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Echo Canyon Rec Area reopens with $4M in improvements

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The Echo Canyon trail on Camelback Mountain was officially opened at 7 a.m. Wednesday after a year-long $4 million renovation project. (Source: CBS 5 News) The Echo Canyon trail on Camelback Mountain was officially opened at 7 a.m. Wednesday after a year-long $4 million renovation project. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

It's been a year in the making, but a popular Valley hiking trail is open again.

The Echo Canyon Recreation Area on Camelback Mountain was officially opened at 7 a.m. Wednesday after a year-long $4 million renovation project.

The number of parking spaces were more than doubled, pedestrian safety was improved with safer walkways, a lower trail was rerouted and a permanent bathroom and refrigerated drinking fountain were installed.

"Today is a great day for not only Phoenix but everyone in the city and the Valley and the state and, of course, our trail system is welcoming to visitors from around the world," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton

"All you have to do is look at the beauty look at the structure, look at the amount of people that come here," said Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio. "We're gonna expect to have anywhere from 75,000 to 100,000 people in the next month."

City officials are asking hikers to leave their pets a home for the next six months to allow the trails to settle.

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