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Mount Tabor Reservoirs Historic Fencing Repair

Construction type
Water
Project status
Active

The Water Bureau has contracted a skilled blacksmith to repair the historic ironwork fencing around Reservoirs 5 and 6. The blacksmith will restore wrought iron fence, tapered tower light posts, and decorative scroll work.

Late Summer 2020

Location

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Map showing the locations of Reservoirs 5 and 6 where fencing will be repaired.

Project overview

The Water Bureau has contracted a skilled blacksmith to repair the historic ironwork fencing around Reservoirs 5 and 6. The blacksmith will restore wrought iron fence, tapered tower light posts, and decorative scroll work.  

Why

These historic reservoirs used to be part of Portland's water system. We continue to take care of them to keep Mount Tabor Park welcoming to visitors. 

Under the guidance of a City Council resolution, the Water Bureau has convened a team of representatives from the Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association and Friends of Mount Tabor Park to manage maintenance, repairs, and preservation work at the Tabor reservoirs. Using the 2016 update to the 2009 Mount Tabor Historic Structures Report as our guide, the team identified these repairs as top priorities. 

Cost: $40,000. This does not come from water bills, but from money City Council previously set aside for Mount Tabor preservation work. The money comes from the City's General Fund.

When

Summer and early fall 2020

What to expect

You may see workers removing and replacing sections of fencing and light posts. They will mark the work area using cones and caution tape. You may hear noise from a generator, grinder, and welding machine between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on weekdays. Workers will use protection screens to keep sparks and debris from traveling into the park. Please give the workers space. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Water Bureau staff listed on this page.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Water Bureau continues work on projects we budgeted for in previous years, including this one. Such projects contribute to the economy and support our workforce. We are closely following state and federal guidelines to keep our crews, their families, and the community safe.