In early 2010, after the Arizona Legislature was forced to cut all general revenue funding for state parks because of recession deficits, Arizona State Parks (ASP) closed 13 parks. Some communities stepped up to take over management, and in November 2016, Lake Havasu City broke ground on a new park, utilizing a creative public private partnership.
The 198-acre Contact Point State Park will feature a marina with a launch ramp, docks, dry boat storage, along with a restaurant with boat docking, a beach and ramadas. It will further provide the basis for the city’s Havasu 280 project, will lay adjacent to the Havasu Rivera project. The 10-year, phased project with also include roadway improvements. Some consider this the most significant development project for the City of Havasu since its founding.