Today In Surprise

Posted on: May 14, 2021

New “Surprise Lately” Episode

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It's another episode of Surprise Lately! The retail survey results are in, see what retail and restaurant you love and want in Surprise! Plus, find out when city pools are opening up.

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Posted on: May 14, 2021

Surprise hosting 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships

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The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships will be returning to Surprise as teams from across the country compete for the national championship title. The City of Surprise Sports and Tourism Department, in par...

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Posted on: May 14, 2021

The 2021 Surprise Retail Survey results are in!

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The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5 and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results! 

The city uses the survey data to identify the city’s retail strengths, as well as opportunities to bring addition...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Perfect Game & USA Baseball host series of amateur youth baseball tournaments in Surprise

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The City of Surprise is set to sizzle this weekend as it marks the start of summer youth baseball tournaments at the Surprise Stadium Sports Complex. Competition play begins this weekend for the 2021 Mountain West Elite Championship, which is the first in...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Join city of Surprise for a Day of Service May 26

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Looking for a way to serve your community? Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Day of Service event on Wednesday, May 26.

Volunteers will assist with sorting bulk food items, creating food baskets and loading food into vehicles; helping in the pr...

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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Surprise Storm swims out of an award-winning short course season

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The Surprise USA Swim Team, the Storm, has concluded its 2020-2021 short course season with numerous swimmers placing in the top eight in Arizona!

In March, the Storm competed in Arizona State Age Group short course competition. Results from the competitio...

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Posted on: May 12, 2021

Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Pina selected to serve as Surprise Police Chief

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City Manager Mike Frazier announced today that he has selected Peoria Deputy Police Chief Benny Pina to serve as the next Chief of the Surprise Police Department. 

“The Surprise Police Department has a mission centered on serving the com...

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Posted on: May 11, 2021

Attend a “Pick Your Path” session and help shape the Valley’s transportation future

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The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is building a long-range transportation plan, and we need your input on what you want to see in Surprise and across the Valley as we help shape our transportation future. 

A number of virtual “Pick You...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Surprise lights city buildings blue for National Police Week

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In honor of National Police Week and Peace Officers Memorial Day, the City of Surprise is lighting City Hall and its Public Safety Building blue from the evening of Monday, May 10 through Sunday night, May 16.

These recognitions occur annually in May. In 1...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

Floyd Gaines Park Dedication Ceremony May 15; Live stream available

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A dedication ceremony for the new Floyd Gaines Park will be held on May 15 at 9 a.m. in celebration of the park’s completion and in honor of its namesake, Floyd Gaines. 

The community is invited to watch a LIVE stream of the ceremony on ...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

City pools open May 22; Itty Bitty Beach Party on May 28

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Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Community Pool will reopen for limited-capacity swim lessons and open swim on Saturday, May 22. Aquatic special events such as the Itty Bitty Beach Party will also resume with the opening of the pools.

Open swim fees a...

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Posted on: May 10, 2021

City of Surprise Opens Recruitment for Parks & Recreation Director

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The City of Surprise is seeking an experienced servant leader to support and guide an accredited Parks & Recreation Department as Parks and Recreation Director. 

Strong candidates will be visionary team leaders who exhibit high energy and an e...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

Arizona History and Culture Virtual Speaker Presentation June 8

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Experience stories of Arizona history and culture at a  speaker event presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities.

A local expert from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on...

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Posted on: May 5, 2021

City of Surprise begins phased reopening of Senior Center

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The City of Surprise is reopening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50...

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Posted on: May 4, 2021

Surprise hosting NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis West Regional Tournaments

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The City of Surprise has been selected to host the 2021 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis West Regional Tournament, in addition to hosting the 2021 NCAA National Championship.

This is the first time the NCAA regional has been pl...

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Posted on: April 30, 2021

New “Surprise Lately” Episode

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Special events are starting to come back! In this episode of Surprise Lately, Nichole tells us about those, as well as a new resource for military & veterans and a survey where you can share what businesses you want to see in Surprise!

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Posted on: May 3, 2021

Search for Surprise Police Chief narrows to six candidates

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The search for a new City of Surprise Police Chief is moving forward, with finalist interviews set to take place on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. 

The application period for the position closed on March 23 after receiving 62 applications. 

The s...

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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex racquetball courts temporarily closed, May 5-22

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The Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex racquetball courts will be closed to public play from Wednesday, May 5 through Saturday, May 22, due to tournaments being held during this time.

Please Note: Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex summer hours begin...

