Surprise, AZ (September 16, 2014) Surprise City Council voted tonight to name the recreation area in the Original Town Site after the late Roy Villanueva, who served as the city’s mayor, vice-mayor and councilmember before his passing in July 2013.
Tonight’s action will rename the area the Roy Villanueva Community and Recreation Complex. The area currently houses Gaines Park, Surprise Senior Center, Hollyhock Pool, Villanueva Recreation Center and Hollyhock Library – all of which will keep their individual names. It is also the future site of the Boys & Girls Club of Surprise, which was included in the FY15 City Budget.
“It was an honor to serve on the City Council with Roy,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “It makes perfect sense to pay tribute to his service as a former Mayor, Vice Mayor and long-serving councilmember by naming the OTS recreational campus after him. After all, he was part of the process that created many of those facilities.”
During his many years of service, Roy also initiated many important improvements in the area of housing rehabilitation, economic development, utilities, police services, fire services and federal grants.
Following his death, City Council unanimously appointed his wife Rachel to fulfill his term, which expires December 31, 2016.
“I am humbled to be serving on this city council in the seat held for many years by my husband and am so very proud that our Mayor and my fellow council members want to honor him in this way,” says District 4 Councilmember Rachel Villanueva. “Our family and this community meant everything to Roy and I know he is smiling from above.”
The official naming presentation will be a part of the October 4th Surprise Fiesta Grande celebration (Noon – 9 p.m.) on Hollyhock Street, just north of Grand Avenue.