New canal path part of larger Papago Park Center Development

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The new multi-use pathway along the Grand Canal at the Grand at Papago Park Center in Tempe is now that is open to the public. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The new multi-use pathway along the Grand Canal at the Grand at Papago Park Center in Tempe is now that is open to the public. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The pathway is complete with lighting, as well as both gravel and pavement to accommodate runners and bikers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The pathway is complete with lighting, as well as both gravel and pavement to accommodate runners and bikers. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The path is just one of the many planned projects on the site. One office building was just completed with plans for several more. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The path is just one of the many planned projects on the site. One office building was just completed with plans for several more. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
The complete build-out, though, is expected to take roughly 20 years. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) The complete build-out, though, is expected to take roughly 20 years. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Grand at Papago Park Center in Tempe is starting to take shape, especially now that the new multi-use pathway along the Grand Canal in that area is open to the public.

"When I ran up on it, I immediately noticed how nice it was," said runner Larry Rowley. "I've always thought the canals needed to be a system that we can use as more of a beautiful path, rather than just a method to carry water."

That was part of the thought process behind the master plan at Papago Park Center.

"As our community urbanizes, they're realizing what a great amenity and asset these canals are and they're embracing them," said Mitch Rosen, the site's development manager.

The development is located just north and east of Tempe Town Lake. It runs from Priest Drive to Center Parkway and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway north to Washington Street.

Incorporating this portion of the SRP-managed Grand Canal into the project required moving the canal itself.

"After moving the canal, we also improved both sides with multi-use paths which are available for public use," Rosen said.

The pathway is complete with lighting, as well as both gravel and pavement to accommodate runners and bikers. There are also several metal bridges created by an artist that allow people to cross over the canal.

The path is just one of the many planned projects on the site. One office building was just completed with plans for several more.

Also in the master plan are two hotels, limited retail space and new apartment complexes.

"When it's built out, it will be about 3 million square feet and it will have eight to ten thousand employees and residents," said Rosen.

The complete build-out, though, is expected to take roughly 20 years.

One of the additions everyone is really looking forward to is a water feature that will anchor the area. As planned, it's an ode to the Roosevelt Dam.

Next up, though, is a 300 unit apartment complex on the eastern edge of the site and a nine-story office building near the freeway. Construction is expected to begin on those later this year.

In the meantime, though there is plenty to soak in along the canal path which now connects people to Tempe Town Lake,

"It will be an amenity that the whole community will be able to enjoy, connect to and be part of," Rosen said.

For more details on the Grand Project, you can check out their website here:http://thegrandatpapagoparkcenter.com/index.html.

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