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City Won't Consider Parking Meters At Desert Preserves

The city of Phoenix is no longer considering the use of parking meters at its desert preserves. The move comes after public outcry and strong opposition from several city leaders.

The plan was being considered by the city parks department as a method of managing traffic and crowding at some of the city’s most popular trail heads.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said he supports the parks department’s decision.

"And we want to make them as accessible as possible," Stanton said. "We want as many people as possible from all parts of the city to be able to enjoy the beauty the serenity the recreation opportunities that our desert preserves have to offer."

The proposal would have required hikers to pay up to $4 an hour to park at city-managed desert preserves.



Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.