Tempe Town Lake, Tempe

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Tempe Town Lake is a reservoir that occupies a portion of the dry riverbed of the Salt River as it passes through the city of Tempe, Arizona just north of Tempe Butte.
On July 20, 2010, a portion of the west side of the dam that contained the water in the lake collapsed sending a flood of water into the Salt River bed which drained the lake.
In March 1989, Tempe adopted the Rio Salado Master Plan which represented the culmination of more than 20 years of environmental land planning. Studies of water quality and usage, the Mill Avenue Bridges and ASU recreation ensued and programming began. A groundbreaking ceremony near Tempe Beach Park marked the beginning of construction of the river channelization. The Rio Salado Master Plan showed a Town Lake concept with a continuous body of water between the north and south shores. Previously, the lake concept included islands; this concept was modified to meet the flow capacity of the river channel.
In 1995, the City added more staff to the team dedicated to the Rio Salado project and began construction of a mile long bike path along the south bank of the river. The path features public art at a number of spots along the way. The city began the Town Lake design report and completed another financial capacity study and landscape designs for portions of the parks. The next year, the consultant completed construction drawings for the Tempe Town Lake and the City designated 800acre of area including the lake as Rio Salado Park. On March 19, 1997, requests for bids were sent out for the lake construction. The city awarded contacts for construction of the lake on June 12, and groundbreaking ceremonies were held on August 8.
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  • We have spent many days at Tempe Town Lake. We bike, walk and have even rented a kayak. There is a nice path all the way around. Lots of people exercising or picnicking. The is lots of new building be...  more »
  • What a lake in the desert, yes it's man made but it is lovely and there is always something going on for kids of all ages  more »
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  • A really great place to walk the dog. Very clean and very nice.
  • Do not bring a family here unless u enjoy the droves of homeless. And not the fun kind either. It was dirty, trash in the grass everywhere. I'll give it another chance but I'll definitely be armed.

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