1969 Scottsdale Conference Releases Rio Salado III Report

November 7, 1969

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This Rio Salado III report was presented to about 100 civic and municipal leaders at a conference in Scottsdale.  Organized and chaired by Dean James Elmore, the day long conference presented new and more detailed elaborations of the Rio Salado Project. This, the benefit of the further studies made by the succeeding classes of the ASU architecture students. An Arizona Republic editorial which reported on the conference stated, “Last week’s conference voted to transfer the development of the Rio Salado Project to the Valley Forward, which has succeeded Valley Beautiful.  A catalyst, intended to bring the Valley’s resources to bear on such problems,Valley Forward is the right agency for this job. ASU’s College of Architecture has developed a brilliant idea; Valley forward should move ahead with it.”

Source Credit ASU Archives


1974 Tempe/ASU Recreation Development

July 27, 1974

  • Tempe/ASU proposed Rio Salado Project is a proposed recreation oriented development.

    Rio Salado Plan of 1974

Published in the Scottsdale Progress on July 27, 1974:

“A major part of the proposed Rio Salado project is the area south of Scottsdale which is proposed as a recreation-oriented development.  This section, known as the Tempe-Arizona State University demonstration project, features a 2,000-meter intercollegiate rowing course. The rowing course would be part of a 25-acre lake which would be created by installing an inflatable dam near the Mill Avenue Bridge in Tempe… .”

Source Credit Scottsdale Progress


Town Lake Conceptual Development Plan- 1995

January 1, 1995

  • Lake Conceptual Development Plan - 1995

Source Credit City of Tempe - Mark Vinson


Project Vision 1997

July 1, 1997

  • 1997 Artist Julian Clark's rendering of Tempe Town Lake as construction begins.

Artist Julian Clark’s rendering of the proposed lake. Oblique view looking to the southeast.

Source Credit City of Tempe Archives