Scottsdale at times could experience ravaging floods that would split the city in two. Water would flood homes.
In 1959, the initial design by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was to build a concrete channel that would divide the city. In 1964, the Scottsdale Town Enrichment Program (STEP Committee) met and developed a recommendation to turn Indian Bend Wash into a greenbelt recreation area, instead of a concrete channel. It took until 1966 to start obtaining funding and the first section developed was the first federally funded project in Arizona called El Dorado Park.
These folks had a lot of foresight and Indian Bend Wash is still one of the highlights of Scottsdale. You can bike, walk, and enjoy the lakes, grass, golf courses, pools, tennis, dog park, sports, and more at Indian Bend Wash. It has over 1200 acres and 300 of those acres are city parks. A problem flooding area turned into a wonderful recreational area. More cities should consider this option.