Gilbert was once known as the as the “Hay Shipping Capital of the World,” and has evolved into one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona and the largest unincorporated town in the United States. It covers an area of nearly 69 square miles.
Gilbert has made a rapid transformation from an agriculture-based community to an economically diverse suburban center located in the southeastern valley of the Greater Phoenix area within Maricopa County.
Thriving in business and leisure activities and with nationally ranked public school district, Gilbert has been recognized as one of the Best Places to Live in the United States by CNN/Money Magazine.
History and modern mesh well in Gilbert's Heritage District – nearly century-old buildings have been revitalized and transformed into a mecca for entertainment. A 1935 grocery store is now Liberty Market, and is close to popular eateries including Postino East and Joe's Real BBQ. Nearby, Hale Centre Theatre offers a full range of live theater performances. Art Intersection, also near the Heritage District, offers art and photography classes as well as exhibitions. The Riparian Preserve, a collection of man-made, recycled-water lakes provides valuable environments for migrating birds. Hundreds of species have been spotted here.
Parks and Recreation abound in Gilbert. Enjoy the Riparian Preserve, a collection of man-made, recycled-water lakes provides valuable environments for migrating birds. Hundreds of species have been spotted here. Bring the family to Freestone Park which offers a lake, baseball fields, basketball courts, playgrounds, a miniature train, a skate park, a carousel and a mini Ferris wheel. For more outdoor recreation, the Gilbert Regional Park, opened in 2019, covers 272-acres located near Higley and Queen Creek Road. This mega park is enjoyed by all ages. It has a 7 acre fishing lake, walking paths, outdoor Amphitheater for events, numerous sport courts, Ramada's and Water Parks for all ages.
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