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Scottsdale Update for July 2, 2015

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HEADLINES ( go to this topic )
  • Scottsdale Fire Department celebrates 10 years of caring for city’s emergency needs
  • July 4 holiday information:
    • Events
    • Fireworks – know the law
    • Wildfire danger elevated to “extreme” in Scottsdale 
    • Preserve to close at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4
    • Trash and recycling schedule
    • Keep your pets safe
    • Avoid heat stress
    • Grilling safety tips
    • Camping care
EVENTS  ( go to this topic )
  • Attend season’s final railroad park concert Sunday
  • Get 2 for 1 tickets to Sunday’s Arizona United soccer game
  • Summer Spectacular ArtWalk takes place July 9
  • Check out these ongoing activities and events
FOR YOUR INFORMATION ( go to this topic )
  • July is Parks and Recreation Month
  • July is Smart Irrigation Month
  • City Council starts summer schedule
PROGRAMS & SERVICES ( go to this topic )
  • Chaparral Pool is open for public swim
  • Satisfaction guaranteed! Register your kids in city afterschool programs.
  • City programs can assist special event producers
  • Dispose of your brush and bulk


Scottsdale Fire Department celebrates 10 years of caring for residents’ emergency needs
Scottsdale’s Fire Department celebrated its 10th anniversary as a municipal fire department July 1. Since its inception, the department has responded to more than 260,000 emergency calls and has grown stronger and more efficient as an organization. The future offers many opportunities for the department to deliver contemporary services such as out-of-hospital health care, mass gathering event management, fire prevention programing and hazard mitigation.

July 4 holiday information
Scottsdale wishes everyone a safe, enjoyable Fourth of July holiday. Most city offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of Independence Day. Here’s more information about holiday-related events, safety tips and city services.


  • Be red, white and “cool” at Scottsdale’s 4th of July celebration from 2 to 9:30 p.m. at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. The event will be inside the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center and features a super kids’ play zone; bull riding, StuntMasters BMX Big Air Half Pipe and TNT Dunk Squad Trampoline shows; Grand Prix Gatsby-era Racing (ages 16 and older); Frozen 4th Spectacular with appearances by Ana & Elsa; the 108th Army Band “Saguaro Brass;” delicious food; live entertainment; and traditional fireworks. Get ticket information by calling 1-866-977-6848 or visiting this website.links to external site Watchlinks to external site this video for event highlights.
  • Celebrate Fourth of July at city aquatic centers. Scottsdale’s Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers will be open for public swim from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 4. Bring the whole family and celebrate your independence by enjoying the cool water and pool-play features. Regular pool admission fees apply.


Fireworks – know the law
Although use of some consumer fireworks is permitted by state law in Scottsdale this Fourth of July holiday, their use in and near many sensitive desert areas remains illegal. Violators are subject to substantial fines. Use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks is also prohibited on all publically owned properties, which include but are not limited to city buildings, city parking lots, city parks, public schools and city streets. A first violation of these restrictions is a civil offense punishable by a minimum fine of $1,000. Subsequent violations are a class one misdemeanor punishable by a minimum fine of $2,000. Get more information on firework restrictions and a variety of safety tips.

Wildfire danger elevated to “extreme” in Scottsdale
The wildfire danger in Scottsdale’s desert areas has been elevated to “extreme.” Dry, not conditions and available fuels such as grasses and weeds have increased the threat. Take these precautions:

  • If you live in a natural desert environment, create a 30-foot defensible space around your home.
  • Remove perennial grasses and thin overgrown bushes.
  • Remove dead branches from living trees and dead vegetation from the ground.
  • Keep a rolled up garden hose with a nozzle attached to an outside hose valve connection.

Preserve to close at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4
Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4, as a safety precaution. With the focus on fireworks for this holiday and dry summer conditions, the early closure helps protect this precious natural resource. City staff and volunteer stewards with the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy will be patrolling the preserve to help ensure the safety of visitors and the preserve’s plants and wildlife.

Trash and recycling schedule
Trash and recycling collection will not be affected this holiday. Place your containers in their usual spot the night before or morning of collection. Remember that collection begins earlier in the summer, so have your containers out by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the night before.

Keep your pets safe
Pets can become distressed by the additional noise, lights and commotion involved with Independence Day celebrations. PetMDlinks to external site offers these and other tips:

  • Keep your pet indoors during fireworks
  • Don’t put insect repellant on your pet unless it’s meant for animals
  • Alcoholic drinks poison pets
  • Leave your pet at home if you’re going to a fireworks show
  • Make sure your pet is properly identifiable
  • Keep your pet indoors at all times 

If your pets go missing, check to see if they’re at one of the two county animal shelters. Visit the two county animal shelters every two days if you’re pet goes missing. File missing pet reports.

