December 21, 2017 • Newsletter

Passing of Councilman Jim Hayden

It is with deep sadness, the city announced the passing of Councilman Jim Hayden on Wednesday, December 20. Councilman Hayden was a dedicated public servant most of his life. He was a Vietnam War veteran and served 20 years in the US Air Force where he trained pilots with critical skills needed to survive wartime conditions. He also served on the Glendale Fire Department for 22 years as a firefighter and EMT in addition to serving as Adjunct Faculty at Glendale Community College teaching Fire Science and Emergency Medical Technicians.

Please keep his wife Nancy and his family, friends and colleagues in your prayers. Thank you!

GO Bond Update

With the voter approval of the General Obligation bond this past November, I want to provide you with regular updates on the status of your investment. It is my plan to provide you with these updates on a regular basis, but our website www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise will also be updated throughout the projects for public transparency. In addition, throughout the five-year timeline for completion of all projects, staff will provide public status updates before City Council as needed and/or upon Council request.

Staff has finalized a design, bid and construction schedule that has changed some of the project start/completion dates that were originally listed during our public outreach ahead of the election. The project timelines and bond sale have been revised to better align with potential development as well as to advance the construction of critical roadways. Staggered timelines have work beginning in Winter 2018 and the final project completed in Summer 2022. The timelines are as follows:

  • PW Operations Facility: Winter 2018 – Winter 2020
  • Waddell Rd: Winter 2018 – Summer 2020
  • Litchfield Rd: Winter 2018 – Summer 2020
  • Public Safety Evidence & Readiness Center: Winter 2018 – Spring 2021
  • Greenway Rd: Winter 2018 – Winter 2021
  • Land for Future Fire Station/PD Substation/Park Summer 2018 – Winter 2019
  • Pavement Preservation: Summer 2018 – Summer 2020
  • FS 304: Winter 2018 – Fall 2020
  • Police Training Facility: Summer 2020 – Summer 2022
  • FS 308: Winter 2020 – Spring 2022

The revised dates will appear in the Winter 2018 Progress Magazine. The magazine is scheduled for mailing before December 30, 2017.

City Council Work Session

FY2018 Transit Services Update

Staff provided Council with an update on all transit services including the results of the survey that was conducted in October and November for the paratransit and RideChoice services. Valley Metro and the Northwest cities had originally proposed changes back in September of this year to the 571 to begin in April of 2018. Valley Metro conducted a survey and public hearing related to the proposed changes in October and November. As a result of the overwhelming negative response by the riders to the proposed changes, Valley Metro has scrapped the proposed changes.

In order to bolster support for the RideChoice operations in the Valley, MJM has completed the hiring of a staff position to be located in Phoenix at the Valley Metro mobility center. This position will enhance coordination efforts between Valley Metro, MJM and the cab companies on the RideChoice contract in an effort to improve on-time service and overall service to the City of Surprise.

The results of the survey, related to paratransit and RideChoice, were no surprise as on-time performance and ease of booking lead the way for the two areas that needed most improvement on the contractor’s side. Rob Antoniak, Valley Metro’s chief operating officer, was in attendance at the meeting and provided input and feedback to Council on the issues, and promised marked improvement over the next several months. Some of those improvements have begun to take shape over the last month. There was a change in routing and dispatch software to a system that is more compatible with the way Valley Metro and Transdev does business. They have segregated the Senior Center trips from the general paratransit calls, resulting in fewer issues with residents booking regional trips.

Lastly, it is important for our residents to please call, email or visit the Valley Metro customer site website and register any complaints for any service with Valley Metro. The contact information is listed below. This will allow Valley Metro to hone in on areas where service is lagging or an overall issue. To view the December work session, visit https://surpriseaz.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=31&clip_id=4844.

