Today In Surprise

Posted on: February 26, 2020

DevelopNEXT: Zoning chapter discussion, public input opportunity March 5

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing with an opportunity for the general public and stakeholders to present comments related to Land Development Ordinances (LDO) Chapter 106, w...

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Posted on: February 26, 2020

City’s summer job program for teens now accepting applications

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The City of Surprise is offering a summer job program for income-eligible Surprise teens between the ages of 15 – 19.

Through the City Council-approved Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP), applicants must be available to work up to 25 hours a ...

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Posted on: February 25, 2020

Catch early registration for third annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K

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Get your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 6 with the Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K, presented by Jimmy John’s!

This 5K & 1K fun run will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium and take you on a scenic r...

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Posted on: February 20, 2020

Surprise Hosts Women’s Suffrage Centennial Open House and Exhibit

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The city of Surprise invites the public to celebrate the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at a Women’s Suffrage Open House on Tuesday, March 3 from 3-5 p.m. at Surprise City Hall.

The collaborative community event will feature...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Sign up for the Surprise Teen Sand Volleyball Tournament

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The Surprise Parks & Recreation Department welcomes teens ages 13-17 to come and join the fun at the Sand Volleyball Tournament! 

The tournament will be held at the Surprise Community Park sand volleyball court, 15953 N Bullard Ave, on Saturda...

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Posted on: February 19, 2020

Travel the Surprise Women’s Heritage Trail on March 10 and learn the city’s early history

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Follow in the footsteps of the city’s original trailblazers during the Women’s Heritage Trail Tour on Tuesday, March 10, 1 – 3 p.m.

Women’s Heritage Trail participants will spend the afternoon learning about the city...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Baseball Art and Collectibles Exhibit at Surprise City Hall

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If you love baseball memorabilia, you’ll want to swing by city hall for the “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” art reception! In celebration of the upcoming Spring Training season, the Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commissio...

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Posted on: February 18, 2020

Rangers and Royals play Surprise Sundancers Charity Game to open Spring Training in Surprise

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Spring training opening day, traditionally known as the “Surprise Sundancers Charity Game,” represents the excitement of a new baseball season and reminds us of the significance it brings to the local community.

The game on Friday, Febr...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

New "Surprise Lately" episode!

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We hope you love this new episode of Surprise Lately and all the amazing Spring Training deals we’re pitching – from resident days to military appreciation days! Plus, a city program that could help you pay for minor home repairs.

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Register for lifeguard, swim lesson instructor classes and apply to work at the Aquatic Center

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Looking for a great summer job? The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is looking for responsible individuals 16 years of age or older with a positive attitude to join our team.  

Lifeguard certification classes will be offered con...

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Posted on: February 13, 2020

Surprise Resource Center expands evening hours beginning March 4

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The city’s one-stop-shop for social services will soon expand its evening hours.

Beginning March 4, the Surprise Resource Center will extend its closing hours from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The new hours will be:

Monday & T...

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Posted on: February 14, 2020

2020 Surprise Retail Survey is now open; what do you want to see in Surprise?

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Do you have a favorite restaurant that you would like to see open in Surprise? What about a unique shopping experience that you want added to your hometown? Tell us in the 2020 Surprise Retail Survey

We want to know how we can make our city a on...

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Posted on: February 11, 2020

AZ TechCelerator welcomes award-winning medical training startup, ReSuture

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Medical professionals nationwide are now able to practice specialized vascular surgical training outside of the operating room thanks to the revolutionary product created by the AZ TechCelerator’s newest tenant, ReSuture.

Founded by Hannah Eheren...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Surprise State of the City Video Presentation & 60th Anniversary Celebration Set for March 26

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The Surprise City Council invites you to attend the 2020 State of the City video presentation and 60th Anniversary Celebration on March 26th from 6-8 p.m.! We’ll take a look at significant achievements that have transformed our city and celebrat...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Babe Ruth League registration now open; volunteer coaches needed

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The city of Surprise is now offering registration for the West Valley Babe Ruth Baseball League! Both individual and team registration is available; league play begins in late April.

Resident and non-resident registration will be held February 10 - March 2...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

Make a difference for youth in your city; join the Surprise Youth Council

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The city of Surprise is recruiting new members for the Surprise Youth Council (SYC) – a group of impactful teens who are making a difference in their community! 

SYC members serve the community by collaborating with local leaders, includ...

