Greetings to all of my fellow District 1 residents!
February was an incredibly busy month. I’ll provide you with a recap of some of my events and meetings. Despite the busy schedule, I was still able to take time out and attend Second Sundays in the Park. If you have not been to this event, I strongly urge you to go! Retirement Rocks was the band that played in February and they were absolutely great!
The Surprise Arts & Cultural Commission hosted the “Art Encounter” at City Hall on the 11th of February. The event had a nice turn-out with a productive discussion about the placement of public art around the City.
I was honored to be given a tour of the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Plant on February 13th. We were provided a very thorough explanation of the capabilities of the plant to supply us with electricity. This plant has strict security procedures, especially surrounding their need to protect the reactors.
After the aforementioned tour, I visited the WHAM Art Association to view the newly renovated WHAM West Gallery that is located at 16560 N. Dysart Road. The exhibit on display features the artistic interpretations of “The Swing” by Robert Louis Stephenson. This exhibit will be on display through March 28th, 2015.
I held my regular monthly meeting on Friday, February 20 at the Retreat at Arizona Traditions. Bob Wingenroth, City Manager, was my guest. The attendance was very impressive! I hope everyone gets an opportunity to attend one of my monthly meetings. I’d love to see you there!
On Saturday, February 21st, I was invited to participate in the “Tale of Two Cities” parade and festival at Estrella Mountain Community College. This event is partnered by the cities of Avondale and Goodyear and it highlights cultures from around the world. I was able to be part of the parade along with more than 50 other entries. Personally, I think our City needs a parade too! It’s such a fantastic way to bring our residents together!
The Annual Cactus League Lunch was held at the Peoria Sports Complex. This event is held each year and serves as the official start of the Cactus League spring training season in Arizona.
Mayor Wolcott and I attended the Surprise Farms III HOA meeting on February 26th. We were asked several questions pertaining to the new dog park in Surprise Farms. We tried to answer all the questions about the amenities that are going into the park. Unfortunately, some residents do not approve.
The event that I have been waiting for arrived! On Saturday, February 28th, the City hosted the groundbreaking for Surprise Farms Park! I have been so excited for the residents of Surprise Farms, as well as all the folks in Surprise for the implementation of this park! The City has budgeted over $2 million dollars for the park, with plans to include ramadas, a splash pad, restrooms, a dog park, a basketball court and the first skate park in Surprise! This was certainly a collaborative effort with the entire City Council, Community & Recreation Services Director Mark Coronado and his entire team. A special thank you to Mr. Coronado and his staff for their valiant efforts to make this possible!
I have received feedback regarding my newsletter and there seems to be a consensus that my constituents want more details. There is only so much room in my reports but I am always happy and willing to discuss anything with any one. You can always call me! I will close for now.
As always, be good to yourself and be good to each other!
Council Member, Roland Winters, Jr.