The Scene - Tempe Arizona
11/21/09 at Kiwanis Park, Tempe AZ
Colorado - Utah - New Mexico - Arizona - Nevada
Donna on the Side
Tempe is a city of approximately 175,500 population. It's history goes back to 1865 when the U.S. Army set up Fort McDowell. With the cavalry came pioneers that included Jack Swilling, who directed the renovation of the Hohakam canals and town "founder" Charles Trumbull Hayden, who build a flour mill and began a ferry service across the Salt River. Back then, Tempe was known as "Hayden's Ferry." The town grew and was eventually renamed Tempe after an English traveler who compared the area to the beautiful Vale of Tempe in Greece. The area and city continued to grow and eventually expanded city boundries to accomodate the post World War II Baby Boom.
Located in the heart of Tempe is Arizona State. Once a teacher's college, Arizona State is now a major university with several campuses in the Tempe area. As of 2006, the Tempe campus was the second largest university campus in terms of student enrollment in the US with a student body of approximately 52,000.
There are many attractions in Tempe including, Arizona State University Art Museum, shopping at Arizona Mills and for the largest IKEA in the US, watch a film at the IMAX Theatre Tempe or a show at the Arizona State Gammage Auditorium or have some laughs at the Tempe Improv Comedy Club. There are also parks and recreation at the Tempe Town Lake, Tempe Beach Park. One of the best places for a good time is the Mill Avenue District, a 2 mile area for outdoor recreation like kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating and lots of restaurants, cafes and bars.
(Thanks to Wipedia and the Tempe Arizona Convention and Visitors Bureau for info about Tempe.)
But the most important thing about Tempe is that it is home to NXN Southwest.
| Kiwanis Park - home to NXN Southwest Regionals two years so far. |
| All stop for the National Anthem.|