City of Surprise

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

Summary of Arizona Gun Laws

Arizona is a shall-issue state with concealed weapons permits issued at the state level by the Department of Public Safety. 

There is no permit, background check or firearms registration required when buying a handgun from a private individual. A purchaser must be at least 18 years old to buy a gun from a private individual. The minimum age to purchase a handgun from a federally licensed dealer is 21.

Open carry is legal in Arizona for any person who is at least 18 years old and who can legally possess a firearm. Some areas are off-limits, including schools and liquor stores that have posted “no weapons” signs.  

Anyone at least 21 years old may conceal carry a firearm without a permit. Arizona Concealed Weapons Permits (CWP) are issued to residents and non-residents and require a firearms training course that has been state-approved. 

Arizona is a Castle Doctrine state. There is no duty to retreat before defending yourself in Arizona. If you’re not engaged in an unlawful act and you’re in a place you have a right to be, you don’t have to retreat when someone threatens or assaults you. Nevertheless, you can only use proportional and reasonable force when immediately necessary to protect against potentially deadly force. Deadly force is not permitted to prevent theft or vandalism except when deadly force would otherwise be justified. There is no civil liability for justified conduct.

City of Surprise

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris JuddMayor Skip Hall


Overview: A Concept Review Meeting is required to take place prior to submitting design review of a project, including but not limited to, zoning, preliminary or final plats, site plans, and improvement plans. This meeting acts as an opportunity for the City to provide a general overview of the development process and provide preliminary feedback on development proposals. It is recommended that the applicant and their technical team attend the meeting. Prior to this meeting, representatives from various departments will evaluate the project and will then provide comments at the meeting. These departments can include Planning, Engineering, Fire-Medical, Building Safety, Real Property, Land Survey, Water Resource Management, Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering and GIS. Concept Meeting: The intent of this meeting is to provide more specific information and guidance for property owners, developers and project designers who are considering development within the City of Surprise. Following the meeting, a Concept Meeting Summary will be provided to the applicant which provides:  A general outline of comments and issues related to planning and infrastructure requirements  Submittal requirements and fees  Information about the review process  Information about public hearing and Council processes Comments will be preliminary in nature. Additional comments may be provided during staff review of the formal submittal. Scheduling: Concept Meetings: Meetings are scheduled every Thursday between the hours of 8:45 a.m. – 11 a.m. The meetings are allotted 45 minutes and meeting times may be reserved by submitting all required documents to the Development Center Information Counter at City Hall. Materials must be received on or before Wednesday at 4 p.m. two weeks prior to the Concept Meeting date. One hard copy of all items and one CD in pdf format are required. Meeting times are filled on a first come, first served basis. Meetings will not be scheduled without the required items. If the desired week’s schedule is filled, the applicant will receive the first available spot on the following week’s schedule. Fees: Concept Meeting: $300 For questions, please contact the Project Coordinator below: Elsa De Moss at (623) 222-3133 or Allysa Robinson at (623) 222-3099

Surprise voters OK city’s purchase of private water company

Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris JuddMayor Skip Hall city of surprise

Why is the City seeking to purchase CCWC?

One of the City Council’s Strategic Plan Goals is to “Ensure sufficient water resources for current and future needs.” In order for the City’s Water Utility to meet that goal, it must continue to expand its access to more water and increase its water portfolio, particularly its access to Colorado River water delivered through the Central Arizona Project (“CAP”) canal system.

CCWC is a small water service company located in the northern part of Surprise’s future planning and water service area. In addition to its infrastructure and customer base, CCWC also has a sizable CAP allocation which, if acquired, would greatly grow the City’s ability to access more Colorado River water. Having greater access to renewable water supplies affords the City the ability to meet future demands and avoid shortfalls.

By Matt Roy, Independent Newsmedia May 15, 2018

Surprise voters last night approved city plans to purchase a water company from a neighboring community.

With 18,319 mail-in ballots cast, four-out-of-five participants in the May 15 municipal election supported a measure, which empowers Surprise City Council to move forward with negotiations to purchase Circle City Water Company.

