Surprise City Council presents an arbor day plaque to the Surprise Rotary Club.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • June 2021

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Arbor Day Tree Donation

Thank you to the Surprise Rotary Club for donating funding for a new tree at Dick McComb Park near the splash pad. Our contractors planted the tree on Arbor Day, April 29. As a thank-you, the City of Surprise presented a plaque to the Rotary Club.

Surprise City Council presents an arbor day plaque to the Surprise Rotary Club.

City Pools Now Open

Surprise Aquatic Center and Hollyhock Community Pool are now open for limited-capacity swim lessons and open swim. Open swim fees are $2 for youth residents (6 months – 17 years) and $3 for adult residents; the non-resident fee is $5 per swimmer. Children 10 years and younger must be accompanied by a guardian 16 years or older. For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 623.222.2000 or visit

Gaines Park Dedication

A baseball with a Floyd Gaines Park logoA dedication ceremony was held on May 15 to celebrate the completion of Floyd Gaines Park. The park, located at 16001 N. Nash St., in the City’s Original Town Site, includes a lighted youth ball field, netting, fencing, restrooms, and a lighted and paved parking lot. Floyd Gaines was a pioneer in our community and an avid champion of its youth and parks and recreation services.

Retail Survey Results

The City of Surprise launched its annual Surprise Retail Survey on April 5, and more than 5,100 responses later, we have the results! The City uses the survey data to identify the City’s retail strengths and opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. Select survey insights are listed below, with full results available at

2021 Surprise Retail Survey results summary

Senior Center Re-opening!

The City of Surprise is re-opening programs at the Senior Center in a phased approach, with limited front desk access and exercise classes available now. The Center, located at 15832 N. Hollyhock St., is a hub for connection and activities for those age 50+ and adults with disabilities. A new enrollment packet will be required when returning to in-person participation. Pick one up at the Senior Center or online at Membership is $12 per year for Surprise residents and $15 for non-residents. Fees are due with membership forms.

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new District 6 Facebook page, Councilmember Chris Judd – Home | Facebook! Be sure to click the “follow” button to get District 6 news and updates. Please also visit my District 6 webpage at where you can subscribe to my Notify Me email list to receive important District 6 updates.

Council Meetings and Agenda

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 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

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my Monthly Meet and Greet on June 23 at 6 p.m. at Freddy’s Frozen Custard, 14029 W. Waddell 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.