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District 2 Update – May 2022

Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

2022 State of the City

What an incredible evening we had on Thursday, March 31 at City Hall. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate with us at the 2022 State of the City event. And a huge thank you to our performers who put on a stellar show! Did you miss the video? Watch it here: https://surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov/index.php/watch…

KIDZ Jamboree

On Friday, April 8, Mayor Hall and I celebrated the Week of the Young Child at the KIDZ Jamboree hosted by the Human Service and Community Vitality Department. The kids enjoyed games, crafts, music and even story time with me, The Cat in the Hat! Parents and caregivers had access to early childhood programs and services like resources, child care & preschools, libraries, car seat safety checks and more. Mayor Hall also proclaimed April 2-8, 2022 as the Week of the Young Child. A special shout-out to our Surprise Resource team for all their hard work in planning this successful event!

“Home Run” Day at the Ballpark

On Monday, April 4, Mayor Hall, Councilmember Judd, City Manager Bob Wingenroth and I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with a few of the Luke Air Force Base Airmen at a Spring Training game for a “home run” day at the Ballpark. Thank you to the Surprise Economic Development Department for inviting us to such a wonderful event.

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Judd, City Manager Bob Wingenroth, Councilmember Cline and Luke Airforce Base Airmen at Surprise Stadium

Multigenerational Community Resource Center Coming to Surprise

An artist rendering of a multigenerational community resource centerThe City is making a major investment into the vitality and well-being of the West Valley with plans to build a multigenerational community resource center in partnership with Maricopa County. On Tuesday, April 5, City Council voted to approve an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with Maricopa County for the $26 million building project. The next day, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors also voted to approve the IGA, dedicating $18 million of their federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding toward the project while the City is committing $8 million from a combination of City ARPA funds and General Fund dollars.

This partnership will create an estimated 38-thousand square-foot center on City-owned land in Surprise’s historic Original Town Site. The new campus will improve resources for families, seniors, youth and vulnerable populations by centralizing and expanding programs and services from several aging city buildings, including the Surprise Resource Center, Hollyhock Library and Surprise Senior Center.

The campus will be at the corner of Hollyhock Street and Santa Fe Drive, will be built on shovel-ready land and should be completed by 2025.

Northwest Regional Library Opening Sundays

A little girl looks for a book at the library.The City of Surprise and the Maricopa County Library District are opening the Northwest Regional Library on Sundays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., beginning Sunday, May 15. Join us for the first Sunday opening from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to enjoy the City of Surprise party truck, Kona Ice and food truck. If you have not yet visited the library, it’s a great way to celebrate Library Month! The Northwest Regional Library is located in the Surprise Recreation Campus at 16089 N. Bullard Ave. Currently, the hours are Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, visit surpriseaz.gov/library and click on Northwest or call 602.652.3000.

Property Tax Rate

A PowerPoint slide showing information about property taxes.We’ve been receiving some questions about the City of Surprise tax rate. It has not increased. The primary tax rate in the City of Surprise is $0.7591 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV), plus the secondary property tax rate of $0.3880 per $100 of Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV). These rates multiplied by the assessed value of your home determine what you pay in property taxes. If the value of your home increases, you will see an increased tax bill; however, that is not due to an increase in the property tax rate but rather an increase in the assessed value of your home.

Schedule of Existing Primary and Secondary Property Tax

Property Tax Current Rate Current Levy Proposed Rate Proposed Levy  
Primary Property Tax Rate $0.7591 $9,974,100 $0.7591 $10,873,200 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)
Secondary Property Tax Rate $0.3880 $5,097,800 $0.3880 $5,557,500 Per $100 Assessed Limited Property Value (LPV)

Water Awareness Month

At the City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 5, Mayor Hall proclaimed April as Water Awareness Month in Surprise joining the annual statewide campaign to help raise awareness about the value of conserving water in the Southwest.

Mayor Hall presents a proclamation to a representative of the city's water department.

April is Fair Housing Month

April is Fair Housing Month thumbnailOn Tuesday, April 19, Mayor Hall Proclaimed the month of April as Fair Housing Month in Surprise. This month we feel grateful for the Fair Housing Act that was passed on April 11, 1968. This law is designed to protect Americans from facing discrimination in selling or buying houses.

Arizona History and Culture Virtual Speaker Series Continues

Experience stories of Arizona history and culture at upcoming speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities. Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the following topics:

  • Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontiers (Speaker: Jan Cleere)
    June 8 • 11 a.m. – Noon
    Register here
  • Bisbee: The Alchemical City of Copper Borderlands (Speaker: Virgil Hancock)
    October 11 • 11 a.m. – Noon
    Register here

The events are free, but registration is required. For more information, please contact the Human Service & Community Vitality Department at 623.222.3243.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greets will be at 6 p.m. on May 24 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on May 27 at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is May 17 at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – April 2022

Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

Read Across America Week

Vice Mayor Cline, dressed as Cat in the Hat, sits with an elementary school class.On Monday, February 28, I read to two first-grade classes at Countryside Elementary in celebration of Read Across America Week. Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child, in every community to celebrate reading. The kids and I had a great time reading Dr. Seuss. Can you spot me in the photo?

Know what’s Below before Digging

Red, yellow and orange paint on grass to mark electrical lines.It’s a great time to remember to put safety first before starting any digging project. Whether a large-scale project or a simple do-it-yourself job in the backyard, safety should always be the top priority. Utility lines that serve the community with vital services such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk but can also cause an interruption of service to customers.

Southwest Gas encourages homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online at Call811.com and click on your state at least two full working days prior to digging to request a utility line locate. You’ll then be connected to the appropriate one-call center for your area. Be safe and always know what’s below before digging!

