Special City Council Meeting
During a special meeting on June 26, the City Council approved two new development agreements for Prasada Lake Village, more specifically the Toll At Prasada project. Toll has contracted with Suburban Land Reserve to purchase 781 of the 1600 acres of Prasada Lake Village to develop a luxury master planned community with a golf course, lakes, clubhouse, and other amenities. The first agreement will apply to the 781 acres being purchased by Toll and will impose new, updated development requirements and provide for delivery of effluent by the city for use during construction and to fill the planned lakes. The second agreement is for the 821 acres of Prasada Lake Village being retained by Suburban Land Reserve, and, like the first, will provide for delivery of effluent by the city for use in the future when that property is developed.
Events & Meetings
Wedding Anniversary Recognition
I was honored to be asked to present a plaque to Robert and Roberta Therry who celebrated their 70 year wedding anniversary at Kingswood Place on Tuesday, June 26. Congratulations to them on their many years together!
District 5 Community Meeting
Sun Village HOA hosted my District 5 Community meeting on Wednesday, June 27. Ottawa University President Dr. Dennis Tyner provided an update on Ottawa University that included the upcoming additions to their campus. Scott Phillips of Carefree Partners provided an update on City Center, which included discussion on the revisions to the original master plan of the downtown area. In addition, city staff from Economic Development, Community Development, Surprise Police and Engineering provided updates on our city’s progress, as well as the status of the General Obligation Bond projects.
A link to the meeting will be available next week on my Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SkipHallD5.
Thank you to Sun Village for the accommodations and to those of you who attended!
Destiny Springs Behavioral Hospital Tour
Several Councilmembers and I joined our Economic Development team for a hard hat tour of Destiny Spring Behavioral Hospital on Thursday, June 28. Destiny Springs is a free-standing behavioral health hospital that will provide voluntary behavioral health treatment to adult, adolescent and geriatric patients. The 70,000 square foot hospital will include 90-beds and employ upwards of 185 people. We anticipate the official opening later this summer.
Mark Your Calendar
USA Baseball Championship West 16U Tournament
Watch more than 45 baseball teams compete for a championship title when the USA Baseball National Team Championships – 16U West Division comes to the Surprise Recreation Campus this Sunday, July 1 through Friday, July 6.
Fans will get to see some of the best amateur baseball in the country, and players will have the opportunity to be evaluated by top college coaches, professional scouts and the USA Baseball Task Force, which looks for the best talent to fill future national team rosters.
The games will be held at the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers training facilities located within the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15960 N. Bullard Avenue, and will begin at 7 a.m. each day. There will be no games played on July 4. For ticket information and additional details, please visit: http://bit.ly/2lFzNrY
Celebrate the Fourth of July in Surprise
The city will host its 35th Annual Fourth of July Celebration on Wednesday, July 4th at the Surprise Recreation Campus, 15850 N. Bullard Avenue. This free event includes a rookie league baseball game at Surprise Stadium featuring the Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers, in-game contests and giveaways, live entertainment by the 8 Tracks at Mark Coronado Park, and fireworks to end the night!
Stadium gates open at 4:30 p.m. with the first pitch at 5:30 p.m. Concession stands will be offering a variety of food. After the game, at approximately 8:30 p.m., catch a spectacular 20-minute firework show set to patriotic music!
If you want your Independence Day celebration to include live music and lawn seating, head to Mark Coronado Park just north of the Stadium. The 8 Tracks will play from 6 p.m. until the 8:30 fireworks show.
Plus, we’re hosting a 4th of July Pool Party at Surprise Aquatic Center. Get the details here: http://bit.ly/2I0Z5cA. For event information, please contact the Community & Recreation Services at 623.222.2000 or check the website at www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial ‘The Moving Wall’
Experience a half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial when The Moving Wall comes to Surprise next week.
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 city of Surprise is honored to host The Moving Wall from July 5 – 9 at Mark Coronado Park, located at 15960 N Bullard Ave.
July 5, 9:00 a.m.
The Moving Wall Opens to Public
July 6, 6:00 a.m.
July 9, 6:00 a.m.
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.
Did You Know?
City Offices Closed for July 4
City of Surprise administrative offices will be closed Wednesday, July 4 for Independence Day. Due to the holiday, City of Surprise trash and recycling customers ONLY are reminded that there will be a modified collection schedule that week. Monday and Tuesday pickup will not be affected. Wednesday collection will occur on Thursday, July 5; Thursday collection will occur on Friday, July 6.
Please note that not all City of Surprise residents are City of Surprise trash and recycling customers, and as such, may not experience a change in pickup service. Please check with your service provider. For questions about the trash and recycling schedule, please call 623.222.1900.
City Council Recess
Each July, City Council takes a month recess. While we are still working and available, we typically do not meet. As such, I will not be distributing a newsletter until the first week of August. I look forward to communicating with you through this outlet in August!