The Inclusive “Living Room” for East Portlanders

Gateway Discovery Park celebrated its grand opening almost exactly a year ago, making it only the second park in Portland that’s accessible to kiddos of all physical abilities. Portland Parks & Recreation calls it a “living room” that serves the Gateway district and surrounding neighborhoods.

Before its construction, nearly 1,000 new households lacked access to a park or natural area within a half-mile walk. Portland Parks & Recreation, Prosper Portland, Harper’s Playground, and many community organizations and schools made the park a reality, with Prosper Portland contributing $1.2 million in funding.

The park serves the culturally diverse neighborhood of Hazelwood and celebrated its first birthday on Aug. 4, 2019.

“I always think of it as a community center without walls,” the park’s urban plaza supervisor Alicia Hammock told us. “At any given time, you can experience so many different cultures within your community and actually get to know your neighbors.”

Check out our video to find out why people call Gateway Discovery Park the “living room” of East Portland — and finally, shout out to our friends at Harper’s Playground for spreading their inclusive play structures around our city. 💖