WALKING, JOGGING, AND BICYCLING
A scenic walk, jog, or bicycle ride is an easy pleasure at Tempe Town Lake. The 2.5-mile lake has 12-foot concrete paths on each side of the lake. The north and south shores of the lake are connected by the Mill Avenue bridges and the Rural Road Bridge. Paths around Tempe Town Lake are open from 5 am to midnight every day for your enjoyment. They are used by parents with strollers, joggers, dog-walkers, in-line skaters, kids learning to walk and skateboarders.
Want to know how far you walked, ran or biked? Check your distance, calories and other statistics www.mapmywalk.com. Bike rentals are available at the Bicycle Cellar located at Transit Center, 200 E. Fifth St., Suite 105. For more information call (480) 219-7225.
PATHS AND TRAILS
Papago Park - Is historically and environmentally significant area that has attracted people as early as 400 A.D. The park is own and operated by two different municipalities: Phoenix operates 1,200 acres and Tempe controls 296 acres. Each offers different recreational amenities.
Loma del Rio Ruins - Found at the west end of Papago Park, is a Hohokam ruin that is approximately 650 years old and is easily accessible to the public.
LoPiano Bosque Habitat - A parcel of land on the north side of the freeway, cut off by from Papago Park by the canal and separated from Tempe Town Lake by the freeway, became an isolated area that has been set aside for habitat restoration.
Town Lake Multi-use Paths - located on either side of the lake you can be enjoyed by joggers, dog-walkers, in-line skaters, bicyclists, or parents with strollers.
Segway of Tempe brings you the Tempe Town Lake Discovery Tour aboard the worlds only self-balancing personal transporter, the Segway. With a little training you will be ready to explore Arizona's jewel in the desert, Tempe Town Lake in the heart of beautiful Tempe. Learn the history, see the sights & master the Segway. For information call (623) 512-2882.
Papago Stables Trail Rides
Papago Stables is one of the oldest riding stables in the valley with access to over 2,000 acres of beautiful desert foothills in Papago Park. Offering both one-hour and two-hour trail rides Papago Stables is located just north of Town Lake. Rides can be enjoyed by first time riders, experienced horsemen and everyone in between. For information call (480) 966-9793.
Visitors to Tempe Town Lake can experience a small storm, even when the weather is sunny and warm. Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park lets children cool off and have fun at Tempe Town Lake. The one-acre playground teaches how a drop of rain falls from the sky and ends up either in the ocean or becomes part of the city water supply.
The entrance to the playground is a metal circle of clouds that rains a light mist of water onto visitors. Thunder claps and lightning flashes. Waterfalls turn into streams and water rushes into canals. Children can enjoy running through the ocean and riding toy whales.
Only about two inches of water will pool in parts of the park. The water is kept flowing across the playground, where it is eventually collected, filtered, cleaned, and re-circulated in a state-of-the-art system. While the playground is very safe—an attendant will be on-hand during operating hours—children should be watched by an adult while enjoying Splash Playground.
The volleyball courts at Tempe Town Lake are available on a first come, first served basis. There are four courts to choose from located on the north bank of Town Lake just east of Mill Avenue.