Today In Surprise

Posted on: January 23, 2020

North- and southbound Loop 303 closed at times in northwest Valley beginning Friday night, Jan. 24

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The Arizona Department of Transportation has issued the following news release...

Motorists who use the Loop 303 (Bob Stump Memorial Parkway) in the northwest Valley should plan for closures in the city of Surprise this weekend and in the coming weeks. The...

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Posted on: January 22, 2020

Surprise hosts Copper Classic Dog Show Jan. 24-26

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More than 2,000 dogs will strut their stuff in Surprise for the Copper Classic Dog Show, Friday, January 24 through Sunday, January 26.   

Presented by the Kachina Kennel Club, the three-day Copper Classic Dog Show features over 200 diffe...

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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 17, 2020

New "Surprise Lately" episode

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In this episode of Surprise Lately… It’s the New Year & we’re opening a new library! We’ve got details on the grand opening celebration. Plus, youth sports registration is underway!

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Posted on: January 17, 2020

Tickets on sale for Surprise Spring Training Welcome Back Luncheon

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Mayor Skip Hall will kick off the City of Surprise spring training season with the 18th Annual Welcome Back Luncheon on Friday, February 14.

The event will feature a presentation with representatives from the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals; highlight...

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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 8, 2020

Surprise Pops Band performs “Unforgettable Melodies” concert Jan. 26

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The Surprise Pops Band will perform “Unforgettable Melodies” during their concert on Sunday, January 26, at the Valley Vista High School Performing Arts Center,15550 N. Parkview Place. Doors open at 2:15 p.m., show begins at 3 p.m.

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Posted on: January 8, 2020

Free tax preparation assistance available for qualified households

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The Human Services and Community Vitality Department is partnering with A New Leaf to offer free tax preparation services to benefit individuals and families with low to moderate income. 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) offers I...

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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 6, 2020

Surprise Community Park playground closed Jan. 13-30 for shade structure installation

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The Surprise Community Park playground and several ramadas will be closed from January 13 – 30 for the installation of shade structures; the areas are scheduled to reopen on Friday, January 31.

Surprise Community Park is located at 15953 N. Bullard Avenue....

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Posted on: January 6, 2020

Spring into the new year with youth sports

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Registration for Surprise Parks and Recreation 2020 Winter Sports programs will open from January 6-25.  A special Saturday registration will be held on January 25 at the Parks and Recreation office from 8-11 a.m. 

Leagues begin early Mar...

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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 15, 2019

Waddell Rd full closure, Sarival Ave to Loop 303, scheduled Nov 18 thru Jan 31

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Waddell Road will be completely closed between Sarival Ave and the Loop 303 beginning 4 a.m. November 18 to 6 p.m. January 31, 2020, while crews work to improve the roadway. 

Turn movements and north/southbound travel at the Sarival Avenue and Wad...

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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 14, 2019

Home modifications available to improve accessibility & safety for residents

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The city of Surprise Neighborhood Services Division has partnered with Ability360 to help persons with disabilities and/or seniors get modifications to their home to improve accessibility and safety.

Low-to-moderate-income residents needing accessibility a...

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Posted on: November 13, 2019

Royals, Rangers Spring Training tickets on sale Nov 16!

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The 18th annual Surprise Spring Training season will kick off on Friday, February 21st at Surprise Stadium – featuring Surprise’s home teams, the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals

Tickets go on sale at SurpriseStadium.com starting Sa...

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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 4, 2019

Surprise Fire-Medical announces 2019-2020 fire station open house schedule

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The Surprise Fire-Medical Department is opening their fire station doors for the 2019-2020 series of open houses!

Residents can come out and meet the firefighters, check out the living and eating quarters, walk through the bays and see the fire trucks!&...

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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 30, 2019

Surprise designated as BNSF Railway Certified Site

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Two properties within The Surprise Railplex Industrial Park, Cactus Commerce Center and Summit Business Park, have been awarded BNSF Railway Company’s Certified Sites designation along with five other industrial locations across the country. The Surprise ...

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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 11, 2019

Lunchtime and Sunset Theater performances set for 2019-2020

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Jazz, Opera, Broadway and the Classics are included in the line-up for the Lunchtime Theater Series during the fall - spring seasons!

The City of Surprise Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission and the West Valley Arts Council, in partnership with the West ...

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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 4, 2019

Oregon State returns to Surprise for Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic

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Join the Oregon State Beavers at Surprise Stadium as they host their 2020 season debut right here in Surprise.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic will take place February 14-17 at Surprise Stadium, featuring the Oregon State Beavers, New Mexico Lo...

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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 30, 2019

Surprise Youth Earn Arizona Career Readiness Credentials

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This summer, 20 Surprise teens in the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program gained invaluable work experience alongside city staff, and also earned the Arizona Career Readiness Credential (ACRC).

Maricopa County’s Human Services Depart...

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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 4, 2019

Council adopts FY2020 Budget to address city growth; maintain existing assets

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City Council approved a $412.7 million Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget, during their Regular Meeting Tuesday.

The budget continues to focus on Council’s commitment to maintain quality public services and infrastructure, while also addressing the needs of a gr...

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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! 

The...

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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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