Class of ’67 50 Year Reunion

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Dedicating the Elmore Bridge

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50 year Reunion-Rio Salado Design Studio

The ASU Architecture Class of 1967, who were the Rio Salado studio class in the fall of 1966 who developed the concept of the Rio Salado Project, held a reunion on May 8, 2017 at the Tempe Town Lake.  This video shows excerpts of the morning gathering. Twelve members of the 16 member class (14 of whom are still alive) attended.  Students came from as far as Hawaii, some hadn’t seen each other for 50 years. Besides the reunion, a main purpose was to take a group photo at newly installed plaques commemorating the four phases of the 50 year project. Students were also honored at the ASU Graduation Ceremony that evening.

Rio Salado Project 50th Anniversary

On March 18, 2017, a reunion was held at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Those attending were persons who participated in the development of the Rio Salado Project over the past 50 years. This included students from the original ASU Architecture Design Studio of 1967, past mayors and current mayor of Tempe, a former President of ASU and members of the City Staff.  After a morning program in the Lakeside Room, the Mayor Mark Mitchell dedicated the pedestrian bridge in the name of Dean James Elmore. Out of town guests included the children of Dean Elmore, James Jr. and Kay Elmore. A video of the days events is included.

Projects – completed/committed — 2005

Projects completed or planned as of 2005

Town Lake Conceptual Development Plan- 1995

1974 Tempe/ASU Recreation Development

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… .”

Rio Salado Development District Established

Conceived by two members of Valley Forward Association, Bill Schlutz and Dennis Davis.  Patterned after the San Diego Development Authority to do Mission Bay, they drafted a bill for the Arizona Legislature.  Schlutz and other Valley Forward Association members presented a Bill to the State Legislature that was passed in the final hour of the session.  It defined the Rio Salado Development District to include the 100 year flood plain and adjoining lands that run through Phoenix, Tempe

Ground Breaking — Program

The program of events for the August 8, 1997 ground breaking listing speakers, City officials and staff,  members of the Rio Salado Advisory Commission and Sponsors/Donors.

Steve Nielsen Describes Planning and Constructing Tempe Town Lake

A video recording of Steve Nielsen, Tempe Town Lake Project Manager, describing the City’s work between 1987 and 1999 to achieve the Lake.