Meeting to hear from public about proposed parking fees at Phoenix Mountain parks

PHOENIX - A meeting Thursday night is seeking input from residents about the possibility of installing parking meters at three Phoenix mountain preserves.

The parking fees could equal $4 per hour if the proposal is adopted.

Some city council members have been inundated with e-mails from people upset at the idea of having to pay.

"Parks should be free," said Timothy Sierakowski. "We shouldn't have to pay for something that we as taxpayers are already paying for twice."  Sierakowski has been very vocal in opposition to the proposal and has been passing out fliers at Camelback Mountain for weeks.

Some hikers were OK with the idea saying it might free up parking availability.

The Parks and Recreation Department will hold a meeting at 5 p.m. this evening at City Council Chambers at 200 W. Jefferson.

No decision will be made at this meeting, but it is rather an opportunity to hear public comment.

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