I was driving along Indian School Road near 56th Street and I finally decided to stop and see Arizona Falls at Herberger Park. I bet most locals have never visited this spot, and it has an interesting history! It was the site of the area’s first hydroelectric power plant, in operation from 1911 to 1950. It reopened in 2003 and now produces 750 kilowatts of renewable energy, powering up to 150 homes. “WaterWorks at Arizona Falls”, commissioned by the Phoenix Arts Commission, was designed by artists Lajos Heder and Mag Harries. It shows the marriage of energy and art and is a lovely spot for enjoying the falls.
Arizona Falls is formed by a natural 20-foot drop in the Arizona Canal. You can visit the Water Room and feel the wonderful cooling effects of the falls. It’s open 24 hours a day, with parking available from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.