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Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-PLAY (7529)

Fax: 503-823-6007

1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite 1302, Portland, OR 97204

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1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 1302
Portland, Oregon 97204

503-823-PLAY (7529)

Susan Meamber, Project Manager

503-823-9709

Maija Spencer, Public Involvement Coordinator

503-823-5593

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Mt. Tabor Maintenance Yard

  • View of Mt. Tabor plant nursery and yard

  • Neighbors at an Open House for Master Plan Update

  • View of west side warehouses

  • Mechanic working on mower in driveway due to undersized shop bays

  • East Side Warehouse

PROJECT UPDATES

October 2016
A community Open House was held on October 8.  View the materials shared.

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.

 To receive project updates, sign up here.   Find out about the Parks Bond-funded Mt Tabor Park Summit Restrooms repair project here.


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 Mt. Tabor Master Plan to include the Mt. Tabor Yard. 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 PHASES

Work at Mt. Tabor Yard is being funded by several sources and will be built 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 trailers 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 - July 2014 - Fall 2016: Prep work, demolition of west side sheds, and replacement of work areas with trailers.

  • Site preparation work for the trailers began in August 2016, 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 - Spring 2016: Contracting for Design Services, Negotiations, and Contract Award
  • Summer 2016 - Winter 2016/17: Project Kick-Off, Design Development, Land Use Reviews
  • Winter 2016/17 - Spring 2017: Construction Documents Development
  • Summer 2017 - Winter 2017/18: Permitting and Bidding
  • 2018: Construction

Project Manager
Susan Meamber, susan.meamber@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-9709

Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, maija.spencer@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5593