|Urban Village of Phoenix|
Maryvale Urban Village within Phoenix.
Maryvale Baseball Park and surrounding suburban development.
|o Total||37.6 sq mi (~97.4 km2)|
|Elevation||1,119 ft (341 m)|
|o Density||6,500/sq mi (4,000/km2)|
|Area code(s)||602 623|
|Website||Maryvale Village Planning Committee|
Plans for Maryvale began to take shape during the 1950s, when developer John F. Long came up with the idea of developing a master-planned community on the western part of Phoenix, with an aim of turning the area into a working class suburb for Caucasians. It was the first master planned community in Arizona, and one of the first planned communities in the country. The community was designed to include space for parks, schools, and space to fulfill other community service requirements.
Demographic changes came to the area by 1975, as residents in the area began to move north. Meanwhile, Hispanic families began moving into the area in the 1980s. The discovery of a cancer cluster in the 1980s (see below) reportedly contributed to white flight in the community.
In the 1990s, the community is noted for having a crime problem. Gangs moved into condominiums and apartment complexes in the area, and were not afraid of challenging law enforcement. Gang members at one particular condominium, Woodmar, was noted to have threatened law enforcement officials, to the extent that Phoenix Police did not allow its officers to enter the condominium, without the backup of at least two other police officers. The area also had a problem with graffiti.
In 1999, Phoenix Police Department officer Marc Atkinson was shot and killed in Maryvale, in the first fatal shooting of a police officer in the city since 1991. In that same year, Phoenix Police began an effort aimed at reducing crime at the Woodmar, with search warrants served,, drug and criminal syndicate charges filed against individuals, and restraining orders served on people who do not live at the complex. As a result, there was a decrease in crime at the complex.
As recently as 2016, however, the community is still experiencing crime problems. The community was also rocked by a number of shootings that were allegedly committed by the Serial Street Shooter in 2016. At the time, community leaders expressed concerns that the community has been ignored by city leaders and the city's police.
Maryvale made local, national, and international headlines in 2014, after reports surfaced of feral chihuahuas terrorizing area residents. Its veracity, however, has been challenged by the Phoenix New Times.
The community is located on the western edge of the City of Phoenix, and encompasses an area southwest of Grand Avenue, east of the Interstate 17, north of McDowell Road and Interstate 10, and east and southeast of the city limits of Phoenix.
Maryvale is the most populous of the Phoenix's urban villages.
As of 2010, the Urban Village of Maryvale had a population of 208,189. While census figures show no single ethnic group being in the majority, Caucasians whites made up the largest single racial group, comprising 49.5% of the community's population. 37% of the community's population are identified as members of "Some Other Race". 6% of the population are Blacks or African Americans, followed by American Indian or Alaska Native (1.9%), Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders (1.9%), and Asian (1.5%).
The median household income in Maryvale is $40,504/year, and 20.63% of the community's population live under the poverty line.
In November 2017, the Phoenix City Council approved a deal that will keep the Brewers at the facility for another 25 years. In exchange, the city will contribute $2 million per year, for five years, towards park renovation efforts.
The City of Phoenix once operated the Maryvale Golf Course, a championship-length golf course that was designed by William F. Bell, who also designed the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California. The 130 acres (53 ha) facility opened in 1961, but the City of Phoenix eventually ran the golf course at a loss of $250,000 per year. The golf course reopened as the Grand Canyon University Golf Course on January 6, 2016, as a partnership between the City of Phoenix and Grand Canyon University. The new golf course was redesigned by John Fought, with a rebuilt clubhouse. GCU, which invested $10 million into the project, will split the golf course's profits with the City of Phoenix, after it recoups its initial investment.
The Desert Sky Transit Center, which opened for service in December 2015, serves public transit users in the area. A number of Valley Metro bus routes call at the station, including the Bus Rapid Transit route I-10 West RAPID, which carries passengers from the center to Downtown Phoenix, and the Phoenix/Gila Bend Regional Connector, which carries passengers between the transit center and Gila Bend.
The community is also served by a local circulator bus route called Phoenix Neighborhood Circulator MARY.
In December 2017, Abrazo Community Health Network closed its campus in Maryvale, citing declining demands for its services. The decision to close the hospital was announced in October of that year, and although officials with Abrazo said the closure would not impact the community's access to healthcare, residents were concerned that the extra time spent traveling to other healthcare facilities nearby could be detrimental during an emergency situation.
The area was noted as being built on farmland that saw heavy pesticide use, at a time when DDT was in regular use. Maryvale is also the site of a state Superfund site known as the West Central Phoenix Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund site, due to the dumping of chemicals, including TCE, by a number of industries in the area.
In 1987, residents in the area became aware of the fact that Maryvale was part of a cancer cluster. From 1970 to 1986, newborns to 19-year-olds died of Leukemia at a rate that was twice the national average at the time. In addition, a study that began in 1983 and released in 1987 revealed that in the same general area of the cancer cluster, elevated rates of birth defects were identified.
The state's Department of Health Services was reportedly aware of the cancer cluster problem at least five years prior, and repeatedly refused to launch a substantive investigation. In addition, the agency also told the principal of a parochial school in the area who first discovered that children were dying to not talk about the issue.
A study was later launched by the state, with an original completion deadline of 1991. The study, under the oversight of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, faced a number of delays, and eventually found no link between environmental factors and the leukemia cases. Critics accuse the ADHS for not looking seriously at the community's water supply, instead focusing on collecting data on a myriad of variables. Some critics also leveled accusations that the study was drawn out, with the intention of deflecting litigation against the city, as well as polluting industries. As recently as 2009, the state's Department of Environmental Quality maintains there is no link between Maryvale's groundwater contamination, and increased cancer rates.
...the Village is home to two major league baseball spring training facilities. One is located at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road and the other is located at 107th Avenue and Camelback Road.