At 9:45 pm on Tuesday, July 20th, one section of the inflatable dam at Tempe Town Lake burst releasing 750 million gallons into the Salt River. Since it occured at night nobody was on the lake and one visitor at the west end of the lake was able to capture the release on video. The day after the failure, the Town of Tempe and Bridgestone, the manufacturer of the inflatable bladders, squared off and each offered explanations of why the other party was at fault. Obviously, something went wrong somewhere because according to the Town of Tempe website, “The bladders have special ozone and ultraviolet ray protection from the southwestern climate and have been tested extensively for durability.” Bridgestone contends improper maintenance since the bladders need to be kept moist and cool through the use of a sprinkler system that was not being used at the time of the failure, while the Town of Tempe Mayor counters that the poor design of the dam made it difficult to use the sprinklers effectively.
Estrella Mountain Ranch in Goodyear is home to its’ largest lake community that according to planning documents has the potential to grow to 50,000 homes and 1,600 acres of commercial development. This secluded community has one of the best community centers, resident waterpark and community pools in the west valley, and is located right next to the 19,840 acre Estrella Mountain Regional Park. Nestled next to the Sierra Estrella mountains just 8 miles south of the I-10, Estrella Mountain residents enjoy over 40 acres of parks that include pathways, pavilions, an amphitheater, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts. On the lake north lake is the Yacht Club that offers sailboats, paddle boats, canoes, and kayaks. Estrella is also home to a Nicklaus-designed championship golf course.
When looking for Phoenix area waterfront homes, your dream home could be hiding behind one of the gated lake communities featuring waterfront homes. These unique gated subdivisions are spread throughout the valley in cities and towns such as Chandler, Mesa, Maricopa, Scottsdale, Tempe and Gilbert among others.