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A design process is currently underway to make improvements to the Mt Tabor Yard to improve worker safety and conditions. As part of this process, neighbors are invited to a community conversation about the Long Block and its best future uses.
The Long Block is the area between SE Harrison and Lincoln Street from SE 60th - SE 64th Avenue. It has historically been the site of nursery plant and tree production for PP&R, and a community garden was added in 2013. Since the tree nursery area was removed in 2014, the western portion of the Long Block has not had a horticultural function, and it has been used by the community as flexible, open space.
Community Conversation: Thursday, March 9 - 6pm - 7:30pm, Bueermann Hall, Room 103, Western Seminary, 5511 SE Hawthorne Blvd
A community Open House was held on October 8. View the materials shared.
Parks staff met with all Tabor Yard staff to provide a project update and timeline.
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.
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:
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.
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 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:
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:
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).
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.
Phase 1 - Prep work, demolition of west side sheds, and replacement of work areas with modular offices.
Phase 2 - Fall 2015 - Winter 2018/19: Construction of new west-side warehouse & bike/pedestrian pathway.
Susan Meamber, email@example.com, 503-823-9709
Public Involvement Coordinator
Maija Spencer, firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-823-5593