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Groundbreaking set for 100% accessible playground

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Portland's first universally accessible playground is getting ready to break ground.

Cody and April Goldberg spearheaded the fundraising efforts for the playground in honor of their daughter, Harper. She has a developmental disability, and her parents said doctors told them she would never walk or talk. However, Harper defied medical expectation by taking her first independent steps at the age of 5.

Though she still uses a walker much of the time, Harper loves to enjoy playgrounds and now has the city's newest one named in her honor. Harper will turn 7 on the day of the groundbreaking, Friday, June 8, at Arbor Lodge Park in North Portland.

"Just two years ago, dedicated parents Cody and April Goldberg envisioned a playground where their child, Harper, could play alongside other neighborhood kids," says Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. "They've shared their compelling vision, generated incredible community support and have developed an innovative park design concept that will serve as a model for park improvements across the country."

Called "Harper's Playground," it will have all-inclusive play structures and will feature wheelchair and walker-friendly elements integrated into play equipment. It will be the first 100 percent accessible play area in the Portland Parks and Recreation system.

Construction is expected to take about 2 ½ months.

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