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Compete at the 2017 Wedge Skate Jam on Feb. 25
Showcase your skills at this local Skate Jam, sponsored by Sidewalk Surfer and Skate True.
Scottsdale Pools need of Lifeguards
Allen Amphitheater dedication is Sunday
Carolyn Allen spent 16 years as an Arizona lawmaker supporting and protecting Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve. An amphitheater at Brown’s Ranch Trailhead will recognize that service.
What you need to know about flying drones in Scottsdale Parks
Know before you fly.
Video: Indian School Park Playground
Take a look the new Indian School Park playground.
Fetch some fun at Paws in the Park
Bring your favorite four-legged friend to Paws in the Park from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Chaparral Park’s off leash area.
Scottsdale Pool, Trail and Community Center Holiday Hours 2016
Some Trails, Community Centers and Pools may be closed on certain days.
Water line repaired at Pinnacle Peak Park
Pinnacle Peak Park now has water and restroom service and parking has returned to normal.
Spring Break Camps, registration begins Dec. 5
Sign your 1st - 5th grader up for a Spring Break Camp, Mar. 6 - 10, 2017
Celebrate 25 years of the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, Nov. 4
A celebration in its honor will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road.
Boo! Scottsdale’s Fall Festival takes place Oct. 29
Come and have some spooky fun at this year’s annual Fall Festival!
Forget bobbing for apples; try dunkin’ for a pumpkin Saturday
Come join us for our floating pumpkin patch!
Frightfully fun “Haunted” Date Night takes place Saturday
What could be better than food trucks, libations, music, games and a movie under the stars? Throw in a costume contest!
Get your caboose to Railroad Park’s Railfair, Oct. 8-9
All aboard for McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Railfair 2016.
Find fall break fun, Oct. 10-14
The city offers Fall Break Camp and a basketball clinic.
“Lights on Afterschool” event promotes programs supporting working families
With many parents and caregivers working fulltime, “out of school” kids’ programs are an imperative service.
So much to see! City presents Scottsdale Show and Tell
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the city during a family-friendly event Saturday, Oct. 1.
Register today for Fall Break Camps
Don't sit home bored during fall break! Participate in fun and exciting recreational activities including crafts, sports, games, and much more.
Fall swim lessons begin in September
Register your child, or yourself, for September swimming lessons.
Labor Day holiday schedule
Most city offices closed for Labor Day, Sept. 5
2016 Back to School Program helps over 900 Students
The students were given school supplies, clothes, shoes and other necessities to start the school year on the right foot.
Community invited to celebrate Scottsdale Sports Complex’s 10th anniversary
Community open house slated for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26.
UPDATE August 5, 2016: Cactus Pool Closed Until Noon
Due to heavy rains, Cactus Pool is currently closed.
Registration begins Monday for Scottsdale Parks & Recreation classes
From baby to boomer! Whether you want to get and stay fit, learn a new hobby or sign up the kiddos for summer camps and swim lessons … we’ve got it all.
Satisfaction guaranteed! After-School Program starts next week
The city offers programs for kids in first-through-eighth grades at Horizon and Mountain View community centers.
Drowning "season" not over
August is not the end of our drowning season. In fact, in Arizona there is no drowning “season.” Kids and adults drown year round.
View fall and winter Parks and Recreation classes online starting Sunday
We’ve got incredible classes and sports activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Scottsdale tops in nation for recreation
Scottsdale ranks third for recreation among the 100 largest U.S. cities, according to an analysis by WalletHub.
Attend a star-studded event … at July Moonlight Swims
Swim under the stars.
Have a #SUPERJULY by celebrating National Park and Recreation Month
Scottsdale is celebrating National Park and Recreation Month and helping residents work toward better health and wellness.
Independence Day information
Read this important information about the July 4 holiday.
You’re invited to the Safety Luau Aug. 6
Help celebrate water safety and keep our kids safe around water at the annual Safety Luau.
Scottsdale’s parks system ranked Arizona’s best
The Trust for Public Land, a nonprofit that works to create parks and protect land for people, recently ranked the park systems of the nation's largest 100 cities.
Scottsdale pools and splash pads keep you cool this summer
The heat is on! The forecast calls for temps at 110 degrees and hotter. Here’s how you can stay a little cool(er).
Raise the “Barre” at Club SAR
Club SAR has a new way to help you stay fit.
Calling all Scottsdale veterans
At its final July 3 Sunday night concert, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park would like to honor local veterans in a slide show.
Take a moonlight swim, Friday and June 25
Swim under the stars at Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers.
“Minions” descends on the Railroad Park Friday
The McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park will feature “Minions” at its first-ever movie night Friday, June 17.
Keep your kids active and engaged at summer camp
Scottsdale Parks and Recreation is offering youth summer camps June 6-July 29
Adaptive Services “Bake and Take” classes run in June
Adaptive Services offers free “Bake and Take” classes for those with disabilities 16 and older.
