The Joseph City Park Playground was in need of an upgrade. And our community now has a new play space.

The community of Joseph, Oregon rehabilitated the City Park playground. The playground equipment is beyond its life expectancy and in need of replacement. Additionally, the playground does not meet access requirements for the American Disabilities Act (ADA) or industry standards for health/safety.

The project was started by 5 Joseph Charter School 8th graders in the spring of 2015. In the fall of 2015, the Joseph City Park Playground Steering Committee (Committee) was formed, The Committee is composed of members of the City of Joseph Gov't, Joseph Charter School (teachers & students), Building Healthy Families (non-profit), and interested community members. The Committee has contracted with Play By Design, LLC, to design a play place that meets access and safety requirements, as well as oversee the build process. The playground will consist of play structures, natural play features, and a splash pad.

The construction of the playground was a community process. For 6 days, April 25-30, 2017, volunteers within our community worked together with Play By Design and the Committee to build the playground. Volunteers also prepared food for the laborers, as well as provided child care.


The years of joy this new playground will bring to the community of Joseph and surrounding areas will far exceed the price tag. Play By Design, working with the Joseph City Park Playground Renovation Steering Committee and the students of the Joseph Charter School, has developed a design that incorporates not only ADA access and health/safety requirements, but also an imaginative, engaging play space where children will play for hours at a time. 


JCP Playground Renovation Steering Committee

Marla Dotson (Co-Chair)

Penny Arentsen (Co-Chair)

Emily Bright

Tyler Homan

Kai Oliver

Kana Oliver

Lou Perry

Erika Polmar

Dennis Sands

Rhonda Shirley

Megan Smith

Donna Warnock

Maria Weer

The budget for the new playground, including a half basketball court and underground sprinklers surrounding the playground, is $270,000. This value does not include the direct In-Kind donations to the project, valued at over $100,000. The Steering Committee is spear-heading the fundraising and, to date, has raised approx. $265,000. Funds have been sought through grants, direct asks, and private donations. To date, here are a few of the entities that have supported the project. A complete list of Playground Element Sponsors can be found on our Support the Project Page

And thank you to those who have made IN-KIND donations to the playground:

  • Kathy & Scott Siebe
  • Cindy & Greg Brink, Wallowa River Camp Resort
  • Julie & Jim Zacharias
  • JZ Lumber
  • Ember's Brewhouse
  • Old Town Cafe
  • LD Perry Construction
  • Gibson Excavating
  • Borgerding Construction
  • Northwest Fence
  • Eastern Oregon Landscaping
  • Enterprise Electric
  • Kevin Harlander, Tamarack Group
  • Wallowa Associates
  • Bronze Antler Bed & Breakfast
  • Winding Waters River Expeditions
  • List not complete

Local fundraising is ongoing through Sponsorship of Play Elements.