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Surprise, AZ (June 27, 2022) Did you know that the City has a plan to guide community development decisions for the next 10-20 years? It’s called a General Plan, and Arizona state law requires that it’s updated every 10 years.

The City’s existing plan was adopted and ratified by voters in 2013, so we are embarking on an update. This will be the “Surprise 2040 General Plan.”

Surprise, AZ (October 6, 2022) – The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department will be temporarily closing the small and large dog parks at Surprise Community Park for overseeding of the grass areas. Both areas of the dog park will be closed Monday, October 17 through Monday, November 7.

During this temporary closure, dog park visitors are encouraged to visit Dick McComb Dog Park at 17894 W. Westpark Blvd

Surprise, AZ (October 5, 2022) – Mayor Skip Hall officially proclaimed October as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” at last night’s Regular City Council Meeting. As part of the proclamation, City Hall will be lit purple all month to help raise awareness for this critical issue.

Surprise, AZ (October 4, 2022) – The City is looking for volunteers to join our new Servants of Surprise (S.O.S.) program. These volunteers will work to raise awareness and participate in outreach efforts to help connect individuals and families in crisis to resources in our community.

Surprise, AZ (October 3, 2022) The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in Major League Baseball’s Arizona Fall League, will begin their season on Tuesday, October 4 at Surprise Stadium. The Surprise Saguaros team is made up of at least seven prospects from the five feeder organizations – Astros, Phillies, Pirates, Rangers, Royals.

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Surprise, AZ (October 4, 2022) – The City of Surprise is gathering feedback from residents about the programs and services they would like to see in the future Multigenerational Community Resource Center. The vision for the center is to relocate and expand programs and services currently limited by space in the Surprise Resource Center, Hollyhock Library and Surprise Senior Center and move them into this new centralized location, close to the Villanueva Recreation Center.

Surprise, AZ (October 3, 2022) Did you know that pumpkins float? Join us on Saturday, October 15 from 12 – 3 p.m. and see for yourself! The City of Surprise is excited to welcome you to the Surprise Pumpkin

Surprise, AZ (September 29, 2022) The Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex is now registering for Surprise Tennis University!

Surprise, AZ (September 29, 2022) – Crews will be performing pavement preservation projects on several roadways in Surprise during October. These mill and overlay projects will occur from October 3 – 26, and crews will work in the areas during the daytime and night. These projects are done to help lengthen the life of the street surface and help improve the ride quality for our residents and visitors.

Surprise, AZ (September 28, 2022) Attention goblins, monsters, superheroes and princesses of all ages! Join the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department for our Monster Bash & Pumpkin Patch on Friday, October 28 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.!

Surprise, AZ (September 14, 2022) Homeowners can apply now to receive assistance with a variety of property maintenance services including but not limited to landscaping, minor painting and trash removal. The intent of the program is to assist low-income Surprise residents who may not be physically or financially able to maintain their homes as required by local codes.

Applicants must:

•           Reside in the City of Surprise

•           Be the owner of the property or have received landlord permission

•           Reside in the property as their primary residence

•           Be present at the time services are being provided

•           Meet need guidelines

During these projects, 


Surprise, AZ (August 22, 2022) The Maricopa County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) in partnership with the cities of Surprise and Peoria will be upgrading the fiber optic communications network along an eight-mile stretch of Bell Road, from Litchfield Road to Loop 101. Work is anticipated to begin on August 29, 2022 and last through March 2023.

Surprise, AZ (August 17, 2022) Surprise is currently seeking event exhibitors and sponsors for the 2022 SciTech event that will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10 in the Mark Coronado Park parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

Surprise, AZ (August 18, 2022) Major League Baseball has announced the Arizona Fall League 2022 schedule.

The Surprise Saguaros, one of six teams who compete in the Arizona Fall League, will begin their season on Tuesday, October 4 at Surprise Stadium. The roster for the Surprise Saguaros will include the top prospects from the Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Saguaros will compete against the Glendale Desert Dogs, Scottsdale Scorpions, Mesa Solar Sox, Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters, each team assembling the top talent from each of the 30 Major League Baseball affiliates. 

