January 30, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


City beefs up human services support with new department; new Deputy City Manager
City Manager Bob Wingenroth today announced key changes in the City’s organizational structure that support City Council policies to better engage with residents and improve overall quality of life.

The City’s newly-created Human Service and Community Vitality Department will be led by Michael Celaya, who has served as the City’s Intergovernmental Relations Director since 2008. The new department will house the Neighborhood Services Division, Senior Services Division and Grants Administration.

Wingenroth also welcomed Nicole Lance to the City. She will serve as Deputy City Manager, with responsibility for Government and Community Partnerships (formerly Intergovernmental Relations). In her new role, Lance will serve as the City’s liaison with other cities, state, county and federal government agencies and present legislative goals and updates to the City Council.  Lance will also work to build on the City’s partnerships with our schools, Luke Air Force Base, the Chamber of Commerce, non-profits, faith-based and community organizations. Lance’s first day with the City will be February 9.

Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance
Deputy City Manager Nicole Lance

Legacy Traditional School Breaks Ground
I attended the groundbreaking for Legacy Traditional School’s Surprise campus on Tuesday morning. The K-8 charter school campus will be located on 12 acres within the City’s Marley Park community. Legacy Traditional School District is “A”-rated and currently educates more than 8000 students on eight campuses. The Surprise campus will have capacity for 1200 students.

Job fairs for teaching positions are planned for next week, and the first parent meeting is scheduled for February 5. The school will open in Fall 2015. Learn more at http://surprise.legacytraditional.org/.

Legacy Traditional School groundbreaking
From left to right: DMB Associates Exec. Director of Community Life Todd Hornback, Surprise Council Member Todd Tande, Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Legacy Traditional Exec. Director Wiliam Gregory, Legacy Traditional Exec. Director Aaron Hale, Legacy Traditional Superintendent William Bressler

Grand & Bell / Grand & 303 Meeting Update
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) hosted a public meeting on Jan. 27 in Sun City Grand to discuss the transportation projects at Grand Ave. & Bell Rd. and Grand Ave. & Loop 303.

Residents had an opportunity to talk with engineers, planners and sound abatement specialists for the projects. ADOT also delivered a presentation that covered the anticipated construction timelines for the two projects and artist renderings of the Grand Ave & Bell Rd. Traffic Interchange.

The presentation and a simulation video that shows what it will be like to drive on the interchange is available here: http://azdot.gov/projects/phoenix-metro-area/us-60-(grand-avenue)-and-bell-road-interchange

ADOT also recorded the presentation and will have the video available on their website in the coming weeks.

Councilmembers Winters and Hall review ADOT plans

ADOT presentation

Surprise Small Business Forum Recap
I stopped by the Surprise Small Business Forum at the City’s AZ TechCelerator business incubator on Jan. 27 and was excited to see local business owners and entrepreneurs taking advantage of the opportunity to learn from various small business experts.

Attendees heard from representatives from the IRS, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and the accounting field. Topics included recordkeeping, tax scams, separating business expenses, accounting do’s and don’ts, and the functions of the SBA – including access to capital, training, advocacy and disaster assistance. AZ TechCelerator Manager Julie Neal also gave an overview of the City’s business incubator program.

Stay tuned for information on a Small Business Academy that will launch in March.

For more information on the AZ TechCelerator, you can visit http://aztechcelerator.com/.

Committee for Water Resource Planning Meeting
The Committee for Water Resource Planning, previously known as the Council Water Sub-committee, met with City staff on Thursday, Jan. 22 to discuss the City’s Water Acquisition Policy, Land Use Water Management Policy and a statewide mutual assistance program between water and wastewater utilities.

Staff presented an amendment to the draft Water Acquisition Policy that addressed minimum asset balances. These minimums will ensure that the City has enough water “banked” for times such as for major droughts, when renewable sources are not available. The amendment will be presented to the full City Council sometime in February.

Staff also asked the Committee for its guidance on the Land Use Water Management Policy, which supports the water position during development and growth. The Committee agreed that the General Plan was the best place for water-related development language and recommended that the policy be incorporated into the plan.

Lastly, staff provided the Committee with an overview of AZWARN – a mutual assistance network, specifically for the water/wastewater industries, where fellow members can seek out help in times of need.

