Peoria: A Hold Out Against Phoenix

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Peoria, Arizona is an odd little burg. It is in two different counties – although primarily located in Maricopa. It is a suburb of Phoenix, but oddly has more interesting things to do. It is something of an anomaly in that regard, as most of the suburban towns that I write about end up relying heavily upon the larger city. For Peoria, that just isn’t the case, which is awesome. So, here are a couple of things that make Peoria a cooler place to live than Phoenix.

Peoria Sports Complex

Peoria Sports Complex is just cool, and is massive. It is a large baseball stadium, which hosts two different spring training camps for major league teams – Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres. Tickets are sold every fall for the upcoming spring training session, so if baseball is your thing this is something to take advantage of. If it isn’t, this facility is still open to the community to use for larger celebrations – although admittedly there is little that can be done about the fact that it is still a baseball stadium. But concerts can be hosted here, huge community events like the All-American Festival for the Fourth of July or the Food Truck Movie Night. These are events that you just can’t find anywhere else. Believe me. I looked.

Lake Pleasant Regional Park

Admittedly, Lake Pleasant Regional Park is on the outskirts of town, but it is in town. Lake Pleasant is a sizable lake, and when you live in a dry desert that’s enough to celebrate. The fact that it is only minutes from downtown is just a kicker in terms of accessibility. It offers activities year-round, although during the summer the more attractive ones will be the ones that get your feet wet. Jet-skiing and wake boarding are immensely popular summer activities. During the cooler months – because let’s face it Arizona doesn’t get a traditional winter-time – hiking and cycling take hold in Lake Pleasant. That isn’t to say that the jet-skiing ever really stops. It just, slows down a bit.

There are Parks Everywhere

Really, pretty much every block has a park on it, and when you get right down to it, that’s impressive. Whether you are looking for a place to play with your dog or just need a place for your kids to run around until they run out of energy, there is a park near you that offers exactly what you are looking for. Whether that be Hidden Meadows park – technically in Glendale but not really – which offers an unobstructed skyline, perfect for cloud-watching and stargazing, or Apache park which offers a sizable play area for kids, there is a park that is perfect for your needs.

Peoria is a special little town, that belongs everywhere and nowhere all at once. It is the ideal small that in many ways outshines the bigger cities. But what makes it so special is exactly that. It doesn’t exist anywhere else, and honestly it shouldn’t be any other way.

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