According data presented by city staffers during a November 2017 presentation, the small water company currently serves only 168 customers in the rural community of Circle City, which lies 14 northwest of Surprise along U.S. 60.

The purchase will add 3,932 acre-feet per year to Surprise’s allocation of Colorado River surface water pumped from Central Arizona Project canals.

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

What’s the quality of my water?

The data presented in these reports is a combination of analysis results from nationally recognized water quality labs and commercial laboratories, all certified in drinking water testing by the State of Arizona Department of Health Services.

Mountain Vista Systems – PWS ID: 04-07-500 Questions? Call 623.222.6000
Desert Oasis System – PWS ID: 04-07-523 Questions? Call 623.222.6000
EPCOR – PWS ID: 04-07-695  Questions?  Call 800.383.0834


Is all water in the City of Surprise chlorinated? No, some private water companies, private wells, and co-ops may not chlorinate the water. You should contact your water provider to determine if they are chlorinating. Type your address to find your water provider.

City begins FY20 budget discussions Feb. 19

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The City of Surprise FY2020 budget building process kicks off at the City Council Work Session on Tuesday, February 19. 

This will be the first in a series of presentations to Council by the City’s Finance Department regarding the overall developm..

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Join Mayor Skip Hall for a lunchtime reception celebrating the start of the 17th annual Spring Training season in the City of Surprise!

Hear from members of the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers management teams while enjoying hors d’oeuvres a…

Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic leads off baseball season in Surprise

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Come see the 2018 College World Series National Champions, the Oregon State Beavers, as they make their 2019 season debut right here in Surprise, Arizona.

The Sanderson Ford College Baseball Classic will take place February 15-24 at the Surprise Stadium, f…


Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

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You used 8% less than your efficient neighbors
You used 418 kWhu       Efficient Neighbor used 454 kWhs       All Neighbor used 746 kWh

The city of Surprise is committed to linking residents to programs that provide the help people need in many facets of life, programs that offer the support needed for a fuller, safer, more community-oriented Surprise life.

Here you will find resources ranging from fire safety to flu shots, from emergency clothing to employment assistance. Some of the programs are provided directly by the City, others are provided by other regional assistance agencies.      

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Mayor Skip Hall – CM Roland Winters – CM Nancy Hayden – CM David Sanders – CM Patrick Duffy – CM Ken Remley – CM Chris Judd

The first Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month in the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. All meetings, are open to the public, and will be televised on Surprise TV and online at

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Rain Out Refund Options

There are no refunds or exchanges unless an official game is not played. In the event that 5 innings of one game are not played, except when the home team is in the lead at the end of 4 innings, the following policy will apply:


All paid tickets, regardless of where they were purchased, may be exchanged at the box office only for any future 2019 Spring Training Game at Surprise Stadium for the same home team. Exchanges are subject to seat availability on a game by game basis. Complimentary tickets may not be exchanged under any circumstances.

Refunds For Tickets Purchased At The Surprise Stadium Box Office, By Phone, Via The Internet or At Any Tickets.Com Outlet:

In order to obtain a refund for a Rain Check for tickets, you may either drop them off at the Box Office or mail them to:

Surprise Stadium Ticket Office
15960 N. Bullard Avenue
Surprise, AZ 85374
Attn: Rainout Refund

A refund request must be submitted within 60 days of the cancelled game.

Complimentary tickets may not be refunded or exchanged under any circumstance

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Cactus League Luncheon set for Feb. 19; kicks off 2019 Spring Training Season


The 2019 Cactus League luncheon, featuring the induction of the latest Cactus League Hall of Fame class, is set for Tuesday, February 19 at Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix. 

“The Cactus League luncheon signals the start of spring training, and we congratulate the 2019 Hall of Fame class,” Cactus League President Jeff Meyer said. “We thank the Arizona Office of Tourism for its support of this event and Grand Canyon University for hosting.”