KIDZ Jamboree

A young boy holding a red soccer ball is stilling next to a young girl.Join me at the KIDZ Jamboree event on Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd. An event for kids aged 0-5 in celebration of the Week of the Young Child. This fun, family event will showcase early childhood programs and services available in the community, like resources, child care/preschools, libraries and more! For more information, please call 623.222.1600.

2022 Retail Survey; Eat, Shop & Play

Surprise Retail Survey, Shopping and Dining in SurpriseDo you have a favorite restaurant you’d like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience you want added to your hometown? Now is your chance to tell us in our 2022 Surprise Retail Survey! Every response helps the Surprise Economic Development Department better reach the retailers you want the most. We also have a youth-only survey to better understand what our younger generation wants to see. The Shop, Eat & Play Youth Survey is for those under the age of 18, who live in Surprise.

Some retailers requested on last year’s survey are coming soon! Those include HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Total Wine & More and Aldi. We are still actively engaging with others on the list and hope to see more of your favorites open up shop in Surprise soon. The Surprise Retail Survey runs through Sunday, April 24 and is available online at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Important Rules for Drivers, Pedestrians, Motorists and Bicyclists

Drivers: You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the street in any marked or unmarked crosswalk. When the light turns green, you must still yield to pedestrians and vehicles in intersections. The law also requires vehicles to come to a complete stop at any school crossing when the crosswalk is occupied by any person. You may not pass another vehicle that is stopped for a pedestrian, even if you have a clear lane or a green traffic signal. In the interest of safety, if you see persons crossing any street, give them the right-of-way.

Pedestrians: Keep in mind, in many instances and circumstances; it’s easier for you to see an approaching vehicle than it is for the driver of the vehicle to see you. Don’t assume an approaching vehicle sees you and will yield to you. Use crosswalks when provided or cross at an intersection. Make eye contact with the drivers of approaching vehicles whenever possible. Look before you step into a roadway. Even at a crosswalk, drivers must be given time to perceive and react to you stepping into the roadway. Avoid distractions, such as using phones or wearing headphones/earbuds, while crossing the road. Cross in well-lit locations at night. Follow all traffic rules, signs and signals that may be present where you are crossing.

Motorists and Bicyclists: As a motorist in Arizona, you always need to be aware of your surroundings, whether it be motorcycles on the freeways or bicyclers on city streets. It is important as drivers and bicycle riders to adhere to all traffic laws and to watch out for one another on the roadways. In Arizona, it is legal for bicycles to ride in the traffic lanes, as long as they adhere to the same street laws as motorists. To be safe and avoid accidents, bicyclists should ride with traffic and be aware of hazards, cars and people around them. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Program from the Arizona Department of Transportation created a few safety tips to help you bike smart and bike safely in Arizona:

  • Ride on the right-hand side of the road
  • Always ride with the flow of traffic. Riding against traffic is very dangerous
  • Ride predictably
  • Follow the same rules motorists do; travel in a straight line without swerving into other traffic lanes.
  • Obey traffic control devices (signs, signals, lane markings)
  • Bicyclists must follow the rules of the road, just like other vehicles
  • Protect your head – always wear a helmet, even on short trips
  • Follow lane markings
  • Don’t turn left from the right lane; don’t ride straight in a lane marked “Right-Turn Only”
  • Ride correctly through intersections
  • Use the right-most lane that goes in your direction. If you’re heading straight, get in the through lane, not to the right of a turning vehicle
  • Signal before you move or stop – hand signals let drivers and others know what you intend to do next
  • Enter streets and intersections cautiously
  • Always check for oncoming traffic
  • Ride defensively on the road
  • Anticipate hazards and be ready to adjust your position in traffic
  • Don’t ride on the sidewalk
  • Be visible and be seen – wear bright colors to increase visibility and make eye contact with drivers
  • Know how to look over your shoulder without swerving or losing your balance; side-view mirrors are an option
  • Make sure everything on your bicycle is in proper working condition before you ride

Notice of 2022 Public Hearing

In anticipation of receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing in Urban Development, a public hearing regarding the City’s Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will be held at the regular Veterans, Disability & Human Service Commission meeting on April 13 at 6 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. The Program Year 2022 Annual Action Plan will identify specific projects to be funded that meet the goals and objectives identified in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan. Public comments received during the Public Hearing will be considered and included in the Plan. City Council will take formal action on April 19, 2022. For questions regarding the draft plan or public hearing, please call Adam Lane at 623.222.3238 or email adam.lane@surpriseaz.gov.

BBQ Festival Rescheduled

The RibFest Throwdown scheduled for April 23 & 24 at Mark Coronado Park is being rescheduled for fall 2022 due to a potential scheduling conflict. The new event name, dates and ticket information will be released in the coming months. This event is a live music and BBQ festival presented by the City of Surprise in partnership with national event company Forty8 Live!

C.A.R.E.S. Partners Resource Fair

If you are looking for support services in the community, in-home care, alternate respite services and more, then join Benevilla on Wednesday, April 6 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the C.A.R.E.S. Partners Resource Fair. Benevilla has formed true partnerships with 20+ Sustaining Partners, each with a commitment to quality and ethics that is unsurpassed. When you are referred to a Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. Partner, you can be assured each supports the Benevilla mission and that you will receive professional and principled service. To register for this event, visit Benevilla.org or call 623.584.4999.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 10 a.m. on April 26 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is April 19 at 6 p.m. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – March 2022

Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

West Valley Women Luncheon

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

Essay Winners

Three talented students were recognized at the Council Meeting on Wednesday, February 15, as the winners of the Dysart Schools / City of Surprise essay contest where they were asked, “Why is ‘My Surprise’ an extraordinary community to be a part of?”

Congratulations to Caleb Leavitt from Freedom Traditional Academy, Kacy Dunn from Canyon Ridge (not pictured), and Valerie Ortega from Valley Vista High School. Thank you to Dysart’s English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist Danielle Edgerton for her help coordinating the contest!

