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Posted: Sunday, June 23, 2013 10:11 am | Updated: 3:40 pm, Thu Aug 1, 2013.

The city of Phoenix has come up with a solution to the parking problem at the end of Chandler Boulevard that could be completed by the end of the summer.

The plan is to build a temporary parking lot at the northwest corner of Chandler Boulevard and 19th Avenue with 40 to 50 parking spaces. Those spaces are in addition to the 39 spaces already on Chandler Boulevard.

The city will move the barricade on 19th Avenue north slightly, just enough to allow cars to enter into the parking lot off that street. That entrance would have a gate, which would open at 5 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. On the other side of the lot cars will be able to exit but not enter over a tire treadle.

The lot is only temporary so it will not be paved but will have some gravel that is proven to prevent dust, according to Ken Vonderscher of the Parks and Recreation Department. If Chandler Boulevard is extended in the future all the materials would be recycled and reused on a larger and more permanent park entrance further to the west on Chandler Boulevard.

July will be the start of a new fiscal year for the city so staff is confident they’ll be able to get the funding for the lot quickly and get to work. Vonderscher said the project is fairly simple and wouldn’t take much time. DiCiccio promised the HOA that he would send out a schedule of construction times that they could pass along to homeowners.

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and City Councilman Sal DiCiccio presented the plan to the Foothills Club West Homeowners Association during a meeting on Thursday, June 20. Parking near the trailhead at the end of Chandler Boulevard has been a problem ever since the city created those trails a few years ago. DiCiccio said his office has received several complaints about hikers parking in the neighborhood and he expects the problem to get worse as the trail is gaining more popularity.

The city first created a few spaces on Chandler Boulevard and put up signs asking hikers not to park in the neighborhood. They also put a barricade at the end of 19th Avenue to prevent people from parking down that street and too close to homes. Still, on weekends when the weather was nice the signs did not deter people.

The city was able to create more spaces on Chandler Boulevard, but homeowners along the street were still annoyed with hearing car doors early in the morning. This lot will create more parking, further from homes, and may eliminate the need for parking on Chandler Boulevard.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

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