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Posted on: February 6, 2020

Minor home rehabilitation funds available for eligible Surprise residents

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The city is currently accepting applications from income-qualified Surprise property owners who need assistance financing minor home repairs.

This program will grant a maximum of $3,500 for eligible repairs in owner-occupied homes. If the proposed repairs ...

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Posted on: February 4, 2020

Surprise Reaffirms Support for Quality Education

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The City of Surprise has announced its support of the Arizona Education Progress Meter, along with the statewide goal to boost postsecondary attainment to 60 percent by the year 2030.

Launched in early 2016 with the backing of 40 major endorsers, the Progr...

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Posted on: February 3, 2020

Surprise Stadium hosts WBSC Baseball Americas Olympic qualification event

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Surprise, Arizona has been selected by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) as one of two sites for the Baseball Americas Qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. The event will begin March 22, 2020.

Hosted by USA Baseball, the qualifier ...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Chief Young to serve as 2020 AZ Association of Chiefs of Police President

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Surprise Police Chief Terry Young will serve as the President of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) for 2020, the association announced Friday at their annual General Membership Meeting and Board Installation Luncheon.

Chief Young previous...

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Posted on: January 31, 2020

Outreach, promotional vendor opportunities available for Egg-stravaganza event

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The City of Surprise invites interested outreach organizations, promotional vendors and local businesses to participate in the Spring Egg-stravaganza!

The event will take place Saturday, April 11, from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Surprise Recre...

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Posted on: January 30, 2020

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.

•    Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission –...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

City Council names Judd as Vice Mayor

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The Surprise City Council selected District 6 Councilmember Chris Judd 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 Ma...

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Posted on: January 21, 2020

Register for Surprise City Academy; an inside look at how city government works

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Want to learn about the structure of city government, get updated on local issues and get to know your city leaders? Register for the 2020 Surprise City Academy!

The eight-session academy offers the opportunity to learn about the city directly from the may...

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Posted on: January 16, 2020

City begins FY21 budget discussions Jan. 21

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The City of Surprise FY2021 budget building process kicks off at the City Council Work Session on Tuesday, January 21.

This will be the first in a series of presentations to Council by the City’s Finance Department regarding the overall developme...

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Posted on: January 15, 2020

Register early for Spring Break Camp

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Need plans for spring break? The city of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a Spring Break Camp March 16 – 20.  

The Surprise Spring Break Camp Program provides opportunities for youth enrolled in K - 6th grade t...

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Posted on: January 7, 2020

Celebrate Asante Library Grand Opening Feb. 1

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Join the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District for a morning of celebration and fun activities as we mark the Grand Opening of the Asante Library, located at 16755 W Vereda Solana Drive!

The grand opening event will be held:

Saturday, Februa...

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Posted on: January 3, 2020

Surprise names Community Development Director

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Surprise City Manager Mike Frazier has announced that Chris Boyd will serve as the city’s new Community Development Director.

Boyd has served as Acting Director of the Community Development (CD) Department since April, stepping in from his role as Assistan...

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Posted on: December 31, 2019

Surprise Stadium Box Office Open for Spring Training and College Baseball Ticket Sales

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The box office at Surprise Stadium, spring training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, will open for in-person ticket sales beginning this Saturday, Jan. 4 at 8 a.m.

The 18th annual Surprise Spring Training season will kick off on Friday, Fe...

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Posted on: December 11, 2019

DevelopNEXT: Give Input on Draft Land Development Ordinances

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The city’s DevelopNEXT effort to simplify and modernize its development and design standards is advancing, with drafts of chapters 101 -108 of the Land Development Ordinances (LDO) online for public and stakeholder review and comment.

The purpose of the LD...

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Posted on: December 4, 2019

City awarded $50K grant from Tohono O’odham Nation to advance community initiatives

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The city of Surprise City Council voted to accept a $50,000 grant from the Tohono O’odham Nation at their meeting last night.  

The city’s Human Service and Community Vitality Department applied for and was awarded the grant to...

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Posted on: November 21, 2019

ADOT: Speed limit changes in place along Grand Avenue in northwest Valley

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Speed limits along parts of Grand Avenue (US 60) in the northwest Valley have changed, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation.

For safety reasons, ADOT waited until the completion of recent construction projects before evaluating traffic spe...

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Posted on: November 20, 2019

Surprise offers free online “Startup Space” to connect entrepreneurs, small businesses

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Free business support is now only a click away in the City of Surprise! A new online platform called Startup Space is now available to all Surprise small businesses, startups and residents free of cost, courtesy of the City of Surprise Economic Developmen...

