By Laura Smith

Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association (MTNA) board elections will be held at the May 16 meeting which starts at 7 pm at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church (SE 54th and Belmont). We can have up to 25 members on the board but currently only have 11, so there is plenty of opportunity to join.

If you live, own property, maintain a business or represent a nonprofit within the MTNA boundaries, you are a member of MTNA and can be a candidate. Send an email to contact.mtna@gmail.com with your self-nomination no later than May 9, and then attend the meeting on May 16.

Help keep Mt. Tabor Park healthy by donating to keep the award-winning Weed Warrior program alive. This program removes invasive species, replaces them with native plants, and inspires the next generation of park stewards.

Friends of Mt. Tabor Park (FMTP) has set up a stewardship fund through the Oregon Community Foundation where interest accrued will sustain the Weed Warrior program for generations to come. For more information, contact FMTP board member Mary Kinnick at FMTPStewards@gmail.com.

To make a donation, go to TaborFriends.org/Stewardship.

Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz was the main draw for a very well attended April 18 meeting of the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association. She announced that the rezoning and sale of a part of Mt.Tabor Park is no longer being considered. The parcel is located just south of the SE Salmon St. entrance to the park with the original park caretaker’s house on it.

The caretaker’s house is listed on the National Historic Register with the rest of Mt. Tabor Park and is considered a “contributing feature” of the park. Commissioner Fritz asked MTNA to work with her to develop ideas for reuse of the caretaker’s house as well as ways to fund that reuse.

If you have an idea, send it to contact.mtna@gmail.com. You are encouraged to email Mayor Ted Wheeler and tell him you want the long-range vision plan (Portland 2030) funded along with our city parks, and that you want a commitment to finding long-term solutions for maintaining our parks. His email address is MayorWheeler@portlandoregon.gov.

The next MTNA meeting will be on Wednesday, May 16, at 7 pm at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church at SE 54th and Belmont, with homemade cookies and social time starting at 6:50 pm.