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6 PEORIA, ARIZONA • www. visitpeoriaaz. com F rom the rich natural environment of picturesque Lake Pleasant in north Peo-ria to a newly opened shopping and dining center featuring the latest retail trends at the city's southern border, Peoria might be the answer for those searching for a city that offers something for everyone. History of success Located northwest of Phoenix, Peoria is a city with a long history dating back to pioneer days but with a modern- day story that is still unfolding. The city offers a 178- square- mile buffet of choices for visitors and residents. For nature lovers, it's the home of the state's second- largest lake and a growing network of hiking trails. For sports- lovers, it is home to the state's most popular spring train-ing facility, with professional football, hockey and auto racing venues nearby. For those who like the finer side of life, Peoria's booming growth has brought an abundance of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Here you'll find luxury auto dealers and trendy boutiques; relaxing spas and restaurants ranging from steakhouses to sushi bars. Nightlife enthusiasts can hang out at sports bars or dance to live jazz music at a swanky lounge. Families attracted by top- ranked schools in the Peoria Unified School District find plenty to do with 26 parks and rinks for in- line and ice- skating, while retirees leave behind bad weather for sunny golf courses. Theater lovers have two dinner theaters from which to choose as well as the new Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. Science buffs can explore the universe at the Challenger Space Center, which opened in 2000 as the first stand- alone Challenger Center in the nation. Peoria's gamut of amenities is gaining recognition nationally. Money magazine named Peoria one of the coun-try's top 100 " Best Places to Live" for 2008. Magnet for adventurers The promise of a prosperous future has long drawn resi-dents to Peoria. The Peoria Historical Society collects memories of the city's history inside a former two- room schoolhouse downtown. Longtime Historical Society member and native, Harold McKisson, traces his family roots in Peoria back to the early 1900s. He's watched cotton fields and open space transform into a modern, vibrant city WELCOME TO PEORIA, ARIZONA By ANGELA RABAGO- MUSSI D Lriveea tmhe! Slip- slide into one of America's most livable cities — Peoria, Arizona. Peoria is an all- American city, from pioneer town to

PEORIA, ARIZONA 7 Rio Vista Recreation Center metropolis on the move