Scottsdale ranks high in nonprofit report on national parks and amenities. Every year, the Trust for Public Land publishes a report on parks in the nation's 100 largest cities. The data includes information on the best park amenities like playgrounds, splash pads and dog parks, in addition to trends on park investment, access and quality. According to the report, Scottsdale claims five top-ten rankings. They are: having the largest city park, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve; tying for sixth for parkland percentage with 25 percent; and ranking second in trail miles, sixth in volleyball nets and seventh in golf courses. The mission of the organization is to create parks and protect lands for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Get more information about city parks.
More than 5,100 Scottsdale volunteers contributed over 165,000 hours in 2017.These volunteer hours have an estimated value of more than $4 million. The Volunteer Program helps the city enhance services provided to our citizens and visitors while supporting our mission of "Simply Better Service for a World-Class Community." Volunteering allows residents to make a difference in our community in a variety of roles.
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Scottsdale native TJ Blandford talks about how he viewed diversity while growing up. #ScottsdaleForAll
Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - An American original. From 7 to 9 p.m. every Thursday year 'round, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.
SMoCA hosts "Yard Games for Art." There's nothing like some healthy competition among friends in these classic yard games with a Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art twist. The fun takes place at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Comedian host Danielle Williams will bring the laughs, so participants should come with their game faces on. There will be a cash bar with hard lemonade and craft beer. An artwork from local artist Kyllan Maney is at stake for the winner.
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Get an up-close look at the Scottsdale Fire Department. The Scottsdale Fire Citizens' Academy introduces participants to all areas of the department and its mission of caring. The program takes place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays over six consecutive weeks beginning Oct. 10. Participants must be 18 or older. Contact Linda for more information or to register.
Mayor's Constitution Day Contest showcases American pride; offers prizes and praise. To commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution, Scottsdale Mayor W. J. "Jim" Lane is inviting students to participate in his annual Constitution Day Contest. This year's contest includes an art/video category in addition to the essay category. Prizes will be awarded in both categories for three age groups. Deadline is Monday, Sept. 17.
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PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Buy or remodel green for comfort, health and water-efficiency. Buying a new home or remodeling an existing one offers an opportunity to improve the comfort, health and performance of your house. Green improvements can include energy-efficient products and water saving devices. Learn about making informed decisions, whether you're planning to buy a new home or remodeling your existing one.
Library hosts "Five Money Questions for Women." This workshop shares perspectives on a process women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. The free program runs from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 24, in the Civic Center Library.
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