By Kate Mitchell
Paul Leistner told the meeting that Cascade Anderson Geller has passed away. She was instrumental in the placement of Mt. Tabor Park on the National Historic Registry and compiled a chronological history of the park. MTNA voted to place a plaque and bench in the park to commemorate her efforts.
Paul also spoke for better access to Mt. Tabor Park from SE 64th Ave.. Currently SE 64th is used by Portland Parks as a maintenance yard. The original master plan shows SE 64th as an access point for Mt. Tabor Park. MTNA agreed to work with the South Tabor Neighborhood Association to improve access to the park on SE 64th for pedestrians and bike traffic.
Shannon Loch, who also was involved with the park history, said the city tree nursery at SE Lincoln St. and 60th Ave. is being phased out. There is concern that the nursery land will be sold. MTNA would like to see the land used to expand the new, nearby community garden or for a non-profit such as Friends of Trees. Shannon will draft a letter in support of this proposal and send it to MTNA to review.
Bing Wong listed some improvements the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park would like to see in the park, including placement of handrails along stairs and a new walking path in the dog park.
Kate Mitchell gave an update on the MTNA-maintained entryway garden at Hawthorne Blvd and SE 50th Ave. She requested $600 for some labor costs and delivery of mulch for the entryway. A work party was planned to spread the mulch.
The meeting concluded with the election of association officers for 2013-4, and adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m. at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church at SE 54th and Belmont, with a social time starting 6:50 p.m.
For more information, please go to www.mttaborpdx.org.