Surprise, AZ (August 22, 2022) Teams from across the nation will compete in Perfect Game’s Southwest Labor Day Classic and Fall National Championships protected by G-Form, this September at the Surprise Stadium Complex.

Surprise, AZ (August 22, 2022) – Surprise residents looking to prune your landscape or clean out your garage – it’s the perfect time! Take advantage of the Residential Waste Cleanup Event on Saturday, September 10.

Surprise, AZ (August 19, 2022) The Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department is looking for volunteers for our Day of Service events in September, October and December.

Surprise Day of Service is an opportunity to give back to our community. From community cleanups to food bank events, join us and help make our city a better place!

Upcoming events:Surprise, AZ (August 19, 2022) The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation department is now enrolling for the fall session of special interest classes, including adult strength & conditioning; pee wee soccer, t-ball and football; art workshops; gardening and much more!

Surprise, AZ (August 18, 2022) – Join us for the Surprise Fiesta Grande street festival celebrating our unique culture, traditions and community! This family-friendly event on Saturday, October 8, from 5 – 9 p.m. in the Original Town Site on Hollyhock Street in the Grand Avenue corridor, offers a fun evening of live music, food, dancing, vintage classic cars and so much more!

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Surprise, AZ (July 18, 2022) – The City of Surprise and Surprise-based fiber internet provider Wyyerd have been awarded $1.65 million by Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) to advance broadband capacity in two areas of the community – Surprise City Center and Surprise Heritage District.

The start date for the maintenance of the palm trees within the city’s Bell Road medians has been delayed. The work will now occur August 8-19 during the overnight hours. Temporary inside lane restrictions are expected between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will be moving restrictions as crews work from Grand Avenue to the western city limits.

Both City of Surprise public pools, Hollyhock Pool and Surprise Aquatic Center, are closed effective today and until further notice due to temporary staffing shortages as a result of possible COVID-19 exposures.

Surprise, AZ (August 2, 2022) – Improvements are coming to Cotton Lane between Cactus Road and Peoria Avenue, which will result in traffic restrictions beginning August 15.

Palm trees within the city’s Bell Road medians will be receiving landscape maintenance (trimming and pruning) August 1-19 during the overnight hours. Temporary inside lane restrictions are expected between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. These will be moving restrictions as crews work from Grand Avenue to the western city limits.

August 16, 2022 Regular City Council Meeting Agenda Amended

Road closure on Paradise Lane near City Hall, Tennis Complex & Library starting 8/8

Item Amended:

Item #12 – Consideration and action to approve a resolution of the Mayor and Council of the City of Surprise, Maricopa County, Arizona declaring and adopting the results of the Primary Election held on August 2, 2022, and ordering the recording of such resolution; Resolution #2022-86.

City of Surprise invites community to participate in blood drive on 9/6

Surprise, AZ (August 1, 2022) – The City of Surprise is working on an update to its General Plan, which guides the future vision of the City for the next 10 years, addressing issues such as land use, open space, transportation, infrastructure and services. Public participation is key to this process, and the first community workshop is happening August 30.

Tuesday, August 30 from 6-8 p.m.

Ottawa University Student Union – Second Floor, Upstairs Classroom

14360 W Tierra Buena Ln, Surprise, AZ 85374

Event & Parking Map (Parking available in the City Hall Parking Garage at 16000 N Civic Center Plz, Surprise or at Ottawa University O’Dell Center at 14440 W Tierra Buena Ln, Surprise)

Agendas for the August 16, 2022 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:

Surprise, AZ (August 11, 2022) – Special event promoters, sponsors and vendors will no longer need a special event license to operate in the City of Surprise, under certain conditions, beginning September 2, 2022.

Surprise, AZ (August 8, 2022) – Surprise water customers can save water and money thanks to new rebates. From now through April 2023, City-serviced residential and business customers can take advantage of the water conservation rebate programs detailed below:

Surprise, AZ (August 5, 2022) Mark your calendars and get ready to register for the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department’s Tot Time program!

Surprise Residents can register beginning August 10 and Non-Residents beginning August 17.

