City of Surprise ‘Community & Recreation Services’ renamed ‘Parks & Recreation’; celebrate with us!

Surprise, AZ (June 21, 2019) The city of Surprise Community and Recreation Services Department will be renamed Parks and Recreation effective July 1. Sports, camps, classes and parks are all managed by this department – so the name has been changed to better fit what they do.

Surprise fireworks laws; what you need to know this July Fourth

The Fourth of July is fast approaching and it’s a good time to review the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within the City of Surprise. Read more…

EL MIRAGE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Two suspects were hurt in a shooting involving federal agents in El Mirage late Wednesday night, according to the FBI.

The shooting happened at the intersection of Thompson Ranch Road and the US Highway 60 around 11 p.m.

Surprise, AZ (June 19, 2019) Prep Baseball Report’s Arizona State Games baseball tournament continues for the second weekend in a row, right here in Surprise. This weekend’s event features 2020 and 2021 graduates with over 1,600 players from across the country, experiencing some of best facilities and tourism hospitality in the southwest.

Over 40 teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and New Mexico will compete Thursday, June 20 through Sunday, June 23. Games will take place at the Texas Rangers practice facilities at 15930 N. Bullard Ave., beginning at 8 a.m. each day

Surprise, AZ (June 19, 2019) The intersection of Peoria Avenue and Cotton Lane will be closed for gas line work beginning 10 p.m. Friday, June 21 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 24, 2019.

Daytime closures are also scheduled for Peoria Avenue, Cotton Lane to Loop 303, beginning Monday, June 24, for roadway restoration. Crews will be onsite daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday, June 28. During the roadwork, Cotton Lane will be restricted to a single lane; traffic will be controlled by a flagman.

Regular City Council Work Session

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Regular Work Session meeting for the Surprise City Council.

Ozone High Pollution Advisory issued for June 15

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Regular City Council Work Session & Meeting

Agendas for the June 18, 2019 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:

Questions concerning the City of Surprise Council Agenda? Contact the City Clerk’s office at: 623.222.1200 or via email:

Surprise, AZ (June 13, 2019) For the second weekend in a row, more than 1,500 players from across the country will visit Surprise Stadium and Recreation Campus for the first ever Prep Baseball Report (PBR) Arizona State Games. 

Over 35 teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Missouri and New Mexico will compete Thursday, June 13 through Sunday, June 16. Games will take place at the Kansas City Royals practice facilities at 15960 N. Bullard Ave., beginning at 9 a.m. each day.

CITY OF SURPRISE Regular City Council Meeting 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 6:00 PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Surprise, AZ (June 6, 2019) Surprise will host its 36th Annual 4th of July Celebration on Thursday, July 4th at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave, from 6 – 9 p.m.

Event admission is FREE and will feature live music by Steven P and Diversity Jukebox, food trucks, yard games, contests and more! Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

If you would rather hang out by the pool, Parks and Recreation is hosting a 4th of July Pool Party at the Surprise Aquatic Center, 15831 N Bullard Ave from 6 – 8:30 p.m. This event is limited to the first 400 Surprise residents. Get the details here:

The city’s Independence Day fireworks display will begin at 8:40 p.m.

For event information, please contact Parks & Recreation at 623.222.2000 or check the website at

S‌urprise, A‌Z (June 5, 2019) City Council approved a $412.7 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget, during their Regular Meeting Tuesday.

Join us for the Pacific ADA Center’s annual ADA Update Conferences in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

The conferences will feature four (4) learning tracks:
  A. Employment B. Responsibilities of State & Local Governments (Title II of the ADA) C. Responsibilities of Public Accommodations  (Title III of the ADA) with special sessions on Health Care D. Emergency Management and Transportation Issues
  Nationally recognized subject matter experts will share recent ADA & state law developments and information.
Northern California Conference – Register
September 9th – 10th, 2019
InterContinental Hotel, San Francisco, CA
Visit Conference Website

Surprise, AZ (June 4, 2019) – This week, more than 7,000 people from across the country will descend on the Surprise Stadium and Recreation Campus to kick off an incredible summer of sports tourism and baseball with the Wilson Premier Championship West. 

