The Arizona Canal Demonstration Project is operated by SRP and is technically a utility corridor; however, the canal pathways have historically been associated with recreation. Jim Veihdeffer, a local blogger about Arizona waterways, will present his historical research on the Arizona Canal and the multi-room design featured along the waterway, 10 a.m. Saturday, March 10 at the Sunnyslope Historical Museum, 737 E. Hatcher Road.

These “rooms” can be seen at regular intervals by walking or biking down the south side of the canal starting at Central Avenue just south of Dunlap, head southeast along the canal. The concept was designed with deeper meanings and significance than may be apparent on first viewing.

The event is free and a light lunch will follow; donations welcome. Then, following the presentation, enjoy a 4-mile loop bike ride to and from the nearby Arizona Canal, with stops along the way to admire some of Sunnyslope’s unique public art, including the mosaics at Fire Station 7, the “S’s” on Hatcher Road, the metal art installations in the median islands on Central Avenue, and more. Bicycles can be safely parked in the gated courtyard area of the museum during the presentation.

For more information, call 602-331-3150.


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