Horizon Dog Park Closed June 6 - 27
Park closed due to turf renovation.
Calling all Facebook friends – contest needs your “likes”
What's not to “like” about Mighty Mud Mania and a fun photo taken by city Technology Coordinator Mike Ruggiero?
Melt into Mighty Mud Mania June 11
Come sling mud at this year’s Mighty Mud Mania from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Chaparral Park, 5401 N. Hayden Road.
Summer hours to start at Railroad Park June 1
Summer hours start Wednesday, June 1, at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.
Scottsdale offers free swim lessons May 22
Take part in a free swim lesson Sunday, May 22, at either Eldorado or McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers.
More than just PLAY
Police, Parks and Recreation partner for a youth program designed to break down barriers and build trust.
Social opportunities bloom in May with Adaptive Services
Adaptive Services is in full bloom, providing social opportunities for individuals of all ages with disabilities.
Summer concert series at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park runs through July 3
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the place to be for free concerts Sundays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. beginning May 1 through July 3.
City pools offer cool fun
Cool down at one of the city’s public pools.
Pay it Forward Day, April 28
The city is joining the international effort by inviting you to participate by doing something positive that inspires others to do the same.
“Scrum”ptious rugby is heading to Scottsdale April 23
The Fiesta Bowl Rugby & Balloon Classic heads to Scottsdale Stadium Saturday, April 23.
Parks & Rec summer brochure available to view online
Don’t miss the endless opportunities to have fun and stay fit … or learn a new hobby!
Scottsdale named “Tree City USA;” celebration set for Wednesday
Scottsdale has been named a “Tree City USA” for the 34th consecutive year.
Indian School Park Lake getting some TLC
The city is rehabilitating Indian School Park Lake, located at the northwest corner of Indian School and Hayden roads.
New Senior Services fitness membership options
Monthly, quarterly and annual membership options are available.
McDowell Mountain Ranch Fitness Center will be closed April 18-30
No access to the fitness center, classrooms, family restroom, or internal access to the skate park or skate park restrooms.
McDowell Mountain Ranch Fitness Center will be closed April 18 – 30
McDowell Mountain Ranch Fitness Center will be closed April 18 – 30 while the floor is being upgraded.
Police and Parks and Recreation partner for positive play program
Children enrolled in many Scottsdale after school programs will soon find some new friends in blue.
Pinnacle Peak reopens March 19
The popular hiking trail will be reopen Saturday, March 19.
Adaptive Services is cooking now!
Adaptive Services Spectacular Saturday Club will be busy in its new, state-of-the art, fully accessible, kitchen.
Northern face of Tom’s Thumb temporarily closes
The northern face of Tom’s Thumb in the Preserve is temporarily closed while sensitive birds of prey nest there.
After repairs, Cactus Pool opens Monday afternoon
UPDATE: A broken piece of equipment at Cactus Pool has been repaired and the pool will re-open at 3 p.m. Monday, March 7.
Who says a job can’t be fun? Try lifeguarding this summer.
Looking for a fun, active job this summer? Lifeguarding is the answer!
Spring into action with Parks and Recreation classes
Now is the time to get moving.
Small kids will have big fun at “Exclusively Little” March 5
Free event features game booths, inflatables, face painting, a petting zoo, health demonstrations and other entertainment.
Scottsdale pools are open year-round
Scottsdale aquatic centers are open and heated year-round.
City hosts Family Fun Night at Grayhawk Park Saturday
Bring a blanket and come enjoy some family time at Grayhawk Park.
Summer concert series at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park begins May 1
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park is the place to be for free concerts every Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. beginning May 1 through July 3.
Adaptive Services Sweetheart Ball takes place Feb. 13
Grab someone special and dress to the nines for Adaptive Services’ Sweetheart Ball.
City wants input on trailhead improvements
The Fraesfield and Granite Mountain trailheads are two of 11 trailheads that provide public access into the preserve.
City recreation fields & dog parks now open
City recreation fields and dog parks are now open in Scottsdale
Nurture yourself – take a free guided nature tour at Pinnacle Peak Park
Pinnacle Peak Park offers free guided nature tours through March.
Put the ‘spring’ back in your step and register for parks & rec classes
From A(erobics) to Z(umba), we've got you covered. Sign up for Parks & Rec classes.
Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center is now open Sundays to help you get fit
Club SAR Boxing & Fitness Center is a multisports instructional site that can help meet a variety of physical conditioning goals.
Become a lifeguard this summer! Training starts January 25
Get a jump on a job for this summer by registering for the StarGuard lifeguard training session that begins Jan. 25.
Register for Scottsdale Parks and Recreation Spring Break Camps
Don’t let your kids idle during spring break! Allow your 1st through 5th grader to have an incredible break by participating in Scottsdale Parks & Recreation’s Spring Break Camps.
Enjoy a holiday hike in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve
The holidays are a time to gather with family and friends – and in the Valley – enjoy great weather and scenery.
Video: Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Enjoy a ride through McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's winter wonderland.
