Spring Garden Park's nature-based play areas foster imaginative unstructured play for all.
Spring Garden Park was at first an undeveloped hillside covering 4.65 acres. But after extensive community input, planning, and work by PP&R staff and contractors, the park is now a gleaming, neighborhood destination which includes:
- A children’s playground with an interactive water feature, embankment slide, contemporary play structures, musical chimes, rock scramble, and tree logs and stumps for nature-based play. The playground meets all current ADA requirements
- The playground’s signature customized observation tower, with space to play and telescopes
- Accessible walking path connection between SW Dolph Court and Spring Garden Street
- Improved hillside storm drainage with native wildflowers and grasses.
- New sidewalks, street trees, storm water improvements and parallel parking along SW Dolph Court and Spring Garden Street
- A Portland Loo restroom facility along with bike racks, drinking fountain and trash receptacles
- Benches, a sitting area, picnic tables, and a picnic shelter
- Flower gardens
- A public art installation, “The Nest”, by Hannes Wingate
- A gathering area (suitable for events like Movies in the Park, part of Portland Parks & Recreation’s Summer Free For All), with a buffer zone between the park and adjacent neighbors
The Friends of Spring Garden Park had a key role in cultivating community support for the park, and enthusiastically engaged neighbors in the planning and design process.
- 1 accessible parking space on SW Spring Garden Street
- 1 accessible parking space on SW Dolph Court
- Rubber tile surface
- Engineered wood fiber
- Ramp into play area Play Equipment
- Transfer station
- Splash pad
- Sound instruments
- Accessible restroom
- Portland Loo
- Accessible picnic area
Size in acres
PP&R's first nature play area was completed in November 2011 as a result of collaboration between PP&R, Friends of Spring Garden Park, and Umpqua Bank's Multnomah Village Store. TriMet donated a tree from their property on Lincoln Street to supply wood and materials to the project. The tree had to be removed during construction of TriMet’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project.