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Valley Forum hosts lunch forum about Tempe Town Lake this Friday

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Valley Forward will host a discussion of the past, present and future of Tempe Town Lake this Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Panelists include:
  • Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman
  • Sean Walters, chief operating officer, Sunbelt Holdings
  • Sandy Bahr, director, Sierra Club, Grand Canyon Chapter.
Moderating the program will be Steven Betts, Arizona District council chairman at Urban Land Institute.
The discussion will address the complexities and differing opinions on what the future holds for Tempe Town Lake. When it was constructed more than a decade ago, the lake was a catalyst for the construction of office and residential space, and recreational activity that has changed the city’s character forever. It has become the most visited site in Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon.
Tempe Town Lake suffered a brief setback earlier this summer when the dam burst. Most of the lake’s water drained into the Salt River bed. In less than 100 days, the City of Tempe restored Town Lake. It opened on Oct. 26.
“There has been a lot of discussion surrounding the broken dam and the future of Tempe Town Lake,” said Diane Brossart, president of Valley Forward. “We’re pleased to facilitate a panel on this topic to bring to light the history of the once barren riverbed, the recent issues when the dam burst earlier this summer, and the future of this recreational amenity which galvanized the community and fostered economic growth within the area.”
The luncheon is open to the public at $60 per person; reservations can be made by calling (602) 240- 2408 or by visiting
Tempe Center for the Arts is located at 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway. To learn more about the facility or get a map, visit Get more information about Tempe Town Lake at
Valley Forward is a 41-year-old, non-profit public interest organization that brings business and civic leaders together to convene thoughtful public dialogue on regional issues and to promote cooperative efforts to improve the sustainability and livability of Valley.
For more details on this event, please contact Christie Silverstein at Valley Forward, 602 240-2408 or

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