Category Archives: D1 News

Surprise Farms Community Park Groundbreaking Event February 28

Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, District 1 Councilmember Roland Winters, the Surprise City Council, the Recreation Advisory Commission and the Community and Recreation Services Department invite you to attend the Surprise Farms Community Park Groundbreaking Ceremony, Saturday, February 28, at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will be held at the Surprise Farms Community Park site, southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South.

The Surprise Farms Community Park will feature a playground, splash pad, basketball court, dog park, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.

For more information on Surprise Farms Community Park please call 623.222.2000.


Celebrity Flag Football Challenge

The Celebrity Flag Football Challenge brought celebs, fans, and media to Surprise Stadium on Super Bowl weekend! Councilmember Winters had the chance to meet with media and give some insight into what makes Surprise so special. The game not only provided exposure for the City, it also benefitted the Wounded Warrior Project.

Boards and Commissions members chosen

Boards and Commissions members recommended by the Boards and Commissions Selection Committee, of which Councilmember Winters is chair, were approved by Council and sworn in on Dec. 16. Mary Pate was appointed to the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission; Christine Baker, Nicole Jeffords and Joseph Poschner were appointed to the Disability Advisory Commission; Matthew Keating was appointed to the Planning & Zoning Commission; and Ryan Spotts was appointed to the Health Benefits Trust Fund Board.

Board swearing in new member
Board swearing in new members

AZ Legislators meet with Surprise Mayor & Council

Councilmember Winters attended the City of Surprise Legislative Breakfast on December 11, 2014.

It was an opportunity for the Mayor and City Council to discuss the City of Surprise legislative priorities with Arizona Senators and Representatives.

Legislators present included Senators Judy Burges, Debbie Lesko and Don Shooter and Representatives David Livingston, Phil Lovas, Rick Gray, Tony Rivera, Darin Mitchell and Steve Montenegro.

Mayor Wolcott and City Manager Bob Wingenroth shared the vision of Surprise and discussions covered economic development, education and fire districts.

City hosts 8th Annual Special Olympics Winter Party

Councilmember Winters had the honor of welcoming guests to the city’s 8th Annual Special Olympics Winter Party and Tree Decorating Ceremony on December 12, 2014 at DreamCatcher Park. Attendees had a chance to decorate holiday trees with ornaments and garlands that were made by Dysart School District’s Special Olympic athletes and teachers. The event also included choir performances, games, face painting, train rides and more!

Tree Lighting at Surprise Party

Councilmember Winters attended the annual tree lighting ceremony at Surprise Party on Dec. 5, along with Mayor Wolcott and other members of City Council. Surprise Party attracted thousands of attendees and featured great food, rides, live music, a hot-air balloon glow, fireworks and so much more!

Surprise Fire Medical Department’s Promotion Ceremony

Councilman Roland F. Winters Jr. attended the Surprise Fire Medical Department’s Promotion Ceremony on Monday, November 17. The Ceremony was held in the Public Safety Auditorium.  The Department honored seven men for their recent promotions including Captain Richard Brown, Captain Brandley Williams, Engineer Kenneth Herrguth, Engineer Nathan Perkins, Firefighter Donovan Maturan, Firefighter Robert Wieser and Firefighter Edward Swartz.  Congratulations to these fine men and their families!

Councilman Roland F. Winters Jr. with Captain Brandley Williams
Councilman Roland F. Winters Jr. with Captain Brandley Williams at Surprise Fire Medical Department’s Promotion Ceremony

General Plan Summit

Mayor and City Council met with Planning and Zoning Commission members and city staff, Nov. 8, 2014, to talk about how to grow Surprise through the General Plan, so that the city prioritizes projects to attract new employers, maintain a safe community, and ensure a great quality of life for residents through efficient transportation options, the arts and recreation.