The Claremont City Council approved and adopted parking permits and closure hours for the Claremont Hills Wilderness Trail and the Thompson Creek parking lots while adding an exemption for veterans displaying special license plates.

The item was approved at Tuesday night's regular city council meeting.

City manager Tony Ramos said at the meeting that construction on the Claremont Hills northern parking lot is several weeks behind schedule because of recent rain and it's anticipated to open by the middle to the end of February pending weather.

Special license plates include:

- Pearl Harbor Survivor plates

- Legion of Valor plates

- Former American Prisoner of War plates

- Congressional Medal of Honor plates

- Purple Heart plates

- Other plates issued by another state that indicate a similar status

The Claremont Hills wilderness hours and its north parking lot on Mills Avenue near the entrance are open:

- January 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- February 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

- March 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

- April 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

- May 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- June 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

- July 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

- August 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

- September 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

- October 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

- November 6 a.


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m. to 5 p.m.

- December 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Temporary parking permits for $3 for up to four hours can be purchased for a fee at on-site meters in both the Claremont Hills park and the Thompson Creek parking lots. Annual parking permits will start at $100 per calendar year and be prorated based on the quarter of the year they are purchased.

Claremont resident and Claremont Colleges student parking permits will permit free parking in the south Thompson Creek Trail parking lot, at the corner of Mills Avenue and Mt. Baldy Road. A maximum of two parking permits can be issued per household. Permits must be renewed at the end of the third year.

The south lot parking times will coincide with the Thompson Creek Trail hours, which are from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily as set forth by the Claremont Muncipal Code.

In a separate item, council also approved eliminating all parking on Mills Avenue, north of Pomello Drive and on Mt. Baldy from Mills to Via Padova, which coincides with the opening of the north Claremont Hills Wilderness Park parking lot and the implementation of the paid parking system.

The item includes a study of parking on the west side of Mills from Pomello to Mt. Baldy as part of the overall parking plan to be developed for the wilderness park.

For questions about the parking permit program, contact the Alexander Hughes Community Center at 909-399-5490.

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