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Chris Judd: District 6 Newsletter — November 2022

Posted 11/1/22

On Friday, October 21, Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Aly Cline, Council Member Winters and I joined Tap House Sports Grill for a Ribbon Cutting event.

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Guest Commentary

Chris Judd: District 6 Newsletter — November 2022


On Friday, October 21, Mayor Hall, Vice Mayor Aly Cline, Council Member Winters and I joined Tap House Sports Grill for a Ribbon Cutting event! Sargis Gewargis, Owner of Tap House Sports Grill, hosted the ceremony in honor of the opening of their restaurant, located at 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. Congratulations!

City Councilmembers pose for a picture with Tap House Sports Grill

Veterans Day Parade

Join us in honoring our service men and women at the 8th annual City of Surprise Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and will be routed along Bullard Avenue between Paradise and Tierra Buena lanes. It will feature community floats, bands, dancers and more! There’s also an option to purchase breakfast and coffee from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. 

In preparation, on the morning of the parade, the following roads will be closed at 9:30 a.m. and will reopen shortly after the conclusion of the festivities:

  • Paradise Lane between Bullard Avenue and Buck O’Neil Way
  • Bullard Avenue between Paradise Lane and Tierra Buena Lane

A woman saluting

City parks update

Community Park
This month we will see asphalt and striping of the new north parking lot, fine grading and landscape around the lake edge. The west side of the lake will start opening near Veterans Day with full lake access in December.  The restroom on the north side will be completed in early 2023.

The Fields @ Countryside Park 
This new park located on the southwest corner of Greenway Road and Parkview Place is almost here. This multipurpose field is getting the final touches and will be ready to open in January 2023. It will include restrooms, parking and a playground.  

Dick McComb Pump Project 
This project will begin this month. It will include removing the temporary pump station and white fencing around the lake. A water feature and concrete edge will be added for a more aesthetic view for our residents. 

Free health services at Surprise Resource Center

The Adelante Healthcare Community Health Team is offering free health services at the Surprise Resource Center - 12425 W. Bell Rd. Every Tuesday, from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., residents of all ages can take advantage of services like blood pressure and glucose screenings; health education; assistance applying for Medicaid and food assistance; and more! No appointment necessary. For questions regarding these services, please call 623.222.1600. To learn more about the Human Service Community Vitality Department, go to

Surprise Founder’s Day Party

This year’s Surprise Party will pay tribute to one of our original festivals – Founder’s Day! Join us on Saturday, December 3 from 2 - 9 p.m. as we honor our history with a carnival, car show, photo opportunities with Santa in Santa’s Workshop, the traditional tree lighting ceremony, a drone light show and more! The carnival portion of the event is also available to enjoy on Sunday, December 4 from 12 - 5 p.m. For full event details, visit

Surprise Founders Day Party

Fitch upgrades Surprise credit rating to ‘AAA’

Fitch Ratings, one of the “Big Three” nationally-recognized credit rating agencies, has upgraded the City’s Excise Tax Revenue Obligations and Issuer Default Rating to ‘AAA’ from ‘AA+.’ A city’s credit rating is important due to its impact on interest rates in the bond market. A better rating means the City can sell bonds to finance capital projects and pay a lower interest rate to the buyer. Learn more:

SciTech Festival

Attention exhibitors and sponsors! Join us on December 10 as we celebrate science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics efforts in the community! This FREE, fun-filled educational event features interactive demonstrations and exhibits. To get involved or for more information, go to

2022 SciTech Festival

Sunday in the Park

The City of Surprise presents Sunday in the Park events this fall! The next event in the series is happening on November 6 and will feature live music by Blaine Long & Rosas del Rey, various food trucks, an assortment of beers and wines, entertainment and more! Event admission is free; food and drink will be available for purchase. Don’t forget a blanket or lawn chair! Dogs must be leashed. 

This event will be held at Mark Coronado Park, 15850 N. Bullard Ave. from 3 - 7 p.m. For more information or to view the list of upcoming events, visit

Sunday in the Park

Multigenerational Community Resource Center survey

The City is gathering feedback from residents about the programs and services they would like to see in the future Multigenerational Community Resource Center! Now through November 17, take the survey and share your thoughts.

The vision for the center is to relocate and expand programs and services currently limited by space in the Surprise Resource Center, Hollyhock Library and Surprise Senior Center and move them into this new centralized location, close to the Villanueva Recreation Center. The new center is scheduled to be completed by 2025. Learn more at

Take the survey

Connect with District 6

Please check out my District 6 Facebook page at Councilmember Chris Judd! Be sure to click the "like" button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at where you can subscribe to my ‘Notifications’ list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on November 15 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also watch live at or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. Agendas are always posted online at a minimum of two days prior. 

If you see something on the agenda that concerns you, please reach out before the meeting so I have time to address your concern. I may even ask your questions during the City Council presentation. The best way to reach me is

Community Meeting

Please join me for my D6 Community Meeting on November 10 at 6 p.m. at Tap House Sports Grill, 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. I look forward to discussing the latest City issues and answering any questions you might have. 

Please check my webpage at for updates to my meeting schedule.

Surprise, City Council, Chris Judd, District 6