Blog Mt. Tabor Views, trees, history and something for everyone - Explore Mt. Tabor Park

Views, trees, history and something for everyone – Explore Mt. Tabor Park

By David Columbus, January 12, 2021

When I am exploring a neighborhood for the first time I always end up walking to the closest park. These green spaces often tell a story about the neighborhood. How crowded is the local park on a sunny day? Is there a playground? Are people out with pets?

One of my favorite parks in Portland is Mt. Tabor park. This park has a little something for everyone. And, let’s face it in the midst of a pandemic outdoor spaces are especially important right now. Take some time to get outside and indulge in a little fresh air, some exercise, some bird watching and some time in the trees.

Mt. Tabor, a volcanic cinder cone, was named after Israel’s Mt. Tabor. The city built two open reservoirs on Mt. Tabor in 1894.  In 1903, landscaping of the park was started by architect John C. Olmsted and was continued through the early 1900s. The park was planned to feature naturalistic design, long staircases and curving walkways.  Some of the paths are even surfaced with cinder from the cinder cone.

Mt. Tabor Park’s many features include:

  • Stage (Outdoor)
  • Dog Off-leash Area
  • Paths (Paved)
  • Paths (Unpaved)
  • Basketball Court
  • Tennis Court (Lighted)
  • Volleyball Court
  • Accessible Picnic Area
  • Accessible Play Area
  • Accessible Restroom
  • Statue or Public Art
  • Picnic Table
  • Plaza
  • Playground
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Picnic Shelter

For More information about the trails, plants and trees at the park or to be a park volunteer. Visit Friends of Mt. Tabor Park. 

Visit Portland Parks and Recreation Mt. Tabor page and the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park page to plan your next day at the park and get outside Portland!

Featured Image courtesy of Portland Parks & Rec

David Columbus

Principal Broker | Earth Advantage | ADU Specialist


As an Earth Advantage Principal Broker, David serves buyers and sellers alike with his 20+ years of experience as a broker and investor. His experience includes residential, commercial, investment property, and multi-family housing. He is a consistent multi-million dollar producer for whom smart, personalized client service is key. Over 90 percent of his ongoing business is referred from satisfied clients. In his past life, David worked in yacht delivery, delivering privately-owned classic yachts from the East Coast to the Caribbean, transatlantic, Mediterranean and North Sea; his responsibilities ranged from captain to crew. David holds a degree in Business Administration/Finance from Western Michigan University and attended the University of Nottingham, England where he studied Medieval West History and Victorian Literature. After graduating David moved to Chicago where he worked as a Eurodollar Futures Broker while teaching sailing at Northwestern University during his lunch breaks. David moved to Portland in 1999 and has never looked back. In recent history (2015), David and his partner, of 17+ years, Grant, sailed their boat out the Columbia River, turned left, and headed south, exploring the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Coast of Mexico for over nine months. He is a strong supporter of the ALS Association of Oregon and SW Washington, Basic Rights Oregon, p:ear, Urban Gleaners, Oregon Wild, Habitat for Humanity, Willamette River Keepers and is a member of Vancouver Lake Crew and the Rose City Yacht Club.
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