Paradise Valley’s busiest intersection will be shut down Saturday as bleachers and a stage are set up on the blacktop to accommodate the dedication of a memorial to the town’s most beloved resident.
Thousands are expected to attend the official unveiling of the Sen. Barry M. Goldwater Memorial, including U.S. Supreme Court justice and Paradise Valley resident Sandra Day O’Connor, Gov. Janet Napolitano and Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. on the northeast corner of Lincoln Drive and Tatum Boulevard.
"This is the largest event that the town has ever held in its 43-year history and will probably always stand as the largest event held," said Police Chief John Wintersteen, who is coordinating the road closures.
Tatum Boulevard, from Indian Bend to Arroyo Verde roads, and Lincoln Drive, between 48th Street and Desert Fairways Drive, will close at 3 a.m. and reopen about 3 p.m. Traffic will be detoured through residential streets.
Those attending the public event are encouraged to arrive early, said memorial spokesman Tim Sifert.
"We are anticipating crowds in the thousands," Sifert said. "A lot of people are really excited about it."
Parking will be available at the Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, Christ Church of the Ascension, Franciscan Renewal Center and Unitarian Congregation of Phoenix, all located on Lincoln Drive. Free shuttles will run 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Public parking also will be available along 56th Street.
Seating will be available for 700 people and there will be plenty of standing room, Sifert said.
O’Connor will dedicate the memorial and Luke Air Force Base will perform an F-16 flyover.
The memorial features a 10-foot bronze sculpture of Goldwater surrounded by a parklike setting.
"This is a great tribute to Barry Goldwater as a town resident and a great American," Wintersteen said.
Sen. Barry Goldwater Memorial Dedication
Where: Northeast corner of Tatum Boulevard and Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley
When: 10 a.m. Saturday