Avoid heat stress
The Scottsdale Fire Department responds to a number of medical calls related to Arizona’s high temperatures. People suffer heat-related illness when body temperatures become overloaded. To help avoid heat-related illnesses, remember these warm weather tips:

  • Increase your fluid intake regardless of your activity level.
  • Drink two to four glasses of cool liquid like fruit juice each hour during heavy exercise.
  • Do not leave infants, children or pets in a parked car.
  • Dress children in cool, loose clothing and shade their heads and faces with a hat.
  • Limit sun exposure during the mid-day hours.

Get more heat safety tips.

Grilling safety tips
Each year, about 600 fires/explosions nationally occur with gas grills resulting in injuries to about 30 people. Follow these gas grill safety tips:

  • Check grill hoses for cracking, brittleness, holes and leaks. Make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing.
  • Move gas hoses as far away as possible from hot surfaces and dripping hot grease.
  • Always keep propane gas containers upright.

If you’re using a charcoal grill, don’t burn charcoal inside of homes, vehicles, tents or campers. Charcoal should never be used indoors even if ventilation is provided. Get more safety tips here.

Camping care
If you’re planning to escape to the cool pines over the holiday, check out these camping and campfire safety tips.            

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Attend season’s final railroad park concert Sunday
Grab a blanket and dance beneath the stars at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s final summer concert.links to external site The free event will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 5, at 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. Enjoy the high country energy of Mogollon.

Get 2 for 1 tickets to Sunday’s Arizona United soccer game
On Sunday, the U.S. Women’s soccer team competes for the World Cup championship. Closer to home, Scottsdale’s professional soccer team, Arizona United, plays a game that same evening starting at 7:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Stadium. The team is offering 2 for 1 tickets to the game for Scottsdale residents. Purchase tickets here.links to external site

Summer Spectacular ArtWalk takes place July 9

Celebrate summer in style – the Scottsdale Summer Spectacular ArtWalklinks to external site takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in the beautiful Scottsdale Arts District. ArtWalkers can “chill out” as they “ArtWalk the Line” along Main Street and Marshall Way where dozens of fine art galleries will host artist demonstrations, exhibit openings and special receptions.

Check out these ongoing activities and events:                

  • 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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July is Parks and Recreation Month
This July, Scottsdale is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Parks and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world. Help us celebrate the past, present and future of parks and recreation by using hashtag #JulyPRM30 when posting your pictures on Instagram while at one of Scottsdale’s beautiful parks. Make 2015 the year you go outside and enjoy the delightful open spaces in our community.

July is Smart Irrigation Month
Scottsdale offers free irrigation audits to single-family residential customers. An irrigation audit could reveal system leaks and inefficiencies that, when fixed, can help you save water. Contact Scottsdale’s Water Conservation Office at 480-312-5650 to request an irrigation audit. Limit one per property.

City Council starts summer schedule
The Scottsdale City Council will not conduct regular City Council meetings from Wednesday, July 3, until members reconvene for a Tuesday, Aug. 25, meeting. However, if necessary, the Council could set special meetings and is available to citizens throughout this time. To confirm meeting dates, check the city’s website or call the City Clerk’s Office at 480-312-2412.    

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Chaparral Pool is open for public swim
The Chaparral Aquatic Center is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday for public swim. Bring your family and a lunch and enjoy the refreshing atmosphere and water. The pool is at 5401 N. Hayden Road. Get information about other city aquatic centers.

Satisfaction guaranteed! Register your kids in city afterschool programs

Nearly 100 percent of parents whose children participate in Scottsdale afterschool programs would recommend them to a friend. See why they’re so pleased. The city offers afterschool programs for youth in grades 1-8 at multiple locations. Program dates run concurrently with the Scottsdale Unified School District calendar. Programs start immediately after school release including early release days. Residents can register online starting at 7 a.m. Monday, July 6. Registration for non-residents starts Tuesday, July 7. 

City programs can assist special event producers
Scottsdale event producers have an opportunity to receive financial assistance from the city through several programs recently approved by the City Council.

  • Community Event Funding & Matching Event Advertising Funding Program – This program assists nonprofit events that have historical value, celebrate community spirit and contribute to “Love of Place.” Individual event funding is available for up to $30,000.
  • Matching Event Advertising Funding Program – This program assists events that promote Scottsdale’s attractiveness and generate Scottsdale hotel room nights. Individual event funding for this program ranges from $5,000 to $30,000.

For more information, contact Holli Shannon at 480-312-2728.

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 #1 – Thunderbird Road to Indian Bend Road, east of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to northern city limits: Week of July 6.
  • Service Area #2 – Bell Road to Indian Bend Road, west of the 101 Freeway; and Dynamite Boulevard to Happy Valley Road: Week of July 13.
  • Service Area #3 – Indian Bend Road to Thomas Road; and Happy Valley Road to Pinnacle Peak Road: Week of July 20.
  • Service Area #4 – Thomas Road to McKellips Road; and Pinnacle Peak Road to Thunderbird Road (including McDowell Mountain Ranch): Week of July 27.

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Get a list of Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts events.

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