Valley Metro Customer Service contact information:
By Phone 602-253-5000
By Phone TTY 602-251-2039
Register On-line www.valleymetro.org
Email csr@valleymetro.org


City Council Meeting

Parcel Donation

City Council unanimously approved a donation of real property from J and J Holdings, LLC on Tuesday evening. The city was offered this parcel of land for the use of open space and a trail system. The land is located along the Agua Fria River, and the donation of the land will facilitate future trail open space and potentially recreational opportunities within this corridor.

Rio Ranch PAD

The Rio Rancho Rezone with Planned Unit Development (PUD) Overlay in District 1 focuses on the 190-acre residential portion of the 230-acre overall Rio Rancho Development. The amendment proposes to lower the overall density from 4.92 du/A to 3.55 du/A, lower the lot count from 906 units to 669 units, and provide for more traditional product types. In addition to improvements typical for residential development, Rio Rancho will provide public access to a potential regional trail proposed by the City of Surprise Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The Rio Rancho Rezone with Planned Unit Development (PUD) Overlay in District 1

Approval of Preliminary Plat

City Council unanimously approved a preliminary plat for a 44-lot single family residential subdivision on approximately 10 acres located at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Sweetwater.


Events & Meetings

Lunchtime Theatre

The Surprise Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and the West Valley Arts Council, in partnership with Theater Works, the West Valley Symphony and the Phoenix Opera, hosted “A Christmas Carol” on Thursday, December 14 at the West Valley Arts HQ. I had the privilege of playing Ebenezer Scrooge in this Charles Dickins well-known holiday classic as the other actors were being utilized for other events.

Councilmember Hall playing Ebenezer Scrooge in this Charles Dickins well-known holiday classic play

The next event, Unforgettable, will be held on January 18. For more information, please contact the West Valley Arts Council at 623.935.6384.

Honoring An Exceptional Leader Task Force Update

At the Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force meeting, held on Thursday, December 14, the group reviewed all public recommendations they received identifying ways the city could honor the late Community and Recreation Services (CRS) Director Mark A. Coronado. The Task Force was created by the Surprise City Council, on an ad-hoc basis, to identify ways to recognize great women and men who invested a precious part of themselves to the benefit of the city.

They narrowed the list to four options for future City Council consideration and requested a cost analysis for the following:

  • Rename 8-Acres Park “Mark Coronado Park” and include a memorial plaque at the park’s entry gate
  • Name a Surprise Stadium suite in his honor
  • Place an honorary street sign along Bullard Avenue (Bell to Greenway Roads) to read “Mark Coronado Way.” *The official street name would remain Bullard Avenue, and have no impact on physical addresses
  • Or a combination of any of the above options

Their third meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 9, 6 p.m., in the City Hall- Community Room, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. The public is encouraged to attend.

Within 30 days of the second meeting (Dec 14), Special Task Force will hold a third public meeting (Jan 9) to weigh all the information presented by city staff, and select the best two/three options. The Special Task Force will use all avenues available, market the meeting in a way that encourages Surprise residents to attend and submit ideas and discuss pros and cons of each idea.

11th Annual Adaptive Holiday Tree Decorating Event

The 11th Annual Adaptive Holiday Tree Decorating event was held at DreamCatcher Park on Friday, December 15. Approximately 675 guests from the Dysart School District, One Step Beyond, Blue Mountain Development, Higher Hopes and Second Chance Group Homes attended this year and enjoyed performances by the choirs from Paradise Education Center and Shadow Ridge High School, refreshments, interactive games, “snow,” dancing and visits from special guests Big Red from the Arizona Cardinals and Santa Claus!

Kids playing in snow at the 11th Annual Adaptive Holiday Tree Decorating event

Senior Services Annual Member Holiday Party

I attended the Senior Services Annual Member Holiday Party on Friday December 15 at the Promenade at Sun Health. Festivities included a formal dinner, dancing and live entertainment for 110 Senior Center members.

