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Rio Salado and Beach Park Master Plan

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Public input opportunities scheduled for March 24 have been postponed. Information on rescheduled dates will be available soon. 

In fall 2018, Tempe adopted the Rio Salado and Beach Park Master Plan, which provides a planning blueprint for the next 20 to 30 years. In November 2019, the city issued an invitation for businesses to submit ideas for indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities. This spring or summer, input will be taken on the submitted ideas.

The Rio Salado and Beach Park Master Plan is a comprehensive planning document that provides improvement recommendations that will shape the area over the next 20 to 30 years. The plan is a collection of maps and overlays that capture the ideas and recommendations that the city has received for the long-term vision of the area. There is no funding attached to any of the proposed ideas. 

The Rio Salado and Beach Park area includes both sides of Tempe Town Lake between Priest Drive and Rural Road.  The master plan focuses on programming, infrastructure, access, use of space and land/water activities to provide a blueprint for future of the area.  

Rio Salado and Tempe Beach Park are located within project boundaries for the city’s Urban Core Master Plan, an area undergoing a separate planning effort to create a comprehensive and unified development blueprint for Downtown Tempe and the Urban Core that is sustainable and cohesive. For more details, please visit .