Surprise is a city in the Phoenix metropolitan area in Arizona. Many people never think to wonder about its name, but it came from the same fact that makes its history so fascinating: the fact that no one ever thought it would be much of a city. It surprised them when it thrived, and continues to surprise people today.
Surprise is one of those places that is out in the boonies,' or at least it was when it first started. This means it was a rural area with few people. It was a latecomer since it was only founded in 1938. It was a tiny agricultural village at its start. Surprise specialized in growing cotton. The city was incorporated in 1960.
Surprise grew so rapidly that the year 2000 saw it at 30,000 people. Fifteen years later, the city contained almost four times that amount, thanks in part to a flourishing retirement community. It has tall buildings, industry, and modern ranches. It has been called one of the safest cities in the United States.
Sports are a big part of Surprise now, especially baseball. Various teams play in the city. Surprise is also home to the award-winning Surprise Tennis and Racquet Complex. Who would have thought tennis and racquetball would be so popular here.
Another, more tame sport that also has a fond place in Surprise is golf. The city has eight golf courses that you can get into at an affordable price. Golf courses tend to open early in the morning, so you don't have to be out at the hottest part of the day.
Speaking of heat, this area is one of the hottest in the United States, which may be the main deterrent to anyone who wants to live here. However, the people who live in Surprise know that you must drink water and stay inside during the hottest part of the day whenever possible.
That is to say, stay inside or go to a fun water-related outdoor attraction. The Surprise Aquatic Center offers waterfalls, a whirlpool, and slides. There is also a community pool, so get ready to cool off.
Besides these attractions, various events add even more local color. The city has a Surprise Party for its birthday. It is a big annual December festival/carnival that is fun for the whole family and includes such attractions as car shows and hot air balloon rides.
Another fun thing to do in Surprise is to go hiking. Because this area rarely gets snow, people may prefer to hike in the winter months when it is cooler, and they don't have to worry about heatstroke. The mountains are beautiful if the cactuses aren't.
The attractions in Surprise aren't limited to what you can do there. It has won laurels for partnering with educational institutions and has one of the fastest-growing school systems in Arizona, so it seems to have education down. Of its libraries, Hollyhock Branch Library is an excellent example of a library that isn't behind the times. They have programming for kids, teens, and adults. Apparently, the library is an architectural attraction as well.
Another architectural attraction, historic old Surprise City Hall, is a notable landmark. It is a four-story building with over 130,000 square feet of space. It is part of a larger complex that includes gardens and shaded arcades.
Another part of the city's character stems from two efforts that the city itself has begun. First, Surprise is documenting its history with the Surprise History Project and now has a DVD and book that tells the tale of Surprise from its Native American roots to the present.
The other significant effort is their sustainability movement known as Green Surprise. This effort is trying to improve air quality, recycling habits, water conservation and more. More and more people in Surprise are also looking at solar power as a more sustainable form of energy, and many people are doing what is open to any citizen: planting lawns and gardens, which may have a positive effect on the overall health of the environment by cleaning the air of waste products and other things.
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