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Surprise, AZ (February 20, 2020) The city of Surprise invites the public to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at a Women’s Suffrage Open House on Tuesday, March 3 from 3-5 p.m. at Surprise City Hall.

Surprise, AZ (February 19, 2020) The Surprise Parks & Recreation Department welcomes teens ages 13-17 to come and join the fun at the Sand Volleyball Tournament!

The tournament will be held at the Surprise Community Park sand volleyball court, 15953 N Bullard Ave, on Saturday, February 29 from 4-7 p.m. The cost for participating is $5 for residents and $15 for non-residents.

Registrations are currently being accepted at the Parks & Recreation Office located at 15960 N Bullard Ave; registrations will also be accepted from 4-4:30 p.m. at the courts on the day of the event. Teens can choose to create their own team or be placed on a team.

The tournament games are scheduled to begin at approximately 4:45 p.m.

For more information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000 or visit

Surprise, AZ (February 19, 2020) Follow in the footsteps of the city’s original trailblazers during the Women’s Heritage Trail Tour on Tuesday, March 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

Women’s Heritage Trail participants will spend the afternoon learning about the city’s history while visiting points of interest in its early development.

Scheduled tour stops are:

  1. 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – First Baptist Church, 12987 W. Market Street
  2. 1:45 – 2:15 p.m. – Fulcher Home, 12533 W. Santa Fe Drive
  3. 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Community Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street

This is a multi-stop roaming tour; attendees must coordinate their own transportation to each location.

Be sure to arrive at the first stop, First Baptist Church, at least 10 minutes prior to the event start time to participate in the tour.

The Women’s Heritage Trail Tour is sponsored by the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission. For more information, contact Deborah Welch at 602.670.2667.

Surprise, AZ (February 18, 2020) If you love baseball memorabilia, you’ll want to swing by city hall for the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” art reception! In celebration of the upcoming Spring Training season, the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission has a collection of baseball art and collectibles on display, as well as a few fun pieces from other sports.

The exhibit is in the Surprise City Hall art gallery and Mayor’s Atrium, 16000 Civic Center Dr., and runs through April 23. A free reception will be held Thursday, March 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come enjoy sports-themed artwork; historic, autographed Sports Illustrated covers; replica jackets; historic artifacts; and light refreshments.

For more information, please contact Susan deJong at 623-214-7537.

Surprise, A‌Z (February 14, 2020) Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience that you want added to your hometown? Tell us in the 2020 Surprise Retail Survey!

We want to know how we can make our city a one-stop shopping and dining destination, and we’ll be giving away gift cards to four randomly-selected survey-takers just for offering their thoughts!

The survey will help the city identify retail strengths within the community, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Every response helps the Surprise Economic Development Department better reach the retailers you want the most.

Participating in the survey really does make a difference. In the 2015 and 2017 Surprise Retail Surveys, we asked what restaurants and retailers you wanted us to target, and some of your Top 10 picks have already opened in Surprise – including Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse, and In-N-Out Burger! Other resident-requested restaurants have opened too. Café Rio, Raising Canes and Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken have all held grand openings since our survey first launched. Plus, your most-wanted retailer, Costco, is slated to open this summer! We are still actively engaging with others on the list, and hope to see more of your favorites open up shop in Surprise soon.

It’s important to us that we attract businesses you want, because the money you spend here, stays here. In fact, local sales tax makes up nearly 40 percent of our city’s General Fund revenues which support public safety, clean parks and street maintenance.

The Surprise Retail Survey runs through March 15 and is available online at

Surprise, AZ (January 6, 2020) Surprise Parks & Recreation will open registration for 2020 Winter Sports programs from January 6-25.  A special Saturday registration will be held on January 25 at the Parks and Recreation office from 8-11 a.m.

Leagues start early March and run through mid-May. 

Leagues are $60 for residents and $80 for non-residents, with the exception of recreation plus volleyball and baseball majors 50/70, which are $75 for residents and $95 for non-residents. 

Surprise, A‌Z (December 23, 2019) With the New Year’s holiday fast approaching, be sure you know the laws regarding the use and sale of fireworks within the city of Surprise for this time of year.