Gilbert, Arizona is located southeast of downtown Phoenix and spans across seventy-six square miles. Once known as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World,” Gilbert has shifted from an agricultural community to a diverse city that has grown from just under 6,000 population in the 80s to over 208,000 as of the 2010 census.
In the early 1900s, a man named William “Bobby” Gilbert gave land to the Arizona Eastern Railway to build a rail line between Phoenix and Florence, Arizona. Still in use today is the original Grocery Store, which was opened in 1910 and in 1912 became the first post office location. In 2012 Gilbert was rank one of the top twenty-five safest cities in the United States and, in 2014 was recognized by Time Inc.’s Money Magazine, as the 22nd-best place to live in America. To learn more about Gilbert, Arizona visit their Chamber of Commerce.
Gilbert’s Heritage District is located downtown, along Gilbert Road. It is a charming row of newer and some original buildings that are now home to local businesses, restaurants and quaint shops. Pedestrian and pet-friendly, the Heritage District is part of what gives Gilbert that small down charm that you will fall in love with. The Heritage District is also home to the Gilbert Historical Museum, The Hale Theater and the Farmers Market that features local farmers and artisans, open every Saturday from 7:00 am to 11:00 am.
Downtown Gilbert, Arizona is proud to offer residence and visitors a plethora of family-friendly community events, that are unique to Gilbert, such as Gilbert Days or the Gilbert Art Walk that runs from March through October each year. If you are looking for more arts, you can check out the Higley Theater of Performing Arts, which hosts a full season of local, national and international shows.
With a “small town feel with a big city appeal,” Gilbert, Arizona has some of the best shopping you could want for at The San Tan Village and the Gilbert Town Square. You’ll find local business owners and popular choices like Apple, Vans, Coach, Total Wines and More, and fine eateries like Cantina Laredo and Blue Wasabi Sushi and Martini Bar.
If being outdoors is where your heart lies, Gilbert, Arizona has plenty to offer you, from sports complexes to public pools to hiking and bird watching. The Big League Dreams Sports Complex hosts a wide variety of sports tournaments, while the Riparian at Water Ranch features hiking and equestrian trails. The Riparian at Water Ranch is considered a premier bird watching facility with over 250 species of birds that have been sighted.
Freestone Park is Gilbert's pride and joy, with beautiful lush landscaping and amenities such as play grounds, train rides, athletic fields and picnic areas to name a few. Within Freestone Park there is a skate park that has 22,000 square feet of space for the beginner or experienced skaters. And there are more than 145 miles of marked and unmarked trails for biking and hiking at the Central Trail System. Freestone Park has an amphitheater which hosts concerts in the park and the Freestone Recreation Center. Local public pools in Gilbert include Mesquite Aquatic Center, Williams Field Pool, Greenfield Pool and Perry Pool.
If your inner cowboy is looking for something to do, then you will love the Gilbert Rodeo Days. Thousands of residents and visitors attend the annual rodeo, which has several annual events in the month of November.
Gilbert Public Schools (GPS) has been providing community children with an education since the first school was opened in 1913. Today, every classroom is equipped with computers and Internet connection to facilitate the best possible education. GPS has an enrollment of over 39,000 students.
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