City Council Meeting
City Council meets next on June 5, and I hope you will join us in person or by watching live on Surprise TV (www.surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv) or on Facebook (www.facebook.com/cityofsurprise). An engaged community is a strong community. Council will be discussing the newly revised draft Surprise Arts & Culture Master Plan during the Work Session, which should be a great discussion as the plan is nearing the end of the development process and should go to Council for consideration later this month. The complete Work Session and Regular Session agendas will be posted at least 24 hours before the meeting at https://agenda.surpriseaz.gov/.
Events & Meetings
Memorial Day Events
Several Councilmembers and I joined members of the White Tank Mountain Detachment and American Legion Post 96 for a ceremony in observance of Memorial Day on Saturday, May 26 at the Luke Memorial located to the east of the Northwest Regional Library parking lot.
VFW Post 285 hosted a wreath laying event at the Nick Bacon Memorial at City Hall in honor of Memorial Day and Nick Bacon on Monday, May 28.
I joined residents for the annual Memorial Day Ceremony in the Sun Village community. City Manager Bob Wingenroth was the keynote speaker.
Thank you to Tomas Garcia, Larry Brown, George Van de Langeryt and the many others who work diligently to prepare for these events each year to honor our fallen comrades.
The Future of Tourism
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted a Tourism Summit on Wednesday, May 30. Several business owners, elected officials and Chamber members gathered for an update and panel discussion on tourism in Arizona and shared ideas on how we can increase tourism in Surprise.
There are approximately 43 million domestic and international visitors to our state each year. These visitors spend roughly $21.2 billion dollars in Arizona. It is estimated that the tax revenue generated by the tourism industry lessens the annual tax burden by $1,186 for every Arizona household.
Sports tourism is a significant source of tourism for Surprise due to Spring Training. The Cactus League generates more than $544 million in economic impact each February/March in Arizona. In addition, there is an economic impact with all ten stadiums of an additional $265 million. This past spring training season, Surprise Stadium received 190,043 visitors.
Mark Your Calendar
The city is hosting a free HOA Connection Class on June 11 that will educate attendees on federal and state fair housing laws and provide information on the city’s public safety community outreach programs. The fair housing laws will be covered by Lauren Vie, Esq. of Mulcahy Law Firm, who will also review what the law says about assistance/comfort animals and group homes. Representatives from the city’s Fire-Medical and Police Departments will be also present to discuss the city’s various community outreach programs.
The meeting will be held at Surprise City Hall, Community Room, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ.
For more information or to register, please contact Ruby Sitea at 623.222.3242 or email@example.com.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall Coming to Surprise
Experience a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial when The Moving Wall comes to Surprise this summer. The replica wall was created so that people who cannot travel to DC, can still share in this special way of honoring and remembering the sacrifice of our Vietnam service members. The wall is engraved with more than 58,000 names of killed or missing Vietnam service men and women.
The schedule will be as follows:
- July 5, 9:00 a.m. The Moving Wall Opens to Public
- July 6, 6:00 a.m. Welcome Ceremony
- July 9, 6:00 a.m. Closing Ceremony
- July 9, 12:00 p.m. The Moving Wall Closes
The Moving Wall will be open 24 hours for viewing from July 5 at 9 a.m. – July 9 at noon. Directory books will be available 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. This event is free to the public. The Moving Wall will be located at Mark Coronado Park, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue.
The city is seeking volunteers (individuals and groups) for assistance with assembly and disassembly of the wall, staffing the information and directory tables and more. If you can’t volunteer your time, we have another great way you can get involved. Donations of non-perishable food items, meals and bottled water for the volunteers are being accepted. Additional details are available at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents. For more information, or to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Steve Castillo at 623.222.2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did You Know?
Surprise Transit Study Needs Your Help
Where do you travel within the city of Surprise? We’re asking you to share your most frequented shopping, dining, education, medical and recreation destinations in Surprise to help us determine potential public transportation routes. The city will capture your travel start and end points within city boundaries in an online interactive Wikimap. Using the collected data, the Transit Feasibility Study team will determine where routes are most needed, potential ridership levels, and transit frequency.
A link to the Wikimap, and instructions for adding your information, is now available on the project website surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy. The Wikimap will be available until 5 p.m., Friday, June 29, 2018.
For those needing assistance with the Wikimap, or who may have questions about the Transit Feasibility Study, a public workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. At the workshop, the project team will share more information about public transit and provide a preview of potential routes.
The goal of the Transit Feasibility Study is to understand how transit can best serve Surprise residents and visitors, including what type of services will be needed, where transit will be most successful and potential funding sources. Learn more about the study online at surpriseaz.gov/transitstudy.