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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Gary Datka, Project Manager


Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator


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Couch Park

  • Couch Park Brick plaza before improvements

  • Couch Park Playground before improvements

Couch Park Playground Ribbon Cutting Celebration

The inclusive playground, plaza, and Loo at Couch Park are complete and open for use. Thank you to everyone who celebrated with us on May 4, 2019. Check out more photos from the event here

Repairs Update, July 30, 2019:

Starting this Thursday, August 1, a small area in the northeast corner of the playground at Couch Park will be closed for some repairs. The gravel area under the tall log structure will be replaced with poured-in place rubber surfacing (similar to the rest of the playground surfacing). A lot of the gravel has been migrating out of this area onto the rubber surfacing, so this will make the whole area easier to maintain. 

Fencing will be up in this area from August 1 – August 7. After that, we request that everyone stays out of the area until August 10 to allow the surfacing to cure. Please encourage everyone to observe the signage and stay out of this area to help make the repairs a success. The rest of the playground will remain open for play, including the main ramp to the fort, climbing structures, and swings. 

We have had a few questions about the rope swing. We removed it earlier this summer after an injury occurred. Staff will be out on site next week to do some further assessment. We do not have a timeline yet for re-installing the swing, but we want you to know we are looking into it. Safety is, of course, our highest priority.

 Picture of celebration

Picture featuring PP&R staff, Greenworks design staff, Raimore Construction staff, and our partners with Harper’s Playground and MLC at the June 2018 groundbreaking event. 


Design and construction of a replacement playground, ADA accessibility plaza improvements, and installation of a Portland Loo at Couch Park. with funding from the Parks Replacement Bond.


Summer 2015
Project Advisory Committee (PAC) recruitment

Fall 2015
Hire Design Team and select PAC members

Fall 2015 - Spring 2016
Schematic Design and Public Involvement Process

Spring 2016 - Winter 2016/17
Design Development

Spring 2017 - Spring 2018
Construction documents completion, permitting, and construction bidding

Summer 2018 - Spring 2019

Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 1pm - 3pm
Ribbon Cutting and Grand Reopening


  • 1975: A community driven master plan was created to guide Couch Park's design and construction. Metropolitan Learning Center students helped with design ideas and residents of the surrounding neighborhood participated in the construction of the park and in the building of its play structure.  Three pieces of artwork were installed in the park: a steel sculpture by David Cotter, mosaic tiles by Jere Grimm, and carved wooden pillars by William Moore, Eric Jensen, and Brent Jenkins that supported the playground shelter. 
  • 1994: The Parks General Obligation Bond Measure funded repairs and upgrades at Couch Park.
  • 2003: An updated Couch Park Master Plan was completed.
  • 2012: PP&R removed the monkey bars and several other features due to rotted support beams.
  • Spring 2014: The wooden play structure and stage were removed for safety reasons. A few boulders were placed in the play area to provide some play elements, until funds to renovate the playground would come available.
  • November 2014:  Portland voters passed the Parks Replacement Bond which included funding for this project. 
  • 2014 - Present:  Friends of Couch Playground and Harper's Playground raised an additional $500,000 (including a $150,000 Nature in Neighborhoods grant from Metro) beyond the bond funding in support for Couch Park playground. 

Project Advisory Committee
Vaune Albanese, Millie Jarvis, Glen Levy, Lauren Nathe, Max Nathe, Carla Peters, Meryl Redisch, Pavlina Summers, Jennifer Wilde, Wayne Wirta

Project Manager
Gary Datka,, 503-823-5574

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer,, 503-823-5593