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Surprise, A‌Z (March 12, 2020) The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Flash Flood Warning until noon today and a Flash Flood Watch through Friday at 5 p.m. 

Remember that it is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters. When you come to a flooded area, please “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”

Residents in flood prone areas can access free sand and bags at several city locations.

Sand and bags are available to residents at the following locations (view online map):

Water Well Site, 16849 W. Jomax Road
Westgate City Facility, 13430 W. Westgate Drive
Ashton Ranch Water Supply Facility,15151 W. Greenway Road
AZ TechCelerator,12425 W. Bell Road
Fire Station 302,18600 Reems Road

NOTE: Residents are asked to bring their own shovel to fill the bags.

Designated Public Works crews are on call 24 hours a day during any potential heavy rain events. Crews will be checking for and removing any downed trees and debris, clearing clogged storm drains and closing roads in flooded areas as needed.

To report storm damage, such as downed trees, in the public right-of-way or a flooded street, please call the Police non-emergency number at 623.222.4000 or use the MySurprise app.

Surprise, AZ (March 11, 2020) The city of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department has added Ottawa University Arizona to its College Tour lineup!

Surprise teens, ages 13 – 18, can explore some of our state colleges on the following field trips:

·         University of Arizona (March 16)

·         Arizona State University (March 17)

·         Grand Canyon University (March 20)

·         Ottawa University (March 30)

·         Northern Arizona University (April 24)

The cost is $15 per field trip and includes transportation, a campus tour, information about the school’s offerings, and a medium drink from a local coffee shop. Those who sign up for the OUAZ trip will get a drink and popcorn.

Registrations are currently being accepted at the Parks & Recreation Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. A permission slip must be signed and turned into the office or submitted by email to Michelle Yingling at Please plan to bring a sack lunch or additional money to purchase food.

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

Surprise, AZ (March 10, 2020) It’s time to count for your community! Invitations to respond to the 2020 Census are arriving in mailboxes March 12-20, and you will have the opportunity to respond online, by phone, or by mail.

This once-a-decade survey will count everyone living in the United States! Responses help shape the future of the community and inform how billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed across the country every year for the next 10 years – including in Surprise!

Each uncounted person is a loss of nearly $3,000 per person each year affecting 130+ federal programs including: Medicaid, Head Start, housing and food for low income families, public transportation, college student loans, highway planning and construction, children’s health insurance and public school funding.

Surprise, AZ (March 10, 2020) Surprise has talent and the city is putting it on display! Come support local youth, teens and adults as they perform a variety of acts on April 17.

The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is hosting the annual Surprise Talent Show on Friday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Shadow Ridge High School Auditorium, located at 10909 N. Perryville Rd.

If you’d like to be part of the show, you must submit an audition form by Friday, March 20 at 5 p.m. Categories include singing, instrumental, performance, and dance/theater/comedy. Forms can be turned into the Surprise Parks & Recreation office at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. There is no cost to audition or perform in the show.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $3 at the Parks & Recreation office or online at Tickets will be available at the door for $5.

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

Surprise, AZ (March 9, 2020) The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Spring Adult Sports!

Register for the following leagues:

Kickball (Coed and Women’s – NEW!)

Softball (Coed and Men’s)

Indoor Volleyball (Coed)

4-on-4 Flag Football

Basketball (Men’s)

Adult Soccer will not be offered this spring.

Registration Dates

Registration for returning Winter 2020 teams begins on March 9; new teams may register beginning March 12 at the Parks & Recreation Department office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise AZ 85374. Team registration ONLY. There is a limit of 16 teams per league.

Registration forms are available at