Renovated Rogers Park reopens
Rogers Park has a brand-new look.
After six years of planning and nearly eight months of construction, the long-awaited Rogers Park renovation, known notably for the Anna and Abby's Yard playground, is complete.
Fences were taken down this past weekend for the park's reopening, allowing access to a new picnic shelter, tennis and pickleball courts, resurfaced basketball court, and the playground built in honor of Anna Dieter-Eckerdt, 6, and her sister Abigail Robinson, 11, who were hit by a car and killed while playing in a leaf pile outside their home in 2013.
The playground incorporates fairy houses, multiple tree decks, a "forest building area," a Love Rocks spring and a "toadstool theater."
Officials in Forest Grove partnered with the Portland-based nonprofit Harper's Playground to raise money for the project. In July 2018, the nonprofit pledged $500,000 for the playground's construction.
Anna & Abby's Yard was designed as a "nature play area," with features constructed using wood from a sequoia tree removed from across the street from the park.
Harper's Playground specializes in constructing playgrounds that are "all-inclusive" for special needs, allowing children with physical, social and emotional needs to use the play equipment at Anna & Abby's Yard.
In a post on Facebook following the groundbreaking last spring, Susan Dieter-Robinson said, "We are so excited that this moment is finally here. After six-and-a-half years of dreaming, planning, and fundraising, our community will finally see a lot of movement at Rogers Park. Fences will go up, big trucks will come in, a giant sequoia tree will come back to its final resting spot, and Anna & Abby's Yard will finally come to life.
"Today was such a blessing to our hearts and we are so grateful for the continued love and support from so many. We miss our girls so much and we cannot wait to invite everyone to come and play in their yard."
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