Nov 8, 2016
Many names and plans have been attached to the parcel of land known as the Havasu 280 through the years. A ceremony tomorrow puts shovel to dirt and pushes forward a project that can and should become one of the city’s jewels.
Now known as Havasu Riviera, the project is big and broad and worthy of the spectacular site adjoining and overlooking Lake Havasu. It includes a new state park, a resort and residential project and the city-run Havasu 280 recreation and education site.
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled at 10 a.m. at the Sweetwater Avenue maintenance yard near the property. Armed with City Council approval, the first step is a road connecting property parcels and running to the shore in the southeast part of the city.
Of the proposed projects, the ones that appear most likely to happen sooner rather than later include a botanical garden and day-use facilities. Paper plans include a municipal golf course that appears more as a placeholder project than a likely near-term investment.
The value of this project has been recognized for years, but some of the credit for getting it moving forward should go to the Havasu Vison 20/20 effort which seeks to revitalize the city’s economy and quality of life through community consensus. It doesn’t hurt that the Vision 20/20 effort is a finalist for a prize of more than $3 million in a national competition sponsored by Frontier Communications.