October 17, 2004
Chandler is planning its own version of Gilbert’s Riparian Institute, but with a twist.
Bob Upham, a senior engineer for Chandler, said Chandler will be constructing a water recharge facility on the northeast corner of Lindsay and Chandler Heights roads, and the 113-acre site will include a park, trails and a wetlands project.
"We’re mirroring Gilbert’s Riparian Preserve in functionality, although we are trying to go for a different look," he said. "The goal is to have an agrarian look. More of the rural look that Chandler is known for."
Upham said Chandler plans to shoot for a stream effect with continuously flowing water as opposed to the Riparian Institute’s series of seven ponds. He said the site will also include a lake stocked for fishing.
"The lake will be part of urban fishing program, so the fish are edible," he said.
Jim Phipps, a Chandler spokesman, said the approximately $8 million
project, called the the Chandler Heights Recharge Project, will include three components.
"It’s a multi-use facility," he said. "Recharge of effluent water, then it’s got a park facility and it’s got a police substation. When completed it will be Chandler’s 55th park, the third police station and the fourth reclaimed water recharge site."
Laura Kramer, who lives near the proposed park, said her family is looking forward to riding the trail system on their horses and bikes and using the pond.
"I have an 8-year-old son who can’t wait for the fishing pond to open," she said. "He and his grandpa fished all the time back in Iowa, so he’s really excited."
Elisabeth Boyle, who runs a dairy on Lindsay Road across from the planned park, said it would be a nice place to walk or bike. "I have never lived close to a park, so having a park across the street is kind of neat," she said.
A public meeting on the project will be held after the master planning process, and another before yearlong construction, starts in summer 2005, Phipps said.
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