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June 2, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3, and I am always available for questions, concerns, or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Retail Survey Results

The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5, and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results! The City uses the survey data to identify the City’s retail strengths and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Select survey insights are listed below, with full results available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

2021 Retail Survey Results summary

City Pools Now Open!

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Community Pool are now open for limited-capacity swim lessons and open swim. Open swim fees are $2 for youth residents (6 months – 17 years) and $3 for adult residents; the non-resident fee is $5 per swimmer. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years or older. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 623.222.2000 or visit surpriseaz.gov/aquatics.

Surprise Aquatic Center pool

Surprise Water Wise

Surprise Water Resource Management logoYou may have heard talk in the news media recently about the Colorado River and a potential shortage declaration. The Western United States, including Arizona and the Phoenix metropolitan area, has been experiencing a drought for more than 20 years, with an official drought declaration in June 1999. Drought is a normal occurrence in the southwest desert. However, as the drought in the Colorado River Basin continues to extend, the Lower Basin states of Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nevada along with Mexico may face reductions in their Colorado River water deliveries through a “Tier 1” declaration by the Bureau of Reclamation.

What does this mean for Surprise water customers? A Tier 1 shortage declaration will not affect Surprise’s water allocation or its deliveries to customers. Although there will be no immediate impact on municipal water supplies, Surprise remains committed to water resource management and water conservation measures. Shortage on the Colorado River does not mean shortage for Surprise’s customers at the tap. Being efficient with water has been part of our long-term water management strategy, and our water conservation program provides resources to assist customers.

Furthermore, Surprise is not directly delivering its Colorado River allocation. Instead, we use our Central Arizona Project (CAP) water allocation to recharge the aquifer, storing water for future groundwater pumping. As always, water users must follow water-efficient practices to protect our precious resources. For more information about drought and how it affects Surprise water customers on our Drought Resiliency and Preparedness website: surpriseaz.gov/droughtmgmt.

You may be wondering how you can save water. Here are some water-saving tips:

  • Visit Surprise’s water conservation page surpriseaz.gov/waterconservation for water-saving guides, tips, and advice.
  • Surprise customers can track their water use through a WaterSmart portal and use real-time tracking to establish a water use baseline and set leak alerts. Customers can access the WaterSmart portal through the “pay my bill” option on Surprise’s Utility Billing website surpriseaz.gov/WaterBill.
    WaterSmart logo

Floyd Gaines Park Dedication

Floyd Gaines Park signA dedication ceremony was held on May 15 to celebrate the completion of Floyd Gaines Park. The park, located at 16001 N. Nash St., in the City’s Original Town Site, includes a lighted youth ball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted and paved parking lot. Floyd Gaines was a pioneer in our community and an avid champion of its youth and parks and recreation services.

Firestation 304 Tour

I recently had the opportunity to tour the new Surprise Firestation 304, located in Asante at 24550 N. 163rd Ave. in north Surprise. While the station is relatively new, it is already known for the artwork in front of it and for housing the Surprise Police Mobile Command Center.

The Surprise Police mobile command unit and artwork at Firestation 304.

Senior Center Phased Re-opening!

The City of Surprise is re-opening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50+ and adults with disabilities. Visit surpriseaz.gov/seniorcenter to learn more about Center programs and activities.

Rotary Club Tree Donation

The Surprise Rotary Club donated a new tree at Dick McComb Park near the splash pad. Our contractors planted the tree on Arbor Day, April 29. As a thank-you, the City of Surprise presented a plaque to the Rotary Club.

Surprise City Council present a plaque to Surprise Rotary Club members.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner.My next meeting will be June 5 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. #B101. Please check surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is scheduled for June 15 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11.


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

December 4, 2019 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Love Our Schools Day

Dysart Unified School District hosted a Love Our Schools Day in partnership with the City of Surprise’s Day of Service. This day of volunteer work was aimed for projects on school campuses, as well as general clean up. I was honored to be invited to participate in this event by Sonoran Heights Elementary School. It was truly a great way to show pride in our schools.


In honor of the many great community partners the city has, OUAZ held a Special Needs Recognition event at the final home football game. While the game did not end in favor of the Spirit (14-18), they ended the season with a 9-1 record. I thank the staff, students and fans for a great football season. I am looking forward to attending the upcoming basketball and volleyball games which will be held in the new Faith Arena. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.ouazspirit.com.

