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.
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.
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.
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
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.