Portland, OR - The 107 Independent Supporters Trust (107IST) is happy to announce a donation of $25,000 to Harper’s Playground to fund the planned inclusive play area at Couch Park on NW 19th and Glisan. The 107IST is firmly committed to the mission of Harper’s Playground and is extremely pleased to continue involvement in 2016 with this donation. Since 2011 107IST and the Timbers Army have raised $110,000 for Harper’s Playground in an effort to make sure Everybody Plays.
The 107IST would like to invite any and all to the Metropolitan Learning Center (MLC) at 2033 NW Glisan at 12:00 p.m. on June 9th for a check presentation ceremony. The same check was presented to the Harper’s Playground team, represented by four MLC students, on the main capo stand at Providence Park on June 1, 2016 in order for the entire Timbers Army to be a part of the celebration. “The 107IST and Timbers Army are firmly committed to aiding Harper’s Playground in any way we can whether that be through monetary funds or sweat equity,” says 107IST spokesman Garrett Dittfurth. “The passion and commitment to community from the Harper’s Playground team has captured us and we couldn’t be more excited to contribute further.”
“On behalf of the board of directors of Harper’s Playground, we very proudly welcome the full support of the Timbers Army, once again! This represents the passion for inclusion that we share with the Timbers Army and which we feel across the entire city,” says Harper’s Playground’s Executive Director G Cody QJ Goldberg.
More help is needed!
The project is not complete. While the 107IST is excited to donate $25,000 to the project, Harper’s Playground & Friends of Couch Playground have committed to raise $500,000 for the playground to be built. With this $25,000 donation from 107IST, Harper’s Playground and their project partners, Friends of Couch Playground have reached the halfway goal of $250,000.
"The commitment by Harper’s Playground, leaders, Friends of Couch Playground, community advocates, and the many businesses and neighbors who have contributed to the effort for inclusive play shows the power of Portlanders coming together,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I am grateful for their partnership on this exciting project."
Background on Couch Park Bond Project:
In the spring of 2014, the wooden play structure and stage at Couch Park were removed due to safety concerns after a structural engineer’s evaluation.
The Parks Replacement Bond was passed thanks to overwhelming support by voters in November 2014. It is focused on repair and replacement of the most critical needs in our park system. The Couch Park project is one of more than 30 bond projects taking place citywide.
Support the Partnership with Friends of Couch Playground and Harper’s Playground: These partners have committed to fundraising an additional $500,000 by the fall of 2016 to supplement the Bond budget to create a play area design that is as inclusive as possible. The community can get involved in this effort by contacting:
Lauren Nathe, Friends of Couch Playground
G Cody QJ Goldberg, Harper’s Playground
About Harper’s Playground
Harper’s Playground was founded in 2010 with the goal to build community by providing an inclusive playground at Arbor Lodge Park where children and adults of all abilities can play together. Our vision is to make a more inclusive world one playground at a time. Named for their daughter Harper, founders April & Cody Goldberg committed to creating more opportunities for inclusion of all kinds in all areas of our community.
About 107 Independent Supporters Trust
The 107IST (107 Independent Supporters Trust) is a member-based non-profit organization open to anyone (regardless of where they sit in the stadium) who loves soccer, the Timbers/Thorns, Portland, and especially the combination of the three. The 107IST is the engine that powers the Timbers Army and the Rose City Riveters and facilitates funding tifo displays and charitable contributions from the Rose City Riveters and the Timbers Army.