Peoria Az home to Arizona’s second largest lake and new home developments!
Peoria got its start in the 1880’s when citizens from Peoria, Illinois purchased 5,000 acres of land. Schools and a Post Office were established by 1889, but the city was not incorporated until 1954, with a land area of 1 square mile. By 1970 the population was 2,500. Explosive population growth over the past 30 years has transitioned this once small agricultural area into a large city with a population of over 130,000. Peoria is expected to continue growing with an estimated 2025 population of 232,200, with much of that growth occurring in Planned Developments primarily in the northern sections of the city.
The following are examples of some of the Master Planned Communities under development:
- Camino a Lago, 1351 Acres, 3,855 Homes
- Lake Pleasant Heights, 3,264 Acres, 6,122 Homes
- Tierra del Rio, 1,041 Acres, 2,102 Homes
- Saddleback Heights, 4,156 Acres, 6,195 Homes
- Sonoran Mountain Ranch, 710 Acres, 1,939 Homes
- Vistancia North – White Peak Ranch, 3,985 Acres, 8,190 Homes
- Rock Springs, 320 Acres, 773 Homes.
Peoria is home to Lake Pleasant, a 10,000 acre lake about 30 minutes north of downtown Phoenix. The lake is Arizona’s second largest, and has a full service marina, 4 public boat launch ramps, camping, fishing, hiking, and a Visitors Center.
Peoria Sports Complex was the first Major League Baseball Spring Training and player development facility in the country shared by two teams. Built in 1994, the complex has served as a model for other facilities of its kind. Through 20 year leases, the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners utilize Peoria Sports Complex year round. In the off-season, the complex is the site for player rehabilitation, Extended Spring Training, Arizona Summer League, and Arizona Instructional League baseball. The complex is also home to an Arizona Fall League team, the Peoria Javelinas. International teams from Japan, Korea and China have also used the facility for instructional and spring workouts.
The complex is also host to a variety of events such as concerts, art shows, car and RV shows, bike races, outdoor weddings/receptions, private parties, group events and charity fundraisers. City sponsored special events are also held annually for 4th of July, Easter and Halloween.
The details on the complex:
- 145 total acres
- 11,000 + traditional capacity Stadium
- 12 full size practice fields (6 lighted)
- 8 covered major league hitting tunnels
- 12 minor hitting tunnels
- 30 practice mound galleries
- 2,800 parking capacity
Right next to the Stadium is a 17 acre area that is being converted into the Peoria 83 Entertainment District (P83). The $130 million dollar project is estimated to be completed in 2015 and will house a boutique hotel, “trendy” restaurants, Arizona Broadway Theater (already there), and upscale living.
In 2007 the City of Peoria completed construction of the $13 million dollar Peoria Center for the Performing Arts facility. It is hoped this will be the cornerstone to eventually bring added retail, residential and business additions to the downtown area. The Peoria Center for the Arts consists of a 280 seat main stage auditorium, an 80+ seat black box theater, and classrooms.
By the Numbers
174 – Square miles
159,789 – 2012 population
883 – people/sq mile
26 – percent under 18
36.9 – median age