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Tempe Beach Park partially reopens following trail derailment

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PHOENIX – The City of Tempe announced Tempe Beach Park would reopen Saturday following a train derailment that temporarily closed the space.

Tempe Beach Park, Tempe Town Lake and boat concessions like pedal boat and pontoon rentals are open but with limited access as crews continue to clean up.

Kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing, canoeing and other lake activities are permitted to resume as well.

According to the release, Boat Beach, Lakeview Drive and the parking lot off Ash Avenue will remain closed until further notice so cleanup and repairs can continue.

Certain parts of the lake are also still inaccessible like the south side of the lake from Beach Park parking lot.

Those with privately licensed boats can access the lake, but they have to use the access at the marina.

The lake has been closed since July 29 when a Union Pacific train derailed and one of the cars caught fire near Tempe Beach Park.

Last Sunday, crews demolished a portion of the bridge that was damaged in the derailment.

Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir said in a press conference last week that there was no evidence of criminal activity.

There is no timeline on when the bridge will be reconstructed.

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