City of Surprise Police Department and residents at Raising Cane's.

District 5 Newsletter • August 2019

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. It is my goal to email you a monthly newsletter with information regarding current events and items that may be of interest to you. In addition, you can find me on Facebook for updates. Each month, I’ll be doing a Facebook Live interview that focuses on different businesses in District 5. You can always reach me at or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

City Center Master Plan Community Meeting

Please mark your calendar for Thursday, August 8 at 6:00 p.m. as Mayor Hall and I will be hosting the first Surprise City Center Master Plan feedback session in the City Council Chambers at Surprise City Hall, 16000 N Civic Center Plaza. This meeting will allow representatives from the Surprise Center Development Company (SCDC) to present and discuss the City Center Draft Master Plan based on feedback provided by residents earlier this year. The plan includes concepts for possible land use, landscaping, water features, walkability and open spaces, themes, designs and much more. I hope to see you there!

City of Surprise master plan concept image.

Surprise Dog Park

The city’s Parks & Recreation staff has been working on improving the conditions at the Surprise Dog Park. Staff is currently in the process of developing and implementing a turf maintenance program which will be dedicated to improving the conditions over time. This will include top dressing, fertilizing and aerating the soil to relieve the compaction and provide oxygen to the existing plant below. It will no longer require over seeding the turf with winter rye.

City Council takes great pride in our parks, and we will continue to work with City management and staff to remedy the conditions and deliver the best possible dog park for our residents. I assure you that staff is working on these long term solutions.

Local Events

I had the privilege to attend “Lemonade with a Cop” hosted by Raising Cane’s on July 9. This event was an opportunity for residents to meet and talk to representatives from the Surprise Police Department.

Thank you to the entire Surprise Police Department for all they do to protect and serve our community. Thank you, Raising Cane’s, for organizing this family fun event.

City of Surprise Police Department and residents at Raising Cane's.

West Valley Arts Headquarters

West Valley Arts HQ held a great family event on Friday, July 12 for the opening of their newest exhibit, Bugs & Blooms, which is on view until August 22, 2019. West Valley Arts HQ is located at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza. For more information, you can visit

Growth and Development

Ottawa University

Ottawa University’s O’Dell Center for Athletics is well underway. This indoor activity center is almost 100,000 square feet which includes a 30,000 square foot gym. It will also be the home of student lab classrooms and athletic department offices. The City of Surprise is looking forward to the opportunities this facility will bring to the community.

Councilmember Sanders and Assistant City Manager Mark Schott at Ottawa University's O'Dell Center for Athletics.

Texas Rangers Housing Complex

The Texas Rangers are developing a new player housing and development center across from the Surprise Stadium. The new facility will house players and team staff year round. Completion is scheduled to be prior to Spring Training 2020.

Mucho Burrito Grand Opening

Mucho Burrito, a fresh Mexican grill, hosted a ribbon cutting on July 11. They are located at 14345 W. Bell Road. Welcome to Surprise!

Oscars Taco Shop

Oscars Taco Shop has completed the permit phase and is looking to open their new shop at 16811 N. Litchfield Road.

Growing Minds Preschool

Growing Minds Preschool hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Monday, July 8. The preschool, located at 17999 W. Surprise Farms Loop S, is welcoming children aged 2-5, and it will focus on core academic areas as well as the arts and athletics. Creative expression and physical play will be part of all the activities utilized to create a fun, hands-on learning environment. For more information on registration and tuition, please visit

Mayor Hall with Coucilmembers Sanders, Hayden and Winters at the Growing Minds Preschool ribbon cutting ceremony.

Road Work

Driving around the city can be a little frustrating while we diligently work to make our roads safer and more efficient. Waddell Road from Bullard Avenue to Litchfield Road is being widened, as well as Peoria Avenue from Cotton Lane to 175th Avenue. These projects are scheduled to be completed mid-September. A new traffic signal will be in place, by the end of the month, at the intersection of Cactus and Sarival.

Please keep in mind that utility companies have planned projects throughout the city during the upcoming months. The city works closely with these contractors to minimize traffic issues.


The Surprise Aquatic Center will host its last Dive-In Movie on Saturday, August 17. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. with resident pricing of $5 per ticket. Come relax in the water and enjoy watching Dumbo on the big screen. Concessions are available for purchase and, as always, children must be supervised.

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festivals are coming back! Beginning next month, residents will be able to hear live music and enjoy an array of food trucks at Mark Coronado Park. The first Sunday in the Park will be held on September 15 from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Monthly Community Meetings

I am launching monthly community meetings to create additional opportunities to meet with you and answer your questions.  These meetings will be held on the last Saturday of each month at various times and locations. This month, I hope you will join me Saturday, August 31 at 8 a.m. at the Starbucks located at 14369 W Bell Road.