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Chris Judd: District 6 Newsletter — January 2024


Fresh off the success of Angie’s Lobster and Surprise’s second EOS Fitness, Marley Park Square will be adding many more highly desirable retailers, services and restaurants in the near future. The first of the new Marley Park Square buildings will be finished in early 2024.

Opening soon in Marley Park Square:

  • One Stop Nutrition
  • Ultrasonic Glam
  • Pure Barre
  • 3 Minute Express Car Wash

Now operating:

  • Skyway Commons Phase II, Building C: 86,000 square feet
     Now 100% Leased! Confirmed tenants: Fideltone

Railplex Updates

Industrial buildings now open:

  • Level Crossings Phase 2: 32,000 square feet
    Confirmed tenants: Xcessories Squared
  • Ancona Surprise Point 33 – north and south buildings: 157,000 square feet
    Leasing now
  • The Wall Company: 11,500 square feet
    Confirmed tenants: Wallcon
  • National Indoor RV Center (NIRVC) expansion: 130,000 square feet
    Confirmed tenants: NIRVC

Industrial buildings opening soon:

  • Blue Scope Surprise: 258,075 square feet
    Confirmed tenants: Tricolor
  • Cactus & Summit Industrial: 133,904 square feet
    Confirmed tenants: Exhibitus
  • Rinchem: 123,516 square feet
    Opening mid-2024
  • Skyway Business Park 2 Phase 3: 107,400 square feet
    Leasing begins 2024
  • U-Haul Moving & Storage: 129,700 square feet
    Opening 2024
  • Litchfield Logistics Park – Buildings 1, 2, & 3: 381,035 square feet
    Leasing now


Reems Road Closure

Reems Road has been closed at Hatcher Road since June 2023 due to significant construction work being done on Olive Avenue. The work is scheduled to be completed by March 1, 2024, and at that time, the road closure will be lifted. The current detour route for residents needing to head south is Sarival Avenue or Litchfield Road to Northern Parkway.

White Tanks Conservancy Update

As some of you may know, my involvement with the White Tank Mountains Conservancy (WTMC) began on the advisory board five years ago, with me now serving as the Chairman of the Executive Board. Since then, I have worked closely with the organization on the long-term sustainability of the White Tanks and will continue to work diligently on maintaining the natural land and wildlife. I want to provide some information on the WTMC and its mission for those who may be new to the city or not familiar with the organization.

The WTMC was formed in 2015 and has two overriding missions. The first is to conserve the cultural and ecological resources of the White Tank Mountains by enhancing the knowledge, experience, appreciation of native desert lands and protection of wildlife. The second is to create innovative approaches to integrate nature with population growth and development.

The West Valley Regional Connectivity Initiative is a long-term project focused on planning for a sustainable and resilient wildlife corridor that will preserve habitat connectivity from the White Tank Mountains to the vast public lands to the west. The success of the project hinges on education and collaborative work with a network of public, private, regional, state and federal landowners and land-use decision-makers.

For the last year, the WTMC has convened West Valley developers, planners and stakeholders to work directly with biologists, engineers and sustainability designers to draft a Wildlife Corridor Concept that leverages the West Valley’s River and wash system, utilizes wildlife linkages models from the Arizona Game and Fish Department and is based on the habitat and movement requirements of local species. This year's collaboration outcome is the finalization of a wildlife corridor concept that utilizes the natural riparian system to maximize benefits for wildlife connectivity, flood control and groundwater recharge. This concept, and the process used to design and plan for the wildlife corridor before development occurs, is truly groundbreaking.

For more information on the West Valley Regional Connectivity Initiative, please visit storymap.wtmconservancy.org.


Fishing at Surprise Lake

Did you know the Game and Fish Department keeps our community lake filled with catfish and trout most of the year? This is an excellent time to get outside and go fishing at our local lake. A fishing license is required for anyone aged 10 and up. A youth license is only $5 for the entire year and is available up to age 18. Licenses are available at azgfd.gov.

