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Scottsdale Update for May 21, 2015

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  • Memorial Day reminders
  • Improved levees help keep city dry; give residents a break on flood insurance
  • Public review process begins for draft update of Scottsdale General Plan 2035
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Dive into Mighty Mud Mania June 6
  • Check out these ongoing activities and events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • Summer construction closes east Via Linda near Loop 101
  • Take your best shot for conservation
  • You’re never old enough to swim alone!
  • Got a question? Chances are the city has an answer
  • Get the latest City Council meeting agenda
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Keep your kids active and engaged this summer
  • Learn about green innovative projects at June 4 lecture
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk


Memorial Day reminders
Although most city offices will be closed Monday, May 25, for Memorial Day, the city will still pick up your trash. Simply place your container in the usual collection spot by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the evening before. Call 480-312-5600 for more information.
More important Memorial Day information:

  • Buckling up saves lives. The National Safety Council released estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The organization estimates there will be nearly 400 traffic fatalities and another 46,300 injuries that may occur over the weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent data showed that an estimated 87 percent of vehicle occupants wear seat belts. However, the 13 percent of drivers and passengers in cars and light trucks who do not wear belts accounted for 44.7 percent of vehicle collision fatalities in 2014. It is estimated that 140 lives could be saved this weekend if everyone would wear their seat belts. So please buckle up, be safe and enjoy the upcoming holiday.
  • Honor our fallen. The public is invited by veterans groups to commemorate Memorial Day Monday, May 25. The annual event starts at 10 a.m. at the Chaplain Statue at Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Activities will include the reading of General Orders, a eulogy, wreath-laying and remarks from dignitaries. For more information, call 480- 941-0130.


Improved levees help keep city dry; give residents a break on flood insurance
Scottsdale recently completed a renovation project to secure five public levees along the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt. The levees, located between Lincoln Drive and McKellips Road, will protect the city from flooding for decades to come. These improvements also mean roughly 500 property owners will not be required to carry federal flood insurance – saving these citizens around $500,000 per year. While the greenbelt levee system protects property owners from what can be a raging river during heavy rains, the city still recommends property owners carry flood insurance, since homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover storm-related flooding. Learn more.

Public review process begins for draft update of Scottsdale General Plan 2035
Get an insight into our community’s future. The public will have an opportunity to review and comment on the Scottsdale General Plan 2035 draft update. The plan is the primary tool for guiding future development and character of the city over the next 20 years. State law requires the city to update its General Plan every 10 years. Scottsdale’s draft General Plan 2035 will be the subject of public discussion with the Planning Commission and City Council. The Planning Commission will discuss the draft at the May 27, and June 10 and 24 meetings. The City Council will discuss the plan at a study session June 9, changed from June 23. All meetings start at 5 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Review the draft and submit feedback.

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Dive into Mighty Mud Mania June 6
Who’s getting muddy? Scottsdale, that’s who!  Come sling mud at this year’s 40th Annual Mighty Mud Mania links to external site7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 6, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road. This family-friendly event is free, but attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to benefit the Vista Del Camino Bank. Participants 18 and over who

Check out these ongoing activities and events:                                              

  • Old Town Farmers Marketlinks to external site – local growers and specialty food producers, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, 3806 N. Brown Ave., 602-290-5093.
  • Summer Concert Serieslinks to external site – Free concerts, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sundays through July 5, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road.
  • Food Truck Caravan – Eight gourmet food trucks, live music and comfortable seating under the stars, 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays, Fifth Avenue and Goldwater Boulevard. 480-251-1769.            
  • ArtWalk – Visit many of the more than 100 art galleries in Downtown Scottsdale, 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, year ‘round, Scottsdale Arts District.
  • Arizona United Soccer Clublinks to external site plays home games through September at Scottsdale Stadium, northeast corner of Osborn Road and Goldwater Boulevard.
  • Free Downtown Trolley – Runs daily, every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Thursdays until 9 p.m. for ArtWalk.      
  • Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours – 10:30 a.m. second Saturday of the month, Old Adobe Mission, Downtown Scottsdale, 480-634-6850. Free.
  • McDowell Sonoran Preserve hikes and educational programs – ongoing.
  • WestWorld hosts various horse shows and other events. 
  • Downtown Update – Get details on all the goings-on in Downtown by subscribing to the Downtown Update e-newsletter. 
  • See more on the city's event calendar.  

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Summer construction closes east Via Linda near Loop 101
The Arizona Department of Transportation’s ongoing Loop 101 freeway widening projectlinks to external site will close Via Linda in both directions under the freeway beginning at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The closure will last about two months. Local business access will remain open. Drivers can use Mountain View Road as an alternative. Loop 101 is being widened from Shea Boulevard to the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway interchange. Construction is scheduled to be complete in late 2016.

Take your best shot for conservation
Share Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve through your photography. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy is sponsoring the “Focus on Conservation” photo contestlinks to external site for photographers of all ages. Photos must have been taken between July 1, 2014 and May 31. Categories include: biodiversity - images of the micro desert; plants and animals on the preserve; landscapes of the preserve; and people exploring the preserve.

You’re never old enough to swim alone!

Drowning only happens to children, right? No. Adults drown, too. In fact, more adults than kids drown in Arizona. The strategies for preventing drowning among teens and adults are simple:

  • Always swim with a buddy, or at the very least, tell someone you are going swimming.
  • Know your limitations. Being under the influence of alcohol, drugs and/or prescription medications can severely impair your ability to swim or recognize dangers.
  • Get trained. Learn CPR. If you don’t know how to swim, consider registering for an adult swimming lesson through the city’s aquatics program.

Learn more about water safety.

Got a question? Chances are the city has an answer
City information is just a phone call away by dialing 480-312-3111. The number connects you with live operators who have the 4-1-1 on event, traffic, department and meeting information. They can also connect you to the right people for further assistance. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and for special events as publicized. So, the next time you have a question about the city, dial the city information line: 480-312-3111.

Get the latest City Council meeting agenda

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.

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Keep your kids active and engaged this summer
Scottsdale Parks and Recreation is offering youth summer camps June 1 through July 31. The full-day camps start at $75 per week, depending on location. Camps are offered for youth going into first through eighth grade. Youth will participate in sports, fitness competitions, science experiments, craft projects, arts, special events, excursions and more. Find more information on locations, times and fees. Register here.

Learn about green innovative projects at June 4 lecture
Where are the new green building projects? You can find out at the Thursday, June 4, Green Building Lecture. This free program takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. We’ll learn about successes with innovative residential and commercial projects that exemplify resource conservation, energy independence and healthy living.

Dispose of your brush and bulk
The city provides monthly brush and bulk item collection, offering residents a convenient way to dispose of items too large for refuse containers. Place brush and bulk items out for pickup by 5 a.m. Monday the week of scheduled service. Here’s when we’ll be in your neighborhood:

  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of May 25.
  • Service Area #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of June 1.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of June 8.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of June 15.

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Get a list of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts events. 

Get a list of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts events.

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