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Mt. Tabor Park

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Mt. Tabor Park Winter Weather Damage Update 

Last updated Tuesday, May 1, 2024: We are still addressing damage from the January 2024 winter storm. When you visit Mt. Tabor Park, please be aware of your surroundings.

Do not cross any areas that have caution tape. This is for the safety of park visitors and park employees. 

Many trails are still in hazardous condition. All trail closures are listed on the trail closures and delays webpage.

Light Pole Safety Project 

Light poles at Mt. Tabor Park will be demolished and replacements will be installed. This work will begin May 6. Work is expected to finish in July 2024.

What to expect during construction:

  • The park will be darker than usual during construction.
  • Trucks and equipment may temporarily be on park paths or in some cases completely close off paths during work hours.
  • Park visitors may need to move off the path or take a detour to avoid construction work and obstacles.

This project will create a safer park and result in more environmentally friendly lighting. Visit the Light Pole Safety project page for the latest information.

Mt. Tabor Maintenance Yard and Trail Project

The multimodal pathway is open! The Portland Bureau of Transportation has installed temporary crosswalk striping on SE Division Street at SE 64th Avenue to allow for safer crossing.

TriMet will make improvements to pedestrian facilities as part of their SE Division Street Transit Project later in 2024. A community celebration is being planned for summer 2024. 

Visit the Mt. Tabor Maintenance Yard and Trail project page for the latest information.

Mt. Tabor Park dog off-leash area map

Improvements are being made to the Mt. Tabor dog off-leash area to reduce erosion of the hillside. You may notice PP&R engineering staff onsite and see surveying marks in the area. We will update with a timeline for the work and what areas will be closed for construction once we have that information. 

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 volunteer at your neighborhood park, call 503-823-5121.

Year acquired
1909
Size in acres
176.04
History

Portland's Mt. Tabor is a volcanic cinder cone. 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.

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 at the summit
  • Accessible picnic table

Reservations available

  • Picnic site
  • Wedding site

Make a reservation through the customer service center

Images
Mt Tabor Park Resivour View

Park Location or Entrance

SE 60th Avenue and Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97215

Open hours

Park hours: 5am to 10pm.

The park is closed to motor vehicles all day Wednesday, and from 10pm to 5am 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.

Recent news

Upcoming construction

Construction started in October 2021, with expected completion in Summer 2024

Past construction

Park amenities/activities

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

Neighborhood

City section

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