Todd Tande City of Surprise

ity of Surprise News
Posted on: October 30, 2018
Oracle ITA National Fall Tennis Tournament Championships & community events set for Surprise

The nation’s top singles and doubles players will gather in Surprise, Arizona, to compete in the finale tournament of the fall collegiate season at the 2018 Oracle Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Fall Championships! The community can get involved too, with fun events and learning opportunities planned for tennis coaches, kids, and teens looking to play in college. Plus, there’s a doubles shootout competition, with a cash prize, that’s free and open to anyone!

The tournament will feature a 64-player Men and Women’s singles draw, and 32 Men and Women’s doubles draw. Matches will take place at the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex, located at 14469 W. Paradise Lane, from Wednesday, November 7 thru Sunday, November 11. Admission to the event is free!

The Oracle ITA National Fall Championships is the only collegiate tennis tournament to feature student-athletes from all five divisions: NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and JUCO. Members of the University of Florida, Texas, Miami, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Georgia, Stanford, USC, Illinois, Ohio State, Wake Forest, and many more nationally ranked teams from across the country, will be represented at the tournament.

Draws, schedule of play, and daily recaps can be found on the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships event page at

There will be opportunities for coaches, players and families to take part in various events over the course of the tournament, including:

Oracle Unifying Tennis for Everyone Phoenix $1K Doubles Shootout – Free to enter!, Sat. Nov.10 – Sun. Nov. 11
The Oracle UTR Phoenix $1K Shootout is an open, winner take all, doubles tournament at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex. No entry fee required, and the winning team from each division will each take home $500. The tournament (Men and Women) is open to players of any level, and each draw is limited to 16 doubles teams. It’s a great opportunity to compete for $500! Register now!

Community Kids Day, Sat. Nov. 10, 9-10:30 a.m.
Spend the morning playing with college coaches and stay afterwards for the semifinals of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships. Register Now!

College Tennis Recruiting Info Session, Sat., Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
Learn the road to college tennis with ITA CEO Tim Russell. Stay after for the finals of the Oracle ITA National Fall Championships! Register Now!

Coaches Workshop, Sun., Nov. 11, 10-11:30 a.m.
High School Coaches Workshop – Learn from the top college coaches at an on-court workshop and Q & A panel. Register Now!

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) is the governing body of college tennis, overseeing men’s and women’s varsity at all levels – NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College. Over the past four decades, ITA has worked hard to ensure the long-term prosperity of college tennis as one of the most vibrant college sports.

The City of Surprise Sports & Tourism department is responsible for managing Major League Baseball Spring Training at Surprise Stadium, shared-use facility partnerships with Ottawa University, major tennis tournaments, and tourism driven events, festivals, and sports tournaments.

For information contact the Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex at 623-222-2400 or visit

See press release…

Todd Tande City of Surprise

Today In Surprise
City of Surprise News
Posted on: September 27, 2018
New date for Task Force meeting to honor veteran Brian Mancini

The next meeting of the City’s Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 30 at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.
At the meeting, originally scheduled for October 9, the task force will finalize costs and concepts for ways to honor the late Brian Mancini. The following options were based on input received at the June 28th meeting, in which family and friends described Mancini as a selfless person who enjoyed helping fellow veterans and loved fishing and spending time in nature:
Establish a Veterans Reflection Circle, in honor of Brian Mancini, next to the Northwest Regional Library. The circular area is just west of Surprise Lake, an area that Mancini visited often to fish and relax. A plaque telling his story and the “Pity” poem that he wrote would be located on site, along with a tranquil water feature.
Name the Surprise Resource Center’s conference room after Mancini and showcase posters telling his story and self-authored “Pity” poem in the room. The center houses various veteran employment programs including the Surprise Veteran Job Club and weekly veteran employment assistance from the Veterans Administration and the state’s Disabled Veteran Outreach Program.
City staff will also review additional input received at the September 11 meeting, including other potential memorial locations within the city; new water feature and plaque designs.
Mancini was a medically retired Sergeant First Class, Combat Wounded Veteran who served as a Combat Medic with two tours in Baghdad, Iraq. He served over 12 years in the United States Army. He was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, the Combat Action Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Air Assault Badge and Flight Medic Badge.
In 2007, Mancini suffered life-threatening injuries from a roadside bomb attack in Iraq. Following years of surgeries and rehabilitation, the Surprise resident founded Honor House, a place where wounded veterans could go for therapy and counseling.
Suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Mancini ended his life at the age of 38 in 2017.
The public is encouraged to attend the October 30th Task Force meeting.
Here is the remainder of the business process that will follow the October 30th meeting:
Special Task Force will present its recommendations to the City Council at the next regularly scheduled City Council Work Session. City Council will either recommend that the item be brought forward at the next City Council Meeting for action, or ask that the Task Force perform additional work.
The Task Force will be dismissed after final City Council Action.

Todd Tande City of Surprise

City of Surprise News
Posted on: November 1, 2018
Bullard Ave Improvement Project weekly update; signal poles installed at Acoma Nov 8 & 9

The Bullard Avenue Improvement Project remains on schedule to be substantially complete later this month, weather permitting; full project completion will be achieved in early 2019.
Surprise police officers will be onsite Thursday, November 8 and Friday, November 9, to assist with traffic control while crews set the signal poles at the Bullard Avenue and Acoma Drive intersection.
Crews will continue to work weekends through mid-November to keep the project on schedule.
Scheduled work hours for this week are Mondays – Saturdays, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in certain cases, daily work hours may begin earlier to allow crews to work while traffic is minimal.
Machine pours for modified curbs continue in the lanes east of the medians.
Traffic signal and sidewalk ramp work at Acoma Drive continues; project crews will be working on all four corners of the intersection. Sidewalks may be closed intermittently while the work is occurring.
The speed limit in the construction area remains 25 mph, except in school zones where the speed limit is 15 mph. Please proceed with caution through the project area and remember to Drive Wise, Surprise!
For project-related questions, contact Suneel Garg at 623.222.6130.
To learn more about the Bullard Ave project, visit

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DevelopNEXT: Drafts of Land Development Ordinances Chapters 101-103 Now Online

The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of the first three chapters of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.
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.
Chapters 101-103 cover Administrative Provisions, Review Process and Applications, and Enforcement.
Additional draft chapters will be available for review and comment over the next several months.
The Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) Manual, posted online in early October, is also still available for review and comment. The purpose of the PEDS is to communicate to developers, architects, engineers, and other design professionals, the City’s design standards and development expectations for the many and varied land uses in the city.
Through the DevelopNEXT update, we will be able to:
• Align our ordinances and design standards with the values described in our city’s General Plan 2035
• Implement new state statutes and federal guidelines
• Improve the city’s standards for site, open space, architectural design
• Consolidate the city’s design standards guides into one document
• Simplify and clarify the structure/organization of the documents and the rules within them, making them easier to read, administer and enforce
To review and comment on the available drafts and to learn more about DevelopNEXT, please visit