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Posted on: April 26, 2021

Free Arizona Small Business Association membership available to Surprise small businesses

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The City of Surprise Economic Development Department is teaming up with the Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) to support the Surprise small business community. In recognition of the continued small business recovery process as result of the COVID-...

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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Full browsing access available at Surprise libraries starting Monday

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Full browsing access will be back at all three Surprise libraries beginning Monday, April 26. The city’s library operator, Maricopa County Library District (MCLD), is moving into its next phase of reopening at all county-run libraries, including Asante Li...

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Posted on: April 21, 2021

New West Valley Hub for Veteran Resources and Support Services Launches in Surprise

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Public-Private Partnership, Donor Network Help Grow West Valley Military and Veteran Success Center

Veterans, service members (active duty, Guard and reserve) and their families now have a new place to access resources, support and assistance in the West V...

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Posted on: April 19, 2021

City of Surprise Seeking Applications for Voluntary Commission Vacancy

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The City of Surprise is currently accepting applications for the following Commission.  All Board/Commission positions are voluntary and you must reside in the City of Surprise.   

  • Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commissi...
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Posted on: April 19, 2021

Surprise Parks & Rec announces three special events in April, May

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As the City of Surprise continues to open, our Special Events calendar is starting to fill up! The Parks & Recreation Department is offering three events for you and your family to enjoy in April and May!

*NEW* Surprise Swims Safe - April 30, 5 p.m. Th...

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Posted on: April 16, 2021

FY2022 Recommended Budget addresses city growth; adds personnel

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City Manager Mike Frazier’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Recommended Budget, presented at the Special City Council meeting on April 16, proposes a budget focused on maintaining our current level of service as the city continues to see steady growth. The budget c...

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Passport services return to Surprise City Hall April 19

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Passport services will return to Surprise City Hall beginning April 19, by appointment only. 

Normal business hours for passports will be Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office. 

City staff can acc...

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Posted on: April 14, 2021

Watch the 2021 State of the City Video

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Following an April 13 live premiere, the 2021 State of the City video is now available for on-demand replay. 

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted so many people in so many ways last year, and in this video, we highlight the resilience of our community....

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Posted on: April 12, 2021

Public comment invited on 2021 Maricopa County Hazard Mitigation Plan

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The City of Surprise, other municipal governments and Maricopa County have completed a final draft of the 5-year Hazard Mitigation Plan and are looking for members of the public to review and provide feedback. The 2021 Maricopa County Multi-Jurisdictional...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Spring 2021 Progress Magazine available now!

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The latest issue of Progress Magazine has hatched!

Read about blooming development, how you can take the Surprise Retail survey, where to find budding art around the city, and much more!

View the digital edition now: Surprise Progress Magazine Spring 2021

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Posted on: March 26, 2021

City Hall reopens to public 4/12; City Council & public meetings open to in-person attendance

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On Monday, April 12, Surprise City Hall and other city administrative buildings will open to the public, following a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Additionally, meetings of the City Council and all boards and commissions will open to in-person attend...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Governor Announces New Phase of COVID-19 Mitigation; Events of 50+ No Longer Need City Approval

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With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey today announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances.

Several key data points contributed to...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Arizona History and Culture Virtual Speaker Presentations April 14 & June 8

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Experience stories of Arizona history and culture through two virtual speaker events presented by the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission in partnership with Arizona Humanities.

Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will prese...

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Governor Ducey Announces Next Phase of Business and Safety Protocols

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced the next phase of COVID-19 mitigation.

The announcement follows 7 weeks of declining cases in Arizona, and the distribution of more than 2 million vaccines.

The following changes are reflected in a new Executive Order fro...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

City of Surprise Opens Recruitment for New Police Chief

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The City of Surprise is seeking an experienced public safety professional with outstanding leadership skills to serve as its next Police Chief. 

Strong candidates will be forward thinking and will continue to lead the Department consistent with ou...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Say it, Surprise! National Community Survey coming soon

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What do you love about living in Surprise? What services do you value most? What can the city do better to improve the quality of life in our hometown?

You can share your thoughts in the 2021 National Community Survey (NCS)!

What you tell us helps to identi...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

City Council names Duffy as Vice Mayor

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The Surprise City Council selected District 3 Councilmember Patrick Duffy to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

City debuts anti-litter campaign, “Keep it Beautiful, Surprise!”