Surprise, AZ (August 4, 2022) The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department and the Michael Phelps Foundation teamed up this summer to teach children ages 6-12 about water safety, conduct swim lessons and teach overall life skills to include hygiene, diet, confidence building and life goals.

Surprise, AZ (August 4, 2022) – Crews will be performing pavement preservation work on two arterial roadways in Surprise during the month of August – Bell Road and Reems Road.

Surprise, AZ (August 3, 2022) – The City of Surprise Fire Medical Department (SFMD) will be opening recruitments for multiple positions from August through September. Each of the positions have their own set of requirements and qualifications listed below:


Surprise, AZ (July 6, 2022) The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is offering youth soccer, tee ball, baseball, softball and volleyball leagues along with sports skills classes and camps this fall!

Registration runs through July 22, 2022. Late registration starts July 25, 2022.

Youth Soccer, Tee-ball, Baseball, Softball & Volleyball:

• Leagues for boys and girls ages 4-17 (determined on or before November 30, 2022)
• Season starts in early September and runs until early November
• Games are played on Saturdays and/or weeknights
• Practice times are up to the volunteer coach, usually 1-hour once a week (5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.)
• For league details visit:

As of early 2022, the median price of homes in Arizona was about $470,500—which is nearly 20% higher than the national median of $392,450.


Surprise Fire – Medical awarde d grant to increase car seat safety and training Surprise , A Z ( A pril 26 , 20 22 ) The Arizona Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) recently awarded the Surprise Fire – Medical Department a $9,180 grant to help improve the proper and consistent use of child safety seats. The funding will help the department provide 100 car seats , boosters and associated safety materials to local families as well as provide training for certified car seat technicians.

Hiring event April 28 in Surprise; Meet 11 West Valley employers

Surprise, A‌Z (April 21, 2022The City of Surprise, in partnership with ARIZONA@WORK, is hosting a hiring event on Thursday, April 28 to connect job seekers with 11 different employers currently hiring in the West Valley.

The hiring event will be held 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center, 12425 W. Bell Road, Suite 124.



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Surprise, AZ (April 5
2022) Join the Surprise Police Department for a Motorcycle Safety Class on Sunday, May 1 from 7 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Surprise Stadium parking lot, 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

In addition to motorcycle safety product information, demonstrations and discussion, there will be time for participants to apply their learned skills on an interactive course, promoting optimal response to dangerous riding situations.

Surprise, AZ (April 4, 2022) Show your community pride by participating in the 5th Annual “Bean Bag Day” event on Saturday, April 16.

Surprise, AZ (March 4, 2022) The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is now accepting team registrations for Spring Adult Co-Ed and Men’s Softball League Divisions; Co-Ed and Women’s Kickball; Adult Basketball; Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball; and Adult Flag Football.

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Surprise, AZ (April 4, 2022) Egg hunters are invited to join the search for candy and toy-filled plastic eggs as part of the City’s Eggstravaganza event on April 16 at the Surprise Recreation Campus-Kansas City Practice fields, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave. The event is free but canned foods are being collected at the gate for Valley View Community Food Bank. 

Regular City Council Work Session & Meeting

Agendas for the April 5, 2022 Regular City Council Work Session and Regular City Council Meeting have been posted at:

Surprise, AZ (March 29, 2022) It’s your final opportunity to enjoy Sunday in the Park and with so many fun events going on, the City wants to make sure residents are prepared for road closures and parking.

Bullard Ave. will be closed for Spring Training until 5:30p.m. Please park in the dirt lot on Paradise Ln. east of Bullard Ave. if you arrive prior to 5:30p.m. This map shows the lot, labeled as “Spring Training Parking.”

Sunday in the Park is Sunday, April 3 at Mark Coronado Park, 15350 N. Bullard Ave. Notes from Neptune will be the live entertainment and food trucks will be on site to keep you well fed. The event is from 4 – 8 p.m. following the Spring Training game.

Bring your lawn chairs or a blanket, as you will want to sit and enjoy the sounds.  If your furry companion will be joining you, they must be on a leash.  

Visit or call 623.222.2000 for more information.

