Scottsdale Update - April 3, 2020

We will issue Scottsdale Update more frequently during the COVID-19 pandemic. While in nontraditional ways, we are still conducting business, so we also may continue to provide information unrelated to the coronavirus.


Reminder: Essential city services such as solid waste collection, water, police and fire remain fully operational. Staff in these areas are taking steps recommended by public health experts to keep things clean and prevent the spread of virus. There are a variety of services available online.

Scottsdale ball fields, skateparks, basketball court, splash pads and playgrounds are closed. Per Executive Order of the Governor, all basketball courts, splash pads, playgrounds and similar amenities, including volleyball, tennis and pickleball courts at Scottsdale parks will be closed as of 5 p.m. Saturday, April 4.

To encourage proper hygiene, public restrooms in Scottsdale will remain open, but users should obey posted signs regarding physical distance and other practices to limit spread of COVID-19, per guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Arizona Department of Health Services.

Open spaces at parks, and the city’s hiking and bicycling trails and other outdoor areas remain open to those practicing physical distancing, per the Governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” order.

We strongly encourage all Arizonans to stay at home whenever possible; but if you choose to come to a park, recreate responsibly.

Donate nonperishables at emergency food drive to benefit Vista del Camino’s Food Bank. Drive through and drop off bins will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 4 and 5. Three locations are available: First Baptist Church of Scottsdale (7025 E. Osborn Road, 85251). Shepherd of the Desert Church (9590 E. Shea Blvd, 85260), and Pinnacle Presbyterian Church (25150 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85255). There is an immediate need for canned soups and corn.

Scottsdale Water responds to sewer overflow. More than 450 gallons of sewage spilled into a neighborhood street in less than 15 minutes. The cause … “rag materials” (paper towels, wipes, etc.) that were flushed down toilets. These materials do not break down and cause backups. Please remember to flush only toilet paper.

Canceled Scottsdale Arts Festival breathes new life … virtually. The March 2020 festival was canceled out of an abundance of caution, given rising concerns around COVID-19. In light of the cancellation, the festival is now featured online. Consider donating to Scottsdale Arts, through the Scottsdale Art Festival, by purchasing a voluntary ticket. Virtual ticket holders also will be automatically entered to win a goodie bag. Learn more.

Don’t be scammed. Police and government officials nationwide are warning residents to be wary of potential coronavirus-related scams that target people gripped by fear during the global pandemic. U.S. Attorney General William Barr issued a statement “urging the public to report suspected fraud schemes related to COVID-19.” Included in the statement were a list of potential schemes the Attorney General’s office is aware of, including phishing emails, malicious websites, and illegitimate or non-existent charities. Learn more. links to external site (Source: USA Today)


Get the city’s COVID-19 information.

Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook for city COVID-19 updates and other city information.

The city Call Center is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

Visit to access city services online.



City releases proposed FY 2020/21 Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Plan. The plan covers July 1 through June 30, 2021. Tentative budget adoption is scheduled for May 5, and final budget adoption on June 2. The plan will be presented to the City Council during its Tuesday, April 7, virtual meeting. City Council meetings will be held electronically until further notice, but you can tune in live here.

In related news … Scottsdale receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The city's Fiscal Year 2019/20 budget document was recently recognized for the 30th consecutive year. The award is given to the highest quality budget documents that reflect the best practices in budgeting.

April is Safe Digging Month. Have you ever wondered what the different colored markings on roads or in yards are? They’re a sign that a homeowner or contractor has put safety first and had utility lines identified prior to excavation. Utility lines that serve the community with vital services such as natural gas, electricity, sewer and water can be buried anywhere. Striking a utility line not only poses a safety risk, but can also cause an interruption of service to customers.

The city of Scottsdale and Southwest Gas encourage homeowners and contractors to call 811 or go online here at least two working days prior to digging to request a utility line locate.

Learn about significant traffic restrictions. Here are the significant road construction projects and traffic restrictions occurring in Scottsdale through April 5. For more information, contact Traffic Engineering at 480-312-7250.

The 2020 Census is happening now. Have you filled out your form yet? It’s not too late! By accurately counting everyone in your household, including children 5 and younger you ensure that the proper funds are available for important

educational programs and medical resources across the Valley. Did you know that children birth through 5 are among the most undercounted groups? Let’s change that! Fill out your form today.

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