Proposed Public Projects


USACE Upstream Restoration Project - Phase III
This 1/2 mile multi-use path will tie into the newly constructed Rio East Linear Park multi-use path and stretch to McClintock Drive along the north bank of the Salt River. The project involves creating a, multi-use path that will have a small plaza viewing area with benches and lighting. Native trees will line the north side of the narrow path to provide a nice shade canopy.

Boathouse and Welcome Center

Located next to the Town Lake Marina, the three-story building will include boat and equipment storage, a Welcome Center, fitness area, classrooms, multipurpose meeting space and offices, a great room, lounge and catering kitchen.

The Boathouse and Welcome Center is a component of the Water Was Just the Beginning Capital Campaign. As the contractor of the project, Chanen Construction has agreed to contribute a portion of the building costs and to partner with the Rio Salado Foundation who is tasked with raising the remaining funds needed to build the center. For information go to or call (480) 473-0245. The center will be owned and operated by the City of Tempe.

Veteran's Memorial

The City of Tempe is committed to the preservation and rehabilitation of the Ash Avenue Abutment and its integration into the fabric and activity of Tempe Beach Park. The Veterans Memorial consists of three main areas in the park.

The veterans parade concept plans features 80 silhouette panels of steel representing veterans of each service throughout history. Made of laser cut steel, they will outline marching officers, enlisted men and women in full dress and battle fatigues.

The abutment concept plans have been developed illustrating a restored structure supporting an observation platform above and housing a visitor information kiosk below.

The plaza concept plans includes a 100 foot diameter plaza paved with a five pointed star of Arizona Flagstone. At the center stands five rough boulders. Each stone stands for one of the five Services: Coastguard, Navy, Marines, Army, and Air Force. Each of the Service Stones would be unique, and could be quarried at a significant site that represents the Service it stands for. Ten flag poles with benches will surround the Stone Court and the perimeter railing will echo the historic bridge railing.

For information go to or call (480) 473-0245. The center will be owned and operated by the City of Tempe.