Partnership could bring Water/wastewater classes to Surprise
On Jan. 8, a meeting was held to discuss the possibility of the City partnering with Gateway Community College to bring classes in their Water Resources Technology curriculum to Surprise. I attended the meeting, along with Vice Mayor Williams, Councilmember Winters, members of City management and representatives from Gateway Community College.

The City offered to allow Gateway the use of the City’s water and wastewater facilities to create a “teaching hospital” concept for the water/wastewater industry. Specifics of the agreement are yet to be determined, however, the goal of this partnership is to offer graduating high school seniors the ability to choose a career path that would have them entering the work force in an established field earlier than if they were to go to a traditional four-year college.

Public Arts Master Plan Meeting
I attended the Public Arts Master Plan Input Meeting on Wednesday night at Arts HQ. The interactive meeting asked residents to give their input on what art should be in Surprise, where it should be located, what potential partners should the City consider, and more. The input will be used to create the City’s first ever Public Arts Master Plan and there’s still a chance to share your thoughts! You’re invited to take a survey at www.surpriseaz.gov/publicarts. Please take some time to tell us what you think. The survey deadline is February 16.

Surprise Citizen Corp Council meeting
The Surprise Citizen’s Corp Council met on Jan. 28 to discuss the development of bylaws and how best to grow the council membership. The Citizen’s Corp Council is in place to guide the formation of a Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) team. CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Once the team is in place, they will work with the community year-round, helping with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education and workplace safety.

I serve on the Citizen’s Corp Council, along with Nancy Collins, resident; George Busch, Citizen’s Patrol Volunteer; Police Sergeant Tim Klarkowski; Fire Battalion Chief Dan Gromer; and, Fire Captain Renee Hamblin.

We are excited to announce that the first training classes for residents interested in becoming part of the CERT team are coming soon. I will have more details for you in the next couple of weeks.

Did You Know?


Celebrity Flag Football Challenge hits Surprise Super Bowl Weekend!
Did you know that Surprise is hosting a Celebrity Flag Football Challenge this weekend? The all-star lineup includes NFL alumni favorites like Daunte Culpepper and Doug Flutie, as well as boxing legend Evander Holyfield and more than 20 other pro-athletes and celebrities. You can get more information online at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents or by calling 623.222.2222.

Bell Rd. Median Construction Begins Next Week
Next week, construction crews will begin altering the median on Bell Road, just east of the El Mirage Road intersection to provide new access.

By removing a section of the median, motorists exiting businesses on the south side of Bell Road will be able to cross over the eastbound lanes of Bell and turn onto the westbound lanes of Bell.

You can expect lane restrictions on Bell Rd. in both directions throughout the duration of the work, which is expected to take 3 weeks.

Mark Your Calendars


January Artwalk on Dysart, Jan. 31
This free event at the newly renovated WHAM West Gallery offers displays in acrylics, oils, clay photography, wearable art and much more!

January 31
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
WHAM West Gallery & Shop
16560 N. Dysart Rd
Surprise, AZ 85378
www.wham-art.org/artwalk

3rd Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, Feb. 6-8
Thunderbird Artists host a festival for artists to exhibit and sell their work, and for art buyers to make a direct connection to the artists and the vast selection of art.

February 6-8
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Surprise Recreation Campus
15940 N. Bullard Ave.
Admission is $3; or $10 for a Wine Tasting Ticket with souvenir glass.
www.thunderbirdartists.com/surprise

Second Sundays in the Park Concert, Feb. 8
The Second Sunday in the Park series is currently underway. Enjoy a free concert from Retirement Rocks at the Surprise Community Park! Bring a picnic or purchase food from one of the onsite vendors, and enjoy the show!

February 8
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Community Park
15953 N. Bullard Ave

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January 23, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting


City Council Work Session
Staff discussed the progress and future plans of a Boys & Girls Club to serve the children of our community.  Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo provided a history of the Boys & Girls Club organization and discussed the measurable value it has created over its 150 year national history.  This organization prides itself on the comprehensive programs it offers and the success it has had on millions of children’s lives.

City Manager Bob Wingenroth and CRS Director Mark Coronado discussed the proposed location of the Club, which is the Villanueva Recreation Center.  Mike Boyle, Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee Chair, further elaborated on the Steering Committee, the members of the Committee and the purpose of the Committee.

