Tempe Town Lake is Arizona's second-most visited public attraction. The more than 2-mile long lake was created by damming a portion of the dry Salt River and adding water. Today, the lake continues to act like a river to convey rainwater and snow run-off by lowering the dam when needed and raising it again to maintain the water within the lake.
Tempe Town Lake is located in the heart of Tempe, running from west of McClintock Road to east of Priest Road between Rio Salado Parkway and Curry Road. A system of paths allow people to walk, jog, bike and more along its edges. It's also a great place for electric, wind and human-powered boats.
Tempe Town Lake serves the community primarily in three ways:
- Flood Protection
- Recreational Opportunities
- Economic Vitality
Since its origin in 1999, the City of Tempe has built several parks and facilities along the lake's shores, including the Tempe Center for the Arts, Town Lake Marina, a Veterans Memorial, a Public Safety Memorial, volleyball courts, a boat beach and several habitat areas.
• More than 2.4 million people spend time at Town Lake each year
• The economic impact of Tempe Town Lake since its creation is more than $1.5 billion
• More than 40 special events happen at Town Lake annually, including Ironman Arizona, the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade and the state's largest Independence Day celebration
• More than 40,000 people work at the many business surrounding Town Lake