Fans are invited to attend the annual Cactus League luncheon, which will run from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, February 19 at Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. The luncheon will feature the induction of the 2019 Cactus League Hall of Fame class, presented by the Arizona Spring Training Experience (some inductees may not be present):

•    Ken Griffey Jr., Hall of Fame outfielder and American League MVP who played for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox

•    Robin Yount, Hall of Fame shortstop and two-time American League MVP who spent his entire 20-year career with the Milwaukee Brewers

•    Fergie Jenkins, Hall of Fame pitcher and National League Cy Young Award winner with the Chicago Cubs

•    Roland Hemond, three-time MLB Executive of the Year whose nearly seven-decade career included stints with the Milwaukee Braves, California Angels, Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Arizona Diamondbacks

•    Bobby Freeman, who has served as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ organist at Chase Field since the team’s inception

Jerry Colangelo, former Managing General Partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will also participate in the event.

For luncheon and ticket information, click here or email

Two days after the luncheon, the 2019 Cactus League season begins on Thursday, February 21 and runs until Tuesday, March 26 at 10 ballparks across Maricopa County.  

Surprise Stadium opens the 2019 season on February 23 with the city’s Spring Training home teams, the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers, facing off at 1:05 p.m.

For Surprise Spring Training ticket and schedule information, please visit 

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The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open for ticket sales on Saturday, January 5, 2019 beginning at 8 a.m. (MST). The box office is located at 15960 N. Bullard Avenue. 

For questions or more information, please check our website at or 623.222.2222.

2019 Spring Training Schedule

Schedule and times subject to change | Dynamic pricing may apply to select games

Feb. 23Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Feb. 24Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers2:05 pm
Feb. 25Colorado Rockies vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Feb. 26Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Feb. 27Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Feb. 28San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 1Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Mar. 2Seattle Mariners vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 3San Diego Padres vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Mar. 4Colorado Rockies vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Mar. 5Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Kansas City Royals6:05 pm
Mar. 6 San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers 1:05 pm
Mar. 7Los Angeles Angels vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 8Cincinnati Reds vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 9Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Mar. 10San Diego Padres vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 11Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers (Sundancers Charity Game)7:05 pm
Mar. 12Chicago White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 13Cleveland Indians vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 14Texas Rangers vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 15Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Mar. 16Milwaukee Brewers vs. Kansas City Royals1:05 pm
Mar. 17Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Mar. 18Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Texas Rangers7:05 pm
Mar. 19Chicago Cubs vs. Kansas City Royals6:05 pm
Mar. 20Cincinnati Reds vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Mar. 21Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers1:05 pm
Mar. 22San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals^6:05 pm
Mar. 23Milwaukee Brewers vs. Texas Rangers12:05 pm
Mar. 24Kansas City Royals vs. Texas Rangers12:05 pm

^Surprise Stadium Fireworks Night presented by Jimmy

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Within a typical 30 minute commute, Surprise is connected to the entire West Valley. The West Valley is comprised of six communities: Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfi eld Park, Peoria and Surprise. More than 800,000 people call the West Valley home. With over 325,000 skilled individuals in the labor force, the area is primed for economic growth.
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Texas Rangers Spring Training Ticket Information

Before the Texas Rangers begin a busy regular-season slate, watch them go head-to-head against teams in the Cactus League this spring inside Surprise Stadium in Arizona. Take a look at the schedule above for matchups with Texas Rangers spring training tickets currently available in the Vivid Seats marketplace.  Spring training opponents typically making way to Surprise, Ariz., include the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, and Los Angeles Dodgers as well as  AL West rivals like the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. If you’re looking for a particular game, use the “Filter Results” to streamline the search for preferred Texas Rangers spring training tickets. You also can get in touch with Vivid Seats customer service representatives and sales agents by calling 866.848.8499 or using Live Chat for assistance while shopping.

Once you’ve found the Rangers spring training contest you want to see live, click “Tickets” to proceed to the next page where you’ll be able to view all available listings. If you’re looking for a seat in a certain section like the Lawn or Lower Dugout, click inside the Surprise Stadium seating chart to display the Rangers spring training tickets for sale in respective areas of the ballpark. To place an order online, simply press “Buy” on your chosen listing and then log in to complete the final steps for checkout. Make sure to review all transaction details prior to submitting the request, including ticket quantity and delivery information. After your order has been confirmed by the seller, your tickets will be covered by our 100% Buyer Guarantee

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The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, located in the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. The Rangers franchise currently competes in Major League Baseball as a member of the American League West division. Since 1994, the Rangers have played in Globe Life Park in Arlingt

Surprise Stadium

Surprise Stadium is the Spring Training home for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, and has been rated as the “best place to watch a Spring Training game.” (Best of Phoenix)

Surprise Stadium was officially opened in December 2002 and since then has hosted not only Spring Training games, but plenty of little league, high school and college sports tournaments, too.

