Timeline (New Millennium)

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  • 2000 Challenger Space Center of Arizona opened
  • 2001 Bond authorization to enable the construction of a community theater 
  • 2002 City’s first water treatment plant opened 
  • 2002 Peoria and the Borough of Ards, Northern Ireland, become sister cities 
  • 2003 City’s new Public Safety Building opened 
  • 2004 First Community Park opened 
  • 2005 City’s Fiftieth Year of Incorporation 

Challenger Space Center
Peoria was the original home of the Challenger Space Center of Arizona for 17 years. Opened in 2000, the Challenger Space Center features flight simulators, multimedia presentations about space travel and exploration, and hands-on activities. The center was adjacent to Sunrise Mountain High School, and relocated to Phoenix in 2017 after the building was sold.

Challenger Space Center
Challenger Space Center

Community Theater
In 2003 the city signed an agreement with Theater Works, Arizona’s largest community theater, to partner in building a new 250-seat community theater at the site of the old city hall. With Theater Works as the anchor tenant, the theater hosts other theater groups when available.

Theater Works Building in Peoria

Arizona Broadway Theatre 
This award winning dinner theater opened in 2006 and continues to provide its audiences the best of Broadway!

Arizona Broadway Theater "Tarzan"

Neigborhood Pride
Neighborhood Pride is a revitalization program adopted by the Peoria City Council in August 1996 to help older, mature neighborhoods that are beginning to show signs of deterioration.

Volunteers working in the Neighborhood Pride program

The Peoria Arizona Historical Society was founded in 1990 by seven women with a vision of saving artifacts, buildings and documents that told part of the story of Peoria’s past. After meeting for several years in the chamber of commerce, homes, churches, and rooms at Old City Hall, the group moved into the 1906 Central School building, which is owned and was re-furbished by the City. In 1993 the society began assembling a museum at the historical site on 83rd and Madison Avenues. Today the old schoolhouse is home to the Peoria Historical Society Museum featuring an authentic replica of a grammar school classroom as well as a host of other exhibits providing a window into Peoria’s history. 

The Start of the Next 50 Years! 
  • 2007 Peoria Theater for the Performing Arts opened 
  • 2007 Rio Vista Community and Recreation Center opens 
  • 2008 City’s new Development and Community Services Building opened
  • 2011 West Valley Art Museum finds a new home at Peoria City Hall
  • 2012 20 year extension spring training agreement with San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners 
  • 2012 Centennial Plaza opens celebrating Arizona’s Centennial 
  • 2013 Pioneer Community Park opened 
  • 2014 New clubhouses for San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners open
  • 2017 Peoria selected as the site of new $70 million dollar health clinic for Maricopa County Integrated Health System (MIHS)
  • 2018 Construction begins on Paloma Community Park, Peoria's 3rd Community Park