Harper's Playground


Harper’s Playground inspires vital communities by creating inviting playgrounds people of all abilities.

Bottom Line for Portland

Help make Portland more inclusive! Donations to Harper's Playground benefit the Portland Metro area. Support the building of more radically inclusive playgrounds in our community. 

Our completed playgrounds include the original Harper's Playground at Arbor Lodge Park, Couch Park, Gateway Discovery Park, Dawson Park, Anna & Abby's Yard & more! 

The reach of Harper's Playground also extends beyond Portland…all the way to Tokyo, Japan…and several destinations in between. Coming Soon: The Chelsea Anderson Memorial Play Station (CHAMPS) at Marshall Park—Vancouver, Washington's first inclusive playground!


"Play can change a life & Play can save a life...Play is serious business & Play is serious in the business of belonging.” 

—Kevin Carroll; Creative “Katalyst,” Best-Selling Author of A Kids Book About Belonging, Harper’s Playground Advisory Council Member + 2022 Summer(ish) Soiree Keynote Speaker

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Harper’s Playground is committed to inclusion & equity—inviting, supporting, & sustaining diverse play spaces for people of all ages & abilities—as well as fostering a diverse internal community including staff, board & volunteers.

We define equity as: When all people have equal access to the same resources to reach potentially the same outcomes. We want EVERYONE to have access to play spaces, which includes equitable access to nature & community, ever regardful of all abilities, race, socioeconomic status & all intersecting held identities.


  • * UPDATE 12/21: $50,000 Matching Gift Challenge: The Maybelle Clark Macdonald Fund, a longtime supporter, will generously match all gifts to Harper's Playground under $5,000—dollar for dollar—up to $50,000! This year-end, DOUBLE your impact when you support inclusive play.
  • * First 10 Donors of $500 or More: Receive a token for the right to purchase a bottle of The Old Gold's extremely rare Stagg Barrel Proof Bourbon for $50 (currently selling for $400-$600 a bottle on the secondary market) from their reserved liquor store inventory, which is not available to the public.
  • * First 10 Donors of $100 or More: Receive a free bag of Happy Cup Coffee's PLAYgrounds, a signature collaborative brew (Ethiopian Single Origin Light Roast) brought to you by Happy Cup Coffee Company in support of Harper's Playground.
  • * Any Donor of $100 or More: Receive a tasting flight card to Straightaway Cocktails.
    * First 10 Donors of $50 or More: Receive a free drink at Straightaway Cocktails.

Business Partner(s)

The Old Gold: A neighborhood bar, The Old Gold has served the fine people of North Portland for over a decade & encourages you to, “Drink where you live.”

Happy Cup Coffee Company: A speciality coffee roaster in NE Portland, Happy Cup Coffee employs adults experiencing disability in our local community—People with Potential—so that every bag of coffee purchased is a commitment to reversing the inequities those with disabilities face in the workplace.

Straightaway Cocktails: Award-winning, ready to serve & made in Portland, Straightaway Cocktails has perfected the art of the “lively liquid masterpiece” so you can perfect the art of the party.

$20,034 raised of $20,000 goal
201 donations
100% of Goal


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Year Founded: 2010

Tax ID: 464451148

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