PORTLAND -- Prepare to pay a bit extra to visit the Oregon Zoo or Washington Park.

Parking at up to 1,400 parking spots, most of them at the Oregon Zoo, will be subject to hourly meters, possibly by this spring.

The city council voted Wednesday to start the metered parking which will also include parts of Washington Park. Some popular trail heads may be exempt from the meters.

The proposed parking rates throughout Washington Park are $1.60 an hour, same as downtown, with a $4 daily maximum in all seasons but summer where it would be a daily max of $6.40, said Mark Ross of Portland Parks & Recreation. This is proposed for clusters of 10 or more spaces, so many trailheads will not be paid.

While Metro runs the Oregon Zoo, the parking lot belongs to the city of Portland. Proceeds from the meters will be used to maintain the park and parking areas.

Neighbors around the zoo and the park complained to the council that the proposal just surfaced in mid-October and they were not given enough time to study the reasoning or impacts of the move.

Background: City considers more meters

Read the ordinance here, and background materials.

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