Rose City Park Playground Project

38880398_1557338550108494_r.jpegHello! We're Joe Saraceno and Ben Dudley. We are residents of Rose City Park and Madison South neighborhoods and founders of the Rose City Park Playground Project! 

We are both civic minded professionals who love our communities and the great city of Portland, Oregon. We're working to bring people together to revitalize the Rose City Park playground in an effort to build a stronger and vibrant community of neighbors helping neighbors. But we need your help…

The Rose City Park playground serves a number of communities, including Rose City Park, Madison South and the Hollywood District. The playground was first designed and constructed in the mid to late 1950's and not a whole lot has changed since those days. The park is in need of some serious upgrades to improve accessibility, safety, and design.  
38880398_1557344896892282_r.jpegRose City Park Plan Map, 1953. Today, the playground and distribution of trees in the park closely resembles this original plan.

38880398_1557340667978001_r.jpegMuch the the play equipment is dated or seriously dilapidated. 

38880398_155734081516431_r.jpegThis play structure has definitely seen better days!

38880398_1557341005852789_r.jpegWe could use some new picnic tables, too! 

Our vision for revitalizing the playground stems from our desire to build a strong community that works together to make our neighborhoods safe and accessible to everyone. We live in a diverse and growing neighborhood, with lots of families and children who enjoy the park on a daily basis. We want our park to reflect the beauty and inclusiveness of our community.

Any contribution you make will go straight into the project. Portland Parks & Recreation is supportive of our efforts to raises funds for the play area, but we will need to raise a substantial amount as a community to get this project going. 

Our initial goal is $100,000 to kick-off our project. Please consider giving today! 

Other ways you can help

1.     Help us spread the word! Use this link to share on social media and email: gofundme/rosecityparkplaygroundproject

2.     Come explore the park and provide your feedback, we could always use new and fresh eyes throughout the process.

3.     Support the Rose City Park Playground Project! Whether it is financially or through volunteering. We are looking for volunteers in grant writing, fundraising,  video and web design, as well as fundraising and business sponsorship. Email to get involved!
Thank you so much for all of your support. We would not be able to complete this project without it!!!

Joe & Ben
Founders, Rose City Park Playground Project

Donations (0)

  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 22 d
  • Dave Hecox 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 1 mo
  • Jonathan Case 
    • $50 
    • 3 mos
  • Michelle Neidiger 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos

Fundraising team (4) 

Joe Saraceno 
Raised $140 from 3 donations
Portland, OR
Patricia Grant 
Team member
Raised $100 from 1 donation
Candace Severson 
Team member
This team raised $770 from 14 other donations.
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