People dancing at the Senior Services Annual Member Holiday Party

Pickleball Court Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting event for eight new pickleball courts was attended by a large passionate group of pickleball players on Saturday, December 16 at 10 a.m. at the Surprise Community Park. Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, and Surprise is thrilled to now have a total of 16 courts. The ribbon was cut by Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilmembers Roland Winters, Patrick Duffy, and Ken Remley, Community and Recreation Advisory Commission Chair Wayne Turner and the Surprise Pickleball Association President Jeff Stone and myself. The Surprise Pickleball Association is a great partner of the city. Their recent $34,000 donation to the city will allow the city to purchase and install two shade structures and four sets of bleachers. These items will be installed in January.

Pickleball ribbon cutting by Vice Mayor Todd Tande, Councilmembers Skip Hall, Roland Winters, Patrick Duffy, and Ken Remley, Community and Recreation Advisory Commission Chair Wayne Turner and the Surprise Pickleball Association President Jeff Stone

Deck the Hock Event

Councilman Ken Remley and I joined members of the Senior Center, Residents of the OTS, Little Explorers Preschool and especially Thompson Ranch art students created themed ornaments to decorate eight trees at the Senior Center. Community members also created about 100 luminaria bags for display out front of the facility.

Legacy Traditional School and WestPoint Elementary provided choir performances.


Mark Your Calendar

City Offices Holiday Closures

City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed on Monday, December 25 for Christmas Day and Monday, January 1 for New Year’s Day.

City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that collection will be postponed by one day both the week of Christmas and New Year’s. There will be no collection on December 25 or January 1. Monday collection will occur on Tuesday; Tuesday collection will occur on Wednesday; Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday; Thursday collection will occur on Friday.

Please note that not all Surprise residents have City of Surprise trash and recycling; therefore, you may not experience a change in pickup service. If this is your situation, please contact your service provider. If you have any questions, please contact 623.222.1900.


Did You Know?

Christmas Tree Drop-Off Sites

The city offers four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots are open beginning December 26, 2017 through January 13, 2018 at the following locations:

  • Gaines Park – 15837 N. Nash Street (north end of parking lot)
  • Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce – 15795 N. Parkview Place (across from Valley Vista HS)
  • Dick McComb Softball Park – 17894 Westpark Boulevard (parking lot at corner of 180th Avenue & Westpark)
  • Asante Community Park – 16763 W. Vereda Solana Drive (parking lot at the north end of the park)

Please remember to remove all decorations and place the trees in the designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. Additionally and as a reminder, not all holiday wrappings and decorations are accepted in the city’s curbside recycling program.

Acceptable Holiday Items for Curb-side Recycling

  • Non-metallic wrapping paper/paper cardboard rolls
  • Greeting cards without shiny embellishments
  • Shopping catalogs
  • Gift boxes/shipping boxes

Non-Acceptable Items for Curbside Recycling

  • Tape and tape dispensers
  • Christmas Trees
  • Christmas tree ornaments, lights, tinsel, fake snow
  • Popcorn peanuts from boxes

For more information, please call 623.222.1900.

Happy Holidays

I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. My sincerest gratitude for another year of your support.

Please note that I will not have a newsletter until the week of January 7. Thank you!


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December 14, 2017 • Newsletter

Events & Meetings

Raising Cane’s Grand Opening

The much anticipated ribbon cutting and grand opening of Raising Cane’s, 14385 W. Bell Road, was held on Friday, December 8. Several Councilmembers joined me to welcome the highly requested restaurant to Surprise. In attendance for the grand opening was the Willow Canyon band and hundreds of anxious residents. Welcome to Surprise, Raising Cane’s!

Surprise Fire-Medical Annual Awards

The Surprise Fire-Medical Department held its 12th Annual Awards Ceremony on December 8, 2017 in the City Council Chambers. The Awards Ceremony recognized members and their achievements within the Department for the past year. The award recipients are chosen through a nomination and voting process by the Department members, except for the Fire Chief’s Award. The Fire Chief reserves the right to select a member for the annual Fire Chief’s award. Typically, the award is given to one recipient. This year, Fire Chief Tom Abbott chose two recipients, Emergency Medical Services Battalion Chief Jesus Rivera and Personnel and Community Affairs Battalion Chief Julie Moore.

