The history behind the Rio Salado Project

Initial Presentation: The initial public presentation of the Rio Salado Project took place on March 9., 1967 in the ASU Memorial Union. The presentation boards show the overall master plan, plus the overall topographical model of the 40-mile proposed development concept. /Source: ASU Archives.



In the Valley’s storied history of community and economic development, it’s unlikely there has been a project of this magnitude. 

Six municipalities. Two Native American communities. Arizona State University. Salt River Project. Businesses and business organizations such as Valley Partnership. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Maricopa County. 

All of those entities are collaborating on the Rio Salado Project, a grand vision for civic identity – an iconic landmark for the Valley which fosters significant economic, recreational, and regional water management value of a long-ignored lifeline. 


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