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New and Upgraded Amenities Open at Piestewa Peak TrailheadNew and Upgraded Amenities Open at Piestewa Peak Trailhead<div class="ExternalClass5EA06E5C5BBA4B26859925C76B1CFA0F"><p>​The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department celebrated the grand opening of new and upgraded amenities at <a href="/parks/trails/locations/piestewa-peak" target="_blank">Piestewa Peak Trailhead </a>on Friday. The project is part of a five-year infrastructure improvement plan for the Phoenix Mountains Preserve, which started in summer 2017, and is funded by the voter-approved Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI). </p><p>Trailhead improvements include reconfigured parking areas that are connected by a new 104-foot-long vehicle/pedestrian bridge that will improve traffic flow and access to trails. Reengineering of the parking lots created an additional 22 parking spaces for what is one of the city's most popular hiking destinations. Trail users can also enjoy a new building with six individual restrooms and a ranger station, three drinking fountains and one water bottle fill station, four new ramadas and two renovated ramadas, as well as improved sidewalks, curbing, lighting and signage. Additionally, a new 60-foot-tall concrete and steel entry monument was constructed and greets visitors as they enter the trailhead.</p><p>Friday's event began with a tribal blessing performed by a member of the Gila River Indian Community and ended with a ribbon-cutting ceremony along the entrance to the new bridge. Members of Lori Piestewa's family, for whom the peak is named, participated in the ceremony. Piestewa was the first Native American female to die in combat. She served in the Iraq War. Her mother, Percy, gave remarks prior to the ribbon cutting. </p><p>Remarks also were given by representatives of the Hopi Tribe, Piestewa Fallen Heroes Fund, Phoenix Mayor's Office, City Council District 6, Phoenix Parks and Preserve Initiative (PPPI) Oversight Committee, and Phoenix Sonoran Preserve and Mountain Parks/Preserve Committee. </p><p>The Phoenix Mountains Preserve is located within the ancestral homeland of what is today represented by the Tohono O'odham Nation, Gila River Indian, Ak-Chin Indian and Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian communities.</p></div>10/4/2019 8:30:00 PMGregg Bach, 602-262-4994Parks and Recreation Department602-495-5458