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March 2022 • Newsletter

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov, 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at mayor.surpriseaz.gov. Follow me on Facebook facebook.com/SurpriseMayor and Twitter @SkipHall2.

Spring Training Delay

Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association have not yet been able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

We are disappointed that we are not able to start as scheduled and apologize for any inconvenience this causes you. Tickets bought through an authorized outlet to canceled games will be refunded or exchanged. MLB is working to get the game back on the field as quickly as possible.

  • If you purchased tickets to a canceled game for the Kansas City Royals or Texas Rangers through an authorized Surprise Stadium outlet, tickets may be refunded or exchanged.
  • Please go to surprisestadium.com to review the updated schedule for the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers or contact the Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623.222.2222 for more information.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

Now Recruiting for Surprise Youth Council

Surprise Youth Council logoThe City of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) a group of trailblazing teens who are making a difference in their community!

SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including Mayor and City Council, to give a voice on City issues and help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they reside in or are attending a middle school or high school within Surprise city limits; or are attending a Dysart Unified School District high school.

Applications are being accepted from February 7 – April 8. For more information please go to surpriseaz.gov/Archive.aspx?ADID=10845

Seeking Applications for Commissions Vacancies

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions. All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.

  • Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration: June 30, 2023
  • Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (1 vacancy) – Term Expiration June 30, 2023

Applications are available online at surpriseaz.gov/boards. Please submit applications to the City Clerk’s Office in person by appointment or by email to clerk@surpriseaz.gov.

Cotton Lane Closed until July 1

Cotton Lane will be closed from just north of Cactus Road to just south of the Legacy Traditional School driveway from February 21 – July 1 for flood mitigation work. A soft closure will be in place from the school driveway north to Waddell Road, allowing for local traffic and school traffic only.

A map showing the area of the Cotton Ln. and Cactus Rd. road improvement closure.

Homeless Project Connect

Human Services Campus logoThe Human Services Campus (HSC) (501c3 non-profit) is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the homeless Project Connect event Tuesday, March 22nd at the Salvation Army from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us as a volunteer by signing up at hscforms.com/projectconnect. Salvation Army Northwest Valley 17420 Avenue of the Arts. For questions please contact 602.282.0849 or volunteer@hsc-az.org

West Valley Women Luncheon

Mayor Hall and Vice Mayor Cline at the West Valley Women's Luncheon.On Tuesday, February 1, I joined Vice Mayor Cline at the West Valley Women Networking Association’s Bring a Gentleman to Lunch event at the Arizona Broadway Theatre. The event was sponsored by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce and discussed ways in which the Commerce supports business in the community. This organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community, while members share information, ideas, contacts and network.

Free Covid-19 Testing

Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion. The site is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19 Testing in English and at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Pruebas in Spanish. People who need assistance finding a testing location or scheduling an appointment can also call the MCDPH CARES Team at 602.506.6767.

Tax Season

A New Leaf - Housing, Health, Community ServicesThe City of Surprise has partnered with A New Leaf, who facilitates the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. VITA sites offer free tax preparation and help taxpayers apply for benefits such as the Earned Income Tax Credit.

The program will be available until April 15 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 14 at Riverboat Bingo. No appointment is necessary, and walk-ins are welcome on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For additional information visit turnanewleaf.org/services/financial-empowerment.

Riverboat Bingo, 18300 W. Bell Rd.
Wednesdays, Feb. 2 – Apr. 13: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Rd. Blgd. A, Suite #124
Mondays, Jan. 31 – Apr. 18: 4-6 p.m.
Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – Apr. 12: 4-6 p.m.
Thursdays, Feb. 3 – Apr. 14: 9-11 a.m.


A to Z Polish Market

February 4, Council Member Winters & I joined A to Z Polish Market for a ribbon-cutting. A to Z Polish Market hosted the ceremony in honor of their official Grand Opening, located at 17221 N. Litchfield Rd., Ste 50. Welcome to Surprise; we are happy to have you!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Winters and Economic Development Director Jeanine Jerkovic join A to Z Polish Market inside their store.


