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Parking meters approved for Oregon Zoo and other attractions

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Parking meters are going in at the Oregon Zoo.

The Portland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday to install parking kiosks like those found downtown at the zoo, along with all Washington Park venues.

That includes the Japanese Garden, World Forestry Center and Portland Children's Museum.

Parking fees will be used to pay for parking lot operations, maintenance and repair, according to the city. The goal is to also encourage people to use alternative modes of transportation to Washington Park and to discourage the use of the park's venues for park-and-ride purposes.

City leaders said 3 million people visit the Washington Park attractions each year.

The plan is to have 1,400 parking spots converted to pay spaces in 2013.

Parking at some trailhead will remain free.

A nonprofit group called the Transportation Management Association will be formed to recommend a pricing plan, which may be seasonally based. Portland Parks & Recreation and Metro will determine the parking fare rates.

You can view the entire ordinance on the city of Portland's website.

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