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Mt. Tabor Maintenance Yard Project

In Planning
Mt. Tabor Yard serves as the central dispatch for PP&R maintenance and nursery services for about 140 employees who are responsible for maintaining parks facilities and services across the city.
Construction expected to start in Fall 2021
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Project Overview

Mt. Tabor Yard serves as the central dispatch for PP&R maintenance and nursery services for about 140 employees who are responsible for maintaining parks facilities and services across the city. Services housed at the Yard include turf and irrigation, equipment, structures, engineering, athletic fields/ball fields, administrative, horticulture, community gardens, zone management, aquatics/fountains, and stores.

The central maintenance facility at Mt.Tabor has not kept up with the growth of the park system. Many of the existing structures that were originally designed as horse stables are now home to offices and work spaces. Maintenance equipment has grown significantly in size – some mowers are now too large to fit into the bays of the shops, so repair work occurs outside in the driveway. Many improvements are needed to improve safety for workers and visitors.   

Issues at the Yard include:

  • The site lacks adequate parking, office, and storage space for current needs.
  • Most of the site is not ADA-accessible.
  • Most of the buildings do not meet OSHA or current building codes for seismic stability, fire, and life safety.
  • The site is not secure, risking the loss of expensive equipment.
  • Air quality, mold, and heating systems are concerns.
  • Vehicle circulation and parking is inadequate for the size and numbers of vehicles that visit or work at the Yard.
  • The number of restrooms, lockers, and showers are inadequate for the size of the workforce.

In 2008, Council adopted the Mt. Tabor Master Plan Update which amended the 2000 Mt. Tabor Master Plan to include the Mt. Tabor Central Maintenance Yard and Nursery Master Plan. This was the culmination of a year-long planning process in partnership with the Mt. Tabor and South Tabor neighborhoods and a 35-member planning group. 

Project Updates

June 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and significant construction cost increases over the past year, City procurement, contracting, and permitting processes have taken longer than originally planned. We currently anticipate construction to begin in Fall 2021, with completion in Spring 2023.  

September 2020

We are happy to share that the project is on the schedule in early September to ask for City Council’s authorization to bid this project for construction using a Request for Proposals (RFP) approach.

The project will be posted by Procurement Services after City Council gives its approval. It typically takes 3-4 months to review proposals and get a contractor under contract. Assuming all goes well, we currently anticipate construction will start in late winter 2021 / spring 2021. We will provide another update when we have more specific details on schedule and timeline for construction later this fall.

February 2020

We are still in the checksheet process of permit review. We currently anticipate the project will go out for bid in late spring or early summer. We do not have a firm start date yet for construction. At the earliest, it would start in late summer 2020. We will update once we have more info available. 

July 2019

Construction documents are complete. We are currently coordinating permit submittals to the Bureau of Development Services. Following that, we enter the procurement process for bidding and contracting. 

July 2018

We have received approval of this project from the Landmarks Commission and are now moving forward with construction drawings. 

May 2018

We are pleased to say the improvements at Mt Tabor Maintenance Yard and Nursery are moving forward. We appreciate all those who have helped shape the plans to upgrade working conditions for Parks & Recreation staff at the Yard and enhance the neighborhood connections to Mt Tabor Park.  

The next step is a hearing with the Historic Landmarks Commission on Monday, May 21, 1:30pm - 2:00pm.

October 2017

The 2nd Mt Tabor Yard Open House was held on October 24, 2017 at Warner Pacific College.

March 2017

A community conversation was held with neighbors on March 9 at Western Seminary to discuss future uses of the Long Block. The Long Block is the area between SE Harrison and Lincoln Street from SE 60th - SE 64th Avenue. It has historically been the site of nursery plant and tree production for PP&R, and a community garden was added in 2013. Since the tree nursery area was removed in 2014, the western portion of the Long Block has not had a horticultural function, and it has been used by the community as flexible, open space.

October 2016

A community Open House was held on October 8.

February 2016

Parks staff met with all Tabor Yard staff to provide a project update and timeline.

Summer 2015

Parks staff met with the previous planning group members and attended the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association and the South Tabor Neighborhood Association meetings in July 2015 to provide a project overview and timeline.

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Project Phases

Work at Mt. Tabor Yard is being funded by several sources and will be built in two phases, with guidance from the Mt. Tabor Yard Master Plan

Phase 1

Phase 1 was funded in Fiscal Year 2014/15 by Major Maintenance funds. The scope includes items that address immediate concerns and will not conflict with future master plan development. Phase 1 includes:

  • West side shed demolition
  • New modular offices for turf and irrigation crew, aquatics crew, and carpenters.

Phase 2

In November 2014, voters approved the Parks Replacement Bond that included $10 million for maintenance facility work at Mt. Tabor Yard and Urban Forestry’s Yard at Delta Park. This funding allows a further scope of work that addresses some of the highest site needs and implements a phase of the master plan at each site. Scope of work for Tabor Yard includes:

  • Fire hydrant and improved security
  • Build new west side shop/warehouse per 2008 Mt Tabor Yard Master Plan

Mt. Tabor Bike/Pedestrian Path at SE 64th and Division

Another element from the Mt Tabor Yard Master Plan, the public path connecting the South Tabor Neighborhood to Mt. Tabor Park will be designed and constructed in Phase 2 and will be funded by System Development Charges (SDCs).

Fueling Station

The Office of Management & Finance (OMF) has allocated resources to replace its fueling station at Mt. Tabor Yard with a new station at the location identified in the 2008 Tabor Yard Master Plan. The schedule of this project is being coordinated with OMF to avoid conflicts with the Parks-funded projects, but the timeline is not yet known.

Project Schedule

Phase 1

Prep work, demolition of west side sheds, and replacement of work areas with modular offices.

  • Work is complete on the installation of the modular offices, staff have moved in, and the west shed demolition is on hold.  

Phase 2 - Fall 2015 - Winter 2018/19

Construction of new west-side warehouse & bike/pedestrian pathway.

  • Fall 2015 - Summer 2016: Contracting for Design Services, Negotiations, and Contract Award
  • Summer 2016 - Winter 2016/17: Schematic Design, Community Open House
  • Winter 2016/17 - Spring 2017: Design Development, Community Engagment
  • Spring 2017 - Spring 2018: Type III Conditional Use and Historic Review, Community Involvement
  • Summer 2018 - Summer 2019: Construction Documents Development 
  • Fall 2019 -  Summer 2021: Permitting, Bidding, and Contract Negotiations
  • Fall 2021 - Spring 2023: Construction 

Community Engagement Meetings and Materials



Robin Laughlin

Capital Projects Manager (2014 Parks Bond Program)

Maija Spencer

Community Engagement Coordinator