Here is a schedule of when fish will be stocked into Surprise Lake (Bullard Ave. / Paradise Ln.):

•   January 1 - 5 Trout
•   January 15 - 19 Trout
•   January 29 - February 2 Trout

Stockings will occur randomly Monday through Saturday during the week indicated. Grab a friend or your kids and catch a few!

Christmas Tree Disposal

Need a place to dispose of your Christmas tree and large holiday cardboard packaging? The City offers several Christmas Tree disposal sites. The drop-off period runs from December 27, 2023, to January 17, 2024. Please ensure all decorations are removed from trees and boxes are broken down. Trees must be placed in designated areas only, and there is a limit of two trees per household. Find a list of locations at surpriseaz.gov/TreeDisposal

a car with a christmas tree tied to the top and text reading-Holiday Drop Off, Christmas Trees December 27 through January 17. Find locations at surpriseaz.gov/treedisposal

Audition to perform at Spring Training in Surprise!

Surprise Stadium is seeking National Anthem and color guard submissions for the 2024 Spring Training season! Experienced vocalists, musicians and color guards can audition to perform at Surprise Stadium for Cactus League Spring Training games, February 23 - March 23, 2024. Interested performers can get more information here.

An American Flag and people watching a baseball game with the text Now Accepting National Anthem submissions for the 2024 Spring Training Season

Community Blood Drive

The City of Surprise is partnering with Vitalant Blood Donation to host a blood drive on January 9, 2024, at City Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Community members wanting to participate are encouraged to make an appointment through the Vitalant website. Although walk-ins are welcomed, those with an appointment will be given priority.

Surprise City Hall is located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plz. The blood drive will take place inside the Community Room near Council Chambers in the east wing of City Hall.

As a thank you for your willingness to help others through blood donation, Thunderbirds Charities is providing a voucher to redeem online for a free one-day admission to the 2024 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

A person holding a sign reading, Give Blood Save Lift and text Blood Drive January 9, 9 am to 1 p.m Surprise Ctiy Hall

MLK Day of Celebration and Service

The City is excited to announce the 8th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration and Service will be held on Saturday, January 13 at the Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Pl. This amazing event provides a way to serve the community with hands-on projects and a celebration for all ages filled with local musicians, performers and inspiring speakers.

For more information, please contact Lord.Garcillano@surpriseaz.gov or visit surpriseaz.gov/MLK.

Sunday in the Park

Come enjoy this fun family event on Sunday, January 21, from 3 - 7 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park with live music from 8 Tracks and delicious food. Event admission is free; food and drink are available for purchase. Also, support local vendors by shopping at the outdoor market!

If you can’t make it to this event, join us for the next one on Sunday, February 18, with live music from N-the-Mix!

Surprise Pops Band

Enjoy an evening of music as the Surprise Pops Band performs on January 28 at The Vista Center for the Arts. The theme is “Heroes - Real and Imagined” and will feature music from the Blues Brothers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Highway of Heroes, Rocky and more! The concert is free; however, non-perishable food donations to support the Valley View Community Food Bank are appreciated.

Learn more at surprisepopsband.com

Orchestra instruments and chairs with text reading Surprise Pop Band, January 28, 2024. Doors open at 2:15. Show begins at 3 pm. The Vista Center for the Arts, 15660 N. Parkview Place.

Arts & Culture Events

Are you ready to discover arts and culture events in Surprise? From theater performances, gallery tours, poetry readings and more, the City offers a number of events throughout the year. Here's what’s coming up:

Tour of artist Joe Tyler’s Home Studio*
January 20 • 10 a.m. - noon

AZ Speaks* | Archaeology’s Deep Time Perspective on Environment and Sustainability

January 24 • 11 a.m. - noon

Lunchtime Theater* | Phoenix Opera: My Favorite Things
January 25 • noon - 1 p.m.

*Registration required. Find details and sign-up information at surpriseaz.gov/ArtEvents.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on January 16 at 6 p.m. You can attend in person or watch live at surpriseaz.gov/SurpriseTV or the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/CityOfSurprise. Cox channel 11 also carries the meetings live. Agendas are always posted online 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 chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Community Meeting

Join me for my next D6 Community Meeting on January 17 at 6 p.m. at Tap House Sports Grill, located at 13699 N. Litchfield Rd. Let's discuss the latest City issues and answer any questions you may have.

