Peoria is a major suburb of Phoenix. It is the spring training home of the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners who share the Peoria Sports Complex. In July 2008, Money magazine listed Peoria in its Top 100 Places to Live.
Spring training has a long history in Peoria. From the late 1970s to 1990, Peoria’s Greenway Sports Complex served as a minor-league training facility for the Milwakee Brewers baseball team. In 1994 this became the Peoria Sports Complex. It was the first Major League Baseball spring training facility in the county shared by two teams. The Padres and Mariners utilize the complex year round for spring training and player development..
Peoria has many mountains and hills in the northern end. Some include Sunrise Mountain, West Wing Mountain, East Wing Mountain, Calderwood Butte, Cholla Mountain, White Peak, Hieroglyphic Mountains, and Twin Buttes.
Also in Peoria is Lake Pleasant Regional Park. The park covers a total of more than 23,000 acres of mountainous desert landscape, including the lake, and boasts a number of other recreational activities such as mountain biking, camping and hiking. A number of boat docks and access to the lake beach make it a popular destination for scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
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