Our city of 115,000 people was just one square mile of farmland back in 1938 when Flora Mae Statler founded it. So why did she call us Surprise? According to Statler’s daughter Elizabeth Wusich Stoft, her mother once commented "she would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much." With our success, she would indeed be surprised and proud!
You can learn more about how this once small farming community transformed into Arizona’s 10th largest-city in “The City of Surprise: A History in Progress,” a 104-page book crammed with photos and anecdotes, plus an accompanying DVD documentary set. The book is available for purchase at the Surprise History Project page, or you can watch the video at www.surpriseaz.gov/surprise11.
Recreation is BIG in Surprise….
Our Surprise Recreation Campus is home to professional sports and adult and youth recreation programming!
Surprise Stadium is the Spring Training home of the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals. It's also where our community comes together for free family movie night events, Fourth of July fireworks and much more!
In the fall our Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex hosts a stop on the Champions Tour, attracting tennis legends John McEnroe, Andre Agassi, Anna Kournikova and Jim Courier! This 25-court venue is also open for tennis players of all skill sets to enjoy or take lessons.
Other city recreation highlights:
Residents love the pools, waterfalls and slides at the Aquatic Center.
DreamCatcher Park is the city’s first all-access sports facility.
Hit the links on one of Surprise’s eight golf courses.
Hike and bike in the spectacular mountain vistas and clear desert air of the White Tank Mountain Regional Park.
Health and Education are top priorities
You will find medical services at nearby Banner Hospitals and several urgent care centers.
K-12 schools are run by the rapidly growing Dysart Unified School District.
Rio Salado Community College offers services in the city through the Communiversity @ Surprise and Lifelong Learning Center, and Arizona State University West is just 20 minutes from Surprise.
Check out Surprise! Cruise our web site for more information about the best place in Arizona to live, work and play.