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The city of Surprise takes pride in being a safe, clean and attractive city, where residents and businesses can thrive and visitors are impressed. In an effort to keep our city as clean as possible, we are releasing a campaign encouraging residents to &am...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Winter 2021 Progress Magazine Now Available

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A new issue of Progress Magazine is here! The Winter 2021 issue is now in resident mailboxes, and the digital is edition available online. Check it out to reminisce some of our top Spring Training memories, learn about a new park and other exciting develo...

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Posted on: January 6, 2021

Mayor and Councilmembers in Districts 2, 3 & 4 sworn in

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The first Regular City Council Meeting of the New Year included the swearing-in ceremonies for mayor and three councilmembers. 

Skip Hall was sworn in as Mayor after winning the seat in the August Primary Election. He previously served as Mayor by...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

DevelopNEXT: Council approves updates to city’s land development ordinances & design standards

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The Surprise City Council approved the adoption of new Land Development Ordinances (LDO) and Planning and Engineering Design Standards (PEDS) at the December 15 City Council Meeting following a more than two-year process that engaged both residents and de...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Governor Ducey Shares Latest On COVID-19

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Governor Doug Ducey today toured the vaccine distribution site at the Arizona State Fairgrounds and announced ten Arizona health care frontline workers who will be among the first Arizonans to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

After the tour, the Gov...

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Posted on: December 7, 2020

Surprise breaks ground on Fire Station 308 at Litchfield & Cactus roads

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Construction began December 7 on City of Surprise Fire Station 308 at the southeast corner of Litchfield Road and Cactus Road. This voter-approved project is being funded by the 2017 Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond.

The southeast portion of Surpris...

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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Latest Actions to Fight COVID-19, Increase Hospital Staffing

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced a series of actions to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona.

Today’s actions include: 

  • Update on vaccine distribution plan
  • Executive Order ensuring all Arizonans receive the vaccine without financial barriers
  • Ex...
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Posted on: December 2, 2020

Greenway Rd improvement project begins, Cotton Ln to Sarival Ave

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Construction of the voter-approved Greenway Road improvement project will begin Thursday, December 3.

The project will finish the south half of Greenway Road from 800 feet west of Loop 303 to 1600 feet east of Loop 303 (approximately Cotton Lane to Sarival...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces $25 Million for Medical Professionals, Additional Safety Measures

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At a press conference at the state Public Health Lab, Governor Doug Ducey today announced a list of new actions to support hospitals and medical professionals and combat the spread of COVID-19. Arizona will invest $25 million to bolster hospital staffing ...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

Hastings sworn in as new District 5 Councilmember

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Jack Hastings was officially sworn in as the new District 5 (D5) Councilmember today at Surprise City Hall.

Hastings won the D5 seat during the August Primary Election over David Sanders, the council-appointed incumbent. 

Sanders was appointed on J...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

Council approves Temporary Expansion of Premise permits for Surprise restaurants during COVID-19

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City Council last night approved the use of Temporary Expansion of Premise (TEP) permits for local restaurants to help expand their ability to serve more customers while maintaining social distancing requirements during COVID-19. 

The TEP permit a...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Governor Ducey and Health Leaders Urge Arizonans to Get Flu Shot

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As Arizona continues efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19, state health agencies and the Governor’s Office are partnering with health care providers and businesses to prepare for the upcoming flu season.

Governor Doug Ducey today was joine...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

Arizona Department of Health Services Phased Reopening Plan for Paused Industries

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The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona.

On June 27, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-43 “Pausing of Ari...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Gov. Extends Pause of Some Business Operations; Announces Plan for Schools

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Governor Doug Ducey today extended an executive order pausing operations on gyms, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing. The order also prohibits large events and enables local law authorities to take immediate enforcement action to en...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Governor Extends COVID-19 Eviction Protections; Expands Rental Assistance Access

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Governor Doug Ducey today signed an Executive Order extending a moratorium on residential evictions until October 31, 2020, providing continued protections for renters who are facing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. The order ensures renters imp...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces New Actions To Contain COVID-19

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Governor Doug Ducey yesterday announced additional actions to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the signing of an Executive Order that requires restaurants with indoor seating to operate at less than 50 percent capacity. The announcement to limit ...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

Governor Ducey Takes Further Action to Reverse COVID-19 Spread in Arizona

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As part of continued efforts to reverse the trend of COVID-19 spread in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey today signed an Executive Order to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, mov...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Surprise requires face coverings in public effective June 20; City Hall will reclose to public

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In an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19, Surprise Mayor Skip Hall, with support of the Surprise City Council, has issued a Declaration of Emergency Proclamation requiring face coverings within the City of Surprise with limited exceptions.

