Posted by:on April 10th, 2007
Mount Tabor in Portland Oregon is a popular spot for casual downhill and the occasional slalom race. It’s paved asphalt road is smooth and closed to automobile traffic. The incline and turns never get too hairy, but you can still get going at a decent clip. Mt. Tabor also has an open (drinking) water reservoir with visible banked walls. If you’ve ever wondered if that spot was skateable underneath, wonder no more. [Photo: Ross William Hamilton/The Oregonian]
Mt Tabor Reservoir drained
Today’s (4-10-07) Oregonian newspaper has a picture of the drained reservoir in the Metro section (page B3), as well as online at Oregon Live. The Oregonian’s web site has the picture stashed in a popup gallery viewer, and there’s no discernable way to look at past galleries, so this thing will likely disappear in a week’s time. Hard drive space must be more expensive for them, or maybe they fear the past. Here’s what they have to say about the shot.
Mark Edwards of the Portland Water Bureau works on Reservoir No. 1 at Mount Tabor Park on Monday as the Water Bureau begins its twice-yearly cleaning. The city has five open reservoirs for drinking water: three at Mount Tabor and two at Washington Park. In April and May, they are partially drained and pressure washed. “This routine spring cleaning ensures clean, cold water from forest to faucet,” Administrator David Shaff said.
Has this ever been skated? Not recently, is my guess. Post 9-11, people have been freaking out about the reservoir being open. There has been talk of covering the reservoir, even though most residents want it left alone. There are security cameras around the perimeter. I’m guessing that skateboarding in it would be severely frowned upon, to say the least. However, if you do happen to skate it or have done so in the past, let us know. Have a picture? Send it!
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