Mt. Tabor November 2012

By Heidi Kohne


Floy Jones reports she’s learned that Rochester, New York, has been granted a 10-year reprieve from a federal requirement that their open reservoirs be covered, meaning that they don’t have to act until the year 2024. Why can’t Portland’s open reservoirs be similarly spared?  A rally was planned for Oct. 28 in Mt. Tabor Park to show support for the open reservoirs in Mt. Tabor and Washington Parks. Since the rally was scheduled for just nine days before the election, mayoral and council candidates were invited to attend..

Peter Niland announced that the new Mt. Tabor Community Garden will be opening soon, and they are opening the waitlist for plots to neighbors.  If you live near the garden (located near SE Division & 60th) and would like a plot, contact Laura Niemi of the Parks Bureau at by November 6.

Paul Leistner discussed the traffic safety project that is proposed for SE Division St. There was a meeting at Warner Pacific College September 26 to discuss options and the complexities of both current and potential future traffic patterns along the street. Another meeting will be held November 7 at 6:30 pm at Warner Pacific where there will be a follow-up get-together to review options and come up with potential plans. He also mentioned a new building “fad” going on citywide where 4-story apartment buildings are being built without any parking options, arousing concerns among some neighborhood associations.

The first run/walk in Mt. Tabor Park to benefit the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park was a great success, with 82 participants. The event was held Sept. 23, with participants choosing between 5K and 10K runs.

Akari Anderson gave a presentation on the Tsuga Community Commission and a project they are working on. Neighborhood PLACE is a series of day camps in the summer for youth who are partnered with neighborhood associations. These camps focus on social development, community building and a beautification project.

The next meeting will be at 7 pm Nov. 21 at the Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church, located at SE 54th and Belmont.  There will not be a meeting in December.

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Mt. Tabor November 2012

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