Engineer Ryan Ellis received the Firefighter of the Year award. Members of the Department choose Ellis for multiple reasons, including his exemplary performance and professionalism on medical and fire calls; his management of the SFMD Communications Program; and his commitment to overseeing the SFMD Wildland Team. Ellis is known for his exceptional patient care, including the care of pediatric patients, and excellent customer service. He has served the Department for over 17 years.

The Perry award was created after a young Surprise Firefighter passed away from cancer in 2002. The award is presented to a fire suppression member that best epitomizes the SFMD values, which include respectfulness, positive behavior, responsibility, honesty, and pride. Firefighter Mike Meadors was recognized as the recipient of this year’s Perry Award.

Engine Company 301 and Ladder Company 305 were awarded the Company of the Year award for working a First Alarm fire in a large two- story apartment building. This award is normally given to one company, but the crew members from Engine 301 and Ladder 305 were recognized due to their coordinated incident plan of an interior fire attack and roof ventilation. The crews were able to stay ahead of the attic fire, stop the fire from extending into the unit’s living areas, and extinguish the fire.

Firefighter Louis D’Angelo was awarded Paramedic of the Year for his participation as the Co-Chair for the Emergency Medical Services Committee.

The ceremony also acknowledged promotions, Firefighters, Paramedics, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) hired within the past eighteen (18) months. SFMD has hired eighteen (18) Firefighters, an Administrative Technician, five (5) Paramedics, four (4) EMTs, and promoted one (1) Captain and seven (7) Engineers. A special badge pinning event took place for the Paramedics and EMTs hired for the SFMD ambulance service. Congratulations to all!

Assistant Chief Brenden Espie, Fire Chief Tom Abbott, Engineer Ryan Ellis & Assistant Chief Darryl Johnston
Pictured left to right: Assistant Chief Brenden Espie, Fire Chief Tom Abbott, Engineer Ryan Ellis & Assistant Chief Darryl Johnston

Quarterly STEM Council Meeting

Canyon Ridge STEM Council meeting was held on Monday, December 11. Principal Jill Hoppe led our meeting which included all the fantastic STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) related events happening at Canyon Ridge Elementary School. Mark your calendars as Canyon Ridge STEM night will be held at the school on March 1 from 6 – 8 p.m. to showcase the program which includes teaching code to their 1st graders. It is quite an impressive curriculum preparing students for the workforce of tomorrow!

Meet the Elected Officials Night

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their annual Meet the Elected Officials Night on Wednesday, December 13 at Marley Park Heritage Club. This event provides an opportunity for the Chamber to develop or strengthen relationships with local officials, and state and federal legislators.


Mark Your Calendar

Council Meeting Next Week

City Council will be meeting for our regular meetings on Tuesday, December 19. Work Session will begin at 4 p.m. followed by the regular City Council meeting at 6 p.m.

Help Decorate for our “Deck the Hock” Holiday Event

We are decorating on Hollyhock Street for our first “Deck the Hock” holiday event and we need your help! Themed holiday trees and luminarias will be on display for everyone to enjoy on December 20 from 5-7 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N Hollyhock Street. The festivities also will include local choir performances, hot cocoa, and treats.

Donations of new or handmade ornaments for one of six themed trees are being accepted now through December 18. Drop off your donations at the Senior Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Our tree themes are: patriotic, music, sports, Disney, animals and trains.

Blank luminaria bags can also be picked up at the Senior Center for you and your family to decorate.

For more information, please contact the Surprise Senior Center at 623.222.1500 or email Joe Gladieux at joe.gladieux@surpriseaz.gov.

Toy Drive in Full Swing

The Surprise Police began their annual toy drive late last month and are asking for the public’s assistance in this worthy cause. We are currently accepting either new unwrapped toys or new wrapping paper from those who want to help out the less fortunate children in our community.

