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Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • May 2019

Summer is coming!

As the Valley heats up, my family enjoys getting away to the mountains of Arizona for some cool weather camping. Camping is a great way to spend time with your family and friends exploring outside. One of my favorite camps is around Big Lake in the Arizona White Mountains. I have some favorites around the Flagstaff area and around the Heber-Overgaard area too. Primitive dispersed camping is allowed in most parts of our National Forests and if you want to stay in a campground, many forest service campgrounds will allow you to make reservations at www.recreation.gov. Follow the links below for information about our nearby national forests.

Arizona’s National Forests:

White Mountains area (east AZ): Apache-Sitgreaves https://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf

Prescott area: Prescott National Forest https://www.fs.usda.gov/prescott

Flagstaff area: Coconino https://www.fs.usda.gov/coconino

Desert area NE of Phoenix: Tonto https://www.fs.usda.gov/tonto

Grand Canyon area: Kaibab https://www.fs.usda.gov/kaibab

Southern AZ area: Coronado https://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado

If you are looking for ideas on camping places or gear, please feel free to hit me up, I always love talking about Arizona’s outdoors.

Please always leave your campsite nicer than when you arrived. Fire restrictions will begin soon and most are usually lifted by early July, depending on the timing of the monsoons. Fire restrictions vary by forest and can be found at the links above. Please never leave your fire unattended and make sure the fire is dead out when you pack up!

Community Recreation Updates and Events

The AIA Baseball State Tournament Championship at the Surprise Stadium is being hosted on Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4 and Saturday, May 11. The city will host 32 teams from across the valley as they compete for the Division III State Title. For brackets and listings please visit www.aiaonline.org.

Movie Night at Mark Coronado Park will be held on Saturday, May 11. The gates will open at 6:00 p.m. and the showing of Small Foot will start at 7:00 p.m. No outside food or coolers, except a bottle of water, are permitted as it will be available for purchase on site. Don’t forget your blanket or lawn chair!

Memorial Day Ceremony at the Northwest Regional Library will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. Our City will be hosting the ceremony to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. I encourage everyone to be a part of this humbling event.

The City of Surprise pools will officially open for summer on Saturday, May 25. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to cool down as well as watch for special “water” events, such as: Family Pool-ooza on May 18, Itty Bitty Beach Party on May 23 and Dive in Movie on July 15. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/498/Special-Pool-Events for more information.

Summer Camp is coming to Countryside and Sierra Montana Recreation Centers. Daily activities will include indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and many other activities. Space is limited, so be sure to visit www.surpriseaz.gov/2671/Break-Camps to register online!

2017 General Obligation (G.O.) Bond project updates

Waddell Road construction from 303 to Sarival is projected to begin this summer and the section to Reems is scheduled to be completed by summer 2020.

Litchfield Road construction from Waddell to Peoria will start in the fall with a scheduled finish of spring 2020. The majority of the work will be between Sweetwater and Desert Cove Road.

Fire Station 308, located at Litchfield and Cactus roads, currently has a design team on board and the project is scheduled to be complete in spring 2022. This project is intentionally being planned to be the last G.O. Bond project completed because of the significant additional operation costs.

Councilmember Chris Judd Newsletter • April 2019

The City of Surprise wrapped up March by hosting the State of the City and City Hall 10-year Anniversary Celebration. The courtyard was a gathering place for residents to enjoy entertainment, play games and listen to music. City departments were on display with tables that hosted information as well as city updates. The Council Chamber was full to capacity with residents and elected officials eager to watch the video production on the growth and future of Surprise. If you happened to miss the event, please watch it in its entirety at www.surpriseaz.gov/SOTC.

Important Dates to Remember

April 15 at 7 p.m. – Marley Park residents are encouraged to attend a community outreach meeting regarding the creation of a master plan for City Center. If you live outside of Marley Park and would like to attend or hold a similar event, please email me at chris.judd@surprisaz.gov.

