Located in North Portland, Oregon, Peninsula Park includes the city's first public rose garden and first community center, as well as a bandstand and Portland's second-oldest playground. The sunken rose garden, accessed by two brick stairways, includes extensive brickwork and a beautiful fountain. To make the rose garden more accessible to a wide range of users, Portland Parks & Recreation collaborated with NNA Landscape Architecture to convert the two brick stairways at the north and south garden entries into ADA-accessible ramps.
Redesigning the stairways required careful study. NNA worked with the neighborhood association, a local architectural historian and artists, and the Parks Department Disabilities Advisory Committee. The final ramp design respects the historic integrity of the turn-of-the-century brickwork and original design intent while balancing modern-day ADA requirements with aesthetic impacts to the celebrated garden. Today the garden is a vibrant retreat for both residents and visitors seeking a beautiful place to gather and reflect.