout Portland who believe in the prospect a more inclusive world. As Harper's Playground goes on to inspire and create additional playgrounds in Portland and the greater Pacific Northwest, it does so with a tremendous team and tremendous partners.