Following City Council’s direction to honor the city’s longest-tenured City Manager Dick McComb (1990 – 2000), the city will officially rename Surprise Farms Community Park, to Dick McComb City Park, at a public ceremony, Saturday, September 30, at 9 a.m.
The event takes place at the southeast corner of 175th Avenue and Surprise Farms Loop South. The park features a playground, splash pad, basketball court, skate park, restrooms and other park amenities.
McComb began his city government career in 1976 and became City Manager for the City of Surprise in 1990. During McComb’s tenure the city’s population grew from 7,122 people to nearly 31,000. This was a period of commercial growth for Surprise with Surprise Towne Center then under development and the Target opened at Surprise Marketplace.
Another big change was the evolution of policing in Surprise under McComb’s leadership. The Surprise Marshal’s Office evolved into the Surprise Police Department in November 1991, following McComb’s 1990 hiring of Garvin Arrell as the new Police Chief.
McComb served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War.
Following his retirement McComb remained an engaged Surprise resident. He passed away in 2016 at the age of 81.
For more information on the event please call Community and Recreation Services at 623.222.2000.