Desert Botanical Garden (Phoenix) by An Pham
Southwest of downtown Phoenix, find the rural town of Laveen, where the agricultural roots of the past have grown into a thriving community.
Laveen’s first settlers were dairymen and alfalfa and cotton farmers in 1884. Despite its proximity to Phoenix, the community was isolated from its larger neighbor by the Salt River, which, until the Roosevelt Dam was completed in 1911, carried water year-round. The only bridged crossing, at Central Avenue, was more than six miles away. Because of its isolation, Laveen was autonomous of Phoenix and became relatively self-sufficient, supporting two general stores, a barbershop, a repair garage, two pool halls, and a building for the Laveen Women's Club. Since then, it’s grown into an urban village and business is booming.
Cesar Chavez Park is a favorite spot for locals and visitors. Alvord Lake is within its boundaries and provides a great spot for urban fishing. The path around its perimeter is ideal for running and biking. The park also holds the Aguila Golf Course, rated as one of the top municipal courses in the country by Golf Digest magazine.
Less than seven miles from the Aguila Golf Course you can enjoy some indoor fun at the Vee Quiva Casino. This upscale hotel and casino overlooks South Mountain and has slots, poker, bingo, dining, and entertainment.Visit City Site
Laveen Community Council | PO Box 488 | Laveen, AZ www.laveen.org
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