The city of Surprise is the 6th fastest growing city in Arizona with a population of over 102,000 residents. It began as just one square mile with a gas station and several houses. In 1938 the land was subdivided into parcels to be developed as low income housing for local workers. It stayed a small, sleepy town for many years, and has only experienced this unprecedented growth over the last 30 years. In the last couple of years a number of local businesses and community based organizations have been involved in a revitalization initiative in the original, historic square mile of Surprise. In developing our Communities for All Ages team, we aim to strengthen the alliances already developed by organizations and businesses participating in this revitalization effort.
The vision of our Communities for all Ages team, a partnership between Benevilla, the City of Surprise Rio Salado College and community members of a range of ages, is to create a community that builds on the assets of the young and old to meet the intergenerational needs while creating a community to be proud of. Together we have been working together to focus on the creation and preservation of unique neighborhoods through the development of intergenerational volunteer opportunities/careers, education and mentorship opportunities, connectivity, expansion of resources through partnerships and the celebration of culture and art for all ages.