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Phoenix Parks And Rec Board To Decide Fate Of Camelback Christmas Tree

It’s only May, but many are worried about the fate of a popular Phoenix holiday tradition. The top of Camelback Mountain might look less festive in the future.

For years many people saw the Christmas Tree placed atop the mountain as a source of holiday cheer. Others saw it as going against the city’s leave no trace policy.

The Phoenix Sonoran Preserves and Mountain Parks/Preserves Committee unanimously agreed the tradition needs to come to an end despite its popularity.

According to the board, the tree goes against the city’s existing policy barring monuments – like the tree – from being placed on Camelback.

The opinions of the committee will now go to the Parks and Recreation Board for a final decision.

Katherine Fritcke Producer, Morning Edition Katherine Fritcke is the Morning Edition Producer for KJZZ. Fritcke was born and raised in Scottsdale. After deciding to leave the Arizona heat, she graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, IA with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She is a self-proclaimed public media junkie who can't get enough of programs like "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" and "Ask Me Another."