Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — June 2022

Posted 6/1/22

SimonCRE announced that Village at Prasada, the outdoor mall, is 100% committed. It will house major retailers including Sprouts Farmers Market, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, PetSmart, Burlington Coat Factory and Ultra.

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Patrick Duffy: District 3 Newsletter — June 2022

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SimonCRE announced that Village at Prasada, the outdoor mall, is 100% committed.

It will house major retailers including Sprouts Farmers Market, Hobby Lobby, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, PetSmart, Burlington Coat Factory and Ulta.

Some of the newest fine-dining restaurants to take down space in the center include Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, which serves fire-grilled steaks and seafood, and Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant, which features contemporary cuisine, a Napa Valley-style tasting room and retail market.

A map of the Village at Prasada plans. Logos for retailers Hobby Lobby and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

HonorHealth Complete Care Ribbon Cutting Event

On Friday, May 13, I joined HonorHealth Complete Care for a Ribbon Cutting event hosted by Dr. John Neil, Physician/EVP at HonorHealth. The private celebration was held in honor of the new facility’s Grand Opening on June 6 and is located at 16577 W. Waddell Rd. Once open, the facility will provide 24-hour service, seven days a week!

Councilmember Duffy and Dr. John Neil at HonorHealth. Councilmember Duffy joins Honor Health care for a ribbon cutting.

New Surprise Youth Council Take Oath

City Council welcomed 14 new Surprise Youth Council Members at the City Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 17. These youth will work alongside local leaders, including Mayor & Council, to build community, raise awareness, solve problems and help plan youth events. Members serve at the City’s discretion, until he or she resigns, or graduates from high school. Learn more about the Surprise Youth Council: surpriseaz.gov/SYC

New members of the Surprise Youth Council line up in front of the council dais.

Volunteers Needed

Day of Service Human Service and Community Vitality

Surprise is seeking volunteers for a Day of Service event on Wednesday, June 15, at St. Mary’s Food Bank. Volunteers will assist with sorting bulk food items, creating food baskets and loading food into vehicles, helping in the process of providing food for families in need. St. Mary’s Food Bank is located at 13050 W. Elm St. in Surprise. There are two shifts to choose from, 7:30-10:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Individuals and groups can register with Larry Garcia at Larry.Garcia@surpriseaz.gov or 623.222.1522.

Can’t make it this time? Here’s a look at upcoming opportunities:

  • Wednesday, July 20
  • Wednesday, August 17
  • Wednesday, September 14

Keep an eye on Day of Service events at surpriseaz.gov/dayofservice

Surprise Retail Survey Results

The annual Retail Survey launched on March 21 and more than 5,700 responses later, we have the results! The City uses the survey data to identify retail strengths, as well as opportunities to bring additional amenities closer to home. In the past, the survey has helped bring in establishments like Costco, Bath & Body Works, Oregano’s Pizza Bistro, Texas Roadhouse, and In-N-Out Burger!

Just as the recent survey showed Surprise residents’ top ask was a Hobby Lobby, the Village at Prasada announced the crafting giant is moving in! It’s also going to be home to several of the major retailers requested on the Retail Survey including Sprouts Farmers Market, T.J. Maxx & HomeGoods, and Total Wine & More.

Your top 5 most-wanted restaurants were Cheesecake Factory, El Pollo Loco, Cracker Barrel, Portillo’s and P.F. Chang’s.

Full results from both the adult and youth surveys available at surpriseaz.gov/retailsurvey.

Countryside Park Coming Soon

On May 25, the City of Surprise broke ground on Countryside Park, located north of Countryside Recreation Center and Elementary School at the southwest corner of Greenway Rd. and Parkview Pl.

The park’s primary use will be to facilitate youth sports. Residents can expect eight youth multipurpose fields, lighting, restrooms and parking. It is scheduled to be complete early 2023!

Surprise City Council and Parks and Recreation Director Holly Osborn break ground at the new Countryside Park. A young boy with a hard hat helps break ground at the new Countryside Park.

City of Surprise General Plan

A strategy and timeline for updating the City of Surprise General Plan was presented to City Council at the Regular Meeting on Tuesday, May 3. The General Plan addresses City issues such as land use, open space, transportation, infrastructure and services. This General Plan update will be an 18-24 month process with three stages:

  • Information Gathering
  • Drafting of the General Plan
  • Recommendation and Approval

For questions about the General Plan, please contact the City of Surprise Planning and Zoning Division at 623.222.3134. To view the City’s current General Plan 2035, visit surpriseaz.gov/GeneralPlan.

20 Year Anniversary for Northwest Regional Library

A young girl looks for a book at the library.

The community is invited to visit the Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., on Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for a party to celebrate the 20th anniversary and the kick-off of the 2022 Summer Reading program. The event will include crafts, games, prizes and more! Nearly 20 years ago, the City of Surprise and Maricopa County Library District cut the ribbon and opened the doors to one of the most state-of-the-art libraries in the country at the time. When the branch opened in December 2002, it was the first public library in the nation to use an automated book return system and one of only 70 libraries in the world to use a digital collection management system. 20 years later, the branch is still boasting state-of-the-art technology and innovative services, access to 40,000 books and movies and a wealth of digital resources and services.

Highlights of the event:

  • Free Event – No Registration Required
  • City of Surprise Block Party Trailer
  • Costumed Characters
  • Coloring Station & Craft Tables
  • Lawn & Board games
  • Prizes & Raffles (First Things First will be giving away free books!)
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Summer Reading Signup

Summer is Served at Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex

Looking for a fun summer activity? The City of Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex (STRC) has you and the whole family covered! Located at 14469 W. Paradise Ln., this award-winning 25-court facility offers tennis lessons for all ages and levels.

Surprise Tennis University

If you’re new to the game, Surprise Tennis University is an 11-week program for adults. It includes six weeks of instruction, four weeks of pre-match drills and coaching followed by supervised match play, and one week of non-elimination tournament. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 7:30-9 p.m. from June 7 - August 16. To register, head to surpriserec.surpriseaz.govand click on Tennis or contact the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex at 623.222.2400.

A tennis ball on a court.

STRC is open seven days a week and summer hours are as follows:
Daily: 6:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Monday - Friday only: 4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.

New Direct Line for Benevilla C.A.R.E.S.

Benevilla C.A.R.E.S

Benevilla C.A.R.E.S. now has a direct line! It allows callers to speak directly to a person and get helped and served without having to leave a message. The highly trained Resource Specialists have access to a database of over 1,000 senior services providers and agencies, including Benevilla member and volunteer services, community businesses, government agencies and other resources to help you stay independent at home. Call 623.526.4404.

Meet and Greet

District 3 Community Meeting banner

My next meeting will be on June 4 at 9 a.m. at Spencer’s Place, 15341 W. Waddell Rd. Please check surpriseaz.govfor updates to my Meet and Greet schedule. As always, feel free to email me at patrick.duffy@surpriseaz.gov with any questions or concerns you may have.

City Council Meetings

The next regularly scheduled City Council Meetings are June 7 and 21 at 6 p.m. Please tune in on surpriseaz.gov/surprisetv, the Surprise City Gov Facebook page at facebook.com/cityofsurprise or on Cox channel 11.

Please continue to check the City of Surprise website, at surpriseaz.gov for updates to meeting schedules and other important announcements.

Surprise, City Council, Patrick Duffy, District 3

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