If we can't drink the water, swim or pee in the Mount Tabor reservoirs, what are they really doing for us?
Here's a design for what that could look like:
The power plant would produce both power and large amounts of hot water and steam, which would be used to fill and heat the reservoirs, creating thermal baths.
Peterson says the baths would generate low-cost energy, keep the reservoirs filled and generate revenue for the park and city.
No formal proposal has been made, and Peterson says there's still a lot of leg work to be done, like examining geothermal viability, costs and revenue. But one day, in a hypothetical universe where this all works out, you could head up to Mount Tabor and actually get in that water.
It would sure beat some of the proposals Portland Parks Bureau received when they asked for public comment on what to do with the reservoirs in 2014.
These ideas included an "'elaborate fountain' for kids and birds," a children's boat pond, and a roller derby rink.