Student winners of the Dysart Schools and City of Surprise essay contest join Mayor Hall and Council at the city council meeting.

MLB Announces Spring Training Delay

The City of Surprise is disappointed to share that Major League Baseball has officially announced a delay to Spring Training. 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. For more information please go to surprisestadium.com or call 623.222.2222. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at a game at Surprise Stadium later this spring.

COVID-19 Testing Sites

Free COVID-19 testing.In response to increasing demand for COVID-19 testing, Maricopa County has opened multiple community testing sites across the Valley including a new location at Ak-Chin Pavilion staffed with resources through FEMA. The new daily PCR testing site at Ak-Chin Pavilion is located near the Loop 101 and I-10 freeways and is open seven days per week from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. This site takes people with and without appointments, and allows people to either drive through or walk up for testing.

Details of all Maricopa County-supported testing events are listed at Maricopa.gov/COVID19Testing 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 for assistance in multiple languages.

Volunteers Needed for Project Connect

Human Services Campus logoThe Human Services Campus is partnering with the Salvation Army and the City of Surprise to bring back the Project Connect event on Tuesday, March 22 from 8-3 p.m. at the Salvation Army Northwest Valley, 17420 Avenue of the Arts. Project Connect is a one-day, one-stop event to assist individuals experiencing homelessness connect to a variety of services. Volunteers are needed! To become a volunteer please go to hscforms.com/projectconnect. For more information or to answer any questions on volunteering, please call 602.282.0849 or email volunteer@hsc-az.org.

4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K

Get your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 4 with the 4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K and 1K Fun Run. This event will begin at 7 p.m. and take you on a scenic, evening run through the City before heading back to the ballpark to cross the finish line at the field! All runners will receive a Spring Training Race t-shirt, finisher medal and a “buy one, get one” lawn seat voucher to a Spring Training game. Register now at SurpriseStadium.com/events to take advantage of the discounted rates! Early registration ends on March 3.

Now Recruiting for Surprise Youth Council

Surprise Youth Council logoThe City is recruiting new members for 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. 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 now through April 8 and consist of a video submission no longer than 90 seconds.

Applicants can submit their application video at surpriseaz.gov/SYC. They must also have a parent or guardian complete the Parent Acknowledgement Form available on that same website and submit it by email to teenprograms@surpriseaz.gov. For questions or more information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/SYC.

Surprise Boards and Commissions

The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commissions:

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

All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.

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. The Clerk’s office is available by phone at 623.222.1200.

Free Tax Preparation Services

The City of Surprise has again partnered with A New Leaf to facilitate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. The program will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

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.

Sunday in the Park

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes for Sunday in the Park at 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.

Spring Eggstravaganza

Eggstravaganza egg hunt.Celebrate the spring season with us on Saturday, April 16 from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recreation Campus Kansas City Royals Practice Fields! Children 10 and under are invited to take the field in search of more than 50,000 plastic eggs filled with candy and toys! This FREE family event will also feature face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and more. Food and drink are available for purchase and there will be a minimal fee on some activities.

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

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

*1 parent allowed on field
**Age group may be combined or split based on participation numbers. Times subject to change.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on March 22 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on March 25 at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meeting is March 15 at 6 p.m. and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – February 2022

Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

2022 Vice Mayor

I am humbled and honored that at the regular meeting on January 18, my fellow Surprise City Council members selected me to serve as Vice Mayor. Per city code, City Council must select a Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Mayor acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence. I will continue to serve you as your District 2 representative, as well, as I was elected to City Council in August 2020 to serve a four-year term beginning January 2021. My term expires on December 31, 2024.

2022 Surprise Spring Training

Spring Training 2022The 20th Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game at Surprise Stadium, featuring home teams – the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. The 2022 schedule features games every day from February 26 through March 26, with a double header on February 28.

Season ticket, mini-plan packages and single-game tickets are on sale now at SurpriseStadium.com. By choosing one of our multi-game ticket packages, you will receive unique perks, such as savings over the individual game ticket price and choice of the best available seating locations.

Free Tax Preparation Services

The City of Surprise has again partnered with A New Leaf to facilitate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which provides free tax preparation assistance. The program will be available until April 18 at the Surprise Resource Center and through April 13 at Riverboat Bingo. To make an appointment call the Surprise Resource Center at 623.222.1600.

A New Leaf tax assistance schedule.

360 Physical Therapy Ribbon Cutting

On Monday, January 24, Mayor Hall, Council Member Winters and I joined 360 Physical Therapy for a ribbon cutting! Clinic Director, Anthony Kuhl, hosted the ceremony in honor of the Grand Opening of 360 Physical Therapy, located at 11340 W. Bell Rd., Suite 101. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise City Council joins 360 Physical Therapy for a ribbon cutting.

A New Leaf Adds Transition Housing

A New Leaf logoThough primarily known as a nonprofit that provides shelter and other services for domestic violence victims, A New Leaf offers a range of programs for Valley homeless, families, foster children and those in need of financial advice. The Arizona Department of Housing awarded $1.14 million to A New Leaf to support the West Valley Housing Support Center in Surprise. Construction is set to begin on the $1.5 million project in April 2022 with opening expected by September. The center will offer temporary housing to women and families as well as housing support services to far-West Valley residents in need of permanent housing, employment and other related services. For information on A New Leaf’s other services, visit turnanewleaf.org/services.

Budget Kick-Off

The City of Surprise FY2023 budget building process has begun! The Finance Department will give a series of presentations to City Council over the next few months, and the City Manager will release his Recommended Budget in April, which will be followed by public review and then final adoption of a balanced budget in June. Please stay tuned to future Council Meetings for the overall development of the budget and upcoming annual process.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on February 6 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. Can’t make it this month? The next Sunday in the Park is April 3.

