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July 2021 • Newsletter

4th of July Celebration

The City of Surprise will host the 38th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Sunday, July 4 at Mark Coronado Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of a canned food item. This event will feature live music from Steven P and Music II Music, as well as a variety of food trucks.

The city will host a 20-minute firework show at approximately 8:40 p.m. on July 4th, weather permitting. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.

Physical distancing is recommended at all Independence Day celebrations.

Arizona Fireworks Laws

With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it is important to review the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within Surprise city limits.

  • The sale of permissible consumer fireworks will take place from May 20 through July 6 with the minimum age to purchase fireworks being 16 years old.
  • Consumer firework use is permitted June 24 through July 6, on private property within city limits with owner consent. It is still illegal to use consumer fireworks on public property; this includes streets, sidewalks, and parks.

It is also important that you research your HOA community guidelines to understand their restrictions in relation to firework use in your driveway and yard. For more information regarding the sale and use of consumer fireworks please visit, surpriseaz.gov

APS West Valley Central 230kV Connection Project

Arizona Public Service’s (APS) mission is to provide clean, reliable, and affordable electric services to support and deliver for their existing customers, and their future growth. APS is planning on adding three new 230kV power lines that will connect a new Contrail Substation (located on the southeast corner of Olive Avenue and Dysart Road) to existing transmission facilities, Future TS-2 Substation and El Sol Substation.

APS needs community input to help identify the locations for the new power lines. Citizens are encouraged to visit the Public Information Virtual Open House online any time through July 10 by visiting, apswestvalleycentral.com. Through this, you will be able to view project information, provide your input, and request to speak with one of APS’ subject matter experts.

Heat Relief Stations

The City of Surprise has collaborated with Heat Relief Network to provide hydration and refuge situations to those in need of a place to cool off during the summer months. The city has three Heat Relief stations:

  1. Surprise Resource Center, Refuge & hydration – 12425 W. Bell Road, Building A, Suite 124
  2. Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301, Hydration – 16750 N. Village Drive East
  3. The Salvation Army, Refuge & hydration – 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Boulevard

You can help those in need of relief by donating sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, and water bottles at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire Medical Station #301.

The Surprise Police Department wants to remind you that, hot cars can kill! Never leave a child alone in a car, and always check for kids, pets, and vulnerable persons before you lock your vehicle. If you see a child alone in a vehicle please call 911.

Surprise Day of Service

The City of Surprise Human Services and Community Vitality Department will be hosting a Day of Service at St. Mary’s Food Bank. This event will take place on Wednesday, July 21. Volunteers assist with sorting bulk food items, creating food baskets and loading food into vehicles; helping in the process of providing food for families in need. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Traffic Signal Project

A new traffic signal is being installed at Waddell Road and 145th Avenue. As a result, drivers can expect intermittent lane restrictions. The signals are tentatively scheduled to be fully operational by the end of August 2021. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov

Floyd Gaines Park

Councilmember Ken Remley and I are proud to announce that Floyd Gaines Park is back open after it’s relocation to 16001 N. Nash Street. The newly relocated field includes a lighted youth baseball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted paved parking lot.

The relocation of the field allowed for some additional amenities to be brought to the Original Town Site, in addition to the construction of an affordable housing project. For more information on Floyd Gaines Park and all Surprise city parks, please visit surpriseaz.gov/parks

Floyd Gaines Park baseball, sign, and commemorative plaque.

City Council Meetings

City Council is on recess in July. The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting will be August 17 at 6 p.m. Please join us in-person, or tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

May 2021 • Newsletter

Surprise Retail Survey

The last day to take the 2021 online retail survey is May 9! We utilize the survey to see what local retail and restaurant spots you love most, and what new shopping and dining destinations you want to see in Surprise. Please help Surprise stand out as we market our community to new retailers and recognize local places doing a great job! To take the survey, please visit surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

FY2022 Budget

The City Manager’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Recommended Budget, was presented at the Special City Council meeting on April 16. The budget continues to focus on our commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure. The Recommended Budget includes $118.7 million for planned Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). These funds support infrastructure, renovations and construction of a police substation, fire stations, municipal art projects, water and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as improvements to the quality of the City’s recreation centers, fields, parks, roadways and drainage.

Final budget adoption is scheduled for the June 1 Regular Council Meeting. To follow the budget process, please visit surpriseaz.gov/budget.

Donna Miller Retirement

It saddens us to announce that Parks and Recreation Director Donna Miller, has retired after 19 years with the city. She joined the Community & Recreation Services (CRS) team in 2002 as a Recreation Coordinator, rose to the rank of Assistant Director in 2011, and Director in 2017. A big “Thank You” to Donna for her dedication to the City of Surprise, and well wishes as she enters retirement!

White Tanks Wild Day Proclamation

Surprise partnered with the White Tanks Conservancy and other West Valley cities to proclaim April 22 White Tanks Wild Day. We are encouraging citizens to visit the White Tank Mountains; to learn more about our local history to educate themselves regarding the imperative for protecting place and passage for wildlife and people; and to support the White Tank Mountains Conservancy in its mission to conserve, connect and collaborate, so all future generations may enjoy the natural and cultural resources of the mountains.

The White Tank Mountains are an ecological, aesthetic, and economic asset for the nearly 5 Million Maricopa County residents, as well as public and private sectors across the State of Arizona.

City Libraries Enter Next Phase of Re-opening

Maricopa County Library District, the operator of our three city libraries, has moved into its next phase of reopening. Visitors now have full browsing access to library shelves, along with already-implemented contactless and limited contact services. There will not be indoor library events/programming at this time, but they may offer small programs outdoors, if weather permits. This phase does not allow for public access to the computers. Learn more at www.mcldaz.org.

