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.