Spare some time Dec. 12 to attend Scottsdale Bobcats Bowling Bonanza
Watch the Scottsdale Bobcats Bowling Bonanza which caps off Adaptive Services’ Special Olympics bowling season.
Vista del Camino Park hosts Holiday Family Fun Night Saturday
Bring your blankets and enjoy a fun-filled Holiday Family Fun Night from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Vista del Camino Park, 7700 E. Roosevelt St.
Get hooked on fishing at Eldorado Park’s Fishing Expo Nov. 21
Tackle family fun at Eldorado Park’s free Fishing Expo.
Learn some “paws-itive” preserve practices Nov. 21
City staff and stewards will share information on how to hike safely with our canines.
Take note of aquatic and fitness center fee changes
Lap swim and fitness center drop-in fees are $3 for residents and $5 for nonresidents.
Explore Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve this month
November is an impressive time to visit Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Enjoy “SuperSTARS” event Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium
Find out how STARS supports teens and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities.
Participate in Scottsdale Civic Center Mall planning process
What do you love about Scottsdale’s Civic Center Mall? You’re invited to share your thoughts online through Friday, Nov. 6, and then attend a public meeting Nov. 18 to help prioritize the results.
Free program explores “nature’s pharmacy”
Native people of long ago roamed the McDowell Sonoran Preserve collecting desert plants for their healing and restorative properties.
Scottsdale Stadium welcomes the Walk to Defeat ALS Saturday
Bring your determination, your energy and your passion in support of the Walk to Defeat ALS at Scottsdale Stadium.
Donate dollars, encourage empathy for homelessness at Cardboard City event Saturday
Scottsdale Stadium hosts Cardboard City, an event to raise awareness about homelessness Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18.
Late fall tennis lesson registration available
Tennis lessons are available for juniors, adults and seniors during Scottsdale’s late fall session, Oct. 26-Dec. 12.
Arizona Fall Baseball League returns to Scottsdale Wednesday
Cheer on the Scottsdale Scorpions as they take on top minor league players from both the American and National leagues.
Scottsdale Stadium and TPC Scottsdale among New Times’ “Best of Arizona”
Two city sports facilities were named “Best of Arizona” in the New Times publication’s annual reader survey.
Scottsdale fall break camps take place next week
Parks & Rec is offering kids in grades first through fifth a chance to participate in a variety of fall break camps.
City wants your input on Civic Center Mall master plan
Scottsdale is creating a master plan for the Civic Center Mall and wants the public’s input.
Celebrate McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month
Discover why the Sonoran Desert is one of the most beautiful regions in the world this October during McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month.
Pickleball courts are coming to Scottsdale
Pickleball, a combination of badminton, table tennis and tennis, is exploding in popularity and Scottsdale has heard increased calls from the community to offer dedicated pickleball courts for drop-in play.
Railroad park welcomes regional model railroad convention Sept. 16-20
Model railroad trains, track displays and the people who love them will gather at Scottsdale’s McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Sept. 16-20.
Scottsdale centers host public swim on Labor Day
McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado and Cactus aquatic centers will be open for the last day of public swim from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 7.
Adapted Recreation Services hosts The Chaparral Teen Connection
Teens and young adults ages 12 through 22 with intellectual disabilities have a safe place to hang out after school this year! It’s called The Chaparral Teen Connection, hosted by Scottsdale’s Adapted Recreation Services.
Learn what influences led to the creation of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
Former city planner Don Hadder discusses the events, politics and economics that influenced mountain preservation decisions.
Register for July and August swim lessons
Swim lesson registration for the July and August sessions is ongoing.
Field of Teams: Scottsdale Stadium transforms for diverse uses
This spring and summer, Scottsdale's crew of dedicated groundskeepers transformed Scottsdale stadium from baseball, to rugby to soccer to support three different teams - this video shows how they did it.
July is Parks and Recreation Month
Scottsdale is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Parks and Recreation Month and the enduring importance of parks and recreation for the world
City, Conservancy honored for work with preserve
American Society of Landscape Architects will honor Scottsdale and McDowell Sonoran Conservancy Nov. 9.
Comment on Cultural Resources Plan
The public is invited to a meeting to provide feedback on the draft Cultural Resources Master Plan for Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Forty Years of Mighty Mud Mania
If you thought all those crazy mud runs are a recent trend, think again. Forty years ago the city of Scottsdale first hosted what is now known as Mighty Mud Mania – the original mud run.
Stay cool in a Scottsdale city pool
With temperatures climbing, there’s no time like the present to start thinking about how you’re going to stay cool this summer. Swimming may be one of the best, easiest and cheapest options.
Opportunity Expo offers employment options
Looking for that first job can be a daunting experience. Scottsdale’s Opportunity Expo can make that search easier.
Friday, Feb, 24
Catch a flick at Mountain View Park
Saturday, Apr, 22
Girls Night at Scottsdale Stadium
Sunday, Apr, 23
April Pools Day
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