City opens new permanent yellow cooking oil disposal station

Surprise, AZ (March 22, 2022) Surprise has opened a second permanent disposal station for yellow cooking oil in the parking lot of Fire Station 303, located at 15440 N Cotton Ln. This is in addition to the disposal station located in the parking lot of Fire Station 305 at 15517 N Parkview Pl.

Both disposal stations are open year-round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for used kitchen oil disposal ONLY. Motor oils are not accepted at this facility.

Cooking oils disposed at the station will be processed and reused to make other products such as biofuel, soaps and candles.

Surprise, AZ (March 18, 2022) The City of Surprise is excited to offer Summer Break Camp for youth entering 1st through 8th grade! This is a fun-filled camp that includes afternoon snack, daily activities, arts and crafts, games, sports and field trips. Field trips may include but are not limited to bowling, laser tag, water park, movies, pools, Jakes Unlimited and much more!

Summer Camp 2022 will be held May 23 through August 3; Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Camp will be held at Countryside Recreation Center located at 15038 N. Parkview Pl. for children entering grades 1st through 4th and Sierra Montana Recreation Center located at 14861 N. Spring Ln. for participants entering grades 5th through 8th

Spring Training in Surprise will begin on Friday, March 18 with Surprise’s home teams, the Texas Rangers and the Kansas City Royals, facing off at Surprise Stadium at 1:05 p.m. Surprise has made some updates to the fan experience and below is your guide to the 2022 Spring Training Season.

Surprise, AZ (March 9, 2022) The City of Surprise Human Service & Community Vitality Department invites you to KIDZ Jamboree! An event for kids age 0-5, celebrating the Week of the Young Child.

KIDZ Jamboree is Friday, April 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Resource Center – 12425 W. Bell Rd.

Surprise, AZ (March 10, 2022) On Friday, March 11, the Rangers and Royals minor league teams will play each other at 12 p.m. in Surprise Stadium. The game will be free and open to fans. Tickets are not required. Entry to this game will only be through the third base gate, beginning at 11 a.m.

Major League Baseball announces revised 2022 Spring Training schedule

Surprise, AZ (March 14, 2022) On March 21, the City of Surprise will start accepting applications for an Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission-led grant program that supports qualified community-based organizations pursuing arts and cultural events or activities benefiting Surprise residents.

Now in its second year, the grant program has $30,000 in funding available to distribute.

City’s summer job program for teens now accepting applications

Surprise, AZ (March 15, 2022) The City of Surprise is offering a summer job program for Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19 that are income-eligible.

Surprise participates in Fix-A-Leak Week March 14-20

Surprise, AZ (March 16, 2022) The Surprise Pops Band will perform their spring concert on Sunday, March 27 at Shadow Ridge High School, 10909 N Perryville Rd.

The music will include compilations from Mamma Mia, Lion King, Mary Poppins, Misty and Over the Rainbow. 

Doors open at 2:15 p.m.; the show begins at 3 p.m.


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Where is Councilman Ken Remley ?

Our Mayor Skip Hall of the City of Surprise has said that our council members physical presence is not required for their public and legal appearance and participation at city council meetings.

Surprise, AZ (March 2, 2022) The city of Surprise is hosting a public meeting regarding its draft Property Maintenance Ordinance (PMO) so residents can learn more, ask questions and provide feedback.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Surprise City Hall Community Room, 16000 N Civic Center Plz.

Where is Councilman Ken Remley ?

Surprise, AZ (October 28, 2021) Get your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 4 with the 4th Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K and 1K Fun Run presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics.

This 5K & 1K fun run will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium and take you on a scenic, evening run through the City of Surprise before heading back to the ballpark to cross the finish line at the field! 

Surprise, AZ (March 2, 2022) The City of Surprise is hosting the 4th annual Surprise Spring Training 5K & 1K presented by Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics on Friday, March 4 at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

Surprise, AZ (February 2, 2022) The City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Department is offering a one-week Spring Break Camp that will run March 14-18. Camp registration is open now

Surprise, A‌Z (March 3, 2022) Mayor Skip Hall and the Surprise City Council invites you to attend the 2022 State of the City where we will premiere a video documenting our recent accomplishments and give a sneak preview of what’s to come!

