Chandler, Arizona nestled in the southwest valley, started out as an agriculture community with the help of visionary Dr. Alexander John Chandler who was responsible for the early development of Chandler. In 1891 Dr. Chandler, a surgeon purchased 80 acres of land from the government, just south of Mesa in the Salt River Valley. He was instrumental in developing the canals that would later bring water to the desert land, and what we now know as the Salt River Project (SRP). On May 17, 1912 Dr. Chandler opened the town site office, and Chandler, Arizona was incorporated in 1920.
Today, Chandler is home to just over 240,000 residents and known as a high-tech industrial city. Some of the largest employers in Chandler are technology based, such as Intel, Marvel Technologies, Crane STC Microwave Systems and Garmin to name a few.
Although there are outdoor shopping centers throughout the 64.90 square miles of Chandler, Arizona, the hot spot for the best shopping and dining is at Chandler Fashion Center. Here you will enjoy stores like Abercrombie & Fitch, be be, Pottery Barn, American Eagle Outfitters, Fossil and more. This beautiful shopping center is state-of-the-art and offers locals and visits a special experience, you can only find in Chandler.
If your taste buds are looking for fine food or a quick meal on-the-go, Chandler Fashion Center has a little bit of everything from fast food to top-rated restaurants like P.F. Chang’s, Old Spaghetti Factory and B.J.'s Restaurant and Brewhouse.
The vibrant city of Chandler has a bit to offer those looking for arts and culture in their active lifestyle. Chandler Center for the Arts is renowned for its excellent collaboration of programming, and innovation of relevant and diverse cultures, that reflect the community’s broad interest. The beautiful facility has a state-of-the-art acoustical setting, which was designed by Dr. Wendell Rossman of RSGS Architects. The Chandler Center for the Arts is acclaimed as a masterpiece, providing quality of sound that some say is the best in the world. The center is equipped with three theaters, a 2,000 square foot exhibition gallery and up to seating for 1,500 attendees. For a schedule of upcoming events at the Chandler Center for the Arts, click here.
The Chandler Museum is another wonderful amenity in the community. The museum offers interactive, educational programs and events for the whole family.
The City of Chandler maintains over 1,200 acres of park land in the community. Unique to Chandler’s Parks and Recs facilities are 6 public aquatic centers which offer a variety of pool sizes, sand volleyball courts, picnic ramadas and family-friendly activities. To learn more about the Chandler’s Aquatic Centers, click here.
There are more than 60 city parks throughout the City of Chandler, including skate parks, dogs parks, environmental education centers and the popular Hummingbird Habitat Park. Chandler is proud to offer a variety of community events throughout the year that residents can enjoy as well as those who are visiting the area. To learn more about the City of Chandler events, click here.
Golf history was made in Chandler, Arizona in November 1913 when 500 guests attended the grand opening of the Hotel San Marcos. The elite guest list included such names as Governor George P. Hunt and Vice President Thomas Marshall. Hotel San Marcos has since been a hot spot for the wealthy and golf enthusiasts who enjoy the 18-hole, 6,640 year, USGA championship course. The original golf course was sand, but the next year was seeded with Bermuda grass, making it the first golf course with green grass.
Also located in Chandler, Arizona is the Ocotillo Golf Resort, which has three nine-hole award-winning courses. The Ocotillo Golf Course received 4 1/2 stars “Best Places to Play” by Golf Digest Magazine. Managed by Troon Golf, this course offers generous fairways and landing areas with plenty of birdie opportunities for golfers. Ocotillo Golf Resort is a public course, click here for tee times and rates.
Chandler Unified School District serves more than 41,000 students, ranging from K-12 grade. The district covers 80 square miles and has been cited for excellence by outside organizations, including the Arizona Department of Education and U.S. Department of Education.
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