This website is designed to capture the history of the Rio Salado Project from its conception in the Arizona State University College of Architecture in the Fall of 1966 to the dedication of the completed Tempe Town Lake in 1999. It is intended to give credit to the many organizations and people who played a part in conceiving, designing and constructing the Lake and its associated amenities.


The progress of achieving the project, over 33 years, is broken into Four Eras identified by the major organization responsible for the work during that period of time:

Era I (1966–1969)

Era II Valley Forward (1970–1980)

Era III Rio Salado Development District (1981–1987)

Era IV (1987–1999)