The city of Surprise has experienced better-than-expected one-time revenues in Fiscal Year 2020 thanks to strong growth in housing permits and retail sales collections.
As a result, council voted to fund more than $8 million in park-related projects that will advance the city’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan goals.
Gaines Youth Baseball Field will now be fully funded ahead of the original timeline! The project, which includes a lighted youth ballfield, restrooms, lighted and paved parking lot, netting, and fencing, is anticipated to be completed this summer.
Also funded is a new eight-acre park at Greenway Road and Parkview Place that will provide additional programmable and rental field space, and a $3 million budget to provide enhancements to the Surprise Community Park. Enhancements could include adding a restroom, improving dog park drainage, and exploring new lighting; however, the final project list will be determined following the design and submittal of actual costs.
Please join the city of Surprise at 9 a.m. on Jan. 16 for a virtual program celebrating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., leading into a day of community service. The virtual presentation, featuring a variety of musicians, performers, and speakers, will be broadcast on Surprise TV, and the city of Surprise social media channels. Community Service projects are also being organized. To volunteer, please contact Larry Garcia at email@example.com.
A new AAA Automotive Building is currently in development review for Bell Road and Dysart Road's northeast corner.
St. Mary’s Food Bank now has a home delivery option. Maricopa County residents who cannot travel to a local food bank may qualify for this program. For additional information, please call 602-242-3663, or visit St. Mary’s Food Bank – Covid Relief Home Delivery Sign-Up.
Maricopa County Public Health is offering free, temporary isolation housing to eligible individuals. If you are unable to isolate yourself from sick roommates because you share a bathroom or bedroom or are a high-risk individual who lives with infected family or roommates, call 2-1-1 and dial 6 for COVID-19 assistance.
Services include housing up to 10 days from the start of symptoms, meal preparation and delivery, laundry service, and transportation to and from medical appointments.
Salvation Army — Free breakfast drive-thru Mondays and Thursdays, 8 to 9:30 a.m. Seniors or those who are food insecure. Food boxes are available. 17420 Ave of the Arts. 623-977-1084.
Dysart Community Center — Free food drive-thru. Monday-Friday, 3 to 5 p.m. 14414 N. El Mirage Road, El Mirage. 623-249-3812.
Hope Women’s Center — Support for women and children, bill/utility assistance. 623-875-4549.
Radiant Distribution Center — Free food and clothing Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. at Radiant Church Sun City 10701 W. Boswell Blvd., Sun City. 623-975-2662.
St. Mary’s Food Bank Surprise — 13050 W. Elm St. 602-343-5631.
Valley View Food Bank — 10771 W. Peoria Ave, Sun City. 623-933-3358.
Surprise Senior Center Hot Lunch Program — Free. Call 623-222-1500 two days in advance to order a meal for pickup Monday-Friday at noon.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul — Food, rent, utilities ad more. St. Clare of Assisi Conference (Surprise residents). Call Help Line at 623-975-5617. Our Lady of Lourdes Conference (Surprise and El Mirage residents). Call 623-344-7267.
Housing for Heroes Program - Supportive Services for Veteran Families — The National Community Health Partners are offering temporary assistance to veteran families to help with rent, utilities, security deposits, moving costs, and child care. Call the Maricopa County Veteran Service Office at 480-361-0177.
Phone Pals Program for Seniors with Benevilla — Phone Pal volunteers provide wellness checks and meaningful relationships to community members who may find themselves alone. For information on how to sign up to receive calls, or to volunteer, please call 623-584-4999 or visit Benevilla.org
AZ Humane Society Resources for Pet Owners — A program for struggling pet owners. A trained social worker can help pet parents navigate resources to help keep pets in their homes. Call 602-997-7585 ext. 3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next regularly scheduled council meetings are Jan. 5 and 19 at 6 p.m. In an effort to protect public health amidst rising COVID-19 case numbers, City of Surprise public meetings have reclosed to in-person public attendance until further notice. Council meetings are broadcast live on Surprise TV at surprisetv.surpriseaz.gov. Cox channel 11 and Century Link channel 8513 also carry the meetings live. Check the agenda, when posted, for instructions on public comment.
My monthly community meetings are typically held on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Surprise Senior Center, 15832 N. Hollyhock St.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently unable to conduct these meetings, but I look forward to meeting again when we are able. Please check the city website at surpriseaz.gov for updated information on my meet and greet schedule. Please call or email me in the meantime with any questions or concerns you may have.