This award-winning facility is used for more than sports. Surprise families have stretched out on the fields to enjoy kid- friendly Movie Nights with their neighbors for years and thousands gather every Fourth of July for a dynamic fireworks show and entertainment festival. Visit the Special Events page for a full list of activities.

For information about Surprise Spring Training visit

Councilman Roland Winters

City Council names Winters as Vice Mayor

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The Surprise City Council selected District 1 Councilmember Roland F. Winters Jr. to serve as Vice Mayor at their regular meeting Tuesday night.

Per city code, City Council must select a new Vice Mayor to serve on an annual basis no later than January 30. The Vice Mayor acts on behalf of the Mayor in the event of absence.

Winters was first elected to City Council in 2013 to serve a four-year term beginning January 2014. He was re-elected in 2018 and began his new four-year term this month.  

He worked thirty five years at Hughes Air Craft Company in Fullerton, California and also owned and operated a photo studio in Fullerton and Placentia, California. He served on the State Board of Directors for Californians for Disability Rights.

Born and educated through high school in New Jersey, Winters earned a degree in Business Administration and Pre Law at Fullerton College in Fullerton, California. He also earned a BA degree in Marketing Management from the University of California.

  1. Mon, Jan 21 City Offices Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day

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You do not have to travel to be a council man.

Do employers have to provide personal attendant care for work-related travel? 

According to informal guidance from the EEOC, the ADA does not require employers to provide personal attendant care on the job because reasonable accommodation does not require employers to provide personal need items or services. However, when an employee travels for work and incurs personal attendant care expenses beyond his/her usual expenses when not traveling for work, there is a good argument that the employer must pay the added costs. 

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Surprise names new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commissioners

Surprise, AZ (January 16, 2019) Surprise City Council approved the addition of five new members to represent veteran-interests on the new Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission during last night’s Regular City Council Meeting. 

The new members, with term expirations through June 30, 2023, are: Karissa Perry; Shawna Daigle; Steffen Hanzel; and Tom Short.

These members will join the former Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) members who have transitioned to the expanded Commission: George Van de Langeryt; Bruce Hertzog; Kathryn Chandler; Dan Moore; Jacob Thomas; and Krista Watson.

Andrew Witzel was selected to fill the recently vacated seat on the former DAC; his term expiration on the new Commission is June 30, 2021.

Council formed the Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission to assist in the development and/or expansion of city programming related to veterans; people with special needs; and those in need of general human services and workforce development, during the December 4 Regular City Council Meeting. 

The first Veterans, Disability and Human Services Commission meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.

Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of the month in the City Hall Council Chambers at 6 p.m. All meetings, are open to the public, and will be televised on Surprise TV and online at

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This is to officially let you know that Sam and Diana Johnson, 30304 N 164th Ave. Surprise, AZ are totally against the annexation, first of the public land south of the canal and secondly, the area being considered north of the canal. Please do not annex these areas. We purchased our home out here so that we could ride our horse and 4 wheelers on the State Land and enjoy the view of the beautiful mountains. We understand there will be a petition to sign and we definitely want to sign it!

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Happened to find the ship I served on, when I was on the internet.

USS Shackle (ARS-9) was an Diver-class rescue and salvage ship commissioned by the U.S. Navy for service in World War II. She was responsible for coming to the aid of stricken vessels.

Shackle (ARS-9) was laid down on 26 October 1942 by the Basalt Rock Company in Napa, California; launched on 1 April 1943; sponsored by Mrs. Walker Cochran; and commissioned on 5 February 1944, Lt. Charles G. Jenkins, Jr., in command.

