Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department drops plans for parking meters at parks

PHOENIX - The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has decided to drop its plans to install parking meters at mountain parks.

The City of Phoenix said their decision was based on public feedback opposing the meters.

The Parks Department was discussing charging as much as $4 an hour at popular hiking destinations like Echo Canyon and Piestewa Peak.

Officials said the fee was intended to help manage the heavy flow of people visiting those trails. They claimed it  led to traffic concerns, parking problems, erosion on the trails and widening of the original trails.

They also said they wanted to highlight the lesser utilized trails in the city.

Most hikers told ABC15 they were opposed to the fee. Robert Gomez said he’s tired of seeing parking meters pop up in Phoenix. "Why have to deal with parking meters? They're already downtown. They’re everywhere. Not at the parks."

Late Friday afternoon, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton issued a statement saying he supports the decision of the parks department to remove parking meters from consideration at desert preserves.

Mayor Stanton said he wants to hear other options to improve traffic at the trails.

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