City Council Meeting
It was exciting to recognize the first graduate from the city’s business incubator at the January 20 City Council Meeting.  MD24 House Call moved into our AZ TechCelerator in 2010 with just three employees and the idea of providing people with comprehensive at-home health care options. Today, the business has more than 100 employees and has moved into a 10,000 sq. ft. corporate office space within the city. This is a great example of why the AZ TechCelerator was started and how it can help to foster success!

MD24 House Call

Water Resource Management Director Terry Lowe presented on the Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWD) 4 cent property tax extension.  CAP (Central Arizona Project) is a regional and renewable solution for water to central Arizona and most municipalities have taken advantage of CAP in some form.  Right now, every property owner pays a 4 cent tax per $100 of assessed value.  This is used for operating and managing the CAP facility, federal debt repayment and storage of unused Colorado River waters.  If the tax is extended, there will be no effect on the consumer or property owner.

Events & Meetings


Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce held their monthly breakfast meeting on Tuesday, January 20 at the Colonnade.  Sintra Hoffman with the Arizona Department of Transportation provided the attendees with a presentation, “Advancing Arizona’s Economy – Transportation is the Road to Prosperity.” ADOT has initiated a 20 year plan for the key corridors, which include I-10, I-17 and I-11.  With regards to the Bell Road/Grand Avenue corridor project, RFQ’s (request for qualifications) are due in February and construction is expected to begin in December 2015.  The project should be completed in 2017.

Planning Meeting for Development Subcommittee
Mayor Wolcott, Councilman Todd Tande and I met with staff to discuss the role and goals of the Development Subcommittee this year.

Heritage District Overlay Meeting
The City hosted a public meeting to discuss the Heritage District Overlay on Wednesday, January 21 at the Surprise Senior Center. We asked for public input to help identify opportunities to make the Original Town Site a vibrant place to live, work and visit. The City would like to preserve the OTS history and culture while encouraging new economic growth.

This meeting was very well attended and City staff and the City Council received robust feedback.  If you missed the meeting, there is still an opportunity to share your thoughts. By completing an online survey, you can help determine the types of facilities, services and elements you would like to have in the OTS. The survey is open through February 2, 2015 and is available here: www.surpriseaz.gov/heritageoverlay.

Mountain Vista HOA Meeting
I attended the Mountain Vista HOA quarterly meeting on Wednesday, January 21, 2015.  There were 15 residents in attendance.  Some of the subjects discussed included a drainage improvement project, pre-emergent application, a program to rejuvenate and cut-back bushes, and a tree trimming schedule.  A few city concerns were expressed to me, so I will follow-up with those residents to determine what corrective action can be taken.  The spring party is scheduled for February 28.

Valley Metro RPTA Meeting
I attended the Valley Metro RPTA meeting on Thursday, January 22. The Valley Metro board approved a $572,349 budget amendment to help fund Northwest Valley Dial-A-Ride, which services the residents of Surprise, Youngtown, El Mirage, Sun City and Sun City West. A portion of those funds will help subsidize our recent increase in Dial-A-Ride daily trip caps. You can get more information about the city’s Dial-A-Ride program at www.surpriseaz.gov/dialaride.

Did You Know?


ADOT Open House
ADOT will host an Open House at Sun City Grand regarding the 303/Grand Avenue traffic interchange on Tuesday, January 27 in the Sonoran Plaza-Sage Brush Room at 19753 N. Remington Drive from 9 am until 11 am.

Citizen Patrol
The Surprise Police Department will be hosting a Citizens Patrol volunteer recruitment meeting on January 28 for anyone interested in learning more about the program or for any adult resident who may be interested in joining.  The meeting will occur from 6 until 9 pm in the Public Safety Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza.  Following the presentation, there will be a tour of the police facility and a demonstration by the Surprise Police Department SWAT team.  For more information, please contact the Surprise Citizens Patrol at 623.222.4277.

Amuse Bouche
Great Food Good Neighbors (GFGN) has launched its first official season as a 30 minute TV show featuring local restaurants throughout Arizona.  Surprise restaurant Amuse Bouche will be shown on an upcoming episode as filming occurred on January 14.  The show airs on AZTV Channel 7 (Cox Cable 13) on Saturdays at 11:30 am.