April 26 at 1 p.m. – The city will host a renaming ceremony for the bridge at Bell Road and Grand Avenue to Veterans’ Bridge. Please watch for updates and more information on my social media page.

April 30 at 5 p.m. – Surprise Community Outreach Program grant applications are due. The Community Outreach Program is designed to provide funding assistance to organizations within the City of Surprise for programs, events, and activities that enhance the overall lifestyle of the community. Please visit www.surpriseaz.gov/communityoutreachprogram for the application, complete program details and eligibility requirements.

Community Events

Taste of Surprise, April 6 – Mark your calendars, and bring your appetite! The Taste of Surprise is a charity fundraising event, which is funded in part by a grant from our Community Outreach Program. The event will host some of the West Valley’s best restaurants. For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit www.tasteofsurprise.com.

Public Art Bus Tour, April 13 – This is a free bus trip to Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg. The bus will depart from City Hall at 11:00 a.m. with a return time of 3:00 p.m. Museum entry is $9.00. Please call 623-214-7537 for more information and to reserve your spot. www.surpriseaz.gov/arts

Sunday in the Park Food Truck Festival, April 14 – From 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park, come let your taste buds explore an array of food trucks. Bring your blanket or chair and enjoy live music. Admission is always free! www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Open Mic Night, April 19 – WHAM, located at 16560 N Dysart Road, is hosting an open mic night for poetry, free verse and storytelling from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to participate as performers and/or listeners. This is a free event. If you would like more information, please call 623-334-5271. www.surpriseaz.gov/arts

Spring Egg-stravaganza, April 20 – This free, family event is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Kansas City Royals Practice Field, 15850 N Bullard Avenue. Toddlers to 10 year olds are invited to join the search for more than 50,000 candy and toy filled eggs. This event will feature face painters, balloon artists, inflatables and, of course, Mr. & Mrs. Bunny! www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

Movie Night, May 11 – Go ahead and mark your calendars for movie night with a show time of 7:00 p.m. at Mark Coronado Park. Bring your blanket and popcorn, and enjoy watching Small Foot on the big screen. Gates will open at 6:00 p.m. www.surpriseaz.gov/specialevents

News and Updates

General Obligation Bond Projects

  • Waddell Road – This traffic congestion mitigation project will build 1-1/2 miles of roadway between Loop 303 and Reems Road – replacing a two lane (one in each direction) farm road that averages over 16,000 vehicles per day, with a full depth engineered six lanes (three in each direction) arterial roadway including storm water, pedestrian, and bicycle infrastructure and a signalized intersection replacing a four-way stop sign controlled intersection. Expected completion is spring 2020.
  • Greenway Road – This traffic congestion mitigation project will build ½ mile on both sides of the Loop 303 interchange for a total of one mile between Cotton Road and Sarival Avenue, eliminating forced merges due to scalloped road condition and adding a fully signalized intersection. This project includes necessary storm water, pedestrian, and bicycle infrastructure. Expected completion is early 2021.
  • Fire Station 308 – This project will add a new Fire Station for our Fire-Medical Department at Litchfield and Cactus, becoming the first fire station in City Council District 6. It is expected to be operational in spring 2022.

Get the latest updates and information on all of our bind projects at www.surpriseaz.gov/decidesurprise.

Adult Sports

Registration is now OPEN for Adult Sports! This includes, but is not limited to, Baseball, Softball, Kickball, Flag Football and Soccer. Visit www.surpriseaz.gov/250/Adult-Sports for registration details and more information.


Groundbreaking and Newly Opened

  • Abrazo Micro-Hospital, located at Surprise Farms Gateway, will be breaking ground on April 2.
  • SeaCa Plastic Packaging is currently under construction in our city’s industrial district.
  • Trimaco is now open in our industrial district.
  • Nothing Bundt Cakes opened on March 7.
  • SpotRX, located in Ottawa University, had their ribbon cutting on March 27.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas please feel free to contact me at chris.judd@surpriseaz.gov.