Surprise, AZ (February 23, 2022) The Surprise Human Service and Community Vitality Department is looking for volunteers for a couple Day of Service events on Saturday, March 19 and Saturday April 16, 2022. Volunteers will participate in various projects throughout the city including landscaping, painting, trimming of shrubs, debris removal and more.

Stay afterwards for a “wrap party” that includes a showcase of the City’s programs and services, including police and fire vehicle displays! We will also have entertainment from some of our Dysart Unified Schools and city-run specialty classes, as well as complimentary concessions, featuring desserts, soft pretzels and popcorn.

Here are the event details:

Thursday, March 31

Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza

6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. State of the City Video Premiere, Council Chambers* 

6:30 – 8 p.m. City Showcase, City Hall First Floor & Outside Courtyard

Surprise, A‌Z (February 23, 2020) It’s the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Residential Waste Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 12.

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 Rd., from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a limit of one load per household.

For the safety and convenience of participants, Bullard Ave. will be closed between Paradise Ln. and Greenway Rd. from 4 p.m. through approximately 10 p.m.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (February 25, 2022) The City of Surprise FY2023 budget building process kicks off at the City Council Work Session on Tuesday, March 1 at 5 p.m.

This will be the first in a series of presentations to Council by the City’s Finance Department regarding the overall development of the budget and the upcoming annual process.

Surprise, AZ (February 25, 2022) The Surprise Senior Center’s temporary closure for building upgrades has been extended through March 2. The Senior Center will now reopen March 3. Senior Center activities and the in-person congregate meal program will not be available; however, members may attend the in-person meal program at Banner Olive Branch Senior Center during this time.

Surprise, A‌Z (February 23, 2020) It’s the perfect time to prune your landscape, clean out your garage and take advantage of the Residential Waste Cleanup Event on Saturday, March 12.

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 Rd., from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is a limit of one load per household.

Surprise, AZ (February 22, 2022) Looking for a great summer job? The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is holding three trainings to get you certified and ready to apply for a possible position on our aquatics team.

Grand Avenue (US 60) at 39th Avenue reduced to one lane beginning late Saturday, Feb. 26
The Arizona Department of Transportation advises drivers to plan ahead for the following restrictions on Grand Avenue (US 60) in Phoenix for overhead power line installation.East- and westbound Grand Avenue at 39th Avenue will be reduced to one lane in each direction from 11 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, to 2 a.m. Monday, Feb. 28.

Lifeguard Certification
Two lifeguard certification classes will be offered in March:
March 4-6
March 14-16

Surprise, AZ (February 22, 2022) Surprise Stadium has announced a time change to the series finale between Xavier and Oregon State on Saturday, February 26 at Surprise Stadium.

Originally scheduled for a 5 p.m. start, first pitch on Saturday has been moved to 1 p.m. MST.

Tickets purchased for the original game time are valid for the 1 p.m. start.

Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association have not yet been able to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. Due to the ongoing negotiations, MLB has notified all Clubs that it is no longer possible to play the first week of Spring Training games (February 26 – March 4) as originally scheduled.

Surprise Resource Center temporarily closed

The Surprise Resource Center will temporarily close for staff in-service the weekend of February 25.

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Agenda Name: Regular City Council Meeting

Meeting Date: 2/1/2022

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Surprise, AZ (December 22, 2021) Are you looking for fun, recreational opportunities for your teen? The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department has you covered this winter! Open Rec, Teen Adventures and Rec Nights are returning this winter, and we have a new Teen Turn Up program.

Open Rec at Sierra Montana Recreation Center: (Ages 11-17) Teens and pre-teens are invited to come hang out with friends at Sierra Montana Recreation Center on weekdays. Activities include video games, air hockey, bumper pool, games and crafts. Admission is FREE! Pre-registration is required.

Surprise, AZ (January 24, 2022) The box office at Surprise Stadium, Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, will open for in-person ticket sales beginning Saturday, February 5 at 8 a.m.

