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District 5 Newsletter • March 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. Each month, I conduct a Facebook Live interview that highlights different businesses, institutions, and people in District 5. Be sure to tune in! 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.

2020 Surprise Retail Survey

The 2020 Surprise Retail survey is now open until Sunday, March 15. I can assure you that participating in the survey truly makes a difference. Many of our Top 10 most requested restaurants have already opened in Surprise including Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse and In-N-Out Burger. Café Rio, Raising Canes and Popeye’s Louisiana Chicken have all held grand openings since the survey first launched and each one appeared on surveys we received. Furthermore, Costco was consistently at the top of the most desired retailers list on every survey we conducted and thankfully, they are opening soon!

Surprise Retail Survey Banner

Please complete the survey at www.surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Heritage District Art Hour

Earlier last month, WHAM and Gorman USA hosted a tile painting hour with community leaders and guests. Each attendee painted one mosaic tile that will be utilized in the new art feature at Heritage at Surprise. I look forward to seeing the finished project!

2020 Spring Training Welcome Back Lunch

The City of Surprise hosted the 2020 Spring Training Welcome Back Lunch on Friday, February 14. Representatives from both the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers provided updates on their respective teams. I hope you are able to stop by the award winning Surprise Stadium to catch a game this spring training season!

Ottawa University Campus Ribbon Cutting & Dedication

Ottawa University-Arizona hosted a ribbon cutting and dedication for their three new campus buildings. The O’Dell Center for Athletics is a 97,000 square foot athletic complex adjacent to Spirit Field to the west, just north of Tierra Buena Lane. The complex includes a recreation center, four court gymnasium, locker rooms, an athletic training room, the Spirit Performance Center, five classrooms, and the faculty and athletic department offices. The OUAZ Student Union is a two story, 27,000 square foot building that houses the cafeteria, an outdoor and indoor dining space, the Spirit Fan Shop, campus mailroom, student lounge with an indoor/outdoor fireplace, conference center and designated quiet study spaces. Lastly, there’s Residence Hall, which is 76,000 square foot, four story residence hall to the east of Spirit Field. This 83 room, 332 bed dormitory features fully furnished, four person suites, four student lounges and the campus security office.

Congratulations to OUAZ on their expansion and continued success! I’m elated to have them in District 5!

Rangers Village Ribbon Cutting

City Council joined Texas Rangers owner Ray Davis and Texas Rangers staff to cut the ribbon on Rangers Village on Friday, February 21. Rangers Village is a three-story, 36 suite, 70,000 square foot team housing complex along Bullard Avenue, just north of Greenway Road. It also includes a 13,000 square foot sports-training lab next door for the players.

Surprise City Council, Rick Davis and Texas Rangers staff hold scissors in preparation of the ribbon cutting.

Congratulations to the Texas Rangers on their new housing and training facitilies!

Chamber of Commerce State of the Cities 2020

The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted their Annual State of the Cities on Tuesday, February 25 at West-Mec Northwest Campus. Mayor Skip Hall joined Mayors Michael LeVault, Alexis Hermosillo and County Supervisor and Chair Clint Hickman as each presented their future goals, accomplishments and business updates for their respective cities.

Recent Openings in Surprise

Amigo’s Authentic Mexican Grill and Bar hosted a ribbon cutting on February 3. They are located at 13621 N. Litchfield Road, Suite 131.

De Boa Jiu Jitsu Academy hosted their ribbon cutting on February 26. They are located at 14763 W. Cactus Road.

Community Needs Forum

The City of Surprise’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department hosted another Community Needs Forum at Dysart Unified School District Administration Building on Friday, February 28. Local leaders and representatives from the business, education, non-profit, faith community and government sectors were invited to hear presentations regarding the human service needs assessment that was completed in December.

Economic Development VIP Spring Training Event

Our Economic Development Department hosted more than 200 businesses for our Annual Spring Training Home Run Legends Deck Event on Friday, February 28. Everyone was able to network and talk about Surprise amenities as we watched the San Francisco Giants play the Kansas City Royals.

Mountain Vista Ranch Block Party

Mountain Vista Ranch HOA hosted their annual block party on Saturday, February 29. Mayor Hall and I were able to talk to many residents and engage with the great community!

Homeowner Associations

I have enjoyed meeting so many of you at the community HOA meetings. If you would like me to attend your HOA meeting, please contact the Council Office at 623-222-1300. Representing you is very important to me and attending your meetings provides me with the opportunity to hear your voice and listen to your concerns.

Meet and Greet

My Meet and Greet events are held at Starbucks, 14369 W. Bell Road, from 9 – 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month. I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Please make sure to mark your calendars for the State of the City address on March 26, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Surprise City Hall. This special event marks the city’s 60th Anniversary and will include a video presentation, art wall unveiling, live music and entertainment in the Courtyard. For more details, please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

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 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.

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 www.westvalleyarts.org.

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 www.GrowingMindsPreschool.com.

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.