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June 2, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

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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.

January 6, 2021 • D3 Monthly Newsletter

Happy New Year! We have made it to 2021, and there are still many great things happening in the City of Surprise. As we ring in the New Year, I’d like to share some updates with you on new parks, new roads, and new businesses here in Surprise! As always, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. You can email me directly at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration & Service

Please join us on January 16 at 9 a.m. as we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a virtual program, leading into a day of service. Tune in to Surprise TV, Facebook or Instagram to see a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers. The City of Surprise is also organizing community service projects that will be in person. Advanced registration is required due to COVID-19 gathering limitations. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Larry Garcia at larry.garcia@surpriseaz.gov, or call 623.222.1522.

Esports Tournaments

Surprise Parks & Recreation and Bravous Esports have teamed up to offer online video game tournaments. Participants play multiplayer video games in a competitive, elimination-style tournament from the comfort of their own homes.

  • Rocket League “Back to School” Tournament
    (7-17yr) – January 9, 4-9 p.m.
  • Among Us Unmasking
    (7-17yr) – February 20, 4-9 p.m.

Registration is $10 per tournament for Surprise residents and $12 per tournament for non-residents. Sign up at https://bit.ly/3gClzDN.

New Park and Park Enhancements

A man and a woman talking a walk in a park.Council voted December 15 to fund more than $8 million in park-related projects that will advance the goals of the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Council was able to fund these projects thanks to strong growth in housing permits and retail sales collections that resulted in better-than-expected one-time revenue from fiscal year 2020. The projects include, finishing Gaines Youth Baseball Field ahead of the original timeline, a new eight-acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place, and a $3 million budget for enhancements to Surprise Community Park. Enhancements could include paving the north parking lot, adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage, and exploring new lighting in the area and will be finalized following design and submittal of actual costs. The new eight-acre park will provide additional programmable and rental field space.

Greenway Road Improvement Project

Artist rendering of a tree lined, double lane road.The voter-approved Greenway Road improvement project began last month, and is anticipated to be completed in November 2021, weather permitting. When completed, the project will add two additional travel lanes, turn lanes, drainage infrastructure, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, street lighting and landscaping. The Greenway Road project is a part of the 2017 voter-approved Decide Surprise Obligation Bonds.

Surprise Small Business Relief Grant

The Surprise Small Business Relief Grant provided funding to help local businesses that were impacted by the current public health crisis. Grant dollars were intended to be used to assist with rent, utilities, payroll expenses and other necessary operating costs. Through this program, 79 local businesses have been served and 483 jobs retained! The funds for this program have been fully utilized, but the City of Surprise Economic Development team has other resources available to help local businesses. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 Business Resource page on the City’s website.

Development in District 3

The following projects are under development review in District 3:

  • Kentucky Fried Chicken, 15166 N. Cotton Lane
  • Prasada multi-tenant shops, southeast corner of Waddell Road & Prasada Parkway
  • Black Rock Coffee, southeast corner of Waddell Road & Prasada Parkway

Meet and Greet

My next meeting will be held on February 6 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Road #B101. Due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19, please check www.surpriseaz.gov for updates and cancellations to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, please 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 January 19 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise, or on Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513.


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