Parks & Recreation Proposal

Aquatic Center

Aquatic-Center

The regional aquatic facility has been planned for Surprise Farms Community Park located at 175th Ave and Paradise Lane. The facility would include an 8-lane 50 meter pool, diving area and a separate recreation pool with zero depth entry, slides and water features. The aquatic facility would include locker rooms, shower facilities, concession area, managers office, lifeguard training room, storage room and shaded bleachers for up to 1200 spectators.

The National Recreation and Park Association have developed recommended levels of service standards for parks and recreation communities. For aquatic centers it is recommended that one facility per 35,000 residents. Currently, the City of Surprise has two aquatic centers; one in east Surprise and one in central Surprise. The 3rd aquatic center was recommended in the Surprise Parks and Trails Master Plan. A site for the 3rd Aquatic Center was identified in the original park development plans for the Surprise Farms Community Park in 2005. This location will provide residents in west Surprise a close-to-home recreation amenity.

In the summer months the existing Surprise Aquatic Centers are at capacity due to the lack of aquatic facilities. In 2014, the aquatic centers averaged 600 people per day for recreational swim and hosted numerous organized swim events. Aquatic Centers generate revenue through lessons, recreation swim and dive teams, concessions and other aquatic classes which would have a positive impact on the General Fund revenue. Aside from the recreational benefits, the National Parks and Recreation studies have shown the many health benefits associated with aquatic aerobics and conditioning. Another critical function of this facility would be the availability of swimming lessons and other related safety classes.

Regional Multi-Generational Recreation Center

Multi-Generational-Rec

This project would implement the Design and construction of a Regional Multi-Generational Recreation Center to serve the residents, businesses, and visitors of Surprise. This 35,000-40,000 square foot facility would include: multi-purpose rooms, classrooms, a basketball court, kitchen, dance/fitness rooms, performing arts stage, elevated running track, fitness center, climbing wall, gym, game room, art rooms, banquet hall, conference facilities and locker rooms. During the conceptual design phase and through extensive community outreach, the final location of the facility will be determined. The two locations currently being contemplated are the Asante Park and Surprise Center.

The National Recreation and Park Association have developed recommended levels of service standards for parks and recreation communities. For aquatic centers it is recommended that one facility per 35,000 residents. Currently, the City of Surprise has two aquatic centers; one in east Surprise and one in central Surprise. The 3rd aquatic center was recommended in the Surprise Parks and Trails Master Plan. A site for the 3rd Aquatic Center was identified in the original park development plans for the Surprise Farms Community Park in 2005. This location will provide residents in west Surprise a close-to-home recreation amenity.

8 Acres Multi-Purpose Field Fencing

8-Acre-Park-Improvment

The 8 Acres park is the multi-purpose field located North of Surprise Stadium on Bullard Avenue. This field is used extensively for youth sports such as soccer, flag football, tee-ball, baseball and softball practices several months out of the year. In addition, the area is utilized for Department special events such as the Annual Surprise Party.

The 8-Acres multi-purpose fence would be 2,300 linear feet of 8' high ornamental fencing with brick pillars and lights to match the existing stadium complex. There would also be six 20' x 8' rolling gates, one 40' x 8' double role gate and one 8' x 8' double drive gate for accessibility.

The fence would provide a safety barrier for users of the field from Bullard Ave and Paradise Lane, allow for a greater span of control during special events, and would create a venue for ticketed events throughout the year. The fence would also allow maintenance staff to close the area during times of maintenance or over-seeding. 8 Acres Park would remain open to the public when the field is not being used for programming or closed for maintenance.