More than just a city water-side Park, Tempe Town Lake is a masterpiece of open space and habitat blending seamlessly with lakeside residential and commercial development that features high rise condo with an astounding view. Two miles in length and found along the traditional banks of the normally dry Salt River, the Lake combines innovative design with the wonders of nature into a vibrant mix of outdoor recreation, arts and culture settings, premier boutique shops, and fine dining. Completed in the 1990s after two decades of planning, today Tempe Town Lake is the crown jewel of the City of Tempe and provides an exciting destination experience.
In The Heart of Old Town Tempe.
Tempe Town Lake is in the heart of downtown Tempe action. The lake runs east from the Mill Avenue Bridge along Rio Salado Parkway and west to Beach Park, a family-safe recreation area. The Lake borders Mill Avenue, a pedestrian-friendly environment that hosts several annual events and is the typical college hangout for the students at Arizona State University, home of Sun Devil Stadium which sets at the north shore of Tempe Town Lake. Mill Avenue boasts over 200 shops, restaurants, breweries and Tempe nightlife entertainment.
Tempe Marketplace which contains over 1.3 million square feet of high-end retail stores, boutiques, restaurants and entertainment centers also sets on the southern shores of Tempe Town Lake. Designed as a lifestyle center, the Tempe Marketplace distinguishes itself from other shopping venues by its creative use of water elements, fire pits, gathered seating spots, concert venues and pedestrian-friendly walkways, within clear view of the sparkling waters of Tempe Town Lake.
A World of Recreation.
Boating – whether rowing, sailing or paddling, there are plenty of ways to get on the water at Town Lake. You can bring your own boat, enjoy a cruise from the Rio Lago Cruise Company, or rent a small watercraft, all at the lake’s north shore.
Jogging and Bicycling. the lake’s long, linear design is perfect for jogging or riding your bike. The route from Rural Road to Mill Avenue is three miles long, the near equivalent of a 5K race, and thousands of outdoor enthusiasts flock to the trail each year to train for area races. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to enjoy the workout trail that circles the lake beginning at Tempe Beach Park, however. An easy loop road, this trail is ideal for walkers, cyclists, marathon runners or the casual jogger and the flat terrain makes it one of the best interval training tracks in Arizona.
Fishing – Town Lake is stocked with rainbow trout each year, but don’t be surprised if you land one or two other delicious types of fish as well, as nearly a dozen varieties call Town Lake home.
It’s hard to mention them all, but there are over 100 events scheduled every year at or near Tempe Town Lake including the Tempe Arts Festival, The Tempe Festival of Lights, The Holiday Boat Parade, The 4th of July Fireworks Show, The Tempe Music Festival, Oktoberfest, The Insight Bowl and The Insight/Fiesta Bowl New Year’s Block Party, one of the most attended communities New Year’s Party in the country.
Live, Play, Visit and Work.
Here residents can glide down from their opulent condominiums, walk a few steps to their office, and then step out again at day’s end for a night on the town, dining and dancing at one of the Tempe’s top nightclubs, all without getting behind the wheel of their car. The creative use of meandering paths along the lake’s shore make pedestrian travel the preferred method of transportation, and on weekends, residents and visitors alike can stroll between the many water venues along the lake and the restaurants, cafés and shops with ease.
Tempe Town Lake is the centerpiece of a civic revitalization project bringing together the best of Tempe’s recreation, entertainment and shopping into one fabulous, exciting destination. And the Lake is not only convenient to residents of Tempe but is only 15 minutes from downtown Phoenix and is adjacent to the southern boundaries of Scottsdale, Arizona.