Amuse Bouch

Trends show use of public transportation is up
At the Valley Metro meeting on January 22, I received an interesting trend report that shows transit boarding in Maricopa County increased 35 percent between 2003 and 2012, compared to a 14 percent increase in our peer regions (which includes Denver, Portland, St. Louis, Salt Lake City, Dallas, Minneapolis, San Diego and Houston) during that same time. Check out the chart below for additional insights:

ValleyMetro National Peer Region Trends 2003-2012

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January 16, 2015 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings


West Valley Arts Council
West Valley Arts Council held their opening reception for “Visions: The West Valley Through Your Eyes” on January 8, 2015 at the West Valley Arts HQ.  Councilmen Todd Tande, Roland Winters and I were present for the opening of this photography exhibit of life and surroundings in the West Valley.  This exhibit will be on display through February 9, 2015.

Community Outreach
Radiant Church in Surprise hosted a community outreach event on Saturday, January 10. Approximately 350 volunteers took part in the event that benefited 425 students from Nadaburg Elementary School.  Six classrooms were completely remodeled, 25 acres were landscaped, other classrooms received fresh paint on the walls, ceilings and whiteboards.  The fencing and parking lot curbs were also painted, and the ball fields were re-done.  Volunteers also cleaned the library, nurse’s station and teacher’s lounge.

Intergovernmental Relations Director Michael Celaya and I met with Pastor Steve Pleasants earlier this week to discuss partnering with the City of Surprise regarding future community outreach endeavors.

Second Sunday in the Park
I attended the Second Sundays in the Park with almost 200 people on Sunday, January 11.  The Dina Preston Band performed and they were fantastic!  The Dina Preston Band has performed in over 20 International Armed Forces Entertainment, US State Department and corporate cultural exchange programs in 40 countries representing Arizona and the Unites States as Ambassadors of Goodwill.  Nationally, the group has 25 years of experience performing for corporate giants such as Sony, McDonalds, Microsoft, etc.  Next up in the series is the band Retirement Rocks, who will perform classic rock tunes on Sunday, February 8.  All Second Sundays in the Park events take place at Surprise Community Park, 15953 Bullard Avenue.

General Plan Update Meeting
Mayor Wolcott, Vice Mayor John Williams, and Councilmen Todd Tande, Roland Winters and I attended the General Plan Update Meeting held at the Heritage Club in Marley Park on Tuesday, January 13.  The City is updating key elements of the existing General Plan 2035 with regards to land use, economic development, circulation such as roadway systems, housing, growth areas, recreation and open spaces and implementation.  In 2010, the population in Surprise was 127,623, but it is expected to grow to over 159,100 by 2020.  We have seen a 281% increase in population growth from 2000 to 2010 according to the U.S. Census and MAG.  The median age of our residents has changed during that time span from 46 years old in 2000 to 36 years old now.  Employment and socioeconomic indicators were also discussed.

Boys & Girls Steering Committee Meeting
Councilman Jim Biundo and I, along with local executives and various City staff attended a Boys & Girls Club Steering Committee meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, January 14.  Discussion included initiating a 501(c)3, the subcommittees needed to initiate the Boys and Girls Club and future meetings.  The Steering Committee will continue to meet once a month to initiate the items required to begin a Boys & Girls Club.  The Steering Committee is led by Mike Boyle.

West Valley State of the State Luncheon
The West Valley State of the State luncheon, featuring Governor Doug Ducey, was held on Thursday, January 15 at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park.  Most West Valley municipalities and their respective elected officials were present for this event.  Governor Ducey defined his priorities which include education, human services, economic development and balancing the budget to name a few.  The West Valley will play a critical role in economic development, as 52% of future economic development is expected here.  Governor Ducey also discussed important initiatives he is promoting this legislative session, which include the American Civics Bill.  The American Civics Bill would require high school students to pass an American history and civics test similar to the one taken by naturalized immigrants.

Governor Doug Ducey
Governor Doug Ducey

 

Surprise Youth Council
The induction ceremony for the Surprise Youth Council was held on Thursday, January 15 in the City Council Chambers.  Over 137 students, family members, friends, school administrators, teachers and advisors filled the Council Chamber.  It was quite a sight to see.  There were 25 students selected to partake in this incredible opportunity by a panel of three Councilmembers, three high school seniors and Surprise Youth Services Administrator Paul Bernardo.  Those students received the Oath of Office and their commitment to the Surprise Youth Council begins immediately.  We look forward to the contributions they will make.  Congratulations to each of them as they were selected from more than 120 applicants.  A special thank you to Paul Bernardo as well for making this all possible!

