A proposed plan to charge people in Peaceful Valley to park on the streets of the neighborhood has been put on hold. Kayakers and other river users often take up the on-street parking in Peaceful Valley according to an article in the Spokesman-Review.

The plan would have charged about three dozen homeowners and their guests a $25 seasonal fee to park on three city blocks. At a neighborhood council meeting last night, it got a mixed response from residents. The council decided to wait for results from a survey of residents before asking Spokane’s City Council to take action.

Discussion of the plan started when neighborhood representatives approached the city to ask for help freeing up parking along Water Avenue and Ash Street, which are being used by rafters and tubers who launch from the area and don’t return for several hours.

Residents at Wednesday night’s meeting weren’t happy about the possibility of having to pay to park. And the situation could get worse, with improvements planned for the area. The city plans to begin construction later this year on a new trail through Glover Field and a new boat launch, which will likely bring even more traffic to the area.

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