The 20th Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Surprise Sundancers Charity Game featuring home teams – the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Surprise, AZ (January 25, 2022) Come dressed in your Valentine’s Day finest and join us for a night of dancing, music, refreshments, games, a photo booth and more! All ages are welcome.

The dance will take place on Saturday, February 12 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Sierra Montana Recreation Center, located at 14861 N. Spring Ln. Tickets are $5 per person for Surprise residents and $10 per person for non-residents. Early registration is strongly recommended.

To register, visit or call 623.222.2000 for more information. In person registration and information is also available at the Parks & Recreation office, 15960 N. Bullard Ave.

Surprise, AZ (January 25, 2022) In accord with its Citizen Participation Plan and in anticipation of receiving approximately $665,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the City of Surprise announces an opportunity for organizations and citizens to comment and provide input on any housing and/or community development needs they may have identified. The identified needs should focus on providing decent housing, a suitable living environment, and opportunities to expand economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. The City’s Annual Action Plan outlines the City’s goals and objectives as they relate to housing and community development needs identified and outlined in the 2020-2024 Consolidated Plan.

People ask Google

Who is the head of Surprise Arizona? Their answer, Mike Hoover

No matter how eloquent a speaker you become, there are still cases where a picture or diagram makes the point faster and better, that holds the audience’s attention that gives your presentation more punch.

I have a city map showing a “SAGUARO VIEW WATER DISTRICT\CFD” . W Dynamite Blvd – W Dixileta Dr by N 155 Ave – N 163.

The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department will offer registration for our 2022 spring sports programs, now through January 28.

Surprise, AZ (January 10, 2021) The Surprise Pops Band will perform “Showtime with the Pops” during their concert on Saturday, February 5 at The Vista Performing Arts Center,15550 N. Parkview Place.

Surprise, A‌Z(January 12, 2022) Surprise residents will be able to schedule appointments to have hazardous waste picked up directly from their homes during the City’s winter Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event.

Surprise, AZ (January 18, 2022) The Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex is proud to welcome several United States Tennis Association (USTA) tournaments to kick-start the new year.

January 28-30: USTA Southwest 65 and over 7.0 Men and Women

February 4-6: USTA Adult 65 and Over 6.0 and 9.0 Men and Women

February 11-13:  USTA Adult 65 and Over 8.0 Men & Women

Surprise, AZ (January 19, 2022) The Surprise City Council selected District 2 Councilmember Aly Cline to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (January 20, 2022) The City of Surprise’s Human Services and Community Vitality Department, in partnership with A New Leaf, is offering free tax preparation services to both individuals and families with qualifying incomes.

Surprise, A‌Z (January 19, 2022) City Manager Bob Wingenroth has announced changes to the City’s leadership structure as Surprise continues to grow and serve more residents and businesses. This includes promotions for the City’s three Deputy City Managers and the appointment of new department directors in Public Works and Marketing and Communications.

Surprise, AZ (January 11, 2022) Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders? Register for the 2022 Surprise City Academy!

The eight-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the City directly from the mayor, councilmembers, city manager and upper-level city staff.

The Surprise City Academy begins on February 28 and will meet weekly on Mondays from 6 – 8:30 p.m. through April 18. Most classes will be held in the City of Surprise Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W Statler Plaza.

The agenda for the January 18, 2022 Regular City Council Meeting has been posted at:

Surprise, AZ (January 11, 2022) Due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, City of Surprise sanitation customers ONLY are reminded there will be a modified schedule that will postpone collection by one day. Monday, January 17 collection will be picked up Tuesday, January 18; Tuesday collection will happen Wednesday and so on.

Surprise, AZ (January 7, 2022) More than 2,000 dogs will strut their stuff in Surprise for the Copper Classic Dog Show, Friday, January 28 through Sunday, January 30.

Surprise, AZ (January 6, 2022) Fore! Come join us on January 15 for the Itty Bitty Open. This is a great way to introduce children to the game of golf. This FREE event has three clinic times starting at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Juniors and their parents will learn the basic skills of golf taught by qualified PGA and LPGA professionals.

Surprise, AZ (January 3, 2022) The City of Surprise presents the return of Sunday in the Park events in January, February and April!

