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Old Posted Jan 24, 2010, 3:36 AM
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Around Tempe Town Lake after the storms

I took these pictures around Tempe Town Lake today. SRP has been releasing water down the typically dry Salt River due to the week's storms. Due to the high volume of water released, the Tempe Town Lake dams have been partially deflated, creating a very cool and uncommon waterfall.





When fully inflated, the dams at the west end of the lake are 16 feet tall, making them the tallest inflatable dams in North America.



The Tempe Center for the Arts at the south end of the west dam.



Looking across Tempe Beach Park at the Hayden Flour Mill



Across Tempe Beach Park at mostly finished Centerpoint. Hopefully the foreclosure proceedings finish soon and someone actually finishes it at some point.



The other side of the Tempe Center for the Arts



Across the lake at DT Phoenix





DT Tempe



Across the lake at the Tempe Center for the Arts













Looking down the Salt River past the dam. The Salt River has been dry through Phoenix since the completion of the Granite Reef Diversion Dam in 1909, except for major rain events that force SRP to release water down the river.





Looking east up the river back towards the lake and DT Tempe
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2010, 3:55 AM
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I really wish there was a pedestrian bridge at each end of the lake over the dams. I think it would make the lake experience even more interesting (though I understand the costs involved in such an endeavor).

Seeing water in the Salt River makes me happy.

Your pictures are gorgeous. Those cloudy skies really diffuse the desert light.
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Old Posted Jan 24, 2010, 4:01 AM
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Wow those are some awesome photos! I've never seen pics of Phoenix with that much water flowing! It's funny how there is just a lone tree in front of the dam too.
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Wow, very interesting shots! Thanks!
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Old Posted Jan 25, 2010, 6:39 AM
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Interesting to see uncommon desert sights like that. plinko was right, there was some really nice light.
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some nice modern architecture.
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Old Posted Jan 25, 2010, 9:31 PM
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I really wish there was a pedestrian bridge at each end of the lake over the dams. I think it would make the lake experience even more interesting (though I understand the costs involved in such an endeavor).

Seeing water in the Salt River makes me happy.

Your pictures are gorgeous. Those cloudy skies really diffuse the desert light.

There are plans to build a pedestrian bridge on the West side of the lake. I believe it is designed to go over the dam itself. If you look back in the Tempe thread you should find a render of it. It looks pretty nice.
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Old Posted Jan 26, 2010, 2:04 AM
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There are plans to build a pedestrian bridge on the West side of the lake. I believe it is designed to go over the dam itself. If you look back in the Tempe thread you should find a render of it. It looks pretty nice.
I believe this is the pedestrian bridge of which you speak.


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