PHOENIX - The city of Phoenix is investing in some long-term improvements to South Mountain Park.

Twenty-three million dollars from Phoenix Park and Preserve sales tax has been earmarked for park improvements, according to Greg Brach with the Phoenix Parks Department.

The money from that tax is used for different capital projects in city-run parks.

Over the next five years, park goers will see improvements on south side of the mountain including improved trail heads with added rest rooms and additional parking.

On the north side, the department plans to build an entry monument, nicer picnic areas and improve the guard house.

Also included on the list of projects: improving roadways and look outs at the top of the mountain.

South Mountain Park will turn 100 years old in 2024. Brach said with these projects, the city is getting ready for another 100 years of the public enjoying one of the largest municipal parks in the country.