Playworld and Design Museum Portland Bring New Public Play Sculpture to Portland with PlayForm 7

Portland (September 26, 2016)— Design Museum Portland, Playworld, Portland Parks & Recreation, and Pacific Northwest College of Arts (PNCA) are pleased to announce the opening of PlayForm 7 at the North Park Blocks, near the PNCA campus on September 26. The temporary play space, which is on display until early 2017, leverages public art as a means to reunite communities and is part of Design Museum Portland’s Extraordinary Playscapes program, an exhibition exploring the importance of play in childhood development while showcasing how designers translate play objectives into innovative, extraordinary and outdoor play environments.

To kick off Extraordinary Playscapes in Portland, a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Portland Parks & Recreation Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Parks Director Mike Abbate will be held at the PlayForm 7 play space on Monday, September 26 at 4:30 p.m.

Playworld, a leading commercial playground equipment manufacturer committed to saving outdoor unstructured play, demonstrates a shift in playground design with PlayForm 7 — a design meant to get people thinking, talking, sharing ideas and engaging in outdoor spaces in new and meaningful ways. The play sculpture can easily become a focal point of any park, helping to make an impactful statement in any community. PlayForm 7 was recently named the Outdoor category winner in the Architect’s Newspaper Best of Products Awards and received silver the environments category of the 36th annual International Design Excellence Awards®, conducted by the Industrial Designers Society of America.

“After the incredible success of Extraordinary Playscapes in Boston, we’re excited to help bring the exhibit and PlayForm 7 to Portland,” said Michael Laris, vice president, Global Innovation for PlayPower, Playworld’s parent company. “Play has the power to transform lives and promote stronger neighborhoods and communities. We're thrilled we can shine a light on the intersection of play and innovative design through this touring exhibition."

Extraordinary Playscapes is free and open to the public, and runs from October 6 through December 17 at PNCA's Center for Contemporary Art & Culture. Featuring more than 40 pioneering play spaces from around the world, Extraordinary Playscapes showcases the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving communities and social equity.

“Our goal is to connect Portland to the free play movement through an exceptional public exhibition about the design of playscapes,” said Sam Aquillano, executive director of Design Museum Foundation. “There are so many examples of extraordinary playscapes in the world and we’re hoping to inspire people of all ages to get outside and play. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Playworld and the City of Portland to bring PlayForm 7 to a public space for all to enjoy.”

Playworld’s PlayForm 7 will be open for play through January 7, 2017, after which it will be moved to Ventura Park at SE 115th and Stark.

“I encourage everyone to attend the Design Museum's exhibit at PNCA and experience play sculpture in Portland,“ said Commissioner Fritz. “Deep thanks to Playworld and Playworld’s local distributor, Northwest Playgrounds, for locating this temporary feature in the North Park Blocks and for the long term installation of the PlayForm 7 as part of the much needed playground improvements at Ventura Park in east Portland.”


About Design Museum Portland 
At Design Museum Portland we believe design can change the world. Done well, it can elevate our quality of life, make businesses more competitive, and protect our environment. Design awareness, education, and expertise are more important now than ever before as design continues to impact communities, organizations, and markets around the world. Design Museum Portland is redefining what it means to be a museum in the 21st century — we're online, nomadic, and accessible to all through a network of exhibitions, events, and content. Our mission: Bring the transformative power of design everywhere, to inspire a world full of creative problem solvers. For full program details visit

About Playworld  
Playworld is a division of PlayPower®, Inc. and believes The World Needs Play®. Play is vital to everyone’s health and well-being. It’s something you are never too young or too old to enjoy. We develop playground environments where creativity is king, belly laughs are welcome and children make the rules. Playworld’s equipment and surfacing are designed to unleash the transformational power of play so bodies grow stronger, children play safely and imagination can take flight. For 45 years, Playworld has created innovative, inclusive and meaningful outdoor play experiences for all ages and abilities. Come play with us. For more information visit

About Portland Parks & Recreation
Portland Parks & Recreation cares for more than 11,650 acres of land on more than 200 parks and natural areas, representing about 12% of the geographical area within the City of Portland. Not included in this acreage are approximately 238,000 street trees cared for by PP&R staff. The bureau operates 13 swimming pools, 15 community and arts centers, five golf courses, and one motor sports raceway.  Portland’s parks, public places, natural areas and recreational opportunities give life and beauty to our city. These essential assets connect people to place, self and others.  Facing the major maintenance needs of an aging system (estimated at more than $200 million, currently unfunded, over the next 10 years) and more than $400 million, currently unfunded, in growth needs to meet population and density demands over the next 10 years, the community need still exceeds available resources.  Public/private partnerships are a key component of helping the Bureau meet the needs of Portlanders and all park visitors.

About PNCA
As Oregon’s premier college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape the region's visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. In the last ten years, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. A $15 million capital campaign supported of the 2015 move to a new campus on Portland's North Park Blocks and the renovation of its main campus building, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design at 511 NW Broadway

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