Mark Your Calendars


Surprise 11
A 30 minute documentary that aims to raise awareness about heroin in Arizona and also features Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier, will be airing on Surprise 11 this week.  Surprise 11 has obtained permission to re-broadcast the report and it will be televised on Thursday at 1:30 pm; Friday at 6 pm; Saturday at 11:30 am and Sunday at 8 pm.

General Plan Update Meetings
The General Plan Update Meetings will continue with a Heritage Overlay District (OTS) meeting on Wednesday, January 21 from 6 pm until 8 pm at the Surprise Senior Center at 15832 N. Hollyhock Street.  This meeting and the input received will help us enhance the OTS through preservation efforts; employment opportunities; safe transportation connections and more.

In addition, the Public Arts Master Plan meeting will be held at the West Valley Arts HQ (16126 N. Civic Center Plaza) on Wednesday, January 28 from 6 pm until 8 pm.  We are looking for public input on how we can create a public arts plan that will attract new and current residents, visitors and employers.

ADOT Open House
ADOT will host an Open House at Sun City Grand regarding the 303/Grand Avenue traffic interchange on Tuesday, January 27 in the Sonoran Plaza-Sage Brush Room at 19753 N. Remington Drive from 9 am until 11 am.

Small Business Forum
The Economic Development and Community Development Departments at the City of Surprise will be hosting a free Small Business Forum on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 10 am until 12 noon at the AZTechCelerator Building D Conference Room (12425 W. Bell Road).  If you are interested in starting a new small business or want to increase your business knowhow, you will want to attend.  For more information or to register, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242.

Did You Know?


Mountain View Boulevard
We kicked off 2015 with new connectivity in Surprise.  The work to connect two sections of Mountain View Boulevard was completed, and the road has been open to traffic since the New Year.

The extension added 700 feet of pavement to Mountain View Boulevard, just behind Trader Joe’s on Grand Avenue.  The road now offers direct access off of Grand Avenue and continues through the Sun City Grand neighborhood.  A special thank you to our Public Works Director Mike Gent and his team who played an instrumental role with this completion even before our promised deadline.

Mountain View Boulevard
Mountain View Boulevard

 

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January 9, 2015 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting


We held our first regular City Council meeting of the New Year on Tuesday, January 6.  City Council appointed District 3 Councilmember John Williams as Vice Mayor.  Vice Mayor Williams has served District 3 since 2008, and he previously served as Vice Mayor in 2012.  Vice Mayor Williams is a teacher, parent, husband and public servant who brings community perspective and passion to his commitment to serve as a voice for all residents.  It will be a pleasure to work with him in this capacity.  Per City code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30 each year. It was my honor and pleasure to serve all the residents in Surprise during my Vice Mayor appointment last year.

In support of the City’s focus on water resources and the complexities of appropriate water management, along with the support of the Water Planning Subcommittee, Director of Water Resource Management Terry Lowe recommended a new position.  The new position will be devoted to management of the City’s water portfolio as a Water Resource Portfolio Manager.  It will be funded from the Water and Waste Water Enterprise funds.  Sustainable management of the City’s water resources is vital to the growth and vitality of Surprise.  City Council unanimously approved the position.

Events & Meetings


Police Retirement
Councilman Todd Tande and I attended the retirement gathering for Surprise Police Officer Jacob Wagemann on December 30.  Officer Wagemann served our City for over 7 years.  Please join me in wishing Officer Wagemann a healthy and successful retirement.  We are grateful for his service to Surprise!

Chief Frazier with Officer Wagemann
Chief Frazier with Officer Wagemann

City Clerk Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary
A small gathering was held in the Mayor’s Atrium at City Hall on January 5, 2015 to celebrate Sherry Aguilar’s 25 year work anniversary.  City Council was present to congratulate Sherry and present her with an engraved sculpture to commemorate her years of service.  Sherry began her career with the City in 1990 as a receptionist.  She served as the Personnel Director from 1992 until 1996 then as the City Clerk from 1996 until now.  Thank you, Sherry, for your hard work and dedication to the City!

