In 1868 John W. “Jack” Swilling organized a crew of men to dig the first modern-day ditch in the Salt River Valley. By 1872 the area along the Salt River had become a thriving agricultural community and developers began to see the potential income from the rich desert land. In 1882 the Arizona Canal Company hired young William John Murphy, a former Union Army officer to head up the construction and development of a 41-mile canal. Murphy, who was from Illinois later returned to his home town to recruit settlers to head west to the newly developing farming area, that would later be named Peoria, Arizona. Today, Peoria is a robust community with just over 154,000 in population according to the 2010 census report. Peoria is the sixth largest city in Arizona by land size and the ninth largest by population. In 2008, Peoria was ranked “Top 100 Places to Live” by Money Magazine. To learn more about the city of Peoria, click here.
Throughout the 170-miles that encompass the city of Peoria, you will find a variety of outdoor shopping centers and local places to dine out. Along West Bell Road you can find every cuisine of food imaginable plus a ton of entertainment options, from movie theaters to ice skating at AZ Ice Peoria. Arrowhead Towne Center and surrounding shopping district is home to popular stores and restaurants like Ashley Home Furniture, Bath & Body Works, Sears , Guess, Rock Bottom Brewery and Ah-So Sushi & Steak to name a few.
If you like the arts and science, Peoria has you covered. You can enjoy a dinner and a show at the Arizona Broadway Theater, which has a 6,300 square foot main stage with seating for up to 470 guests. The theater is proud to present a variety of classic plays such as The King and I or Les Miserables.
Theater Works is located within the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Peoria. The facility has seating for 270 guests at the main stage and 80 seats in the Black Box Theater. Theater Works was founded in 1986 as a non-profit community and in 2007 signed a 20 year contract with the city of Peoria. They are proud to offer not just shows but education classes for adults and a summer camp for children.
The Arizona Challenger Space Center is a public museum open year-round with exhibits and memorabilia. They also offer guided and group tours and have a Family STAR Night once a month where you can participate in a two-hour simulated mission aboard the International Space Station.
Peoria has lots to offer the outdoor lifestyle from hard-core recreation to relaxing lake side. The Peoria Sports Complex is home to the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners. The facility also hosts several annual events including the Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt and the popular All American Festival held on July 4th.
Just a short drive from downtown Peoria is the beautiful Lake Pleasant Regional Park, where residents and visitors can enjoy a good time and good food at the Scorpion Bay Marina or rent a boat for the afternoon. Lake Pleasant Regional Park has a functional water elevation of 1,600 feet, and two boat launching ramps. The park has paved parking and public restrooms and plenty of space to set up camp for a long weekend or for the day.
Rio Vista Recreation Center is a family-friendly facility with programs designed to engage Peoria residents in an active, healthy lifestyle. There is a public gymnasium, indoor racquetball court, rock climbing wall, walking track and classrooms for scheduled events. Rio Vista Park is fifty-two acres with picnic ramadas, sand volleyball courts, playgrounds, softball and multi-use fields, splash park and a walking path that surrounds the park’s urban lake. To learn more about the other parks located in Peoria, Arizona click here.
Peoria Unified School District has been serving the students for over 125 years and has schools in both Peoria and Glendale, Arizona.
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