Surprise Police and several community partners are working closely together and have recently set-up toy collection boxes at various locations throughout the City of Surprise. Donated toys can be dropped-off through December 18 at the following locations throughout the city:

  • Surprise Police Department,14250 W. Statler Plaza; Suite #103
  • Sun City Grand Palms Center, 19726 N. Remington Drive
  • Cimarron Club, 17100 W. Clearview Drive
  • The “Irish Wolfhound” Restaurant & Pub, 16811 N. Litchfield Road
  • Sun Village Community, 14300 W. Bell Road
  • Sunflower Colonnade, 19116 N. Colonnade Way
  • Vista de la Montana Adult Community, 18510 N. Parkview Place (Between 8 am and 5 pm)
  • Sante of Surprise, 14775 W. Yorkshire Drive
  • Sunflower RV Resort, 16501 N. El Mirage Road
  • Grandview Terrace, 14515 W. Granite Valley Drive, Sun City West, AZ

We greatly appreciate your support and ask that you please help by donating either an unwrapped new toy or some new wrapping paper for those children in our community who may go without this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!

Spring Bookmark Contest

The Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is partnering with non-profit Friends of the Surprise Libraries for their annual Spring Bookmark Contest which encourages local 6th – 8th graders to express their artistic talent by creating a reading and literacy-themed bookmark. Winners in each grade level will receive a plaque with their bookmark and a monetary award. In addition, their bookmarks will be professionally printed and distributed at the Maricopa County Northwest Regional Library in Surprise. This year, an art show of all the entries will be held at the WHAM (What’s Happening Art Movement) headquarters during the month of March 2018.

Bookmark Contest Timeline:

  • Contest begins December 11, 2017
  • Entries are due no later than January 31, 2018
  • Judging will occur February 7, 2018

Bookmark Contest Awards:

  • 1st place awards and $100 cash prize for each grade level
  • Honorable mention prize of $25 for each grade level

Bookmark Contest Entry Details:

  • See entry form for all entry requirements – Bookmark Contest Entry Form
  • Artwork size 2.5″ by 11″ only (out-of-size will be disqualified)
  • Students may submit more than one entry, but each entry must have its own completed entry form
  • Deliver or Mail entries to:
    Friends of the Surprise Libraries Inc.
    ATTN: Bookmark Contest
    16089 N. Bullard Ave Surprise AZ 85374

For more information, please contact Friends of the Surprise Libraries at admin@friendsofthesurpriselibraries.org or (623) 826-4939.


Did You Know?

Call of Election

Notice of election that the city of Surprise will hold elections as follows:

  • Primary Election: Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • General Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (If Applicable)

Offices to be filled – Four (4) Council Seats. Three (3) Council Seats with 4-year terms for Districts 1 (Acacia), 5 (Palm) & 6 (Palo Verde) with terms to expire 2022; and one Council Seat with a 2-year term, to fill the remainder of a term for District 3 (Mesquite District) that resulted in a vacancy from resignation in 2017, with term to expire December 2020.

Candidate Packets with Petitions are Available: Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Candidate Packet Filing Deadline: Nomination paper, financial disclosure statements, affidavit of qualifications and petitions are due no later than Wednesday, May 30, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. Candidate packets need to be filed at the City Clerk’s Office – 16000 N. Civic Center Parkway, Surprise, Arizona 85374.

Voter Registration Deadline: Monday, July 30, 2018

For further information or to set up an appointment for a Candidate’s Packet, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 623-222-1220.


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December 7, 2017 • Newsletter

City Council Meeting

Mirano at Desert Oasis

A public hearing was held as part of the City Council meeting for approval of the preliminary plat in District 1. Desert Oasis, located on Jomax Road west of 163rd Avenue, continues to grow with the platting of Mirano. This parcel will add 106 residential lots and a central amenity area that will provide passive and active recreation with pedestrian connections to other parts of Desert Oasis, including an internal pedestrian connection to Desert Oasis Elementary School. The plat was unanimously approved.