Economic Development

  • Surprise Health & Rehabilitation, located at 14660 W. Parkwood Drive, held a ribbon cutting ceremony to welcome this new skilled nursing facility to Surprise. They offer many services to include in-house therapy and a rehab-to-home program.
  • Bonfire Craft Kitchen & Tap House, 15332 W. Bell Road, is a family-friendly restaurant with a focus on fresh ingredients and a traditional take on all-American food. Welcome to Surprise!
  • Ugly Tuna Sushi is located at 15459 W. Bell Road. This new restaurant is a family-owned sushi bar with many options to choose from.
  • Richi’s Diner II, 17221 N Litchfield Road, is a diner-style restaurant that offers a wide variety of traditional menu choices as well as select Italian and Greek dishes. Thank you for continuing to grow in Surprise!

Veterans Day

The City of Surprise was honored to start the Veterans Day celebrations with a ribbon cutting at the Veterans Reflection Circle. Several individuals and contractors donated their time and materials to create this memorial in remembrance of combat wounded war veteran Sergeant First Class Brian Scott Mancini. The memorial is located on the east side of the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave. Following the ribbon cutting, the annual Veterans Day Parade allowed residents an opportunity to say thank you and show their gratitude. I would like to personally thank everyone who made these events a success.

Surprise City Councilmembers at the newly opened Veterans Reflection Circle.

Road Closures

Several road projects are underway and will impact the flow of traffic for the next few months. Cactus Road, from Cotton Lane to 175th Avenue, will be closed until mid-December. Sarival Avenue, from Cactus Road to Hearn Road, will be closed until the end of February 2020; however, Sarival Avenue will be open to local traffic only between Greenway and Hearn Roads. Waddell Road, from Sarival Avenue to the Loop 303 is closed until the end of January 2020 with an extension added up to Legacy Park Boulevard beginning December 2. Please use alternate routes and allow for extended travel time.

Dysart Athlete of the Month

Dysart Unified School District hosts quarterly Athlete of the Month Ceremonies in which student athletes are recognized for their hard work in the classroom, around the community and in their individual sport. I would like to congratulate all of the student athletes that were recognized. Keep up the good work!

Fire Station Open Houses

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department will continue their series of Fire Station Open Houses after the holidays. These open houses give you and your family the chance to view the array of firefighting equipment, check out the fire trucks, tour the fire station and meet the firefighters.

The next open house will be at Fire Station 302, 18600 N. Reems Road, on Saturday, January 4, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Fire Station 307, 16171 W. Cactus Road, will be open on January 11 and Fire Station 301, 16750 N. Village Drive, on January 25. For more information on times and locations, please call 623-222-5000.

Upcoming Events

I will be hosting my Quarterly District 3 Meeting on Thursday, December 5, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the upstairs room at Larry Miller Dodge, 13165 N Autoshow Avenue. Representatives from different departments will present city updates and address any questions or concerns you may have.

Please join us in welcoming the holiday spirit with the 18th Annual Surprise Party on December 6-7. The party will begin on Friday, December 6, at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, with live music, hot air balloon glow, skydivers, a variety of food and a visit from Santa! The gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the tree lighting will take place at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free with a canned food donation. On Saturday, December 7, the party continues with family activities, a petting zoo, food, crafts and more. The celebrations will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!

The Surprise Stadium Team Shop, 15930 N. Bullard Ave, will transform into Santa’s Workshop from December 11-13. Children will have the opportunity to have cookies and milk with Santa and Mrs. Clause from 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Teens in 6th – 8th grade are invited to the Sierra Montana Rec Night Holiday Relay on Friday, December 13, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation, 14861 N. Spring Lane. Enjoy a fun place to hang out, listen to music, and enjoy laser light shows, themed events and games. Cost is $5 per person and concessions will be available for purchase.

The 18th Annual Spring Training season will kick off on Friday, February 21, with the Texas Rangers taking on the Kansas City Royals. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at www.SurpriseStadium.com or by phone with our Surprise Stadium Box Office at 623-222-2222.

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K. All runners will receive a Jimmy John’s Spring Training Race T-shirt, finisher medal and a buy one get one free coupon for select sections of the Royals vs. Reds game on March 7. Please visit www.SurpriseStadium.com/events to take advantage of the early registration discounted rates.


As a reminder, City Council agendas are posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

Please note that my December meet and greet has been cancelled. Effective January, my monthly meet and greet at Jim’s Burgers and Eggs will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. If you have questions, comments or concerns please stop by and chat with me.

Lastly, please know that city offices will be closed on December 25, 2019, and January 1, 2020, in observance of Christmas Day and New Years Day.

