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

Surprise, Ariz.  – Smoked, slathered, rubbed and brined – bring on the meat! HDE Agency is excited to announce the inaugural Rib Fest Throwdown is set for April 25 and 26 in partnership with the City of Surprise. Get ready to sink your teeth into perfectly cooked ribs, tender brisket and savory pork from the country’s best barbecuers who will compete for a cash prize and circuit bragging rights.

The Surprise City Council will hold a Budget Retreat on Friday, March 27.

Surprise, AZ (March 9, 2020) The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales are heading to Surprise Stadium on Tuesday, March 10 for a special appearance prior to the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals Spring Training showdown.

Eight horses will be hitched to the famous red beer wagon in the main parking lot on the north side of the stadium (adjacent to the third base gate) from 12 p.m. until the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

Fans can come and get photos with the “Gentle Giants,” which have been the symbol of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933.

Want to stay for the game? Single game ticket prices start at just $8. Purchase tickets in advance of game day and save at least $2 per ticket. To find your perfect seat, check out or visit the Stadium Box Office at 15850 N. Bullard Ave. Surprise, AZ. The box office is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. until half an hour after that day’s game ends.

For the latest information on Surprise Spring Training, featuring the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, be sure to check out or find us on Facebook and Twitter: @SurpriseStadium.

For questions or more information, please call 623.222.2222.

At the retreat, Council will be joined by city staff as they continue the development of the Fiscal Year 2021 Recommended City Manager’s Budget, which is scheduled to be released to the City Council in April. Final budget adoption comes in June.

The public may attend to listen to the conversation.

Location: Ottawa University Arizona’s Student Union, in the second floor AZSP SSU 210 Conference Room.  View Campus Map

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a light continental breakfast. Retreat business begins at 9 a.m. There will be a lunch break 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The retreat is expected to end by 4 p.m.

For more information about the budget-building process for Fiscal Year 2021 visit,

S‌urprise, A‌Z (March 9, 2020) If you are interested in learninghow to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena, you won’t want to miss a free Skywarn™ storm spotter training in Surprise on May 18.

The training classes, presented by the National Weather Service (NWS), will prepare volunteer storm spotters to identify the development stages of severe thunderstorms, as well as downbursts, desert flash flooding and tornadoes. The observed information is relayed to the NWS via telephone or amateur radio. The NWS uses the information in severe weather warnings and statements, which ultimately save lives and protect property.

The training will be held Monday, May 18 from 7-9 p.m. in the City of Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, located at 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Suite 103.

To register, please fill out this form. If you’d like more information, go to

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Dogs and cats can cough, wheeze and spike a fever when they’re sick. But just because your four-legged friend comes down with these symptoms doesn’t mean it has COVID-19. Learn more, including tips on how to account for your pet in preparedness plans.

Southbound Loop 303 closed at times this weekend in Surprise; expect delays, use detours

Southbound Loop 303 will be closed between Waddell and Cactus roads from 10 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday, March 7. Southbound Loop 303 will be closed between Bell and Greenway roads from 10 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday, March 8. Read more…

Arizona Department of Transportation has released their Weekend Freeway Travel Advisory, and West Valley drivers should plan for closures of southbound Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Highway) beginning Friday night, March 6, as work continues on a technology improvement project. The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to expect delays and use detours while the following closures are in place as crews install traffic flow sensors:

  • Southbound Loop 303 will be closed between Waddell and Cactus roads from 10 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday, March 7. Detour: Traffic can exit to eastbound Waddell Road, then go southbound on Reems Road and take westbound Cactus Road to return to Loop 303.
  • Southbound Loop 303 will be closed between Bell and Greenway roads from 10 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday, March 8. Detour: Traffic can exit to eastbound Bell Road, then go southbound on Reems Road and take westbound Greenway Road to return to Loop 303.

Surprise, AZ (March 6, 2020) The Reveille Foundation will be at the Surprise Resource Center this month to provide information and registration workshops on Veterans Administration Aid & Attendance benefits.

Aid & Attendance benefits are provided to both the veteran service member and the spouse independently, and give additional funding to be used for the purpose of providing home healthcare and long-term care needs for illnesses or injuries unrelated to military service. These benefits are not associated with any disability rating that may have been awarded by the military or Veterans Administration; these are benefits earned by service for at least “one day” during a time of war and are for people over the age of 65.

The workshops will assist eligible veterans and their spouses in filling out the necessary paperwork to file for the benefits.

Participants must attend both workshops in either Session 1 or Session 2.

Session 1: Saturdays, March 14 & 28, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session 2: Tuesdays, March 17 & 31, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Both sessions will be held at the Surprise Resource Center, which is located on the AZ TechCelerator campus at 12425 W Bell Rd. Suite 124 Surprise, AZ 85378.

To register, please contact Pamela Cameron at 602-592-9461 or by email at

Surprise, AZ (March 6, 2020) The city of Surprise will host the Third Annual Jimmy John’s Spring Training 5K tonight, Friday, March 6, at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

For the safety of our participants, Bullard Ave. will be closed between Greenway Rd. and Paradise Ln. from 6:30 p.m. through approximately 8:30 p.m. Motorists should expect detours in the area.

