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District 5 Newsletter • June 2020

Thank you for signing up to receive my Council newsletter. As always, 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 at www.facebook/district5councilmansanders for regular updates. Due to COVID-19, I have not been able to hold my Facebook LIVE events with local businesses for the last few months. However, with the reopening of Surprise and its businesses I will begin to do those soon. Be on the lookout! You can always reach me at david.sanders@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1325. Also, please feel free to visit my webpage at http://d5.surpriseaz.gov. As always, it is my distinct honor to serve you.

Senior Center Meals

Finding a way to help others, especially in this time of uncertainty, is always a rewarding experience. The City of Surprise has many resources to help those in need. One program is administered through our Senior Center. The Surprise Senior Center provides up to 160 meals daily, Monday-Friday, to seniors in our community. These meals are designed to assist those age 60 and better, and adults with disabilities. The Council and I enjoyed an afternoon volunteering with our Human Services and Community Vitality team to pass out these meals. For more information on this program and many others that are available please visit our COVID-19 Community Cares Resource page https://www.surpriseaz.gov/3804/COVID-19-Community-Care-Resources

Councilmember Sanders places lunches in an insulated case for senior citizens.Councilmember Sanders hands lunch to a senior citizen in their car.

Virtual Ribbon Cuttings

Many businesses are reopening in District 5. Our Economic Development team has put together an innovative Virtual Ribbon Cutting campaign to celebrate our businesses!

Please join me in celebrating the reopening of the following District 5 businesses!

Berkshire Diamonds And Design
Chef Panda
Executive Cuts
U.S. Pizza
1:12 Nutrition
Haldi Indian Cuisine
Party Planet
China Buffet
Streets of New York
V.Nam Pho
Surprise Pho Vietnamese Restaurant
SalonOscar’s Taco Shop
Sunny Valley Grooming & Boarding
Barro’s Pizza
Richi’s Diner
Chef Panda business owner cuts a purple ribbon in front of her business for re-opening.Executive Cuts business owner cuts a purple ribbon in front of his business for re-opening.Berkshire Diamonds & Design business owner cuts a purple ribbon in front of his business for re-opening.
From Left to Right: Chef Panda, Executive Cuts, Berkshire Diamonds and Design

To view a complete gallery of photos and videos from all of the virtual ribbon cuttings completed to date, please click on the links provided below.

Retail Services Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNdDbsS and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkHCfx

Restaurant Openings: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNeBNFB and https://flic.kr/s/aHsmNkSCnu

City Hall reopens June 1/Select recreation amenities phase in

On June 1, Surprise City Hall and some park amenities will be reopening to the public. At City Hall, the cashier, and Development Services counters will be open. Also, the AZ TechCelerator, and Fire Administration Office will open. Please note that preparations are being made at our city facilities to frequently clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces, add additional hand sanitizing stations, install plexiglass barriers at service counters, and promote physical distancing. Wearing of face coverings/masks remains a voluntary option for city employees and visitors, with the exception of Surprise City Court where they are required.

Some cost-mitigated city-run recreation programs and amenities will also be opening. These are, club swim team practices at the Surprise Aquatic Center, sand volleyball courts, the skatepark at Dick McComb City Park, park playgrounds, and park restrooms.

Beginning June 8, water aerobics, and lap swim (by appointment) for ages 15 and older, at the Surprise Aquatic Center & Hollyhock Pool will resume. To register for lap swim or water aerobics, please visit surpriserec.surpriseaz.gov.

Open swim and splash pads are not reopening at this time. Also, City Council and board and commissions meetings will remain closed to the public until August, and will reopen if federal and state guidance allows for increased gathering numbers at that time.

To view the complete City of Surprise COVID-19 Reopening Plan, please visit surpriseaz.gov/COVID-19.

Celebrating July 4th with a modified fireworks display

While we share in our community’s excitement to celebrate our nation’s independence, it’s important to do so responsibly. As a result of COVID-19 concerns, this year’s Fourth of July Celebration will be greatly modified in an effort to avoid mass gatherings and maintain physical distancing, in accordance with CDC recommendations.

On Saturday, July 4th, the city will feature a 20-minute fireworks display beginning at 8:40 p.m. The display will be staged in the area around Bullard Avenue and Paradise Lane.

The city encourages people to observe the fireworks show remotely from their homes or vehicles, as the display will be visible from vantage points across the community. Limited surface parking is available at Surprise Stadium, Surprise Aquatic Center and Dreamcatcher Park. While not recommended, should observers chose to drive to the Civic Center and Recreation Campus area, parking will be first come, first served and must be done in accordance with state and local traffic laws.

Unlike past celebrations, there will be no baseball game, food trucks, beverage sales, or any additional entertainment. The Aquatic Center will not be open. Ramada rentals and grill use at Surprise Community Park will be unavailable. Personal grill use is prohibited within the Civic Center and Surprise Recreation Campus. In compliance with Arizona State law, the consumption of alcohol in vehicles or in public spaces is not permitted.

Please remember to follow all CDC guidelines for protecting yourself against COVID-19, including limiting gatherings to less than 10 people and keeping a minimum of 6 feet physical distancing between your gathering and others.


The first two phases of work on the intersection of Bell Road and Litchfield Road have been completed ahead of schedule! Work at the intersection is taking place to improve the safety and functionality of the intersection.

The project includes three phases. Phase one was the partial removal of the median on westbound Bell Road to allow for more cars in the turn lane at the intersection. Phase two was the partial removal of the median bullnoses at the intersection to allow for better visibility when turning left. The third phase of the project, will include updates to the signal at the intersection to implement flashing left arrows, as well as upgrades to the existing equipment. Underground work for this part of the project is scheduled to begin in late June or early July, and above ground work is scheduled to begin in early September.

Please check https://www.surpriseaz.gov/100/Road-Closures-Traffic-Restrictions for more information on this project timeline.

Virtual Meet and Greets

Thank you to those of you who reached out and requested that I continue my Meet and Greet sessions during this time. Until CDC guidelines change, I will be using Facebook LIVE to host my monthly meetings. My next monthly meeting is scheduled for June 27 at 9 a.m. Please check the City of Surprise website, at www.surpriseaz.gov for updates to this meeting schedule.