|City of Prescott Valley Arizona Information
|Welcome to Prescott Valley, one of the fastest growing, vibrant, and diverse communities in Central Arizona. Prescott Valley attracts people who seek out the natural beauty of Arizona, affordable housing, a peaceful lifestyle, and new opportunities.
The last 4 years have ushered in many wonderful changes to Prescott Valley including a new entertainment center, new and exciting housing communities, new restaurants, and transportation improvements along Highway 89A. This year and next promise a continuation of these changes with a new medical center, more restaurants, and new businesses on the east end of town.
Prescott Valley has just completed a state-of-the-art sewage treatment plant, sewer system, roads project and natural gas lines that will take the community well into the 21st century. A third long range plan has been completed for this 27-year old community and a new police and court facility has been constructed, as well as the new Civic Center which includes the Town hall and Library.The town was founded in 1966, incorporated in 1978, and residents expect it to become a major city in the near future. However, town leaders say Prescott Valley will never lose its small town, friendly approach to people and business.
Mission Statement – The Town of Prescott Valley Mission Statement “To inspire and sustain a dynamic, innovative, and prosperous community through the combined talents of our citizenry.”
Vision Statement - City of Prescott Valley 2020 The City of Prescott Valley is a recognized modern and vibrant regional urban hub in northern Arizona.
We are the center for medical services, transportation options, and educational and employment opportunities, and comprise a diverse cultural and ethic base. Our small town character and a sense of community has been valued and retained as a part of our emergence as a regional leader. New residential developments have contributed to the unique character brought about by the individuality of our neighborhoods within our community.
We remain a safe, attractive, and affordable place for families to live, work, and play. Community commerce has evolved to a mix of densities, intensities, and uses. Established business areas have flourished while new business and employment gateways have been developed. We, as a community, have capitalized upon and continue to protect our clean and beautiful natural environment and our financial and human resources to ensure a sustainable future. The diversity of our population is viewed as an asset by our community leaders and continues to shape our vision.
Location – This special community lies between the Bradshaw and Mingus mountains 5,100 feet above the desert plains. Pronghorn antelope still travel throughout the town in spite of its tremendous growth. Located just 80 miles north of Phoenix, Prescott Valley is in the center of many of Arizona’s beautiful natural and cultural attractions and is a short drive to nearby cities such as, Prescott, Jerome, Sedona, Verde Valley, and Flagstaff. You can even make a day trip to the Grand Canyon from here.
Climate -Prescott Valley has a balance of four mild seasons with pleasant temperatures and low humidity. We are a very unique area between the Mingus and Bradshaw Mountains. At 5,100 feet elevation, Prescott Valley has gently rolling hills above the extreme heat of the desert valley and below the heavy snowfall and cold of the plateaus and mountains.
Population/Size – Since 1990, Prescott Valley, one of Arizona’s fastest growing communities, has gone from a population of 8,858 to more than 20,000. Nearby developments outside the town limits increase the population to 66,000, according to Prescott Valley Officials. Commercial businesses are popping up in every direction with a heavy concentration along Highway 69. A planned new downtown, regional shopping center and cross-town highway will offer a variety of new opportunities over the next few years.
Real Estate – The average sales price for a single family residence in 2004 was $169,000 in Prescott Valley. The market remains strong with an average market time of 30 days.
The addition of several new master planned communities in Prescott Valley has driven new home sales up, with the average cost of new construction starting at $125.00 dollars per sq ft in Prescott Valley including lot.
Major Employers- The area’s largest industrial employer, Better-Bilt, Inc. employs 300 people in Prescott Valley. In addition, ACE Home Distribution Center has a 663,000-square-foot building with 250 employees; Printpack, a modern fast-food packaging company with 107 employees, and AAE, a sheet metal manufacturer with 45 employees help provide employment to the community.
School and Colleges -There are five public elementary schools, two public middle schools and one public high school. The Yavapai College extension facility in partnership with Northern Arizona University, offers undergraduate programs; for information, call (520) 445-5231. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University nearby offers bachelor of science degrees, contact (520) 708-6600. Prescott College offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees, contact (520) 778-2090.
Health Care – The medical community provides primary care physicians, specialty health care providers, dentists, optometrists and chiropractors. Family care and occupational medical services are available at Prescott Valley Community Urgent Care Facility. Yavapai Regional Medical Center (www.yrmc.org) in Prescott, located within 15 minutes of Prescott Valley, provides 24-hour Emergency Room and Intensive and Cardiac Care Units. On Aug. 23, 1997, Yavapai Regional Medical Center opened the YRMC Del E. Webb Outpatient Center in Prescott Valley. The outpatient center, which is located on a 10-acre site at 3262 Windsong Drive, is a two-story, 30,000-square-foot facility that features preventive medicine programs (Pendleton Center East), a Physical Rehabilitation Services Department, imaging services, state-of-the-art laboratory services and office space for physicians. It also serves as the home base for YRMC’s home health and hospice programs. The outpatient center is located adjacent to the 27 acres that have been purchased by YRMC as the site for a new 50-bed hospital—YRMC East. The Prescott Veterans Administration Hospital is located approximately 10 minutes from Prescott Valley.
