City's 1st all-inclusive playground receives $1,000 grant

Harper's Playground gets $1,000 grant

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Hundreds of Portlanders enjoyed Community Play Day at an extra special playground in North Portland Saturday.

"Harper's Playground" in Arbor Lodge was created to cater to kids and adults of all abilities.

Cody Goldberg and his wife came up with the idea when they realized their neighborhood park didn't work for their daughter Harper, who has disabilities.

Portland's first all-inclusive playground, which opened in 2012, is a fun place for many kids like Harper.

Several hundred people celebrated the Community Play Day, along with representatives from a local non-profit called SEM-pdx, who presented a $1,000 grant.

"You have to design playgrounds that are not just accessible to kids with disabilities but that all kids really love, so they all play together," Goldberg said. "It's all about kids playing together, not just playing with an object. That's why this is so important."

The organization is also in the process of building two more similar playgrounds. Work will begin on one in Northeast Portland later this year, then they'll break ground on a playground in Northwest Portland next year.

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