Over 85 teams from Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington will compete Friday, June 7 through Monday, June 10. Games will take place at the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers practice facilities at 15960 N. Bullard Ave., beginning at 8 a.m.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (April 16, 2019) City Manager Mike Frazier’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 City Manager Recommended Budget, presented at City Council’s April 16 Work Session, continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure, while also addressing the needs of a growing community. The FY2020 Recommended Expenditure Budget is $414 million.

Surprise, A‌Z (April 18, 2019) The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of the first two chapters of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) heading to the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission for discussion on April 18, following months of public and stakeholder review and comment. Based on feedback received from the public, stakeholders, and the Planning and Zoning Commission, staff will make revisions and publish an updated draft.

o    The purpose of the LDO is to regulate things like: housing density, commercial uses, industrial uses, building types, setback & heights, connectivity, landscaping, lighting, open space and parking requirements.

Surprise, AZ (April 18, 2019) Surprise has streamlined the public records request process to make it easier for customers to track requests and have documents delivered electronically.

Beginning today, requests for public records will join the list of city-provided service requests that can be made in the My Surprise App; a smart device application that allows residents to report city-maintained service requests such as potholes and broken street lights, receive city news and public safety notifications from Surprise Police.

Surprise, AZ (April 19, 2019) Southwest Gas will soon begin work to upgrade a gas main on Litchfield Road, from Greenway Road to Waddell Road, with expected completion in August 2019.

The work is scheduled to begin Monday, April 22, on the north end of the project at Greenway Road and move south along Litchfield towards Waddell Road.

Surprise, AZ (May 1, 2019) The Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex (STRC) is now registering for summer tennis programs.


Surprise, AZ (May 8, 2019) Summer vacation is just around the corner; enroll your kids in the city’s summer youth and teen tennis programs!

Weekly summer tennis camps for youth and teens, ages 7-18, begin on June 3; classes meet on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8-11 a.m. All skill levels are welcome! Players will be grouped by level and will receive fun and informative instruction from highly qualified teaching staff.

Surprise, AZ (May 14, 2019) Registration for Summer Adult Co-Ed and Men’s Softball, Men’s Basketball, Co-Ed Kickball, Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball, and Co-Ed and Men’s Soccer leagues is now open for returning Winter 2019 teams.

New teams and non-returning teams may register beginning May 16. Adult sports league registration is only open for teams at this time. 

City of surprise

Surprise City Council Members
Mayor Skip Hall
District 1 Vice Mayor Roland F. Winters Jr,
District 2 Nancy Hayden
District 3 Patrick Duffy,
District 4 Ken Remley
District 5 David Sanders
District 6 Chris Judd

We make our future by the best use of the present.
Youth and beauty fade; character endures forever.

Bob vukanovich

former council member & vice-mayor

CITY OF SURPRISE Regular City Council Meeting 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374 Tuesday, June 18, 2019 @ 6:00 PM COUNCIL CHAMBERS

Surprise, A‌Z (June 5, 2019) Mayor Skip Hall proclaimed June 9-14 as Monsoon Awareness Week in Surprise during last night’s Regular City Council Meeting and encouraged residents to be prepared for severe weather during the unpredictable season.

Monsoon, June 15-September 30, is a season characterized by increased thunderstorm and lightning activity, high winds, dust storms and flooding.

While the severity of weather can vary from season to season, Surprise City Council wants all residents to have a Monsoon safety plan and be ready for all possible occurrences.

Below are a few tips and resources to help weather Monsoon 2019 storms:

In your home:

During any major storm event, the safest place to be is indoors. If you are at home, turn off all unnecessary power equipment and refrain from using landline phones. Make sure your home is equipped with flashlights, batteries, bottled water and non-perishable food items.

