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Mt. Tabor Park

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COVID-19 related information

Mt. Tabor Visitors Center is closed through December 16, 2020, pending further public health guidance.
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Mt Tabor Summit Restrooms

Mt. Tabor Maintenance Yard Project

Mt. Tabor Park Off-Leash Area map

Friends of Mt. Tabor Park

This park is maintained with the volunteer assistance of the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park. To find out how you can help at your neighborhood park, call 503-823-5121.

Mt. Tabor Invasive Plant Control and Revegetation Project

Accessibility Notes


  • Parking lot and street parking
  • 1 designated parking space (van)
  • Paved pathway to play area with a moderate slope
  • 500 feet to play area

Play Area

  • Engineered mulch surface
  • Ramp into the play area

Play Equipment

  • Transfer station

Other Amenities

  • Accessible restroom
  • Accessible picnic table

Size in acres


Year acquired



Portland's Mt. Tabor, a volcanic cinder cone, was named by Plympton Kelly, son of Oregon City pioneer resident Clinton Kelly, after Mt. Tabor in Israel, six miles east of Nazareth. In 1894, the city built two open reservoirs on the site (two other open reservoirs were built in 1911). By 1900, Portland's growing eastside population demanded park space; in 1903 landscape architect John C. Olmsted recommended the city obtain more land at Mt. Tabor. In 1909, the Board of Park Commissioners used voter-approved bonds to buy approximately forty lots on Mt. Tabor for $366,000.

Portland Parks Superintendent Emanuel Tillman Mische, who had worked with the Olmsted Brothers' landscape design firm in Massachusetts, developed a naturalistic design for the park. The plan included long flights of stairs, gently curving parkways, numerous walking trails, and a nursery yard. It also showcased native plants. In 1912, construction workers discovered volcanic cinders which were later utilized in surfacing the park's roads.

At the crest of the park is a bronze statue of Harvey W. Scott, editor of The Oregonian newspaper from 1865-1872 and from 1877 until his death in 1910. A gift to the city by Scott's widow, Margaret, and family, it was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum in the early 1930s while he was at work on his monumental sculpture of four American presidents on Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Cast by the Kunst Foundry in New York, it was unveiled in June 1933 with great ceremony.

In 2017, the Mt. Tabor Park summit restrooms were reopened after being closed for many years. Funding from the 2014 Parks Replacement Bond allowed critical improvements like new plumbing, electrical systems, sewer line, lighting, roof, seismic upgrades, and ADA accessibility improvements from Harvey Scott Drive to the ADA accessible restroom.

Reservations available

Picnic site
Wedding site
Mt Tabor Park Resivour View

Park Location or Entrance

SE 60th Avenue and Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97215

In this Park Facility

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight.

Mt. Tabor Visitors Center is closed through December 16, 2020, pending further public health guidance.

The park is closed to motor vehicles all day Wednesday, and from 10:00pm to 5:00am all other days. The road gates at Salmon, Lincoln/Harrison, and Yamhill Streets will be closed during those times.

Pets not allowed within Mt. Tabor Amphitheater on days of concerts.

Past construction

News and notices

Park amenities/activities

Accessible Picnic Area
Accessible Play Area
Accessible Restroom
Horseshoe Pit
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Table
Statue or Public Art
Stage (Outdoor)
Dog Off-leash Area
Paths (Paved)
Paths (Unpaved)
Basketball Court
Tennis Court (Lighted)
Volleyball Court


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