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Surprise, AZ

All About Surprise, Arizona

Surprise is an Arizona city that has seen a massive population boom in recent decades, nearly quadrupling just between 2000 and 2010, and growing to an estimated 142,000 people by 2020. The city was first founded by Flora Mae Statler in 1938. She named it Surprise because she “would be surprised if the town ever amounted to much,” so she might be impressed by the amount of recent growth it has seen.

In those early days, Surprise consisted of a few houses and a gas station on the one-square-mile parcel of land owned by Statler. It was incorporated as a city in 1960. It has become a prime destination for retirees since the ‘90s, since it is next to the Sun City West 55+ community. A quarter of Surprise’s population is over the age of 65.

The 55+ community next door consists of the perfect mix of services and activities. There are four recreation centers, nine golf courses, and many restaurants. There are outdoor and indoor swimming pools, fitness centers, walking tracks, ballrooms, dance workshops, hobby and craft areas, and a library. Seniors enjoy tennis, bocce, pickleball, shuffleboard, softball, yard bowling, volleyball, and basketball. You can find countless entertainment opportunities and everything you want in your ideal community in the unparalleled Sun City West, Arizona.

Avista Sun City West Memory Care Near Surprise, AZ

There couldn’t be a better location for Avista Sun City West Memory Care than in the retirement city of Sun City West right next to Surprise, AZ. Located in the center and close to all amenities, there isn’t a reason why you couldn’t make a quick stop to pick up your loved one to spend some recreational time together or to grab a burger at a local restaurant and reminisce.

Avista Sun City West Memory Care cares about your family and wants all to feel comfortable in our community. The benefits of family visits are enormous. Visiting residents brings joy to everyone and is the key to keeping them feeling young. This community is not only for your loved one but for you and your family too.

Cool Off at the Surprise Aquatic Center

Summers get pretty hot in Arizona, so what better way to cool down than by going to the Surprise Aquatic Center? There are pools, diving boards, and waterslides, and a great closely monitored zero-depth area for toddlers. It’s a great place to bring the whole family, with shaded bleachers to sit on and a snack bar that serves light meals and refreshments.

A great activity to try with your loved one at Avista Sun City West Memory Care if they aren’t so interested in the pool is painting at the Mad Platter. Pick out the piece of pottery you’d like to paint and then have a great time together decorating your new masterpiece.

If you get hungry while enjoying your day with your loved one, make sure to try out Nick’s Diner II, a great little eatery with a mix of Greek and all-American menu items, all made from scratch. Make sure to save room for the Baklava for dessert!

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