Friday, February 11, City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Council Member Winters and I joined Benehealth for a ribbon-cutting! Benehealth CEO, Dr. Tanya Carroccio, hosted the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening located at 16952 W. Bell Rd., Suite 304. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

King Cuts Barber Shop

Council Member Winters and I joined King Cuts Barber Shop for a ribbon-cutting on Valentine’s Day. King Cuts Barber Shop hosted the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening at 15557 W. Bell Rd. Welcome to Surprise!

Mayor Hall and Councilmember Winters join King Cuts Barber shop in the lobby of their business.

Surprise & Ottawa Celebrating 5 Years

Thursday, February 17, the City of Surprise and Ottawa University presented a joint proclamation in the City courtyard. For the presentation, I joined Ottawa University President and CEO Bill Tsutsui.

While the partnership between the City and university is small, the success on the shared campus over the past five years is huge. The Ottawa University Board of Trustees conducted their annual Spring meeting in Surprise, and the joint proclamation kicked off their visit.

Dysart USD & City of Surprise Essay Contest

These talented students were recognized by City Council as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest, where we asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?” Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt, Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn, Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega, Valley Vista HS. Thanks to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!

Caleb Leavitt and Valerie Ortega join Mayor Hall and City Council in front of the council dais.

Surprise City Academy

On February 28, the City Manager’s Office, Mayor and Council, and Finance presented at the Surprise City Academy. City Academy is an opportunity for residents, students and business owners to learn about their City directly from the Council, City Manager and upper-level City staff. City Academy aims to educate residents on municipal government structure, process and funding. It also aims to generate interest and innovation in local issues; to provide a forum for residents to voice their ideas in a structured educational environment; to build a pool of informed residents ready to engage in community affairs; to help residents become effective community leaders; and to increase trust between residents and the City.


2022 State of the City Event

City of Surprise State of the City - March 31, 2022Join me for the State of the City, followed by an outdoor event with a variety of performances and a showcase of City programs and services.

March 31, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Surprise City Hall Outdoor Courtyard
16000 N. Civic Center Plz.
Surprise, AZ

Spring Egg-stravaganza

Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus. This FREE family event will also feature fun for the whole family. Food and drink are available for purchase, and there will be a minimal fee on some activities. Children 10 and under are invited to take the field to hunt for plastic eggs filled with candy and toys!

Gates open at 7:30 a.m. and hunt times are as follows:

  • 8:20 a.m. – 2 and under
  • 9:20 a.m. – 5 – 6 year olds
  • 10:00 a.m. – 9 – 10 year olds
  • 8:50 a.m. – 3 – 4 year olds
  • 9:40 a.m. – 7 – 8 year olds
  • 10:20 a.m. – all ages

Schedule subject to change, please visit surpriseaz.gov/calendar for details.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on April 3 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine, and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, upcoming City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 15, and Tuesday, April 5. City Council Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.

March 2020 • Newsletter

Thank You!

Thank you for signing up for Mayor updates. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. If there is anything I can do for you, please do not hesitate in contacting me at skip.hall@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1313 or 623.451.3975. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at https://mayor.surpriseaz.gov/. Please follow me on Facebook (facebook.com/SkipHallD5), Twitter (@SkipHall2), and Instagram (@SkipforSurprise).

Census 2020 Starts This Month

Census 2020 is here and for the first time in the history of the U.S. Census you will be able to respond online!

Between March 12-20, you will receive a letter in the mail with a website address and Census ID number explaining how to respond online. The letter will also offer a toll free number for phone response and describe the process for receiving a paper survey.

The information you provide on the Census counts for jobs, new roads, emergency services and more! Learn additional reasons why you should take the Census and view commonly asked questions at surpriseaz.gov/Census2020.

Dedication of Ottawa University’s New Buildings

February 21 was a special day in Surprise as City Council helped dedicate three new OUAZ buildings – the O’Dell Center, OUAZ Student Union and Scholars Hall! The new buildings and amenities, coupled with OUAZ’s world-class education, are sure to bring more vitality and award-winning talent to Surprise City Center.