The first event in the series is happening January 23 and will feature live music by The 8-Tracks, various food trucks, an assortment of beers and wines, entertainment and more!

Surprise, AZ (January 4, 2022) The City of Surprise is looking for experienced vocalists, musicians and Color Guards to perform the National Anthem at Surprise Stadium for Cactus League Spring Training games, February 26 – March 26, 2022.

Surprise, AZ (January 4, 2022) Happy Valley Rd. will be closed between 183rd Ave. and195th Ave. from Jan. 10 to Feb. 18 for improvements. Detour routes are 195th Ave. to Jomax to the north and 195th Ave. to Deer Valley to the south.

Surprise, AZ (January 6, 2022) The 20th annual Surprise Spring Training Season will kick off on Saturday, February 26 with the annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game at Surprise Stadium, featuring home teams – the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals.

Jeff Mihelich began as Bozeman’s City Manager on May 26, 2020. Jeff is an International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Credentialed City Manager with 28 years of experience in large cities, small towns, and counties including his most recent term as Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer of the City of Fort Collins, Colorado….Jeff use to work for Surprise. This is what Jeff said about Surprise …
I found Surprise, AZ (sub of Phoenix) with a population of about150,000 and a 300 sq mile planning area. This was a place where 40% of all homes were in foreclosure and I would have to lay off 40% of the staff. This process was very, very painful, but gave the Surprise a chance to reset the foundational processes and allowed remaining staff to take on several responsibilities and expand their core competencies to really accomplish many things. In the end, I took the challenge and helped Surprise, AZ adapt, and gave my kids the resources to become amazing track athletes in college.

Dec. 10 – 18:

Autoshow Ave. (Cactus Rd. to just south of Sweetwater Ave.)

The road will be closed to through traffic at Waddell Rd. Business traffic will be maintained to all dealerships. A detour to Cotton Ln. will be posted.

Dec. 18 – Jan. 8: 

Cotton Ln. (Cactus Rd. to Legacy Traditional School entrance)

The road will be closed to through traffic at Waddell Rd. Local and school traffic will have access south to the Legacy Traditional School entrance. A detour to Autoshow Ave. will be posted.

View the latest road closures and traffic restrictions at


Surprise, AZ (December 9, 2021) Season ticket and mini plan packages for the 2022 Spring Training Season will go on sale at starting Monday, December 13 at 10 a.m. (MST). Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder event and pre-sale opportunities.

The agenda for the December 7, 2021 Regular City Council Meeting has been posted at:

Surprise Party schedule of events and activities

S‌urprise, A‌Z (December 1, 2021) Experience stories of Arizona history and culture at a series of virtual speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities in 2022.

Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the following topics via Zoom:

January 26,11 a.m. – Noon

Western Pulp Fiction (Speaker: Steve Renzi)

Surprise, AZ (November 8, 2021)
 Surprise trash collection zones will change beginning Monday, January 3, 2022, to balance the number of homes serviced on each collection day as the city continues to grow.

Not all residents will see changes to their trash collection schedule. These changes apply to city of Surprise sanitation customers only; and some neighborhoods will retain their current collection day.

Surprise, A‌Z (November 9, 2021) Watch a livestream view of Surprise City Center through a new web camera located on top of the Surprise City Hall Parking Garage.

Surprise, AZ (November 22, 2021) The community is invited to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of two Surprise fire stations built in 2021 – Fire Station 304 in our northern area and Fire Station 308 in southeast Surprise!

The ceremony will be held:

Tuesday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m.
Fire Station 308, 13771 W. Cactus Rd., Surprise

Surprise, AZ (November 22, 2021) As you search for the perfect gifts this holiday season, don’t forget that shopping locally helps to shape your community – so, “Shop Surprise, Shape Surprise!”

Surprise, AZ (November 23, 2021) Join City of Surprise for the 5th annual Deck the Hock holiday event! This free, family-friendly celebration will be held on Wednesday, December 8 from 5 – 7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock Street. It includes performances by local school choirs, hot cocoa, sweet treats, tree decorating, holiday crafts, snow play and more!

