Photo of Urban Play project

Urban Play

As part of a discussion series “Force of Nature: Portland’s Parks, Past, Present, and Future,” Lango Hansen was invited to present a new vision for parks in Portland. Urban Play reimagines urban park space for a demographic that is largely ignored even in thoughtful planning of urban public open space, adolescents. Instead of relegating these youths to the suburbs or shopping malls they are invited to participate in the urban core through a series of dynamic sites that engage and exhilarate. Each of the sites are fragmented open spaces that are a product of colliding street grids and highway off-ramps. The sites include “dunk”, an urban basketball court surrounded by a curving steel lattice that provides enclosure for pick-up games. A large earthen berm provides screening from the adjacent streets as well as a place to sit and watch the lunchtime games unfold. “Swing” is an urban park nestled within the streetscape that includes a 20-foot high swing with a sloping lawn and an eco-climbing wall. The third site is “Pump”. Pump is a quarter mile track constructed of sustainable wood with seating areas, an urban plaza and gardens. The track is visible from a number of vantage points: I-405, Burnside, and the highway on-ramp, so your sweet cycle moves get noticed.

Location

Portland, Oregon

  • Photo of Urban Play project
  • Photo of Urban Play project
  • Photo of Urban Play project
  • Photo of Urban Play project
  • Photo of Urban Play project