A young developmentally disabled girl received a one-of-a-kind gift for her 7th birthday: volunteers broke ground on a new, fully-accessible playground that she will be able to enjoy.
For the last two years, Harper Goldberg's parents have been raising money to build Portland's first 100 percent accessible playground.
On Friday, volunteers broke ground at the Arbor Lodge Park location, which will be called "Harper's Playground." Doctors said Harper would never be able to walk, but she took her first steps at age 5.
Harper's parents, Cody and April Goldberg, spearheaded the fundraising.
They began raising money through bake and rummage sales but the efforts soon included businesses and organizations such as the Timbers Army, which has raised nearly $65,000 for Harper's Playground.
Portland Parks and Recreation is partnering with the Goldbergs on the project thanks to all of the money they were able to raise.
Harper's Playground will have all-inclusive play structures with wheelchair and walker-friendly elements integrated into play equipment.
Cody Goldberg thanked everyone who came out today and made it one of the most special days of his life.
"It's been an incredible journey, fun the entire way. All it took was telling at least 10 strangers a day that I needed help to do it. At least half of them said yes, and that's how this came to be," Goldberg told Fox12.
Construction is expected to take about two and a half months.
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