Surprise to Host USTA Tennis Series

A tennis ball on a tennis court.The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments.

  • February 4-6: Adult 65 and Over 6.0 and 9.0 Men and Women
  • February 11-13: Adult 65 and Over 8.0 Men & Women

These events will take place at 14469 W. Paradise Ln. For information on open court availability and tennis programs, please contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on February 22 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are February 1 and 15 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

City Council selects Aly Cline as Vice Mayor

The Surprise City Council selected District 2 Councilmember Aly Cline to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Per city code, City Council must select a Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Mayor acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence. 

Cline was elected to City Council in August 2020 to serve a four-year term beginning January 2021. Her term expires December 31, 2024.

Cline serves on the City Council Subcommittees for Boards and Commissions Nominations (Chair), Tourism Fund and Performance Evaluation. She also serves on the Maricopa Association of Government (MAG) Human Services and Community Initiatives Committee.

Cline has volunteered more than 20,000 hours within the City of Surprise, including as President of Friends of the Surprise Libraries, a nonprofit organization that supports local teachers through a grant program focused on literacy, reading and special education programs.

Before retiring in 2008, she worked for 35 years in the financial services industry, managing staff and developing training programs for management and staff. 

Cline has a Certificate in Business Management from UCLA.

District 2 Update – January 2022

Happy New Year, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

Skyway Commons Development

On Wednesday, December 1, Mayor Hall and I joined Skyway Commons for a “Sneak Preview” of their newest industrial building in our Southwest Railplex! Skyway Common Development Partners Kurt Weisbeck & Mitch Hoffman welcomed us in honor of the preview of Building C, located at 11860 N. Dysart Rd. Thank you for inviting us out!

Councilmember Cline on the dirt lot for Skyway Commons holds up a artist rendering of the new development.

MLK Celebration Events

Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

  • Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
  • Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Village at Prasada Groundbreaking

Friday, December 3, I along with Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Councilmembers Winters, Hastings and Judd joined SimonCRE for a Ground Breaking ceremony! Josh Simon, President of SimonCRE, held the ceremony in honor of the beginning of the Village at Prasada near Loop 303 & Waddell Rd.! The Village at Prasada is the first major power center on the West Coast in over a decade!

Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy, and Councilmembers Winters, Hastings, Judd and Cline joined SimonCRE for a Ground Breaking ceremony.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Need to get rid of your Christmas tree? Surprise is offering four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots are open December 27, 2021 – January 18, 2022 at the following locations:

  • Bi-Centennial Park
    16705 N. Nash St. (south end of the parking lot)
  • Surprise Recreation Campus / Youth Baseball Complex
    15795 N. Parkview Pl. (across from Valley Vista High School)
  • Dick McComb Softball Park
    17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of 180th Ave & Westpark Blvd.)
  • Asante Community Park
    16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)

Be sure to remove all decorations before dropping off trees, and place them in the specified designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. For more information, please call 623.222.1900.

Tree Lighting

The Surprise Party Christmas TreeMayor and Council attended the tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Annual Surprise Party in front of Surprise Stadium on Friday, December 3. I would like to thank the community for coming out to enjoy another successful holiday celebration, and a big thank you to our Surprise Parks and Recreation team for all they do to make this a Winter Wonderland in the desert.

2022 Surprise Spring Training packages

Season ticket and mini-plan packages for the 2022 Spring Training Season are on sale now at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.

Fire Station Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

We had a great time celebrating the openings of Surprise Fire-Medical Fire Stations 304 & 308 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, December 14! Thanks to everyone who came out for the event and to all Surprise voters who made these projects possible.

Mayor Hall and Surprise City Council join Chief Abbott for a ribbon cutting at Fire Station 308.

Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival

The 10th annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, presented by Thunderbird Artists and the City of Surprise, returns January 7-9, 2022. The event will take place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Admission is $3 and is cash only.

Live music and a variety of food trucks will add to the atmosphere of the art arena. In addition to tasty meals, there will be plenty of goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth, including kettle corn, caramels and ice cream.

For more information about the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, please contact Thunderbird Artists at 480.837.5637 or visit thunderbirdartists.com.

Women 4 Women

Councilmember Cline and Women4Women came together to help package feminine hygiene products at WHAM.The number of homeless and low-income women increases each year in our community. Many require the use of feminine hygiene products and Women4Women believes these items should be available to those who need them. Women from a local chapter of Women4Women came together to help package feminine hygiene products at WHAM on December 13. These items are distributed through the Surprise Resource Center, the Surprise Police Department and the Crisis Support teams.

Truck Noise

Noise pollution is a concern that is often shared by residents of Sun City Grand. Sometimes these concerns are in regard to cars on Bell Rd., vehicles with modified exhaust systems, or even truck traffic on SR303. This noise can be especially disruptive at night or in the early morning hours, as there is less overall ambient noise in the community during these times and sounds travel further. Our Surprise police department enforces traffic laws including prohibitions on speeding, racing and modified exhaust systems on city streets, such as Bell Rd and Sunrise Blvd. We rely on the Arizona Department of Public Safety to patrol and enforce state laws on highways such as SR303 and US-60/Grand Ave.

One of the most common questions received is in regards to air brake use by large trucks. Because large trucks are largely regulated and governed by Federal law which preempts local and state laws, implementing and enforcing local bans on air brake use is difficult. Local laws also usually include their own exemptions, such as the use of air brakes being allowed when necessary to avoid an accident. This exemption by itself makes enforcement very challenging. The City of Surprise understands and appreciates the noise pollution concerns that have been shared and will continue to coordinate with our state law enforcement partners to address and mitigate this issue where possible.

