I’m thankful to live in a city that has a lot of cool stuff to do. Today, I read some more about the upcoming “Western Canal Project” in Tempe. I recall hearing about this last year and thinking, “how cool, that’s right by our park!” (We often take the kids to near by Stroud Park where my “mad hoop skilz” are coming back in a big way!)
According to the City’s web site, “The project will extend for six miles connecting parks, schools, and other destinations in Tempe. The project includes a path with lighting, landscaping and public art.”
From the 101 Freeway, the path will link to Kiwanis Park, Stroud Park, Redden Park, Ken McDonald Golf Course, the YMCA and end near Arizona Mills Mall and the I-10 Freeway.
Basically, they are going to spruce up the canal banks and make it more pedestrian and bike friendly. I often see people on these canals now so, for ten million, I guess it better be pretty nice.
Truthfully, I like the idea of the improvements and it is nice for South Tempe to get some love instead of the constant attention given to the areas surrounding the campus. Hey, I LOVE downtown Tempe but I choose to live in South Tempe. I/we feel this is a great place to raise our family and it is a rockin’ location for my business as I can get to most parts of town pretty easily.
One reason I like this project is because I think it will benefit our community. Another reason is that I could probably use some more exercise and this might help get me off of my rear end to take the kids on some more bike rides!