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Mt. Tabor Park

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Mt. Tabor Maintenance Yard Project

Mt. Tabor Park Summit Restrooms

Mt Tabor Summit Restrooms

The Mt. Tabor Park Summit Restrooms were closed to public use for many years due to their state of disrepair and ADA accessibility issues. Thanks to the passage of the Parks Replacement Bond, funds were available to restore the restrooms, including plumbing and electrical systems, sewer line, lighting, roof, and seismic upgrades, while maintaining their historic character. The updates also included an ADA accessible restroom and pathway access from Harvey Scott Drive.

Project Schedule

Fall 2015 - Summer 2016
Design Development and Land Use Review

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017
Construction Documents, Permitting, and Bidding

March 2017 - August 2017
Construction

September 2017 - Restrooms reopened to public!

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

  • 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

176.04

Year acquired

1909

History

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
Images
Mt Tabor Park Resivour View

In this Park Facility

Park Location or Entrance

Mt. Tabor Park main entrance
SE 60th Avenue and Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97215

Open hours

Park hours: 5:00am-midnight.

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.

Please see Mt. Tabor Park OLA map for designated off-leash area and park rules.

Park amenities/activities

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

Neighborhood

Mt. Tabor

City section

SE