Shopping – Ace Hardware, K-Mart, Safeway, Albertson’s and a variety of retail and service establishments, along with restaurants and motels are available to meet consumer needs.
History – Glassford Hill overlooking the width and breadth of Prescott Valley, has seen civilizations come and go. Archeological evidence of early man goes back as far as 800 A.D. Ancient Indian villages were settled around Glassford Hill in 1400. In 1582, Spanish explorers were in this vicinity as evidenced by the signs of Spanish mining efforts in nearby Badger Springs.
In 1864, gold was discovered in nearby Bradshaw Mountains and the U.S. Cavalry established Fort Whipple 5 miles away. The cavalry used Glassford Hill as a heliograph site using signal mirrors to communicate with other army units in the war against the Apaches.
In the early 1900′s the area was homesteaded by the Fain family. In 1963, a new generation of Fains entered in an agreement with a land developer, and Glassford Hill looked down on the beginnings of Prescott Valley. In 1966 the town was founded. It was incorporated in 1978 with a population of 1,520.
Recreational Opportunities - Prescott Valley’s major niche is in recreation, with 10 public parks, Olympic-style soccer fields, softball fields, a new public swimming pool with a 100-foot slide and a new 3,000 seat outdoor amphitheater in Mountain Valley Park. Castle Golf offers a modern miniature golf course, high-tech video and participation games, mini race cars and track, batting cages, driving ranges, and a planned theater complex. Fishing, backpacking, horseback riding, boating, gold panning, camping, and outdoor trails are available within minutes of the community. Nearby scenic drives allow you to enjoy the beauty of Granite Dells, Granite Mountain and Granite Basin, Lynx Lake, Senator Highway and Skyline Drive await you. The main recreation season generally runs from May to October; however, winter daytime temperatures are moderate and the Prescott National Forest can be enjoyed all year.
Backpacking & Hiking - Prescott National Forest maps are available at the Forest Service office in nearby Prescott. You’ll find scores of recommended hikes varying in length and difficulty. The Prescott National Forest covers some 1.2 million acres. For hiking enthusiasts, nearly 450 miles of scenic trails are available.
Camping – The Arizona Campground Directory, available at the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, lists twelve campgrounds within twenty miles of Prescott Valley, at elevations ranging up to 7,600 feet. Seven campsites are open all year. Within the campgrounds and picnic areas, you will find one or more of the following items: tables, benches, drinking water, fire grates, and toilets. All sites allow recreational vehicles and tents.
Golf - Established in 1971, Prescott Golf & Country Club is nestled in the golden panoramic valley between the Mingus and Bradshaw Mountain ranges. This course has the perfect ingredients for you to enjoy your best round of golf ever. Prescott Golf & Country Club is a semi-private, regulation 18-hole, par 72, golf course designed for all skill levels allowing play from 5,700 yards to 6,800 yards. If you like to practice, the Club also offers a double-sided practice facility with driving tees, chipping and putting greens. The Club has an outside Pavilion, Cocktail Lounge, Dining and Banquet Facilities.
The 18-hole Quailwood Greens Golf Course located adjacent to The Villages at Lynx Creek at11750 E Hwy 69 in Dewey features a regulation par-70 golf course that is also open to the public.
This challenging 5,535 yard course is accentuated by the panoramic views of the Bradshaw and Mingus Mountains. The cost to play is one of the most affordable in the industry. Also available on site is a chipping and pitching area, putting green and driving range. Professional golf lessons, as well as adult and junior clinics are offered. The re-modeled Pro Shop combined with the new addition to the on-site restaurant makes Quailwood a perfect location for golf tournaments, parties or wedding receptions.
The StoneRidge Golf Course, which opened in 2002, offers players scenic views and more than 350 feet of dramatic elevation changes from lowest green to highest tee. At 5,200-feet elevation, the 7,052-yard, par-72 daily-fee golf club is carved in the stone ridges and boulder outcroppings of Prescott Valley and is landscaped with ponderosa and pinon pine, scrub oak, native grasses and wild flowers and highlighted with granite rock formations and deep desert washes. Designed by golf course architect Randy Heckenkemper, StoneRidge offers both beauty and challenge through its unique desert/mountain course design. When planning the course, Heckenkemper examined the layout of each hole to make StoneRidge player-friendly, while preserving the natural washes and boulder formations that give the area its character and challenge. The StoneRidge clubhouse was designed by Les Partch and is scheduled to open to the public at the same time as the golf course, offering guests a comfortable grille, golf shop and banquet facilities.