West Valley Hub for Military & Veteran Resources and Support Services

In partnership with the Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF), Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Northern Arizona University (NAU), Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, and Rio Salado Community College, the City of Surprise is proud to offer the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center a new location within the Surprise Resource Center at the AZ TechCelerator Campus, located at 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124.

The center includes a variety of military and veteran support services and resources. Support services at the Surprise Resource Center will be implemented in phases. The first phase of services are now available and include a part-time Be Connected navigator and full-time AmeriCorps member provided by ACMF and NAU.

The second phase is expected to be implemented this fall, and will include the deployment of an Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services Veteran Benefits Counselor (VBC) by establishing a satellite office and creating access for service members residing in the West Valley.

For more information on the West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center, please visit the City of Surprise website at surpriseaz.gov/veterans.

Surprise Day of Service

Mayor Hall fills bags with pinto beans.City Council volunteered at a Seeds of Hope Ministries event on April 24 to fill bags of beans for ease of distribution to those in need through the Valley View Community Food Bank. City Council and other volunteers helped to bag 6,000 lbs of beans!

The next Surprise Day of Service will be held on May 26, 2021 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more information, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/dayofservice or contact larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

Memorial Day Ceremony

The American Legion Post 96 and Marine Corps League WTMD will host a ceremony at the Army Air Corp Memorial, located on the west side of Surprise Lake at Surprise Community Park, on Saturday, May 29 at 9 a.m. For more information please visit the city website at surpriseaz.gov/.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

IRS trained volunteers are offering free income tax assistance at two Surprise locations. A New Leaf’s VITA Program provides free tax preparation services, ensuring that hard-working individuals receive the maximum benefits available without losing hundreds of dollars in paid-preparer fees. Households who make $57,000 or less are eligible for this free service.

Surprise Locations:

  • Surprise Resource Center
    12325 W. Bell Road, Bldg. A, Suite #124, Surprise, AZ 85378.
    Offered now – April 15, 2021, Mondays and Tuesdays from 4:00pm – 6:00pm, Thursdays from 9:00am – 11:30am.
  • Riverboat Bingo
    18300 W. Bell Road, Surprise, AZ 85374.
    Offered now – April 14, 2021, Wednesdays from 11:00am – 1:30pm.

For more information, please visit www.irs.gov/individuals/free-tax-return-preparation-for-qualifying-taxpayers or www.turnanewleaf.org/services/financial-empowerment/vita-program.html.

March 2021 • Newsletter

Surprise Day of Service

The City of Surprise Human Services and Community Vitality Department is seeking volunteers for Day of Service events on March 20 and March 31. On Saturday, March 20, volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal, and more. On Wednesday, March 31, volunteers will meet at St. Mary’s Food Bank to help in the process of providing food to families in need. Registration is required for both events, and COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/dayofservice. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

National Community Survey

It’s time to share your thoughts on living in Surprise! In February, select households received a mailed invitation to take the 2021 National Community Survey, and this month the entire community will be invited to take part online. Survey responses will be collected on various topics ranging from traffic flow to public safety to senior and youth services. Results will be used by city officials to prioritize projects for Surprise and indicate where limited city funding should go based on services most desired.

Details on how to participate in the survey will be provided at surpriseaz.gov in the next couple of weeks. Results are expected to be shared on the city website, surpriseaz.gov, in May. To view previous results to the National Community Survey, please visit surpriseaz.gov/ncs

Greenway Road Expansion Project Update

The work on the 10 voter-approved Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond projects continues; several of these projects are projected to be completed this year. The Greenway Road improvement project will add two travel lanes and eliminate areas of the roadway that have multiple lanes merging into one lane. As part of this work, a hard closure of Greenway road is in place through Sunday, March 14, from Northwest Ranch Parkway to Legacy Park Boulevard. The project is estimated to be complete by November, weather permitting.

Drivers can expect roadway restrictions, traffic control changes, and reduced speed limits throughout the duration of the project. Learn more about the Greenway Road project and view a complete list of voter-approved Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond Projects online at surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Parks & Recreation Awarded “Better Sports for Kids Quality Program”

The Parks and Recreation Department has achieved the “Better Sports for Kids Quality Program Provider” designation, by the National Alliance for Youth Sports!

This honor demonstrates that the city has taken steps to ensure a safe and quality playing environment for children by meeting key requirements in five categories: Written Policies and Procedures, Volunteer Screening, Coach Training, Parent Education, and Accountability. Congratulations to the Parks & Recreation team!

Spring Training 2021

Spring Training is in full swing here in the Surprise for the Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers! We worked in collaboration with local and state health authorities, the Cactus League, Major League Baseball, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals and other destination partners to develop protocols to protect the health and safety of our fans—all while maintaining the fun and unforgettable experience of Spring Training.

Some of those protocols include reduced touchpoints, contactless ticketing, new intensified cleaning protocols, and reduced seating capacity for social distancing. For more information about Spring Training, please visit SurpriseStadium.com or call 623.222.2222.

Resident Recognition

Surprise resident, Ken Johanson, repairs and refurbishes bikes and provides them to at-risk children through schools and local non-profit H.A.R.T. Pantry. In the last two years, Ken has fixed and refurbished over 160 bikes! Congresswoman Debbie Lesko recently recognized this Surprise resident for his servant heart.

Surprise resident Ken Johanson receiving a certificate.