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Portland Parks & Rec: What's New?

A few emails have come to us with some goings on over at Portland Parks and Recreation, and we thought it would be a great time to highlight:

Learn about Couch Park Play Area Improvements:  Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is holding a public meeting to provide information about the proposed safety and ADA accessibility improvements planned for the play area at Couch Park. Please join us to hear about these proposed improvements, how they will help make the play area better for all users, and the timing of the improvements.  Meeting is on Thursday March 12, from 7-8pm, at the Metropolitan Learning Center School Auditorium (2033 NW Glisan).

A community center being planned for Washington Monroe High School:  The Buckman neighborhood in SE Portland is slated to develop 4.7 acres of the former Washington Monroe High School into a Community Center.  Portland Parks & Recreation is recruiting community members to consider key questions such as, "What are the community’s needs?", "Who will be using the facility?" and "What are the activities and programs it needs to provide?"  To be a part of this initial planning process, go to the project website here or download the interest form.

Support the new WEEKEND Indoor Playparks:  We received an email from an urbanMama who has brought weekend indoor playparks to PP&R!  "I returned to work when my daughter was two and quickly realized that there are not enough indoor weekend activities for toddlers. I talked to the folks over at Portland Park and Recreation and they’ve graciously agreed to start a Sunday indoor play park for ages birth – 5 years at the East Portland Community Center, every Sunday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm ($1 per child).  The center is located at 740 SE 106th avenue (very close to Mall 205) and the phone number is 503-823-3450.  I hope that some of you working parents will take advantage of this program – they will keep the weekend park going as long as there is a demand."


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love the idea of the weekend indoor play park, we'll definitely be there!

thanks a lot!

Would love to do the indoor park - but that is our nap time!


Glad to hear about the weekend indoor play park - I was wondering just this weekend why they don't do them!

That is awesome! We are so in need of a place inside to find other kids on the weekends. I'm a mama working full time while dad stays at home with our toddler, so we need to give daddy a little quiet time at home on the weekends. I'll check it out.

We attended the East Portland indoor play park yesterday & it was well attended!

We attended as well. Very happy with the turnout. Thanks urbanmamas for spreading the word.

It is about time! I have been thinking the same thing since I went back to work when my son was 3 months old. Thanks to the mom who got it started, will try to be there our whole play group! yea! Now, can we talk about splash pools in the summer on the weekends???

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