Scottsdale Update - May 9, 2019


The city seeks feedback on proposed veterans commission. The Scottsdale City Council directed staff to establish a veterans commission that will advise the council on matters related to veterans, advocate and promote veteran services, and recognize veterans and their contributions to the community and the nation. The first step is drafting an ordinance that will formally establish the commission and set forth its duties and responsibilities. The city is seeking the public's input on the draft ordinance. There are several ways to comment.

68th Street bridge reopens after 15-month closure. The closure began in late 2017 when an unexpected degree of deterioration was discovered during a routine inspection. Additional analysis concluded that the entire bridge needed to be torn down and replaced. The most cost-effective way to replace the bridge was to demolish and rebuild it during a canal dry-up, which occurs only once every seven years. The project team worked quickly to design the new structure, line up materials and coordinate with five companies to relocate utility lines from the bridge and surrounding project area. Learn more.


Learn how to use Scottsdale's Property Information Application for customized requests on setbacks, allowed land uses, signs and flood hazard determination.


Attend a free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert May 19. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. This group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program.  

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's concert series continues through June 30. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks – or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids younger than 2 riding free with a paying adult.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


View and provide feedback on these city projects:


  • Pima Road and Happy Valley Road Improvements: The city is moving forward on two road projects to improve capacity and operational efficiency. View and comment on both plans at an open house between 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road.
  • Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt from Thomas to McKellips roads: The city is developing a master plan for a portion of the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt from Thomas to McKellips roads. The plan will serve as a guideline for future park improvements. Stop by to learn more at an open house between 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Various stations will provide opportunities to learn about the proposed improvements, ask questions and provide feedback.

Scottsdale schools collect more than 5,800 pounds of plastic in "Bench the Bag" competition. For the past six years, the city of Scottsdale has participated in a national program to educate students about the damage plastics can do and how to properly recycle. The Bench the Bag program took place this winter, with ten Scottsdale schools participating. Thin film plastics, like plastic wrap and bags, are one of the biggest contaminants in recycling.

"He'll be back." Iconic Old Town cowboy sign removed temporarily. To improve cellular service, a new wireless antenna is being installed at the northeast corner of Scottsdale Road and Main Street. When finished, this installation will mimic the one completed on the opposite corner in front of American Fine Art. The cowboy sign will be replaced in the same location.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Stamp out hunger Saturday. Help restock Scottsdale's Vista del Camino Food Bank by participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Place nonperishable food near your mailbox Saturday, May 11, and your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to food banks.

Learn about unsolved cold cases of law enforcement officers. James Bultema, a retired Los Angeles police officer and author, will share the stories behind some of the names etched on police monuments across this country. The free program begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.

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