Surprise Literacy Challenge

The Surprise Literacy Challenge began almost a decade ago and participation has continued to grow in our schools the past few years. On Wednesday, December 15, Mayor Skip Hall and I joined Mrs. Mitton’s 4th-grade class at Luke Elementary for an ice cream party with all the yummy fixings in celebration of winning the Surprise Literacy Challenge! This annual program engages elementary-age children of Surprise in kindergarten through 4th grade in various challenges that encourage them to enjoy literacy in new ways. Congratulations to Mrs. Mitton’s class!

Senior Center Holiday Party

Councilmember Cline and her husband in front of the Christmas Tree at the Annual City of Surprise senior center holiday party.Friday, December 17, I along with Mayor Skip Hall and Councilmembers Winters, Remley and Judd attended the Annual City of Surprise Senior Center Holiday Party at The Colonnade. This annual event included a delicious lunch and raffles for all to enjoy. Thank you to the Surprise Senior Center for hosting such an incredible event!

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 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. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on January 25 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr., and at 10 a.m. on January 28 at Arizona Traditions in the Ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are January 4 and 18 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – December 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

Mayor Business Roundtable

On Thursday, November 4, Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Duffy and I joined forces with Surprise Economic Development to host our first in-person Mayor’s Roundtable! Economic Development was thrilled to invite local, small businesses as well as our partners from Arizona Small Business Association and Arizona Commerce Authority to lend an ear regarding their troubles, wins and everything in between over the last year. Thank you all for making time for us in your busy schedules!

Surprise Day of Service

A woman puts shrub and debris into a garbage bag.Surprise is looking for volunteers for its Day of Service on Saturday, December 11. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

How to get involved: Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623 222-1522.

Get more info here: https://bit.ly/3qpmVZk

EPCOR Franchise Extension

The results of the November 2 election are in, and Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension. This approval extends a previous 25-year agreement with EPCOR Water for an additional 25 years, allowing the company to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. Under this agreement, EPCOR will pay a 2% franchise fee to the City. That money will go into the City’s General Fund, which pays for public safety, parks, street maintenance and more.

New Resident Welcome Event

Councilmember Cline speaks at a podium at Arizona Traditions.On Friday, November 5, Mayor Hall, Chief Peña, Councilmember Winters and I attended the New Resident Welcome event at Arizona Traditions. This event welcomed those who moved to Arizona Traditions this year. It was a great opportunity for new residents to learn more about the facilities, activities and clubs within the community.

ThrivePoint High School Grand Re-Opening

Friday, November 19, I along with Mayor Hall and Councilmember Winters joined ThrivePoint High School for a ribbon-cutting. Learning Center Coordinator, McKenzie McClanahan, hosted the ceremony in honor of welcoming ThrivePoint High School, located at 16578 W. Greenway Rd. Suite #204, into our community. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Councilmember Cline, Councilmember Winters and Mayor Hall attend a ribbon cutting ceremony at Thrive Point High School.

EricsHouse Support Groups

EricsHouse helps people integrate loss of a loved one using a variety of healing resources that reduce grief symptoms, promote growth and personal well-being, and provide a community of like-minded people who understand this unique grief journey. ericshouse.org

  • Grieving Mothers Support Group

Open to mothers who have lost a child to suicide, substance abuse, homicide, illness or any sudden loss. This group runs weekly on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22 & 1/5/22.

Contact marianne@ericshouse.org to determine if this group is right for you. Pre-registration is required

  • Support Group for Grieving Men

This closed group begins November 16 and will run weekly on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Participation is limited to nine members. Sessions are virtual zoom meetings: 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 12/28, 1/4/22 & 1/11. Please contact greg@ericshouse.org or 480.734.3423 to determine if this group is right for you.

MLK Celebration Events

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Trash Collection

Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3, to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow. This means some residents will see a change to their trash collection day. These changes apply to City of Surprise sanitation customers only. Get the details: https://bit.ly/3kk155F

Fire Station 308 Courage Walk

“COURAGE is not living without fear, but being able to walk through it while doing the right thing anyway.” This statement is part of a new art installation at the recently completed Surprise Fire Station 308 and pays tribute to the character of our Surprise Fire-Medical Department team and all they do to keep our community safe. Stop by and check out “Courage Walk 308” at 13771 W. Cactus Rd.

The new art installation Courage Walk 308.

West Nile Virus

Fight the Bite logoMaricopa County Vector Control has established a West Nile virus hotline. Residents may call 602.506.0700 and select from the following menu:

  • Option 1: Report stagnant water, a green pool, mosquito problems or receive fogging notifications.
  • Option 2: Mosquito related disease and info/assistance
  • Option 3: Current ground fogging schedule
  • Option 4: Info on mosquito eating fish or reach the Environmental Services Dept.

You can also file an online “Environmental Services Complaint Form” with Maricopa County.
*All mosquito fogging is done through Maricopa County Vector Control.

Here is a link to their education campaign: maricopa.gov/1746/West-Nile-Virus

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park in January! Join us on January 23 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. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.

Surprise Senior Center Lunch

On Tuesday, November 16, Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Chris Judd and I attended a BBQ lunch event at the Surprise Senior Center. This was the Center’s first large gathering since the pandemic began. It was amazing welcoming back so many members to this annual event! To learn more about programs and services offered at the Senior Center, please call 623.222.1500.

Councilmember Cline serves lunch to residents at the Surprise Senior Center barbeque.

Speed Limits

An infographic showing bicyclist, pedestrians and vehicles sharing the road.Traffic laws can vary from state to state regarding rights-of-way, and I have heard from some of my constituents regarding concerns of speeding and drivers not yielding to people in crosswalks. I have included information below as a reminder to please share the road!

