Phoenix no longer considering parking fees at trailheads
By Christina O'Haver
PHOENIX -- Facing huge backlash from the public, the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department announced Friday that it is no longer considering the addition of parking meters at some mountain preserves.
The city hired a consultant to review the idea of adding the meters, saying parking fees could help limit the number of hikers on over-used trails.
But after receiving input from hundreds of Phoenix residents, including more than 60 at a meeting Thursday, the city decided to drop the idea.
The parking meters were being considered for the Echo Canyon area of Camelback Mountain, the Pima Canyon area of South Mountain and the Piestewa Peak trailhead.
City officials said those parking fees could have gone to park improvements or the city's general fund.
The parks department said it will continue to work with its consultant and seek input on other ways to manage crowding at the parks.