Parking for the event is available in the main stadium lot north of Surprise Stadium. Accessible parking is located in the southwest and northwest corners of the stadium parking lot.

The Surprise Spring Training 5K, themed around the #1 Spring Training facility in Arizona as ranked by USA Today, will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium; gates will open at 6 p.m.

Race day registration is available beginning at 6 p.m. at Surprise Stadium.

Race day pricing:

5K – $40

JJ Little John 1K Fun Run – $20

For questions or more information, please call 623.222.2222 or go to

Surprise, AZ (March 5, 2020) You don’t have to leave Arizona to receive a great college education! The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department invites teens between the ages of 13 and 18 to join upcoming field trips to some of our state colleges.

Campus visits will include:

·         University of Arizona (March 16)

·         Arizona State University (March 17)

·         Grand Canyon University (March 20)

·         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.

Registrations are currently being accepted at the Parks & Recreation Office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. As part of registration, 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, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department at 623.222.2000 or visit

Surprise, A‌Z (March 4, 2020) The Surprise Fire-Medical Department inSurprise, Arizona has received Accredited Agency status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) for meeting the criteria established through the CFAI’s voluntary self-assessment and accreditation program. Surprise Fire-Medical is one of more than250 agencies to achieve Internationally Accredited Agency status with the CFAI and the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Inc. (CPSE).

CFAI is dedicated to assisting the fire and emergency service agencies throughout the world in achieving excellence through self-assessment and accreditation in order to provide continuous quality improvement and the enhancement of service delivery to their communities.

The voluntary CFAI process provides an agency with an improvement model to assess their service delivery and performance internally and then works with a team of peers from other agencies to evaluate their completed self-assessment.

“We are committed to providing the highest quality of service to our residents and this accreditation demonstrates that,” said Surprise Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott. “The process is also a proactive mechanism to plan for the future of the agency and locate areas where we can improve.”

To learn more about the Surprise Fire-Medical Department, please visit

Surprise, AZ (March 3, 2020) Household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide! To remind residents of the importance of checking for leaks, Surprise is participating in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Fix-a-Leak Week campaign March 16-22.

Fixing household water leaks can save homeowners about 10 percent on their water bills. Common types of leaks found in the home are worn toilet flappers, dripping faucets, and other leaking valves. These types of leaks are often easily correctable and can pay for themselves in water savings.

To help residents learn how to find and fix leaks, the Surprise water conservation team will host a free a fix-a-leak workshop on Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees will receive a free copy of the Practical Plumbing Handbook, toilet test cards, and other helpful resources for finding and fixing leaks inside and outside the home. Registration is free at

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Arizona has to date only reported one coronavirus case. A state laboratory is now using in-house testing for the virus to speed potential diagnoses and avoid relying on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • you think you have symptoms
  • you might have been exposed to the virus when travelling

The tourism sector is fully committed to putting people and their well-being first. International cooperation is vital for ensuring the sector can effectively contribute to the containment of COVID-19. UNWTO and WHO are working in close consultation and with other partners to assist States in ensuring that health measures be implemented in ways that minimize unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade.

Tourism’s response needs to be measured and consistent, proportionate to the public health threat and based on local risk assessment, involving every part of the tourism value chain – public bodies, private companies and tourists, in line with WHO’s overall guidance and recommendations.

UNWTO and WHO stand ready to work closely with all those communities and countries affected by the current health emergency, to build for a better and more resilient future. Travel restrictions going beyond these may cause unnecessary interference with international traffic, including negative repercussions on the tourism sector.

At this challenging time, UNWTO and WHO join the international community in standing in solidarity with affected countries.

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DevelopNEXT: Zoning chapter discussion, public input opportunity March 5

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing with an opportunity for the general public and stakeholders to present comments related to Land Development Ordinances (LDO) Chapter 106, which covers Residential Zoning, Small Lot Subdivisions, and Community Pools at the next Planning and Zoning Commission Meeting.

The meeting will be held:

March 5, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Surprise City Hall – City Council Chambers
16000 N Civic Center Plaza Surprise, AZ

This meeting is a follow up to a stakeholder meeting and an online comment period regarding Chapter 106. It is intended for discussion and public comment; no action will be taken by the commission. 

To see the draft chapter, which includes the Primary & Accessory Land Use Matrix, as well as stakeholder and city comments on the draft, please visit

Surprise residents- it’s the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Spring Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 14. 

Surprise residents are permitted to drop off up to 2,000 pounds of non-hazardous residential waste free-of-charge at the Northwest Regional Landfill, 19401 W. Deer Valley Road, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a limit of one load per household.

Acceptable items include lawn waste and other household refuse. 

Participants will be required to show proof of Surprise residency, via a driver’s license and utility bill showing the same home address. 

NOTE: Hazardous waste items will not be accepted during this event. Items such as paint, batteries, pesticides, automotive fluids and pool chemicals will be collected during the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event. Residents will be able to schedule a hazardous waste pickup appointment March 9-27. Learn more at

For more information about the Spring Cleanup Event, call the Surprise Customer Service Line at 623.222.1900, or visit