In your car:

Dust storms and rain events can decrease visibility and increase road hazards when driving. If you are in your vehicle during a storm, slow down and pull off to the right side of the road as far as possible and turn off your engine and lights. Be sure to take your foot off the brake pedal.

When flooding is imminent:

Monitor weather reports and listen for potential flood warnings in your area. When flooding is imminent, knowing where to find sand and bags is essential to protecting your home and family.

Sand and bags are provided free of charge to Surprise residents at multiple locations throughout the city; you will need to bring your own shovel to fill the bags. Sand and bag locations

When encountering flooded roadways:

Never drive through flooded intersections or washes! Even shallow flowing water has enough

When encountering flooded roadways:

Never drive through flooded intersections or washes! Even shallow flowing water has enough power to sweep your vehicle off the road or stall your engine. If you approach a flooded intersection, safely turn your vehicle around and find an alternate route.

If you are experiencing or encounter an emergency, immediately dial 9-1-1.

To report downed trees, roadway debris, clogged storm drains or other non-emergency situations during normal city business hours, contact the Public Works department at 623.222.1900. After hours calls should go to the Surprise Police Department non-emergency line, 623.222.4000; Public Works crews will be on-call and available to provide assistance during major storm events.

Residents are also encouraged to download the My Surprise app and submit pictures and reports of impacted areas to assist the city with storm safety and recovery actions. The My Surprise app is available in the App Store and Google Play; or online at

Visit for a complete list of monsoon safety tips and resources.

Surprise, A‌Z (June 5, 2019)  The City of Surprise Community Development Department is proposing the adoption of the 2018 International Building Codes with local amendments. This would replace the previously adopted 2012 International Building Codes with local amendments.

The proposed local amendments under review include changes that are intended to:

  • Further streamline the amendments to align more with the published 2018 Building and Fire codes
  • Ensure both the Building and Fire codes are in concert with each other
  • Identify and clarify Fire Protection requirements for new construction and tenant improvements projects

The public can view and comment on the proposed amendments online at Written comments can be sent to City of Surprise Community Development, c/o Brigham Bennett, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ 85374.

The City Council is expected to review the amendments for possible action in October. The item is scheduled for the City Council Work Session on October 1 and the Regular Session on October 15. Meeting agendas will be posted at least 24 hours in advance at

For more information, please contact Plans Examiner Brigham Bennett at or 623.222.3230.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (June 10, 2019)  With forecasted highs hitting over 100 degrees every day this week, the City of Surprise reminds residents that we are a Heat Relief Network partner. The City provides hydration and refuge stations for those in need of a place to cool off during Arizona’s hot summer months.

The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) coordinates mapping of the Heat Relief Network.

Designated stations offer indoor refuge from heat during the day, as well as drinking fountains or bottled water. Stations can be found at the following Surprise locations:

Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd., Building A, Suite 124

Surprise Fire-Medical Station #301 – 16750 N. Village Drive East

Hollyhock Library – 15844 N. Hollyhock St.

Northwest Regional Library – 16089 N. Bullard Ave.

The Salvation Army Sun Cities Valley Corps – 17420 N. Avenue of the Arts Blvd.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more people die in the U.S. from heat than all other natural disasters combined.

You can help those in need of relief by donating water bottles, sun screen, sun glasses and hats at either the Surprise Resource Center or Surprise Fire – Medical Station #301. The fire station is also accepting diapers.

For heat related warning signs and what to do if you or a loved one shows symptoms, please visit:

For a heat safety message from Surprise Fire-Medical, watch this video.

Chris Judd

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Upcoming Road Closure:

The City of Surprise is conducting pavement preservation work on Peoria Avenue and Dysart Road to Bullard Avenue from June 14 – 25.

Drivers can expect multiple and varying lane restrictions with reduced speed limits during the work.

On June 18 & 19, east and west bound traffic will share one lane with a traffic control person directing traffic.

Additionally, east and west bound left turns will be restricted at Litchfield and Dysart roads.