Caption paloverde: Dog lovers enjoy the grand opening of downtown's first dog park, in Hance Park, at a community celebration in the fall.
Staff overcame longstanding challenges to build consensus and make major progress on several important park development and improvement projects in 2013.
Residents enjoyed the grand opening of the Hance Park dog park in fall 2013. This was the first dog park in or near the downtown area, and staff worked closely with residents to address their concerns about adding the feature to this important downtown park. Early indications from residents and park neighbors have been very positive.
Dog owners in northeast Phoenix also got welcome news at the end of 2013 when the Parks and Recreation Board approved construction of the city's seventh dog park, located at Paradise Valley Park. Construction on the 2.4-acre facility was set to begin early in 2014 with anticipated opening in summer.
Caption paloverde: An aerial photo of the new plaza at the Echo Canyon Recreation area. In addition to the expanded lot, hikers enjoy a new ramada and restrooms with flush toilets, seen in the foreground. New walkways along the earth-colored retaining wall give hikers a safe place to walk to the renovated Summit Trail.
Finally, at year's end, staff was planning for the reopening of the Echo Canyon Recreation Area and summit trail at Camelback Mountain after a major improvement of the lot and renovation of the heavily used summit trail. The project doubled the amount of parking and added full restrooms and entrance sidewalks, in addition to rerouting and rebuilding the lower summit trail. Though the project isn't likely to end the crowding at Echo Canyon, the newly rebuilt lower trail and expanded parking area will be far more sustainable and capable of withstanding the heavy traffic at the park.
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