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Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — November 2022

Posted 11/2/22

On Tuesday, October 18, Vice Mayor Cline and I joined Branch Manager Mia Brooks and her team in celebrating the grand opening of their new WaFd Bank in Surprise.

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Guest Commentary

Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — November 2022


On Tuesday, October 18, Vice Mayor Cline and I joined Branch Manager Mia Brooks and her team in celebrating the grand opening of their new WaFd Bank in Surprise. WaFd Bank is located at 13641 N. Prasada Pkwy., Suite 140. Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Councilmember Duffy, Vice Mayor Cline and WaFed Bank employees holding scissors

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

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

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:

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

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

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

Meet and Greet 

My next meeting will be on November 5 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. Please check for updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting is November 15 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at or on Cox channel 11. 

Please continue to check the City of Surprise website, at for updates to meeting schedules and other important announcements.

Surprise, City Council, Patrick Duffy, District 3