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South Mountain Park Silent Sunday Pilot Program ExtendedSouth Mountain Park Silent Sunday Pilot Program Extended<div class="ExternalClass54CC6F72045241E18DFAB4B0746E017C"><p>​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department has extended its South Mountain Park/Preserve Silent Sunday pilot program through December 2019. The program, which closes the park's main roadway to motor vehicle traffic every Sunday of the month, originally ran from December 2018 to March 2019. It is being extended so that department staff can gather additional feedback from community members and user groups. </p><p>Prior to the pilot program, Silent Sunday was held monthly on the fourth Sunday only. On those days, the park's main roadway is reserved for activities such as walking, cycling, jogging and hiking.</p><p>During the pilot program, the park's main roadway will be closed at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; while the fourth Sunday will operate as it has in the past, with all roadways closed from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park hours of operation).</p><p>The initial pilot program was approved by the city's Parks and Recreation Board during its October 2018 meeting and the Board voted to extend the program at its March 2019 meeting.</p><p>The roadways in South Mountain Park/Preserve attract a variety of user groups and the pilot program is part of a process to explore ways to provide more options for those groups and increase road safety.</p><p>Visit the <a href="/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain">South Mountain Park/Preserve page</a> for additional information about Silent Sunday activities.</p></div>4/4/2019 10:00:00 PMGregg Bach, 602-262-4994Parks and Recreation Department, Natural Resources Division602-495-5458