Texas Rangers Player Housing Ribbon Cutting

Rangers Village in Surprise City Center is officially open! Surprise City Council joined the Texas Rangers for the official ribbon cutting on Friday, February 21. The 68,280 square foot facility provides year-round housing for up to 180 Texas Rangers organizational players and staff. Thanks to the Rangers for their continued commitment to Surprise!

Surprise City Council, Rick Davis and Texas Rangers staff hold scissors in preparation of the ribbon cutting.

Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon

We welcomed Spring Training back to Surprise during the Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon on February 14. We spent a wonderful afternoon at Surprise Stadium learning about what’s in store for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals ball clubs this season.

If you haven’t been to a Spring Training game at Surprise Stadium, then you are striking out! Surprise Stadium has several promotions on tickets, food and drinks for families, military, and residents of Surprise, Sun City, Sun City West, Youngtown, El Mirage and Waddell.

Tickets are available online and in person by visiting the Surprise Stadium Box Office. For a complete list of scheduled games, special events and ticket options, please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com.

Surprise Retail Survey

Have you taken the Surprise Retail Survey yet? Your input helps the city identify retail strengths within the community, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Every response helps the Surprise Economic Development Department better reach the retailers you want the most.

It’s important to us that we attract businesses you want, because the money you spend here, stays here. In fact, local sales tax makes up nearly 40 percent of our city’s General Fund revenues which support public safety, clean parks and street maintenance.

The Surprise Retail Survey runs through March 15 and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Surprise Retail Survey Banner

Surprise Youth Council Accepting Applications

The city of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of impactful teens who are making a difference in their community!

SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, including the Mayor and City Council, to give youth a voice in city issues and to help solve youth issues through awareness campaigns, service projects, and community-building events.

Students who are currently in grades 7-11 may apply, as long as they are attending a middle school or high school within the Surprise city limits, attending a Dysart Unified School District high school, or reside within Surprise city limits.

For questions or more information, please contact Lord Garcillano at 623.222.1035 or lord.garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/syc.

Budget Talks

The City of Surprise FY2021 budget building process is underway. A series of presentations to Council will take place over the next few months. The recommended budget is scheduled for release in April, followed by public review and a final adoption in June. Please stay tuned to the upcoming Council Meetings for the overall development of the budget and upcoming annual process. You can watch previous preservations at www.surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Babe Ruth League registration open; volunteer coaches needed

Surprise is now offering registration for the West Valley Babe Ruth Baseball League! Both individual and team registration is available; league play begins in late April.

Resident and non-resident registration will be held through March 20 at the Parks & Recreation Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave. Registration is also available online at www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

We are in need of volunteer coaches for the 13-15 Babe Ruth Division! If you are interested, stop by the Parks & Recreation Office to complete a volunteer application. For more information, please contact Jason Bond at 623.222.2238 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/recreation.


Expanded Surprise Resource Center Hours

The city’s one-stop-shop for social services has expanded its evening hours. The Surprise Resource Center has extended its closing hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The new hours are: Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m – 5 p.m.; Wednesday & Thursday: – 8 a.m – 7 p.m.; Friday: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Through strategic partnerships with a growing number of community-based organizations and government agencies, the center offers Surprise and Northwest Valley residents connections to human services that include everything from rent and utility assistance to employment support to food and nutrition resources.

The Surprise Resource Center is located within the city’s AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Road, Bldg. A, Ste. 124. For more information about the Surprise Resource Center, including a list of programs and partners, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/ResourceCenter.

Fire-Medical Assistant Chief Johnston Retires

Surprise Fire-Medical Assistant Chief Darrell Johnston retired in February after 30 years of fire service. It was my honor to present him with an Employee Appreciation Proclamation at our February 18 Regular Council Meeting. Thank you Chief Johnston for your dedication, leadership and service!

Mayor Hall stands with Surprise Fire-Medical Assistant Chief Darrell Johnston in the council chambers.

Coming Up

State of the City

The Surprise City Council invites you to attend the 2020 State of the City video presentation and 60th Anniversary Celebration on March 26 from 6-8 p.m.! We’ll take a look at significant achievements that have transformed our city and celebrate the progress we have made over the past 60 years.