Surprise, AZ (November 3, 2021) The unofficial results of the November 2 election are in, and Surprise voters have approved an EPCOR franchise extension.

Surprise, AZ (November 24, 2021) Surprise Parks & Recreation and Bravous Esports are teaming up again to offer another Fortnite Esports Tournament on December 11 from 2-5 p.m.!

Surprise has three available water sources: groundwater, reclaimed water, and Colorado River water (surface water from the Central Arizona Project). Currently, Surprise relies solely on groundwater for drinking water purposes.

S‌urprise, A‌Z (November 17, 2021) The Surprise City Council approved an ordinance that prohibits the feeding of wild animals on city-owned property, including city parks, at Tuesday evening’s Regular Council Meeting.

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It goes without saying, Surprise AZ is one of the safest places in the country to live. Total crime in Surprise is 47% lower than the rest of Arizona and 36% lower than the national average. Even better, the crime rate has plummeted by an additional 17% just this year.Jul 12, 2021

Surprise, AZ (September 28, 2021) The city of Surprise welcomes baseball players of all ages this fall, as multigenerational competition lands at the Surprise Stadium Complex. These events will welcome 280 teams, with over 4,200 participants from across the country to our top-tier facilities, making a large impact on our city’s economy.

Arizona Senior Fall Classic Baseball: September 29 – October 3

What is the cost of living in Surprise Arizona?Surprise cost of living is 104.2

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Median Home Cost$359,300$349,300

Surprise, AZ (September 23, 2021) Celebrate our city’s cultural heritage with good food, music and fun at the eighth annual Surprise Fiesta Grande!

Surprise, AZ (September 14, 2021) Drivers can anticipate lane restrictions while the city performs pavement preservation activities on Bell Road, weather permitting:  

  • Bell Road
  • Bell Road, Loop 303 to just west of Reems Road – September 26-October 1; October 4-8; October 28 

Both milling and paving work will be done between the hours of 7 p.m. – 5 a.m.   

Surprise, AZ (September 22, 2021) The month of October truly is for baseball, and with the start of the Arizona Fall League, the City of Surprise sets the stage for baseball’s future breakout stars.

Surprise, AZ (September 23, 2021) The city of Surprise is hosting the Sun Health Foundation 5K for Women’s Health on Sunday, September 26 at Surprise Stadium, located at 15850 N. Bullard Ave.

For the safety and convenience of participants, Bullard Avenue will be closed between Paradise Ln. and Greenway Rd. from 6 a.m. through approximately 10 a.m.

This street-style celebration, presented by the City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with 101.9 FM Radio La Campesina, will be held Saturday, October 9 from 5 – 10 p.m. in the Original Town Site, located on Hollyhock Street, north of Grand Avenue. Event admission and parking are free!

Attractions and activities include a classic car show, authentic Mexican food, flavorful food trucks, festive beverages, free kids’ play zone, piñata plaza and a vendor village, organized by local contributing organizations and sponsors.

Surprise, AZ (September 23, 2021) Volunteers are needed to provide free tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. No prior tax preparation is needed; training will be provided.  

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities within the VITA program: 

The Surprise Fiesta Grande entertainment lineup will include live Latin musical performances at the listed times:

S‌urprise, A‌Z (September 22, 2021) In coordination with their selected third-party recruiter, Surprise City Council is postponing the recruitment for the next city manager.  

“Our current City Manager Mike Frazier is not retiring until after the new year, so our council has some time to explore all our options,” said Mayor Skip Hall. 

Surprise, AZ (September 20, 2021) Surprise Parks & Recreation invites you and your family to watch Disney Pixar’s “Coco” at the Movie Night in the Park on Saturday, September 25! 

Surprise, AZ (September 10, 2021) Surprise Parks & Recreation is excited to host their second Esports Open! Players ages 7-17 are invited to register for the Saturday, September 25 event for friendly video-game competition featuring Super Smash Bros.

Surprise, AZ (September 9, 2021) Surprise Parks and Recreation will be offering a one-week Fall Break Camp, October 18-22, 2021. Fall Break Camp registration will begin Tuesday, September 14, for Surprise residents and Tuesday, September 21 for non-residents.