The Friends of Mt. Tabor Park (FMTP) was organized as a non-profit group in 2000. Its purpose is to improve and/or help maintain Mt. Tabor Park for the benefit of individuals, organizations and the Park Bureau of the City of Portland, to identify and solve problems, and to fund and participate in park projects. FMTP also offers programs to educate the public about the park’s ecological health, and its unique geological and rich cultural history. Finally, FMTP works with Portland Parks and Recreation, the Mt.Tabor Neighborhood Association, and other neighborhood, community and user groups to monitor park use and operation, support effective management and maintenance of the park, and the vision and goals of the Mt. Tabor Park Master Plan, dated January 2000.
You can find answers to frequently asked questions here: http://www.taborfriends.org/faq.
The Friends have three major volunteer groups that help us carry out our mission.
Every last Saturday from March through October from 9 a.m. to noon, FMTP Weed Warrior volunteers meet at the kiosk of the main parking lot (near the amphitheater) to remove invasive plant species and restore native habitat to Mt. Tabor Park. The condition of the flora in Mt. Tabor Park is not adequate to sustain the long-term health of the park's ecosystem, and the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park Weed Warriors was formed to remove invasive species such as Himalayan blackberry and English ivy, which spread rapidly and dominate native plants, preventing them from growing.
Volunteers of all ages are welcome to participate. However, any volunteer under 16 must attend with a parent or adult chaperone; and children under 8 must be in the company of an adult for the duration of the service project. For further information on Weed Warrior service projects and to sign up, contact Stasia Honnold at email@example.com. Visit the Weed Warriors Facebook page for photos and updates.
Formed in 2000, the Foot Patrol is composed of volunteers who periodically walk in Mt. Tabor Park in pairs to observe park activity and conditions; record and report theft, vandalism, graffiti, and improperly secured facilities; manage lost and/or found items, provide first aid, assist lost or disoriented individuals, and pick up litter while on patrol. The requirements are few, and the personal rewards are great. For more information and to schedule an orientation, contact the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park at 503-512-0816 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mt. Tabor Park Visitor Center, located at the main parking lot near the caldera amphitheater, is staffed entirely by volunteers -- the more we have, the more often the center is open to the public! Spend a few hours at the center greeting guests, answering questions, providing maps and brochures, staffing the lost-and-found, and (best of all) handing out dog biscuits. Opened by the Friends of Mt. Tabor Park in October 2011, the center is a valuable resource for park guests. To arrange an orientation session, please contact email@example.com or call 503-512-0816.