Please check my webpage at surpriseaz.gov/District6 for updates to my meeting schedule.


Barrio Queen Grand Opening

The Surprise location of Barrio Queen is now open! Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Nick Haney, Councilmember Patrick Duffy, Councilmember Aly Cline and I joined Chaz Hopper, Surprise Barrio Queen General Manager, in celebrating their grand opening and ribbon cutting. The special event featured live entertainment, tastings and an appearance by the "real" Barrio Queen. Also partaking in the Grand Opening fiesta were Al Hank, Chief Operating Officer; Adam Lehr, Senior VP of Operations; Dallas Massey, VP Off-Premise and Marketing; Patrick Lacek, Area Director of Operations; Julio Mata, Head Chef; Magaly Cacheiro, Operations Training Manager; Andrew Patti, Marketing and Creative; Joe Patti, Public Relations; and Gennaro Garcia, Surprise Barrio Queen Artist. Welcome to Surprise! We're excited to have you! Barrio Queen Surprise is located at 13434 N. Prasada Pkwy.

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City of Surprise Employee Holiday Luncheon

Every quarter, the City holds an Employee Appreciation Luncheon to celebrate its employees' hard work and dedication. This event is put together by the Employee Appreciation Committee, which is made up of employees from various departments. Last month’s luncheon was the final Employee Appreciation Committee event of 2023, and the fantastic volunteers put on a festive gathering that had everyone in the spirit of the holidays (despite the warm temperature)! I was honored to receive my five-year service award at the event, signifying an important milestone in my dedication to the City. Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy and participate.

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Surprise Senior Services Holiday Party

On Monday, December 18, I attended the annual City of Surprise Senior Services Holiday Party at Briarwood Country Club. The event is held for members of the Senior Center to celebrate the holidays, which includes a catered lunch, live music and several raffle baskets. This year’s event had a surprise performance during lunch by the varsity pom team from Paradise Honors High School. Thank you to the Surprise Senior Center for hosting such a fun event!

Vice Mayor Judd and John Williams seated at a table in a dining hall


Surprise Announces Inaugural Vet Fest

Surprise is excited to announce the inaugural Vet Fest event is happening Saturday, February 10, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. This new event, hosted by the City of Surprise Veterans, Disability & Human Services Commission, is a part of Surprise’s ongoing mission to be a veteran-friendly city, offering support services and building community connections. This event will feature music, food, vendor booths, information from different veteran service providers and more for the whole family!

If you would like to learn more, visit surpriseaz.gov/VetFest.

A patch with text reading Surprise Vet Fest Bringing Our Community and Veterans Together, Save the Date Saturday February 10, 5 - 8 pm Mark Coronado Park

Spring Training Ticket Information

Spring Training single game tickets are on sale now! Opening day is Friday, February 23, with the Kansas City Royals taking on the 2023 World Series Champions, the Texas Rangers, at Surprise Stadium. Surprise Stadium will host 30 games this season with plenty of exciting matchups to include the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and the National League Champions, the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Tickets can be purchased online at SurpriseStadium.com or by phone at 623.222.2222. Ticket prices start at just $8! The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for in-person ticket sales on Saturday, February 3, beginning at 8 a.m. AZ time. The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Additional information on 2024 special events, promotions and special offers are available at SurpriseStadium.com.

Curbside Recycling is Returning to Surprise

The City of Surprise, in partnership with Waste Management, is preparing to reintroduce a curbside recycling program. Starting Monday, March 4, recycling trucks will begin picking up blue curbside recycle bins and taking approved items to a recycling center for processing.

You can find more information on Surprise’s curbside recycling program and tips on how to “Recycle Wise” at surpriseaz.gov/Recycle.

a person pulling a blue recycle bin and posing with a thumbs up. Curbside recycling returns March 4. Recycle Wise in Surprise.


Surprise was incorporated on December 12, 1960. We are celebrating 63 years!