Open house tonight to discuss Echo Canyon improvements

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- An open house will be taking place on Monday evening to inform hikers about the upcoming improvements to the Echo Canyon area of Camelback Mountain.

The open house is scheduled for October 1 at 6 p.m. at the Devonshire Senior Center, which is located at 2802 E. Devonshire Avenue.

The event will cover the planned improvement to the hiking trail as well as the parking lot.

Back in May, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board approved a plan to expand parking at the Echo Canyon lot from 68 spaces to 132.

The project will also include a new roundabout on MacDonald Drive to slow traffic at the park entrance. Walkways will also be added to the parking lot to improve pedestrian access.

Crews will also be renovating and rerouting the lower portion of the trail to eliminate areas that are prone to erosion.

Construction is expected to begin early next year. It will require the parking lot and the trail to be closed for at least six months.

For more information call 602-261-8318 or visit