October 2, 2019 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Thank you for signing up to receive city updates and my council newsletters. I am honored to serve the residents of District 3 and I am always available for questions, concerns or comments. Please follow me on Facebook or email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Ottawa University

Ottawa University held their first home game of the season last month, against Western New Mexico. The game brought many parents, relatives, students and fans from across the city to cheer on the Spirit. The game was close and with Western New Mexico taking the lead in the 3rd, the Spirit were not going to give up. They pulled off a touchdown in the 4th quarter to win the game. I am appreciative of the relationship the city has with the university and look forward to a great season.

Fire Station 304

As the northern region of Surprise continues to grow and develop, the need for a permanent fire station became inevitable. Council participated in the groundbreaking for the new 18,000 square foot permanent fire station in September. This fire station will be the largest in the city and will help to maintain adequate response times. Fire Station 304 will be located on 163rd Ave and San Ysidro Road.

Peace Pole

A peace pole is an internationally recognized symbol of the commitment of the entire human family to engage and endorse peace in their community and worldwide. Thank you to the Rotary Club of Surprise, in partnership with the City of Surprise and the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission, for their donation of a peace pole to the Civic Center Campus. The pole is located on the lawn outside of the Surprise Public Safety Building.

Ribbon Cutting

SeaCa Plastic Packaging hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their newest manufacturing building. They have been owned and operated by family for over 125 years. SeaCa specializes in the production of wooden, corrugated, plastic and distribution products. This welcome addition will bring jobs and positive growth to Surprise.

Traffic and Road Construction

As the Toll Brothers’ Sterling Grove development continues to move forward, so does work to improve roads surrounding the future housing community.

The developer is responsible for building the north half of Peoria Avenue between Cotton Lane and just west of Citrus Road. Phases 1&2 of the Peoria Avenue work are underway and happening concurrently, with planned completion by November 2019. These phases include building out the north half of the roadway between Cotton Lane and Citrus Road, which will result in one travel lane in each direction, plus a center turn lane until the south half of the road is built. Please note, the south half of the road is not in City of Surprise limits.

Peoria Avenue Phase 3 will begin in August 2022 and will consist of one additional west bound travel lane, sidewalk, and streetlights from 175th Avenue to just west of Citrus Road. Upon completion of Peoria Avenue Improvement Phases 1-3, traffic will be able to flow via single lane in each direction along Peoria Avenue from Cotton Lane to Perryville Road.

Cactus Road improvements between Cotton Lane and 175th Avenue are planned to be complete in early 2020 and include all south half of the road improvements, including: three lanes, a median, sidewalks and streetlights.

Improvements on Cotton Lane between Peoria Avenue and Cactus Road are tentatively planned to begin in 2021. These are west half roadway improvements, including: three travel lanes, a median, sidewalks and streetlights.

All construction schedules are weather dependent and could be impacted by other variables, but are currently on track.

As Surprise continues to grow, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. These projects will range from additional lanes to pavement improvement. The Transportation Projects Map can be found online and will give you a detailed look at the individual projects as well as expected timelines. You can find it here: https://www.surpriseaz.gov/DocumentCenter/View/43102/2019-Transportation-Projects-Map

Day of Service

The City of Surprise is hosting the Fall Day of Service on Saturday, October 19. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in promoting community pride and volunteer service. The Neighborhood Services team is seeking over 200 residents to help with several indoor and outdoor activities. Volunteers are asked to meet at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street, at 8 a.m. to receive their assignment; and should plan to serve until noon. There will be an island party afterwards complete with BBQ, live music, games and more. If you have a group of 10 or more, please sign up in advance by contacting Ervin Cutwright at 623-222-3241 or via email Ervin.Cutwright@surpriseaz.gov. Individuals, families and groups are all encouraged to attend.


Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival is scheduled for October 20 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Bring your chairs or blanket to Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave, for an evening of live entertainment, yard games, inflatables and much more. Admission is free; food and drink are available for purchase.

Public Safety G.A.I.N. night will be held at Mark Coronado Park on Saturday October 26 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. This fun family event will host dinosaurs, a gaming trailer, public safety displays and much more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Bring two cans of food and get a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win some prizes. Admission is free.

The City of Surprise is accepting applications for the upcoming Veterans Day Parade scheduled for November 11 at 10 a.m. along Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane. This is an excellent opportunity for clubs, organizations and residents to display their patriotic pride while honoring those who have served our country. Entry forms are available at the Parks & Recreation Office or online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.


As a reminder, City Council agendas are posted online at www.surpriseaz.gov/agendas at least two business days before the meeting. City Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Work Sessions are at 4 p.m. and Regular Meetings begin at 6 p.m. All meetings are carried live on Surprise TV for cable customers and streamed online at www.surpriseaz.gov/surpriseTV.

I hold a monthly meet and greet at Jim’s Burgers and Eggs from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of every month. If you have questions, comments or concerns please stop by and chat with me.