Sun City Grand Speed Limits: 

  • Sunrise Blvd, Clearview Blvd, Goldwater Ridge, and Mountain View Blvd: 35 mph
  • Residential Areas: 25 mph

Four-Way Stops/Crosswalks – Right of Way:

  1. Except as provided in Arizona Revised Statutes section 28-793, subsection B, if traffic control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be in order to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave any curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
  2. If a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of another vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

*Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation making it a crime to park a vehicle so that enough of a sidewalk is blocked to prevent someone using a wheelchair from passing.

Walkers, Runners, Joggers:
Walkers and runners, keep your eyes and ears open and move over to allow cyclists to pass safely. If wearing headphones, please have them lowered to a volume that you can hear others when approaching. Runners should signal walkers similar to cyclists when passing.

Bicyclists:
Arizona does not have a statute that specifically prohibits the operation of a bicycle upon a sidewalk (Ariz. Rev. Stat. Article 28-904;28-101). Therefore, cyclists should keep their eyes and ears open for walkers, runners, and vehicles. In addition, cyclists should alert when passing walkers and runners by yelling, “passing on your left (or right)!” Please remember to be cautious of pedestrians and move out of the way to give pedestrians the right of way.

  • Although it is not a law, emergency officials urge all bicyclists to wear a helmet.
  • Follow all traffic signs and rules of the road.
  • If you’re riding at night, use a front & rear light.
  • Use hand signals when turning.
  • Avoid busy streets when possible.

Golf Carts:
Golf carts operate as vehicles; same laws apply. In addition, golf carts are to be operated in public streets by those who have a valid driver’s license. Children, teens, and adults without a valid license are not allowed to operate a golf cart in public streets.

If you notice any violators of the safety laws permitted by the Arizona State Legislature, which are supported by the city of Surprise and Sun City Grand, please contact the Surprise Police Department at 623.222.4000, or 911 for an emergency.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m. on December 28 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are December 7 and 21 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – November 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

Friends of the Surprise Libraries Ribbon Cutting

Friday, October 8, Mayor Hall and Council Members Cline, Judd, and Hastings joined the Friends of the Surprise Libraries for a ribbon cutting! Joanne Heim, Board Member of Friends of the Surprise Libraries, hosted the ribbon cutting in honor of their newly renovated area at the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. Congratulations on your next chapter!

West Nile Virus

Fight the Bite logoMaricopa County Vector Control has established a West Nile virus hotline. Residents may call 602.506.0700 and select from the following menu:

  • Option 1: Report stagnant water, a green pool, mosquito problems or receive fogging notifications.
  • Option 2: Mosquito related disease and info/assistance
  • Option 3: Current ground fogging schedule
  • Option 4: Info on mosquito eating fish or reach the Environmental Services Dept.

You can also file an online “Environmental Services Complaint Form” with Maricopa County. Here is a link to their education campaign: maricopa.gov/1746/West-Nile-Virus

The Learning Experience

On September 29, myself along with Mayor Hall and Council Members Chris Judd and Ken Remley, joined The Learning Experience for a Ribbon Cutting! Located at 15351 W. Cactus Rd., the Learning Experience Director Heather Turner and Asst. Director Carrie Mikeworth held the ceremony in honor of their Grand Opening. Welcome to Surprise!

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on November 7 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. Future dates are January 23, February 13, and April 3.

Mobile Home Depot Ribbon Cutting

On Wednesday, October 13, I joined Mayor Hall and Council Member Ken Remley for the Mobile Home Depot ribbon cutting! District Manager Denis Godin hosted the ceremony in honor of Mobile Home Depot opening in Spring of 2021, located at 13033 W Grand Ave, Surprise, AZ 85374. Thank you for choosing Surprise as your home!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Cline and Councilmember Remley join Mobile Home Depot for a ribbon cutting.

2021 Surprise SciTech Festival

Surprise SciTech FestivalHave fun with science and technology at the Surprise SciTech Festival on November 6, presented by the City of Surprise! This FREE, fun-filled educational event features interactive science, technology, engineering, art and math exhibits and demonstrations. It’s all happening 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Courtyard, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. For more information on the event, please visit surpriseaz.gov/scitech.

Care and Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. This community event creates connections to human service organizations as well as disability, veteran, and health resources. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Woman of the Year

Judge Elizabeth Finn, of Glendale, AZ.On October 5, I attended the West Valley Women Networking Association’s 2021 Woman of the Year Celebration. This year’s Woman of the year was Judge Elizabeth Finn, of Glendale, AZ. Businesswomen and women from all walks of life are members of West Valley Women Networking Association, and join West Valley Women for career and personal development at monthly meetings.

Councilmember Cline at the West Valley Women Networking Association’s 2021 Woman of the Year CelebrationThe organization endeavors to promote professional women who desire to be successful and connect with the community. Members share information, ideas and contacts. Networking at meetings engages members who establish friendships, promote advocacy, share information and opportunities.

Best of the West

On Thursday, October 21, along with Mayor and Council, I attended the Best of the West Awards dinner, which was held at State Farm Stadium. This event, hosted by WESTMARC, recognizes exceptional contributions to the image, lifestyle and economy here in the West Valley. This Awards Dinner is the signature event of the West Valley with a rich history of celebrating outstanding accomplishments and impacts to quality of life, economic development, innovation and leadership.

G.A.I.N Night

Councilmember Cline wearing a Cat in the Hat costume poses with children at Surprise G.A.I.N. night.Saturday, October 23, I attended this family-friendly event at Mark Coronado Park, which brought the community together! It was a great turnout with trick or treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, and public safety displays. Thank you Surprise Police Department and Parks and Recreation for hosting such a wonderful event!

