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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
MLK Celebration Events
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!
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.
Mayor 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.
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
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.
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
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.