Rendering of Mirano at Desert Oasis

Neighborhood Grant Funding Recommendation

Staff presented City Council with the funding recommendations for the Neighborhood Grant Program, which allows for the distribution of $10,000 in grant funding to Surprise neighborhoods for community events, neighborhood functions and even some improvements.

The funding recommendations were made by the Committee on Community Outreach, Partnerships and Grants who reviewed eight applications with a total requested funding amount of $53,158. The Committee recommended partial funding for seven of the applicants. Council approved the funding recommendations, as follows: Friends of the Library ($1,000), Kingswood Parke ($1,000), Surprise Community Garden ($2,000), Northwest Ranch ($2,000), Sarah Ann Ranch ($2,000), WHAM ($1,000), and Marley Park ($1,000).

The Neighborhood Grant Program provides the opportunity for neighborhoods to request assistance with the goal of building community engagement and stronger relationships with the city. It began in FY16 when City Council approved the pilot program. The Committee members are Council Members Patrick Duffy (Chair), Ken Remley and Roland Winters.

Events & Meetings

Tourism Advisory Commission Special Meeting

The Surprise Tourism Advisory Commission met on Thursday, November 30. The meeting included a series of activities and exercises designed to expand on previously-discussed areas such as funding, annual events, entertainment and external attractions. The Commission members and staff identified a common focus while evaluating the current mission statement established in the Tourism Advisory Strategic Plan. In collaboration, Commission members and staff revised the existing mission/result statement: “With the consistent growth of the City of Surprise, the Tourism Advisory Commission will enhance the quality of life for residents through increased Economic Development and partnership opportunities creating an identity of which the community is proud.” Eric Bailey, President of Bailey Innovations Group, will provide a draft of the strategic plan to all members for review and consideration.

The next meeting is Thursday, January 11, at 6 p.m. in the Council Overflow Room at City Hall.

Valley Metro RPTA Monthly Meeting

Valley Metro RPTA, the Joint Boards and Valley Metro Rail Board met on Thursday, November 30. Amongst items discussed, we recommended the attorney negotiate a two-year contract extension for Valley Metro CEO Scott Smith.

16th Annual Surprise Party

The 16th Annual Surprise Party was held this past weekend. Festivities included the hot air balloon, glow, Arizona Skyhawks Skydivers, music, a classic car show, petting zoo, the infamous Robosaurus, fireworks and much more. City Council gathered to kick off this year’s holiday season with our traditional tree lighting ceremony. A special thank you goes out to our Community and Recreation Services and Sports & Tourism teams led by Directors Donna Miller and Kendra Pettis, respectively, for their hard work and dedication preparing this fantastic event for our residents!

Port of Subs Grand Opening

Councilmembers Roland Winters, Patrick Duffy and I attended the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Port of Subs, located at 14557 W. Grand Avenue, Suite B101 in Surprise. The owners, a military veteran and his wife, are also residents of Surprise.

Councilmembers Roland Winters, Patrick Duffy and Hall attending the ribbon cutting at grand opening of Port of Subs

Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission Meeting

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission met on Monday, December 4. Items of discussion included an update on the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival hosted by the Thunderbird Artists. The Festival will occur January 12-14, at 8-Acre Park. The Commission will host a booth with informational flyers and pamphlets. They also plan to talk to the public about events and programs as well as provide an activity to engage the public. The mini baseball bat contest was also discussed. While the Commission no longer has bats to offer, schools can still participate by purchasing their own bats for students to decorate. Entries are due January 26. For more information, please contact Danielle Osborne at 623.222.1034.


Mark Your Calendar

Second Sundays in the Park Food Truck Festival

The City of Surprise and State 48 Brewery are partnering to add food trucks and craft beer to the city’s Second Sundays in the Park concert series! The first “Second Sundays in the Park Food Truck Festival” will take place on Sunday, December 10 from 1-5 p.m. at 8-Acres Park (15960 N. Bullard Avenue) and will feature live music from The 8-Tracks.

Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Choose from a variety of delicious food trucks, as well as an assortment of craft beers provided by State 48 Brewery. This is a great opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and unique food trucks that the whole family will love!

For more information, please contact the City of Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office at 623.222.2000 or visit www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.

Second Sundays in the Park Food Truck Festival

Honoring an Exceptional Leader Task Force Meeting

The next taskforce meeting is Thursday, December 14, at 6 p.m., at Surprise City Hall in the Community Room. The taskforce continues to meet to discuss options to honor the late Community and Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado.

At the group’s November meeting, public and Task Force input recommended the following options for honoring Coronado:

  • Rename Bullard Avenue in Coronado’s honor
  • Rename 8-Acres Park in Coronado’s honor and/or add a tribute in his honor within the park
  • Rename Surprise Stadium in Coronado’s honor and/or add a tribute in his honor within the stadium
  • Rename the Surprise Recreation Campus in Coronado’s honor
  • Dedicate a day of community service in Coronado’s honor

Lunchtime Theater

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission and the West Valley Arts Council in partnership with Theater Works, the West Valley Symphony and the Phoenix Opera are hosting another Lunchtime Theater – A Christmas Carol, on Thursday, December 14 at the Arts HQ, 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza. The performance will begin at noon and will end by 1 p.m. Tickets are $10. To order tickets, call West Valley Arts Council at 623.935.6384.

Free Public Art Bus Tour

The Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission is offering a free bus tour to the home studio of local artist Joe Tyler on Saturday, January 20, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Mr. Tyler has worked on over 100 projects, most of them large public art sculptures with strong botanical influences. In fact, you can find his “The Learning Tree” sculpture – a large welded tree shading a book and flower-adorned benches – at Northwest Regional Library.

Participants will meet at the northeast entrance of Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, at 10 a.m. and travel via bus to Mr. Tyler’s 40-acre property which serves as his studio. For more information, please contact Susan deJong at 623.214.7537.


Did You Know?

2018 Spring Training Schedule

The 16th Annual Surprise Spring Training season will begin Saturday, February 24 at the Surprise Recreation Campus – Surprise Stadium featuring the Kansas City Royals against the 2017 National League Champions Los Angeles Dodgers. The Surprise Stadium will host 31 games this season which include matchups against all teams in the Cactus League and two double headers March 12 and March 17.

There will be a special online pre-sale at www.surprisespringtraining.com starting Saturday, Dec. 9 at 8 a.m. (MST). Tickets can also be purchased over the phone with Tickets.com at 888.755.2583. Service charges and fees may apply to online and phone orders.

The Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office will open for ticket sales on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018 beginning at 8 a.m. The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue.

2018 Spring Training Schedule
Schedule and times subject to change | Premium Games
*Dynamic pricing may apply to select premium games

24-Feb Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
25-Feb Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
26-Feb Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
27-Feb Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
28-Feb Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
1-Mar San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
3-Mar Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
4-Mar Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
5-Mar San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
6-Mar San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
7-Mar Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
8-Mar Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
9-Mar Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
10-Mar Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
11-Mar Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
12-Mar San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals 12:05 p.m.
12-Mar Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
13-Mar Oakland Athletics vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
14-Mar Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
15-Mar Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
16-Mar Seattle Mariners vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
17-Mar Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals 12:05 p.m.
17-Mar Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
18-Mar Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
19-Mar Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
20-Mar San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals 6:05 p.m.
21-Mar Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 p.m.
22-Mar Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers 6:05 p.m.
23-Mar Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals 1:05 p.m.
24-Mar Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers 12:05 p.m.
25-Mar Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals 12:05 p.m.

For questions or additional information, contact the Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office at 623.222.2222.

WHAM Bowls of Hope

WHAM’s Bowls of Hope program kicked off its fourth year providing West Valley charities funds to feed the needy in our communities. The bowls are available for purchase at WHAM, 16560 N. Dysart Road, through the end of December. For more information, please contact WHAM Art Association at 623.584.8311.


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