City Council with City Clerk Aguilar
City Council with City Clerk Aguilar

Boys & Girls Club Meetings
Councilman Jim Biundo and I continue to meet with possible donors for the Surprise Boys & Girls Club. City staff will provide City Council with a briefing of the Boys & Girls Club status at the next City Council Work Session on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Campaign to End Childhood Hunger
I was honored to be asked by Arizona Fair Share Education Fund to acknowledge a volunteer, Les Glascoe, as he received a “Community Hero Award.”  Mr. Glascoe is a resident of our city and he has been volunteering at the Kid’s Café of St. Mary’s Food Bank since 2011.  He has worked tirelessly for this organization in several different areas, and he is very passionate about his role to help alleviate childhood hunger.

Councilman Hall with Les Glascoe and others
Councilman Hall with Les Glascoe and others

 

AZ Charter Academy Spelling Bee
Arizona Charter Academy held a spelling bee on Thursday, January 8.  I was asked to judge the spelling bee, and the talent was quite impressive!

AZ Charter Academy spelling bee judges
AZ Charter Academy spelling bee judges

 

Mark Your Calendars


National Anthem Performers
The City is looking for experienced vocalists and musicians to perform the National Anthem at Surprise Stadium for the 2015 Cactus League Spring Training games beginning March 4 through April 1.  To be considered, performers must submit audio recordings via DVD or audio CD to the Community and Recreation Services office, located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, or by mp3 or YouTube link to Cecilia.covarrubio@surpriseaz.gov by January 12, 2015.  All submissions must include the performer’s name, address, phone number and email address, along with their rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

Spring Training
The City of Surprise welcomes you to a series of celebrations at the Surprise Recreation Campus during the 2015 Spring Sports Festival.   To kick off one of sport entertainment’s biggest weekends, the Surprise Stadium will play host to the 14th Annual Celebrity Flag Football Challenge® Saturday, January 31. This event will feature an all-star lineup guaranteed to bring out the ultimate football fan in everyone.

February brings collegiate baseball’s finest to Surprise Stadium for the Spring Training Baseball Classic Feb. 13-16 hosting Oregon State, Northwestern University, Michigan State and University of New Mexico; the BIG 12 – PAC 12 Spring Training Baseball Challenge follows Feb. 19-22 hosting Oregon State, Oklahoma State, Utah, Kansas, Kansas State and Washington State. It’s a showcase preview to the NCAA Collegiate baseball pre-season right here in Surprise, Arizona.

Join Mayor Wolcott and the Surprise City Council on Monday, February 23 at the 13th Annual Mayor’s Welcome Back Luncheon, where guests will have an exclusive opportunity to hear about the upcoming Spring Training season directly from team staff and members of both organizations.  Tickets for this event are now available for purchase at the Surprise Community and Recreation Services Office located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, Monday-Friday 8:00a.m.-5:00p.m. The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals will be taking take the field for the 2015 Spring Training season here in Surprise. The season will begin Wednesday, March 4 with the 13th Annual Surprise Sundancer Charity Game featuring the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers. The Surprise Stadium will continue to celebrate the American League Champions as they prepare and work their way back into the 2015 MLB Post-Season through a series of promotional events: Saturday, March 7th- Kansas City Royals American League Championship Day Celebration, Sundays- Military Appreciation Day and Mondays- Senior Day at the Ball Park.

Be a part of the 2015 Spring Sports Festival and purchase your tickets at the Surprise Stadium Box Office – now open Monday-Friday 10:00a.m-5:00p.m., Saturdays 10:00a.m.-2p.m. and Sundays, beginning Jan. 25, 10a.m.-2p.m. For more information regarding events and ticket promotions, please visit www.surprisespringtraining.com or contact the box office at 623-222-2222.

Did You Know?


Dial-A-Ride The City has temporarily increased the number of daily Dial-A-Ride trips and expanded service hours.  The daily cap for weekday trips will increase from 135 to 140 one-way trips.  Saturday service will increase from 20 to 30 one-way trips per day.  This expanded service will run through June 30, 2015.  Additionally, service hours will be extended for all service days.  The new service hours will be Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Spring Training – Senior Days This season, we will have Senior Days on Mondays (March 9, 16, 23, 30).  Stop by the box office for 2-for-1 tickets sponsored by AARP!  We hope to see you there!  Senior Days tickets will be available beginning February 1, 2015.

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