Welcome to Glendale, Arizona
Welcome to Glendale, Arizona
Before the notoriety Glendale earned as the sporting hot-spot in Arizona, it was an empty desert which later fostered a large part of Arizona’s fruit farming industry. In 1882, William J. Murphy, along with three local builders, M.W. Kales, William A. Hancock and Clark Churchill, created the Arizona Canal Co. project, which would bring water to the area. Today, Glendale is a sports destination for football fans, hockey fans and those who enjoy the outdoors while taking in a spring training baseball game. With state-of-the-art facilities like the Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale is the host of the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, BCS Championship games as well the 2008 Super Bowl.
As the area continued to develop, Glendale’s Beet Sugar Factory was an important part of the city’s early economic success. The structure still stands today just southeast of downtown Glendale. Farms and orchards grew throughout the early 1900s. Other historic businesses include the Glendale Ice Co., the Pacific Creamery Co., the Southwest Flour and Feed Co. and the Glendale Milling Co. Glendale is still well-known for its fabulous art district and antique collecting, however other economic contributors include retail, Honeywell, Luke Air Force Base, medical, education and resale real estate and development.
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The lifestyle in Glendale is suitable for a vast variety of interests. If you are into shopping and dining, Glendale has some of the best restaurants in the city. If you like to spend time outdoors, there is plenty of hiking, Lake Pleasant for fresh water recreation or beautiful walking trails within master planned communities. The homes are built with stucco exterior and most newer homes have concrete tile roofs. Architecturally, you’ll appreciate high ceilings, bright windows, open floorplan designs and backyards that are perfect for enjoying the Valley of the Sun weather conditions.
Entertainment, Shopping, Dining
In the heart of North Glendale is Arrowhead Towne Center, the first large shopping mall built in the northwest valley. Today the area encompasses several miles of retail shops, 200 restaurants, and movie theaters. Just a few minutes down the Loop 101 Freeway is the renowned Westgate City Center which is the newest Entertainment District in Glendale – home to the Arizona Cardinals who play at the University of Phoenix Stadium and the Phoenix Coyotes who play at Jobing.com Arena. Westgate City Center hosts a plethora of hot restaurants, retail shops and outdoor entertainment.
If you are a baseball enthusiastic, Arizona is the place to be for spring training! Glendale is the spring training location for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. Hundreds of locals and fans, who travel to Arizona to watch their favorite team prepare for the season, enjoy a hot dog, fresh cut grass and the awesome spring weather in Arizona.
Although snow is not something Arizona experiences very often, Glendale residents still love to celebrate the holidays. Every year Glendale Glitterslights up Murphy Park in downtown Glendale with 1.5 million holiday lights. The festival begins Thanksgiving weekend and runs through the first of the year and features horse-drawn carriage rides, visits from Santa, live holiday music, craft shows and home-made goodies. Murphy Park hosts a variety of community events throughout the year, like the Glitter and Glow Hot Air Balloon Show, The Chocolate Affaire and the annual Jazz and Blues Festival.
Just to the northwest of Glendale is Pleasant Harbor Marina at Lake Pleasant which offers boat rentals, boat storage, swimming, skiing, camping and fishing. If hiking is more your style, Glendale has beautiful hiking trails at Thunderbird Conservation Park which is a 1,185-acre park dedicated to preserving the desert environment. Glendale is also the home to several established golf courses including the newly renovated Arrowhead Country Club. To beat the summer heat, there is always Arizona’s biggest ‘n’ best water parks, Wet’nWild, perfect for every member of the family.
In addition to awesome outdoor activities and sporting galore, Glendale is also proud to offers a wide variety of educational options:
Midwestern University – largest medical college on the west coast
Thunderbird School of Global Management – the first and best international graduate business school
Devry University Glendale Center
Arizona State University (ASU) West Campus
Glendale Community College (GCC)
Deer Valley District 97 Public Schools