Your Input Needed – Master Plan for South Mountain Preserve Park
The Phoenix Parks Department is working to create a Master Plan for South Mountain Preserve Park. As PMPC members we urge you to get involved by either attending upcoming public meetings, next meeting should be late July or early August, and also by providing your thoughts through a form that allows you to upload photos or images to support concerns or suggestions for South Mountain Park Preserve. From the web site below, scroll down for the City of Phoenix South Mountain Park Trails Master Plan data collector application. There is a short “Help Guide” that will help you provide feedback using the data collector and map. The Data Collector app. form is located at the Parks Department web site – then scroll down - South Mountain Park Trails Master Plan.
May 11 Day in Court for Loop 202 Lawsuit Update
Read review of PARC et al and the GRIC’s day in court against ADOT and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)'s flawed plans for the South Mountain Loop 202. PARC and Gila River Indian Community members provided a strong showing in the courtroom. For details, see the PARC website
PMPC urges Members and Phoenix residents to weigh-in on LED light park and street light replacements. Learn more about how the right LED lights will keep Phoenix Mountain Preserves safe and healthy.
Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council, on advice from the nonprofit organization International Dark-Sky Association (darksky.org), has written a letter to ask the City of Phoenix to use a less invasive 2,700 – 3,000 Kelvin yellow LED light
throughout the city when replacing existing street lights, especially around Phoenix Parks and Mountain Preserves. While PMPC applauds the City for this cost cutting move, we also want the LED replacements to be environmentally friendly to protect our fragile desert plants and animals. See Sunnyslope Neighborhood light testing information
We urge PMPC member and Phoenix residents to take the following brief surveys. Neither survey explains the kelvin rating for the LED solutions shown in Option A or B. Please use the provided links and following information during your survey to urge the City of Phoenix to use the lower 2,700 – 3,000 Kelvin yellow LED light.
There are two surveys:
Parks & Recreation LED survey: Parks and Recreation LED Lighting Public Input Survey
LED Street Light Public Input Survey
Ecological effects of artificial light at night on wild plants
Light pollution disrupts sleep in free-living animals
Use this link for the PARC (Protecting Arizona Resources and Children) website to get updates from PARC attorney, Howard Shanker, regarding the lawsuit's status. Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council has joined the fight to stop the freeway from cutting through South Mountain Park Preserve. Follow the links below to learn more about PMPC's opposition to destroying a section of the preserve.
Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council Press Release on May 19, 2015
Five Star Publications, publisher of bestselling books sold at the North Mountain Visitor Center gift shop has included an article in their March edition of StoryMonster magazine about the South Mountain Loop 202 and South Mountain. Read Rachel Koestler-Grack's overview.
PMPC appreciates Rachel's time to understand and report the issues and links to the organizations that are trying protect the future of South Mountain Preserve Park.
The Arizona Department of Transportation will be issuing a Record of Decision (ROD) for this project in the coming weeks.PMPC needs your help writing letters to Arizona Federal Representatives asking for their help to ensure this proposed alignment is reviewed. See the attached letter
and feel free to use it as a template. At a minimum write your representative, and two senators see contact link
. We encourage you to send letters or emails to all Arizona representatives and the people on the "Action List" It's important our elected representatives know that putting a freeway through a mountain preserve is wrong.
Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council (PMPC), a non-profit membership organization that advocates for the protection of Phoenix mountain preserves, has submitted a letter of objection to the 202 South Mountain Freeway Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS). Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council cited the inadequate evaluation of impacts to the wildlife and plants of South Mountain Park and Preserve and recreation trail systems. Read PMPC's FEIS comment in its entirety.
The Background of Acquisition of Land for the Phoenix Mountains Preserves and How Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council (PMPC) was able to Influence the Land Acquisition Program.