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This is in regards to the aid that travels with Councilman Winters, I have been unable to receive all of the details that I have ask for, by request from the city clerks office.
I have a concern that we might get in legal trouble paying (probably in cash) to an aid that is not a city employee, and am told that the aid is required under the American Disabilities Act. Which I believe is debatable. My suggestion is, if you want the city to pay for Winter’s care when he travels, hire an aid from Personal Assistance Services (PAS). Who are defined as person-to-person services to assist people with disabilities with tasks they would perform if they did not have a disability. Traditionally, these services have focused on health care and activities of daily living.

Being able to travel out of state on your own is not a requirement to become a councilman of the City of Surprise.

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Title 9 – Arizona Revised Statutes 

9-304. Compensation of alderman or councilman; failure to comply; classification

A. No mayor, alderman or councilman of any city or town shall, during the term for which he has been elected, knowingly accept, take or receive for his own use from the city or town, any money or other thing of value other than that which is provided to be paid him for his services as such.

B. A person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a petty offense, and his office shall be forfeited.

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Councilmember District 3 (Mesquite) Term starts 01/01/2019
Candidate Number of Votes Vote Percentage
Patrick Duffy 1,578 50% Gisele Norberg 1,567 50%

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“Rose” and the Surprise Police provide update to MedReturn Program
Rose and the rest of the Surprise Police Department would like to thank the public for the continued success of the MedReturn program. Read more…

Newly Elected Officials Training
Thursday, December 6
Established in 1998, the purpose of the program is to assist newly elected officials to be more effective in their new policy-making role. The program will be similar to that offered in past years and provide participants with an opportunity to: Learn the basics of municipal government in Arizona Review Arizona government and Constitutional structure Learn about general issues of municipal budgeting Discuss ethical and legal issues facing elected officials Review the public policy process The information is presented in a practical format with time for questions. In addition, all participants will receive materials that will serve as a useful reference when they return to their communities.

December 6, 2018 - December 7, 2018 Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Mesa Convention Center  Address: 263 N Center Street Mesa, AZ 85201
Contact: (602) 258-5786 Newly Elected Officials Training

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Fiscal Sustainability Preservation of shared revenues. The City’s budget includes revenue from a number of State sources; most importantly, shared revenues from state income, sales, and vehicle license taxes. Shared revenues make up approximately 30% of the City’s general fund. A diverse and sustainable revenue stream with predictable sources is critical for the City’s financial well-being. Surprise supports the protection and full disbursement of shared revenues and a diverse revenue portfolio based on sustainable, predictable revenue sources. Unfunded mandates. The City opposes unfunded state mandates placed on local jurisdictions and encourages the Legislature to evaluate the fiscal impact such mandates will have on communities prior to considering the issue.

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There’s still time to register for youth winter sports camps & skills classes
Surprise, AZ (December 5, 2018) The City of Surprise is registering for 2019 youth winter sports camps and skills classes!

We are offering a number of sports camps and skills classes, including: basketball, baseball, softball and tennis. Softball, baseball and basketball camps will be held January 2-4 and will focus on the fundamentals of each sport through games, competitions and drills. Tennis camps are being offered December 26-28 and January 2-4 and are open to all levels to improve technical and tactical skills.

Skills classes will be held for pitching/catching and hitting/base running for both softball and baseball. These classes will focus on refining mechanics through various skill specific drills. Classes start early January and run through mid-February.

For more details, please visit

Registration is available until full. Register in-person at the Surprise Community & Recreation Services Office, located at 15960 N Bullard Avenue, or online at

For more information, please contact the city’s Sports Division at 623.222.2000 or visit

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“The City of Surprise: A History in Progress,” is a 104-page book and accompanying DVD documentary that tells the story of Surprise. Meet the earliest Surprise residents, from the prehistoric Hohokam Indians to the people who built Surprise into the city of connection and opportunity it is today. Relive the days when cotton was king in Surprise, and how a road called Grand Avenue and a new railroad connected a small farming community to the rest of the world. Enjoy a wonderful video documentary with interviews and rare photos of early Surprise. Discover newly revealed documents that show the real story of what (and who!) is behind the founding of one of Arizona’s premiere cities!

It’s amazing that they say nothing about the swap meet that I had,  that drew thousands every Sat, Sun. and Thursday night. At one time it was the second largest swap meet in Arizona.