Effective Sat...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Letter from Surprise City Council

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Dear Residents of Surprise,

This is an important time to reflect on our history, one in which, we must have honest dialogue about race and inclusivity; and listen intently to these conversations.  

We must be mindful that our children, our future, ...

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Posted on: June 17, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Enhanced COVID-19 Action Plan

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Following COVID-19 case increases and hospitalizations, Governor Doug Ducey today announced enhanced actions to contain the spread of the virus and protect Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. The announced actions build on Arizona’s s...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Letter from Surprise Police Chief Terry Young

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Dear Residents, Business Owners and Visitors of Surprise,

In July of 2016, I felt compelled to share a message with each of you expressing YOUR Police Department’s commitment to professionalism and our appreciation for your partnership and extrao...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

City splash pads, basketball & racquetball courts reopen June 8; ramada, sports field rentals resume

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The city of Surprise is preparing to reopen several additional city-owned parks and recreation amenities on June 8, including splash pads, basketball courts and racquetball courts. Rentals of park ramadas and sports fields will also resume on that date.&a...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

City Hall reopens June 1; select recreation amenities phase in

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On June 1, Surprise City Hall and select park amenities will reopen to the public. Additionally, some pool programming will begin June 8.  

The following City Hall service modifications will be implemented on June 1 and until further notice:

  • Cashie...
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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Surprise Introduces Phased COVID-19 Reopening Plan

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With Governor Ducey’s stay home order lifted, and in the spirit of his recent “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger” Executive Order, the City of Surprise has prepared a phased reopening plan. 

Each phase wil...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Mayor Hall Declares Local State of Emergency in Surprise

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In consultation with members of the Surprise City Council, and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Skip Hall announced a State of Emergency for the city of Surprise today in an effort to preserve public health.  

Effective 5 p.m. this even...

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Posted on: March 31, 2020

Valley Metro adjusts Express, RAPID bus service schedules due to COVID-19

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Valley Metro has released the following information:

Valley Metro is adjusting the Express and RAPID commuter bus service schedules to operate fewer trips each weekday morning and evening. This is a proactive step to maintain local bus route service for th...

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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City webpage provides community support resources, volunteer opportunities amid COVID-19

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This is an overwhelming time for communities around the world, and it is important that our residents know how to access the resources they need.Here’s a look at what is available on the webpage:

  • Community Resource Guide – provides contact information for ...
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Posted on: March 30, 2020

City temporarily amends A-frame sign policy during COVID-19 Pandemic

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Beginning, Monday, March 30, 2020, businesses in the city of Surprise will be allowed to display an A-frame sign along the adjacent roadway or roadway closest to their business subject to certain requirements set forth below.

The temporary use of A-frame s...

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Posted on: March 27, 2020

Change to City Council Meeting public comment; Cancelation of several public meetings

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In an effort to protect public health during the COVID-19 pandemic, public comment options have changed for City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission Meetings and several other public meetings have been canceled until further notice.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Surprise Partners with Meals of Joy to Offer Hot Lunches to Vulnerable Populations

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The City of Surprise has partnered with Meals of Joy to deliver meals at no cost to seniors aged 62 and over, as well as individuals 55 and over with a disability. This temporary, federally funded program is designed to help vulnerable residents maintain ...

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Posted on: March 24, 2020

Surprise Resource Center Reducing Public Hours

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Due to COVID 19 concerns, the Surprise Resource Center is reducing the number of public walk-in hours while maintaining call-in hours to ensure service to the community.

The Surprise Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for social services. Through strategic...

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Posted on: March 19, 2020

Governor Ducey Announces Latest COVID-19 Actions

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Governor Doug Ducey today announced additional mitigation strategies to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. His executive actions include ensuring food access; increasing hospital capacity; Updated guidance and flexibility for restaurants, bars and ...

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Posted on: March 18, 2020

Changes to public participation during Planning & Zoning meetings effective March 18

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Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during city Planning & Zoning Commission Meetings until further notice. Publi...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Changes to public participation during Council Meetings effective March 17

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Out of an abundance of caution, and in an effort to protect the health and safety of our employees, residents and visitors, the Council Chambers will be closed to the public during City Council Work Sessions and Regular Meetings until further notice. Publ...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Surprise cancels/postpones events and programs due to COVID-19

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After careful consideration, the city of Surprise is canceling or postponing all city-sponsored events, programs, and sports effective March 16 and continuing through May 10. 

The decision comes as COVID-19 (coronavirus) has reached pandemic level...

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