Surprise City Council, SimonCRE and Jeanine Jerkovic on the Village at Prasada lot.

Councilmember Chris Judd’s Newsletter • January 2022

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Fire Station 308 Opening Celebration

Councilmember Judd speaks at the Fire Station 308 ribbon cutting.City of Surprise held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in celebration of two Surprise fire stations built in 2021 – Fire Station 304 in our northern area and 308 in southeast Surprise. The ceremony held on December 14, included remarks from myself, Mayor Skip Hall, Councilmember Roland Winters, Fire-Medical Chief Tom Abbott and representatives from contractors Willmeng Construction and Perlman Architects. Following the remarks, was an official ribbon cutting and tour of Fire Station 308. Both fire stations were constructed thanks to voter approval of the 2017 General Obligation Bond, which funded 10 projects in the areas of public safety, traffic congestion mitigation and pavement preservation.

Fine Art & Wine Festival

The 10th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival returns January 7 – 9, 2022. The event will take place 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day at Mark Coronado Park, 15960 N. Bullard Ave. Admission is $3 and is cash only.

This world-class, fine art event in Surprise, features the works of artist Kenneth Ferguson, along with other juried fine artists. Live music and a variety of food trucks will add to the atmosphere of the art arena.

For more information about the Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival, please contact Thunderbird Artists at 480.837.5637 or visit thunderbirdartists.com.

Village at Prasada Groundbreaking Event

On Friday, December 3, we joined SimonCRE for a Ground Breaking ceremony! Josh Simon, President of SimonCRE, held the ceremony in honor of the beginning of the Village at Prasada near Loop 303 & Waddell Rd. The Village at Prasada is the first major power center on the West Coast in over a decade! Thank you for choosing Surprise!

Surprise City Council joins SimonCRE for the Village at Prasada groundbreaking.
Surprise City Council, SimonCRE and Jeanine Jerkovic on the Village at Prasada lot.

Party in Surprise

A Christmas Tree in front of Surprise Stadium.Mayor and Council attended the tree lighting ceremony to kick off the Annual Surprise Party in front of the Surprise Stadium on Friday, December 3. I want to send a big thank you to the community for coming out to enjoy another successful holiday celebration, and to our Surprise Parks and Recreation team for all they do to make this a Winter Wonderland in the desert.

Christmas Tree Disposal

Do you need to dispose of your Christmas tree? Surprise is offering four Christmas tree drop-off locations for residents’ convenience. The lots are open now through January 18, 2022 at the following locations:

  • Bi-Centennial Park
    16705 N. Nash St. (south end of the parking lot)
  • Surprise Recreation Campus / Youth Baseball Complex
    15795 N. Parkview Pl. (across from Valley Vista High School)
  • Dick McComb Softball Park
    17894 Westpark Blvd. (parking lot on corner of 180th Ave & Westpark Blvd.)
  • Asante Community Park
    16763 W. Vereda Solana Dr. (parking lot at the north end of the park)

Be sure to remove all decorations before dropping off trees, and place them in the specified designated areas only. There is a limit of two trees per household. For more information, please call 623.222.1900.

Surprise Spring Training Packages

AZ Cactus League 2022Season ticket and mini-plan packages for the 2022 Spring Training Season are on sale at SurpriseStadium.com. Each ticket option will offer unique perks, savings over the individual game ticket price, choice of the best available seating locations and exclusive access to special season ticket plan holder events and pre-sale opportunities.

MLK Celebration Events

Martin Luther King Jr.The City of Surprise is excited to announce two events honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2022. The programs are for all ages and will include a variety of local musicians, performers and speakers.

  • Wednesday, January 12 – MLK Musical Celebration & Reflections
  • Saturday, January 15 – MLK Day of Celebration & Service

Stay up to date on these events at surpriseaz.gov/MLK

Sunday in the Park

Sunday in the Park returns to Mark Coronado Park! Join us on January 23 from 3 – 7 p.m. for live music, various food trucks, an assortment of beer and wine and family-friendly entertainment such as bounce houses, face painting, a trackless train and more! View event details: bit.ly/3sw1lBr. Future dates are February 13 and April 3.

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 age 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 10-14, Trout
  • January 24-28, Trout

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

Senior Center Holiday Luncheon

The Surprise Senior Center hosted their Annual Holiday Party to celebrate the holidays at The Colonnade on Friday, December 17. I, along with Mayor Skip Hall and Councilmembers Winters, Cline and Remley, were also in attendance. This annual event included a delicious lunch and raffles for all to enjoy. Thank you to the Surprise Senior Center for hosting such an incredible event for all of its members!

Connect with District 6

Please check out my new 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 d6.surpriseaz.gov 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 Meetings will take place on January 4 and 18 at 6 p.m. and will be open to the public for in-person attendance. You can also 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 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 chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.

Meet and Greet

Please join me for my D6 community meeting on January 25 at 6 p.m. at Venue Taproom, 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 d6.surpriseaz.gov for updates to my meeting schedule.