Following the video presentation, city council will reveal a new history wall that tells the story of Surprise from founding day to modern day. This artistic mix of story and photograph is a must-see art piece.

After the reveal, we invite you to stroll the courtyard and city hall for a showcase of the city’s programs and services, including police and fire vehicle displays! We also have live entertainment planned, with performers from some of our local schools and city-run specialty classes. Plus, we’ll have free desserts and finger foods.

Get more information at www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC. We hope to see you there!

Mayor Hall speaks at the 2019 State of the City event.

Baseball Art & Collectables Exhibit

If you love baseball memorabilia, you’ll want to swing by city hall for the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” art reception! The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission has a collection of baseball art and collectibles on display, as well as a few fun pieces from other sports.

The exhibit is in the Surprise City Hall art gallery and Mayor’s Atrium, 16000 Civic Center Dr., and runs through April 23. A free reception will be held Thursday, March 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy sports-themed artwork; historic, autographed Sports Illustrated covers; replica jackets; historic artifacts; and light refreshments.

Residential Waste Cleanup Event on March 14

Now is the time to prune your landscape and clean out your garage! The city’s annual Spring Cleanup Event is on Saturday, March 14.

Surprise residents are permitted to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a limit of one load per household.

Acceptable items include lawn waste and other household refuse.

Remember, you will be required to show proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and utility bill showing the same home address.

For more information about the Spring Cleanup Event, call the Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.1900, or visit surpriseaz.gov/sanitation.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event

Surprise offers Household Hazardous Waste Collection events to help protect the environment by properly disposing items which may contain harmful chemicals. Scheduling will begin on March 9. Residents are able to request an appointment through the My Surprise app, or by calling Customer Service at 623.222.1920. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/hhwevent. I encourage you to take advantage of this free collection service!

Teen College Tours

Surprise Parks and Recreation has scheduled field trips to several Arizona universities for teens ages 13-18. Teens can sign up to tour the campuses of the University of Arizona (March 16), Arizona State University (March 17), Grand Canyon University (March 20) and Northern Arizona University (April 24). Spots are limited. Learn more at surpriseaz.gov/recreation.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival

Spend an afternoon enjoying delicious food and listening to live music at the March 29 Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival! Southbound will perform (Country/Southern Rock) while you enjoy a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of beer and wine. This family-friendly event will also have various yard games, inflatables and face painting. Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair! Dogs are welcome as long as they are leashed.

A woman places an order at a Sunday in the Park food truck.

Public Art Bus Tour

Join us on April 18 for a Public Art Bus Tour to view the “Cowgirl Up!” Exhibition at Desert Caballeros Museum in Wickenburg! The bus departs from City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, at 11 a.m. and returns at approximately 3 p.m. The bus ride is free; participants must pay the $9 museum entrance fee. Reserve your seat by calling 623.214.7537

Festival of the Arts at Valley Vista High School

On March 28, the Dysart Unified School District will be holding the second annual Dysart Festival of the Arts. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Valley Vista High School. This event will showcase the visual and performing arts programs from all twenty elementary schools and four high schools in the Dysart Unified School District.

The Dysart Arts Festival will be a day jam packed with performances on multiple stages to include various dance troops, theatre troops, choirs and bands. The elementary and high school visual arts programs will be hosting two showcases to include both 2D and 3D pieces. Learn more about the Festival of the Arts.


The City of Surprise invites interested outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Egg-stravaganza! The event will take place Saturday, April 11, from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus located at 15850 N. Bullard Avenue.

Spring Egg-stravaganza is a free event featuring fun for the whole family. The event will feature inflatables, face painting, a special appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Bunny and a series of egg hunts filled with fun toys and treats.

For more information, please contact Special Events at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents to download the vendor application.

City Council Meetings

As a friendly reminder, upcoming City Council Meetings will be held on Tuesday, March 17, as well as Tuesday, April 7. City Council Work sessions begin at 4 p.m. while City Council Meetings follow at 6 p.m. We hope to see you there.