Hyundai Grand Re-Opening

Thursday, October 21, I joined Mayor Hall, Councilmember Ken Remley and Ken Garff Hyundai for a ribbon cutting! General Manager Peter Pasiakos hosted the ceremony in honor of the grand re-opening of the dealership located at 12925 N. Autoshow Ave. Ken Garff Hyundai also presented Mayor with 300 Hygiene Kits to hand out at the Surprise Care+Share Expo being held on November 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Just Be Youtiful Women’s Boutique

Monday, October 25, Mayor Hall, Council Member Chris Judd and I joined Just Be Youtiful Boutique for a ribbon cutting! Owner Kym Stutzman hosted the ceremony in honor of Just Be Youtiful Boutique’s grand opening, located at 15332 W. Bell Rd. Suite #135! Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Dependent Scholarship Winners

The City would like to recognize Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards! The first place award of $3,000 will go to Alexis, the daughter of Randy Rody (Police Department). The second place award of $1,500 will go to Alina, the daughter of Leonid Bozhko (Information Technology). Congratulations to both winners!

Alexis Klippel and Alina Bozhko are recognized in the city council chambers as the recipients of the 2021 City of Surprise Scholarship Awards.

Dysart School Parks Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, October 29, the Dysart School District hosted a ribbon cutting event, in coordination with the City, to announce the opening of their elementary school fields and playgrounds in Surprise to the public, after school hours and on weekends. It was great to be there to celebrate with Mayor Hall and other members of council.

Block Party Trailer

City of Surprise Block Party logoThe City of Surprise is committed to building quality neighborhoods, and what better way to get to know your neighbors than by throwing a party! The Neighborhood Services Division offers free rentals of its Block Party Trailer. The trailer comes equipped with everything you will need to get your Block Party started, including:

  • Tables and Chairs
  • PA system and music
  • Generator
  • Canopy tents
  • Coolers
  • Sports equipment
  • Games
  • City information

City staff will deliver the trailer and be present during the event. You can also receive a Block Party Information Packet, which includes flyers and posters to help spread the word about your party. We’ll even help cover costs for refreshments and a bouncy house (the inflatable domes that children love to jump around in) or similar family-friendly entertainment! Submit receipts for up to $150 to help pay for local merchants’ select party amenities, including family entertainment. To book the block party trailer, go to surpriseaz.gov/blockparty.

The Surprise block party trailer and a bounce house.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 2 p.m., November 12 at Arizona Traditions in the ballroom, 17221 N. Citrus Rd. and 6 p.m. on November 23 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are November 2 and 16 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

District 2 Update – October 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important City updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

The Toast Craft Kitchen & Cocktails Ribbon Cutting

We welcomed The Toast Craft Kitchen & Cocktails to Surprise on September 15 at their official ribbon cutting. The Toast Craft Kitchen is located at 17058 W. Bell Rd., Suite 104. Congratulations to owners David and Emily Bromm! We wish you the best of luck on your much-anticipated restaurant!

Mayor Hall, Councilmember Cline and Jeanine Jerkovic join owners and employees in front of The Toast.

October Day of Service

Show your community pride by participating in a day of community service on October 16 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will meet at 8 a.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St., before venturing out to various cleanup and beautification projects across the city. Projects will run until approximately noon. To volunteer, contact Larry Garcia at 623.222.1522 or larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov.

2050 MAG Regional Transportation Plan

Do you want a choice of safe and reliable options to get around the Valley of the Sun? From September 13 – October 13, Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is asking for your input and review of the MOMENTUM 2050 Regional Transportation Plan, 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program, and 2021 MAG Conformity Analysis. More details here: azmag.gov/Newsroom/Public-Notices

Ottawa Football Game Recognition

Ottawa University hosted its first home football game on Saturday, September 4. Ottawa wanted to spotlight its partnership with the City of Surprise during halftime by recognizing Mayor and Council, who support the partnership.

Surprise City Council receives recognition from Ottawa University.

Care & Share Expo

The 2nd Annual Care & Share Expo will be held on Saturday, November 13. This year’s all-ages event will be from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Surprise City Hall 1st Floor Parking Garage, 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. Your participation or sponsorship will help the community connect to human service organizations, health resources and medical checks. This free event is a one-stop source for accessing programs and services that promote health, financial growth, and self-empowerment. Plus, there will be fun for the entire family! For more details, go to bit.ly/3yM9LGs

Women4Women

The number of homeless and low-income women increases each year in our community. Many require the use of feminine hygiene products each month, the cost of which is not covered by SNAP (food stamps) and too expensive for many to afford. Women4Women believes these items should be available to those who need them; helping homeless and low-income women maintain their dignity, self-respect, and health. 20 women from a local chapter of Women4Women came together to help package feminine hygiene products at WHAM on September 13. In one hour, the team put together over 100 bags! These items are distributed through Surprise Resource Center, the Surprise Police Department and Crisis Support teams.

Fire Station 308

Construction is complete on Fire Station 308, located on the south side of Cactus Road, east of Litchfield Road, and the station is operational today. Fire Station 308 is approximately 16,000 square feet with four bays for fire apparatus. It houses an Engine Company and Hazardous Materials Response Team – an essential component due to the station’s proximity to the city’s industrial district. The station is designed to provide training specific to responses to hazardous materials emergencies and has room for a future ambulance.

Arizona Fall League

Arizona Fall League logoThe month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars. The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season Tuesday, October 14, at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees and Washington Nationals. Click here for schedule and pricing bit.ly/2XOn0dj

G.A.I.N Night

Surprise G.A.I.N. Night flyerSurprise Public Safety officials invite you to attend the upcoming G.A.I.N. Night (Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods). This free, interactive community event is Saturday, October 23, from 5 – 9 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park – 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There will be trick-or-treating, a gaming trailer and laser tag, live music, a Chick-Fil-A hot air balloon, public safety displays by Surprise Police and Fire-Medical, and so much more! Food and beverage will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Surprise Veterans Day Parade

The City of Surprise is hosting its 5th Annual Veterans Day Parade to honor those who have bravely served our country. The parade will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, November 11, and will run along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes.