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Posted on: November 14, 2019

City of Surprise Revenue Bond Rating Raised to ‘AA+’

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Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings raised its long-term rating to 'AA+' from 'AA' on Surprise, Ariz.'s series 2015 pledged revenue and revenue refunding obligations. The outlook is stable.

The raised rating action reflects the applica...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Registration opens for third annual Surprise Spring Training 5K/1K

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Get your Major League juices running at Surprise Stadium on Friday, March 6 with the Third Annual Surprise Spring Training 5K, presented by Jimmy John’s!

This 5K & 1K fun run will begin at 7 p.m. at Surprise Stadium and take you on a scenic, ...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Arizona History & Culture Speaker Series returns with new speakers, topics

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

Local experts from Arizona Humanities’ AZ Speaks program will present on the ...

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Posted on: November 1, 2019

City requests public input on Shared Active Transportation Vehicle operation in Surprise

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The city is now seeking community feedback on the deployment of vendor-owned, commercially-operated Shared Active Transportation Vehicles (SATV), commonly referred to as electric scooters (e-scooters) or electric-bicycles (e-bicycles), in Surprise.

The SAT...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Surprise Fire-Medical Awarded 8 New Firefighters Through Federal Grant

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department was awarded eight new firefighters through a federal grant. This newly-awarded grant pays for the majority of the training costs and salaries for a period of two years and a little less than half of the costs for a thi...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

CALL OF ELECTION - Public Notice of the City of Surprise, Arizona.

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Notice is hereby given that the City of Surprise, Arizona will hold elections as follows:

Primary Election: Tuesday, August 4, 2020General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (If Applicable)

Offices to be filled – Mayor (4 year term ending in December 2024)...

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Posted on: October 18, 2019

Spring Training season tickets and specialty packages on sale Oct.19!

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Another exciting year of Spring Training in Surprise is just around the corner and season tickets and group specialty packages will be on sale starting Saturday, October 19 at 8 a.m. (MST).   

Ticket Packages Don’t miss your chan...

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Posted on: October 16, 2019

Surprise expands library services with increased hours & new location

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The City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District are excited to announce that in early 2020 a new library will open and another will offer expanded hours. 

Starting in early January 2020, expanded hours are coming to Hollyhock Library, lo...

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Posted on: October 15, 2019

Get trained as a tax preparation volunteer & provide free tax help

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Volunteers are needed to provide free tax return preparation for low-to-moderate income individuals and families through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. No prior tax preparation is needed; training will be provided. 

There are ...

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Posted on: September 17, 2019

City Manager Statement on Public Safety

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Dear Residents of Surprise,

As your City Manager and a retired law enforcement officer with 40 years of experience, I can assure you that public safety is and always has been the top priority for the City of Surprise, not only for me personally, but for th...

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Posted on: October 8, 2019

Surprise Stadium announces 2020 Spring Training schedule with game times

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The Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals have released their finalized 2020 Spring Training schedule, revealing their game times and a new opening day game on Friday, February 21! The season opener, featuring the Texas Rangers vs. the Kansas City Royals, ...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

Fall 2019 Progress Magazine released

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Does this cooler weather have you wanting to cuddle up with some hot chocolate and a good read? Progress Magazine is out now! This issue has all you need to know about upcoming festivals & entertainment, road improvement projects, Census 2020, and mor...

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Posted on: October 1, 2019

City wins national video award for “The Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial” visit

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The City of Surprise Marketing & Communications Department earned a first place win in the National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors’ (NATOA) 34th Annual Government Programming Awards.

Surprise took first place for ou...

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Posted on: September 26, 2019

City of Surprise recruiting new tourism events; grant funding available

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The city of Surprise, Arizona is a hotbed for tourism events like MLB Spring Training, NCAA college baseball, USTA tennis, arts festivals, and amateur sports tournaments. In an effort to continue growing successful tourism opportunities, the city&rsqu...

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Posted on: September 25, 2019

Surprise Fire-Medical donates fire engine to Valley Vista High School Fire Science program

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 The Surprise Fire-Medical Department (SFMD) donated a fire engine to the Valley Vista High School Fire Science Program on September 24.

The fire engine is a 2006 EONE Cyclone Pumper with a 1500 gallon per minute pump and seating for up to six cre...

