The quality of life and play for the Valley’s youngest residents are among the top priorities for many of our cities and suburbs.
The town of Gilbert is doing its part with the opening of six new playgrounds for children to enjoy for years to come. Residents and leaders recently cut the ribbon to recognize the opening of the new playground structures.
Residents had the opportunity to look at several proposed designs and vote for their favorite in an online poll to assist with design selection. The new playground structures are located at Gilbert’s Crossroads, Freestone, Oak Tree, Veterans, Village II and Vista Allegre parks. They are open to the public.
More information on Gilbert parks and amenities can be found at www.gilbertaz.gov/parks.
Spread across 76 square miles in Phoenix metro’s southeast valley, Gilbert is one of the most populous incorporated towns in the United States with more than 208,000 people per 2010 census figures. It has also been named one of the 25 safest cities in the country and continues to rank as one of the best places to live in Arizona.
Incorporated in 1920, Gilbert was primarily a farming community and remained an agricultural town for many years. It was even once known as the “Hay Capital of the World.”
While the town has evolved into a modern and economically diverse area since its “hay” days, Gilbert continues to honor its farming heritage through Agritopia – a unique mixed use planned community that encourages living off the land through agrarian principles.
The neighborhood contains single family homes, cottages and bungalows all built in architectural styles reminiscent of American homes of the early 20th century. The community also includes a functioning urban farm, a community garden, retirement home and a private Christian school.