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on October 17 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. Future dates are November 7, January 23, February 13 and April 3.

Coffee with Vets

If you are a veteran, thank you for your service. Join me for Coffee with a Vet on Saturday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. There will be free coffee and bagels at the Surprise Resource Center at 12425 W. Bell Rd. Meet other vets, enjoy comradarie and take advantage of resources that assist our veterans!

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 6 p.m., October 26 at Sun City Grand in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are October 5 and 19 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.

Future Meet & Greet Changes

  • Beginning October 26 my meet and greets at Sun City Grand will be moving to Tuesday nights in the Pima Room, 19781 N. Remington Dr.
  • November Arizona Traditions meet and greet will now be on Friday, November 12 at 2 p.m. in the Ballroom. Epcor and Surprise Water will be there to answer questions and of course, coffee and doughnuts will be provided!

District 2 Update – September 2021

Greetings, District 2 residents! Please take a moment to read the information below, which contains important city updates and information on upcoming events. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to me anytime at aly.cline@surpriseaz.gov or by calling 623.222.1322. You can also follow me on Facebook for frequent notifications.

Library Groundbreaking Ceremony

On Monday, August 23, I attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the new El Mirage Library. Fire Station Annex is soon to be the new El Mirage Library, located at 13513 N El Mirage Rd. The ceremony was attended by Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, Councilmember Roy Delgado, and Mayor Alexis Hermosillo. The new library is planned to open in early spring 2022.

Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman, Councilmember Roy Delgado, Councilmember Cline and El Mirage Mayor Alexis Hermosillo

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park this fall! Join us on September 19 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. Future dates are October 17 and November 7 from 3-7 p.m.

Fiesta Grande

Our annual street festival is back! Join us for the 8th Annual Surprise Fiesta Grande to celebrate our city’s cultural heritage on Saturday, October 9, from 5-10p.m. Fiesta Grande will feature Authentic Mexican food, a classic car show, arts and crafts, music & live entertainment and more! Admission and parking are free; the city will provide free shuttle drop-off to the event area. Visit surpriseaz.gov/fiestagrande for more details.

9/11 Ceremony

Surprise will hold a ceremony to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and to honor the victims, survivors, and heroes of that day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, September 11. Mayor Skip Hall, Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott, and Police Chief Benny Piña will speak as part of the ceremony.

Surprise Water supply is Secure

Surprise's Water Supply is Secure.The US Bureau of Reclamation has announced a Tier 1 shortage for Colorado River operations for 2022. This shortage declaration does not mean a shortage at your tap. But, it’s still very important to be wise consumers of this precious resource. Learn more about how Surprise is prepared and how you can help conserve: bit.ly/3k1DBBy

Next Steps for Senior Center

The Surprise Senior Center began the next phase of reopening on August 9. The center is now open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday for member-led activities, special groups, clubs, and self-led fitness in the gym without reservations.

All participants are required to fill out a new enrollment packet when returning to in-person programming. Face masks are strongly recommended, and social distancing is encouraged. High-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized frequently throughout the day.

For information call 623.222.1500. Dates, times, and capacity requirements are subject to change without notice. At this time, there is no open recreation.

Motorcycle Safety Class

Motorcycle Safety ClassJoin the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, September 19 from 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Surprise Stadium parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. There will be time for participants to apply their learned skills on an interactive course, promoting optimal response to dangerous riding situations. This course is for current motorcycle riders. A valid driver’s license and motorcycle endorsement, motorcycle, and helmet are required to attend this class. This class is not for new riders to obtain an endorsement. For more information, please email DriveWise@surpriseaz.gov or call 623.222.4500.

Spring Training 2022

Major League Baseball has released the 2022 Cactus League Spring Training schedule in conjunction with the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. Opening Day in Surprise is set for Saturday, February 26, with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium.

Additional information regarding the upcoming season, including game times, ticket details, specialty packages, and fan health and safety guidelines, will be announced at a later date. If you are interested in ticket information, please visit SurpriseStadium.com and sign up for email alerts.

Economic Development

What a year for economic development in Surprise! Check out Economic Development’s FY 2021 Year in Review, here.

Economic Development FY21 Year in Review flyer.

Step Up in Surprise, AZ

The inaugural VetLink Foundation Step Up in Surprise will be held on October 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at AZ TechCelerator located at 12425 W. Bell Rd. This event is designed to provide homeless veterans and all veterans the support they need for better employment, housing, health, and overall lifestyle. This event welcomes all veterans and their dependents.

Community Meeting

On August 21, 225 Surprise and Sun City West members attended a meeting with Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Aly Cline, and Police Chief Benny Pena at the Church on the Green in Sun City West for an update on the city of Surprise. Mayor Hall spoke about economic development, Councilmember Aly Cline talked about community development, and Chief Piña discussed the need for the city and the county to work together, especially as it relates to homelessness and county islands within Surprise.

EPCOR Water

Surprise voters will be asked to approve a franchise extension with EPCOR Water in the November 2021 election, and voters must register by October 4 to cast a ballot.

EPCOR is one of six water providers in the city of Surprise, and this election will not change EPCOR’s service area. Approval would allow EPCOR to construct, maintain and operate a potable water delivery system and a wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal system throughout the city public rights-of-way. The franchise does not grant authority to change your utility rate.

For more information on this election and to view the proposed franchise agreement, please visit surpriseaz.gov/electionnews.

Meet & Greet

My monthly Meet and Greet will be 10 a.m., September 24 at Arizona Traditions, 17222 N. Citrus Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest city news and answering any questions you have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Council meetings are September 7 and 21 at 6 p.m., and City Hall is open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.