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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Mayor proclaims Surprise a Dementia Friendly City

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Mayor Skip Hall proclaimed the city of Surprise as a Dementia Friendly City at last night’s City Council meeting. This action created the second Dementia Friendly city in Arizona, joining Tempe as part of the Dementia Friends initiative, in partnership wi...

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Posted on: September 16, 2019

Citywide transportation projects update; Litchfield Road widening begins 9/30

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To meet the needs of a growing Surprise, the city is working on several significant transportation improvement projects. The projects range from constructing additional travel lanes to improving pavement conditions.

The city has created a Transportation Pr...

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

Surprise breaks ground on new Fire Station 304

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The city of Surprise broke ground today on a new Fire Station 304 at 163rd Avenue and San Ysidro Road, located in the city’s growing northern area. This voter-approved project is being funded by the 2017 Decide Surprise General Obligation Bond a...

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Posted on: July 9, 2018

New Explore Surprise Episode - Youth Programs!

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Youth are an important part of our community! That’s why the City of Surprise makes it a priority to keep them involved – through recreation, social events, career readiness programs and more. Check out this new episode of Explore Surprise to learn about ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Major League Baseball announces 2020 Spring Training schedule, games start 2/22 at Surprise Stadium

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Major League Baseball has released the 2020 Cactus League Spring Training schedule. Opening Day in Surprise, Arizona is set for Saturday, February 22 with the Texas Rangers taking on the Milwaukee Brewers at Surprise Stadium.

Surprise’s home team...

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Posted on: August 12, 2019

Rising costs amid a volatile recycling market result in changes to city’s collection

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Like many communities across the country, the city of Surprise recycling program is struggling to maintain existing service levels amid soaring operational costs.

The city began curbside recycling in 2004 and the revenue generated by the recyclables helped...

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Posted on: August 5, 2019

Register for Tot Time before it fills up!

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The City of Surprise Parks & Recreation Department is excited for another session of Tot Time!

Program registration begins this week. Scorecard members can register starting August 6, Surprise residents on August 8 and non-residents beginning August 15...

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Posted on: July 24, 2019

Surprise wins marketing award at the Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism

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The city won the Outstanding Marketing Campaign – Rural for its Find Your Surprise marketing campaign, including the website ExploreSurprise.com

This award, given at Tuesday night’s Arizona Governor's Conference on Tourism (G...

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Posted on: July 9, 2019

Judge Gaudreau Appointed to AZ Supreme Court Committee

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Surprise City Court Associate Judge Catherine A. Gaudreau was recently appointed by the Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court to serve a three-year term as a Limited Jurisdiction Judge member of the Committee on the Impact of Domestic Violence and th...

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Posted on: July 1, 2019

Neighborhood Grant Program application now available

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The Surprise City Council approved funding to support the Neighborhood Grant Program, providing eligible neighborhoods with small grants to fund neighborhood events, functions or community improvements. 

Recognizing an opportunity to encourage com...

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Posted on: June 7, 2019

National Indoor RV Centers expands to Surprise, brings head-of-household jobs

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Texas-based National Indoor RV Centers (NIRVC) has selected the City of Surprise, Arizona for its new expansion location. The new Surprise business center will grow 65 full-time jobs and will be dedicated to the sales, servicing, storage and maintenance o...

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Posted on: May 7, 2019

Hollyhock Library adjusts Saturday hours starting May 11

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The Hollyhock Library will soon change its Saturday hours to better serve the community! 

Starting May 11, Hollyhock Library, located at 15844 N. Hollyhock Street, will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Tuesday and Thursday hours w...

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Posted on: April 2, 2019

2019 Surprise Retail Survey results are in!

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The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey in March… and more than 3,000 responses later, we have the results! Plus, for the first time ever, we polled city youth in a separate survey. More than 1,000 of our 6th – 12th graders offered...

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Posted on: March 29, 2019

City of Surprise 2019 State of the City focuses on growth and sustainability

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Mayor Skip Hall introduced the 2019 State of the City video premiere Thursday night at Surprise City Hall, highlighting the city’s most shining moments over the past year – and true to his words, 2018 was certainly a bright year for the city! 

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Posted on: February 26, 2019

New tourism website launches; showcases city as a place to “Find your Surprise”

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The city has launched a new tourism website to help showcase the city of Surprise as a year-round travel destination.  

The website, ExploreSurprise.com, features the slogan “Find your Surprise,” and highlights the many ways to play, dine, shop an...

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