Between 10 p.m. on July 17 and 6 a.m. on July 18, the Visitor's Center at Powell Butte Nature Park was vandalized.
Nine of the 12 windows were smashed. An excavator onsite was also vandalized.
For the public’s safety, the Visitors Center has been taped off and the broken windows have been boarded up. The plaza area around the Visitor’s Center is open along with the restrooms for public use.
The City is asking for your help. If you see someone in the act of tampering with, removing, or destroying park property, please contact Portland Police at 9-1-1 and Water Bureau Security at 503-823-6084.
More about the Visitor’s Center
The Visitor’s Center, along with the Caretaker’s House and Maintenance Building, is part of the Conditional Use Master Plan for the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 project. The project included the construction of a second 50-million gallon underground reservoir on the butte.
The Visitor Center features a solar roof, full-wall mural of Portland and the city’s water and parks systems, interactive and educational display boards, a stone amphitheater, restrooms, interior pipe display case, outside pipe exhibits including a 90’ walk through pipe, habitat markers, brass bubbler, and displays describing Native American tribes who once hunted on Powell Butte. The parking area and spaces are “water permeable” and is part of the Water Bureau’s stormwater management.
The reservoirs at Powell Butte and the Kelly Butte Reservoir will offer Portlanders sufficient drinking water storage capacity to meet current and future drinking water demands, support fire suppression and emergency response needs, and offset the disconnect of the city's open reservoirs at Mt. Tabor Park and Washington Park.