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Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (BEECN)
A Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node (pronounced beacon) is a place to go in Portland after a major earthquake to ask for emergency assistance if phone service is down, or report severe damage or injury. More information can be found at the Basic Earthquake Emergency Communication Node page.
Constructed in 2012, Harper's Playground is the result of a public-private partnership between PP&R and the Goldberg family. It is named after their daughter, Harper, whose enjoyment of this neighborhood park inspired them to spearhead a community fundraising effort to build a universally accessible playground. It is the first of its kind in the Portland area.
The thoughtful design allows people of all ages and abilities to easily play together. It also provides adult and children a gathering space where neighbors and families can meet and make new friends. Features include an elevated sand table with a water pump, a xylophone, climbing walls of different challenge levels, accessible hill with slide and climbing net, oodle swing, omni-spin, universally-accessible adaptive swings seats along with standard and infant swing seats, and new sea turtle bronze sculptures by artist Peter Helzer.
- Street parking with designated ADA spaces
- Paved pathway to play area
- 300 feet to play area
- Universally accessible unitary play surfacing
- Universally accessible play equipment and play features
- Two universally-accessible adaptive swings
- Accessible sand and water play table
- Sensory play elements
- Accessible restroom
- Accessible drinking fountains
- Accessible picnic table
Size in acres
Created by artist Peter Helzer in 1996, Alligator and Otter is a small bronze statue of two animal characters fresh from a summer swim. A plaque with the artist's statement reads: "This sculpture is for all who enjoy the simple pleasures of a beautiful Oregon day. May it serve to remind us of good friends, good times, and good memories." The sculpture was relocated with the Harper’s Playground project to a new boulder home by the sand and water play area.