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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Mt Tabor Park
Play area
ADA accessible restrooms at Mt. Tabor summit
Mt. Tabor Park
SE 60th Avenue and Salmon Street Locate this site in PortlandMaps

General Info
Acreage: 176.04
Acquired in 1909

Includes accessible picnic area, accessible play area, accessible restroom, basketball court, dog off-leash area - unfenced, horseshoe pit, paths - paved, paths - unpaved, picnic shelter, picnic site - reservable, picnic tables, playground, plaza, stage - outdoor, statue or public art, tennis court, tennis court - lighted, volleyball court, and wedding site - reservable.
Accessible Picnic Area Accessible Play Area Accessible Restroom Basketball Court Dog Off-Leash Area - Unfenced Horseshoe Pit Paths - Paved Paths - Unpaved Picnic Site - Reservable Picnic Tables Playground Stage - Outdoor Statue Or Public Art Tennis Court Volleyball Court Wedding Site - Reservable

Related Information
Mt Tabor OLA Map-Hours.pdf (PDF Document, 917.1 Kb)
Mt Tabor Park Trail Map.pdf (PDF Document, 1,280.9 Kb)

Special Information
Park hours: 5:00am-midnight

For COVID-19 related information on closures and postponements, please visit

SE Lincoln Street is closed to cars as part of PBOT's safe streets program.

Mt. Tabor Park is closed to motor vehicles on Wednesday every week.

Pets not allowed within Mt. Tabor amphitheatre on days of concerts. Please see Mt. Tabor OLA map for designated off-leash area and park rules.

To reserve a picnic area, call 503-823-2525. Picnic Site Maps and Info

Mt. Tabor Reservoir Project Information
Mt. Tabor Reservoir Adjustment Project
Mt. Tabor Reservoir Project Updates

Accessibility Information

- Parking lot and street parking
- 1 designated parking space (van)
- Paved pathway to play area with moderate slope
- 500 feet to play area

Play Area
- Engineered mulch surface
- Ramp into play area

Play Equipment
- Transfer station

Other Amenities
- Accessible restroom
- Accessible picnic table

Program Information
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

Historical Information
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.