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City seeks opinions on future of open reservoirs

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Photo Credit: KOIN 6 NEWS - One of the historic Mt. Tabor reservoirs that will be replaced by underground stoage tanks.Portland Parks & Recreation is asking the public to weigh in on the fate of the open reservoirs on Mt. Tabor. It has posted an online survey for people to take in the options under consider, or to propose different ideas.

The survey can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/66245.

The City Council has decided to disconnect the open reservoirs at Mt. Tabor and Washington Park and replace them with underground storage tanks. The decision complies with U.S Environmental Protection Agency rules against open municipal water storage, although some neighborhood activists want to keep them in service.

The three options being considered are: fill the reservoirs and maintain them; leave the reservoirs empty and maintain them; implement a design that reflects a redesign previously chosen by the city prepared by a team that includes Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd. landscape architects of Seattle and London. In that redesign, Reservoir 1 would become a wetland and into a series of hillside gardens. Reservoirs 5 and 6 would become a reflecting pool. And Southeast 60th Avenue would be extend through a tunnel under Reservoir 6 to become a new gateway into the park.

The decision is expected to be announced by Commission Nick Fish and Commisisoner Amanda Fritz on Dec. 10. Fish is in charge of the Water Bureau and Fritz is in charge of Parks & Recreation.