Aug 30, 2014 12:28 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix parks officials have abandoned a proposal to use parking meters to manage overcrowding at the city's most popular hiking spots.
The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department announced Friday that it will no longer consider installing meters in parking areas at desert preserves such as Camelback Mountain.
Officials say hundreds of residents expressed opposition to the idea in the last several weeks.
They say more than 60 spoke at a department board meeting on Thursday.
The parks department says it will continue to look for other ways to address the crowds and trail impact.
Mayor Greg Stanton says he supports the department's decision and is looking forward to hearing other options to manage traffic at trail heads.