Glendale starts design on Heroes Park Lake


Glendale City Council began the process last month of installing a fishing lake inside Heroes Regional Park, at the northeast corner of 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road. Council approved up to $104,950 to a contractor for the first phase of the lake’s design.

This phase of design is expected to be complete by the end of February 2020. Construction on the lake is expected to start in 2022 and “may be constructed in phases depending on available funding,” according to a city document.

The first phase of the 80-acre park was developed before 2008, and the Heroes Branch Library opened at the southeast corner of the park earlier this year. The lake is planned for the western area of the park and is planned to have a surface area of about seven acres.

The lake will be part of the Arizona Game and Fish Urban Fishing Program and will be stocked with fish throughout the year. In addition to fishing, the lake will be used for non-motorized watercraft, radio-controlled boats, passive recreation and will serve as the prominent visual element of the park. The lake may also serve as the source of all landscape irrigation on site.

The city entered into a contract with Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. for the first phase of planning. This phase will include a topographical survey and lake design concept report. A second design phase, which is not included in this contract, will include final lake design improvements with specifications for bidding and construction administrative support services.

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