Friend and colleagues of Charlie Woodland meet at the baseball field.

September 1, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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21-Bat Salute for Charlie Woodland

Charlie Woodland became a member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on June 6, 2015. He was a tremendous representative for our residents and a true ambassador for our community through his final meeting in June 2021. Charlie served as a volunteer coach in our youth sports programs for 15 years and was a model participant. One of Charlie’s final wishes was that his friends, colleagues, and family perform a “21-bat salute” in his honor, held on Saturday, August 7.

2022 Spring Training

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 and sign up for email alerts.

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: Future dates are October 17 and November 7 from 3-7 p.m.

9/11 Remembrance 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.

Oath of Office

Chief Benny Pina holds up his right hand and takes the oath of office from Judge Dominguez.The Official Oath Office was issued to the city’s new police chief, Benny Piña, by Judge Dominguez at the City Council Meeting on August 17. Chief Piña began serving as Surprise Police Department police chief on July 6. He previously served as the deputy police chief in Peoria since 2014. Before that, he served 25 years with the Phoenix Police Department.

ED FY21 Year in Review!

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

Economic Development's FY21 Year in Review flyer.

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:

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 or call 623.222.4500.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner.My next meeting will be September 4 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are September 7 and 21 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at, or on Cox channel 11.


Please continue to check the City of Surprise website, at for updates to meeting schedules and other important announcements.