Avondale

Located about twenty minutes west of downtown Phoenix, just west of Tolleson, east of Goodyear, and south of Litchfield Park. Historic downtown Avondale hosts annual special events such as Billy Moore Days Western Heritage Celebration, Fiesta Parties Mexican Independent Festivals, and Taste of the Southwest Valley Regional Event.

There is a new state of the art civic center on Avondale Boulevard for all government operations and it houses the Avondale Civic Center Amphitheater for community events such as the Under the Stars Concert Series. Avondale is the future home for the West Valley Arts Council. Also you can find Estrella Mountain Community College near Thomas and Dysart, which offers a wide variety of classes to parents for continuing education. EMCC offers childcare assistance programs available to those who qualify.

Home to Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) which brings in racing fans from all over the country for NASCAR and Indy events. Friendship Park, an extensive youth sports complex on McDowell between Dysart and Avondale Boulevard, boasts 11 soccer fields, four baseball fields, a dog park and a Japanese sculpture garden.

Two main shopping plazas are Gateway Pavilions at 99th Avenue and McDowell and Coldwater Plaza I-10 and Dysart. Gateway Pavilions has some large, popular retailers, a couple restaurants, and a huge luxury movie theater. Coldwater Plaza offers many restaurants, fast food places, and all kinds of stores.

  • Founded: around 1880 as “Coldwater” by Billy Moore
  • Incorporated December 13, 1946
  • Size: 54 square miles
  • Estimated 2007 Population: 76,000
  • Average home value: $225,000
  • Average annual household income: $72,000