Tempe Town Lake is a newly renovated area that went from being a town with infrastructural and economical difficulties with over-flooding problems to an economically successful one. This wonderful location provides endless opportunities for walking, running, cycling, boating, fishing, and picnicking, making it a highly sought-after location.
The Tempe Town Lake promenade, with five miles of path, is ideal for runs or walks, especially as the north and south sides of the lake are connected by a pedestrian bridge, making for a longer walk. Alternatively, visitors can explore the town from the lake, by renting a sea vessel, be it an electric boat, kayak, paddleboat, or paddleboard. There is also the possibility to follow paddle yoga classes, which involves practicing yoga moves while balancing on the board. With the lake being home to trout, bass, catfish, and sunfish, fishing is another popular activity, however, a fishing license needs to be purchased beforehand. If the waters give you seasickness, renting a bicycle or an electrical scooter is another fun way to get around Tempe Town Lake. For visitors who simply want to relax, a picnic on the park’s lawn is a perfect solution.
Tempe Town Lake is a business hub, with 40,000 people working in the area. It even holds various facilities such as the Center for the Arts, a Marina, and Volleyball Courts. The town is also an artistic spectacle with various public artworks along the streets. Different activities are organized throughout the year, attracting more visitors such as the Iron-man Arizona, and Independence Day Celebrations.
It is hard to believe that Tempe Town has only been around for 21 years. Before its development the area looked shabby, the riverbed was often used as a landfill, and constant flooding of Salt River damaged the surrounding architecture. This is why the Rio Salado Flood-control plan came about which also involved the creation of a lake, the project planning started in 1989, but the construction of the 220 surface acres lake started much later in 1997, and began filling up to years later. The lake was formed when a part of Salt River was dammed and water was added to form the existing lake. Nowadays the dam is lowered and raised as needed to keep the lake water in check to provide protection against flood. Apart from improving the city’s aesthetic, the project also attracted higher economical investment by attracting new businesses. Nowadays Tempe Town Lake is one of the most visited locations in Arizona, with 2.4million visitors each year, creating economic spending of almost $2 billion.
Tempe Town Lake is proof that with great vision, planning and good financial investment, a town with seemingly very little potential can become the success that it is today. There is never a dull moment at Tempe Town Lake, so whether it is walking, cycling, boating or fishing, or attending one of the events and activities organized in the town, Tempe should definitely be on the itinerary when in Arizona.