Mayor’s eBulletin: October 2, 2015

Recreation Services Update

City Recreation Centers May Be Converted to Boys & Girls Clubs

Since Council approved the establishment of the city’s first Boys & Girls Club earlier this year, a steering committee has been working on the many steps and requirements set forth by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. It is a detailed and, somewhat, lengthy process. The current projection is that a new Surprise Boys & Girls Club facility is at least two years away.

In the meantime, in an effort to keep the momentum moving forward, the Community Recreation Services staff will discuss an idea with Council next week of converting two of the city’s existing recreation centers (Countryside and Sierra Montana) into Boys & Girls Club satellite locations. The presentation will be made at Tuesday’s Council work session on October 6.

One of the immediate benefits of this idea is that it enables the city to begin offering Boys & Girls Club programs to our young residents in the areas of education and career development, character and leadership, and health and life-skills. This programming is consistent with the Council’s long-standing advocacy for offering various community youth programs. You may be hearing more about this youth project in the coming weeks.

Creation of New Veteran’s Day Events

Surprise is very proud to be the hometown to so many military veterans and their families. To help our community further honor veterans – both at home and abroad – the Council will be voting to establish funding for two new city events at our 6 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, October 6. The inaugural Veteran’s Day Parade will be held on Bullard Avenue at the Surprise Recreation Campus. In addition to the parade, the morning event will include a pancake breakfast and ceremony.

On the Saturday prior to Veteran’s Day, a new cross-fit event called America’s Mighty Warrior Challenge will be held that will include a run, swim and various cross-fit challenges. The finalists will be invited to participate in the parade. The parade will cost $19,000 and the fitness challenge will cost $1,000. I hope to see all of you at the inaugural Veteran’s Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11, 2015!

There are many other items that will be discussed at the October 6 Council work session and meeting, so I encourage you to take a few minutes and review the agendas at www.surpriseaz.gov.