Scottsdale Update - Dec. 12, 2019


Scottsdale captures ASU-KER initiative inaugural Resilience award. Arizona State University's Knowledge Exchange for Resilience recognized Scottsdale this month for creating the Indian Bend Wash. KER was launched in 2018 with a $15 million gift from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Its mission is to build resilient communities through knowledge sharing. The Knowledge Exchange for Resilience Class of 2020 fellows are tasked with identifying vulnerabilities in Maricopa County communities and responding to those challenges together.

Arizona Legislature to host second of three meetings on short-term rentals. The public is invited to the Monday, Dec. 16, Joint Ad Hoc Committee to address impacts of these rentals. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. at 1700 W. Washington St. in Senate Hearing Room 1. This meeting will focus on the clustering or abundance of short-term rentals in Arizona and the impacts they have on quality of life, housing availability and affordability, and employment.

City employee named "Multi-Modal Commuter" for his notable commute to work. The Maricopa Association of Governments and Valley Metro recognized Senior Traffic Engineer Tony Plata for his impressive commute to work each day. Tony’s daily 13-mile one-way commute takes him from Bethany Home Road and 63rd Avenue to his office near Indian School Road and 75th Street. Tony buses and bikes, the latter consisting of about 10 miles of his commute. By choosing to use alternative transportation modes, Tony is reducing emissions, saving at the pump, saving wear and tear on his vehicle and burning calories.


The 2020 Census is upon us. Each home will receive an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire—online, by phone or by mail. Learn more by watching this video.

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Railroad Park's Holiday Lights event continues through Jan. 5. Festivities take place from 6:30-9 p.m. nightly, with a few exceptions, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The Holiday Lights experience on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad is $5 with children 2 and younger riding free with a paying adult. This year's event is getting a little ugly, thanks to an Ugly Sweater Contest where you can win fabulous prizes! While at the event Thursday, Dec. 12, stop by the Scottsdale Cares booth for free popcorn and cotton candy.

Scottsdazzle events continue in December. Spread the holiday cheer through the end of the year … Canal Concerts, a Sweet Treat TrailGold Palette ArtWalk and more. 

Veg out at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Beware - December frost can damage plants. Average lowest temperatures of the year typically hit during December making it the coldest month of the year. Pruning should be delayed until new foliage begins to emerge in the spring. Frost-damaged foliage can offer some protection against recurring freezing temperatures.

Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center closed for improvements. This facility will be closed through Jan. 26, for a chemical transition project. The project brings the city's aquatic operations into compliance with federal Homeland Security guidelines by replacing the existing chemical treatment systems with an on-site chlorine generation system. Chaparral, Cactus and McDowell Mountain Ranch, are available during the closure.

Scottsdale by the numbers:

  • 120 people celebrated Indian School Park's 40th anniversary
  • Scottsdale Parks staff escorted 275 kids on a field trip to the Phoenix Zoo
  • 61 volunteers (372 individuals) cleaned 122 miles of road and cleared two tons of trash for the Adopt-a-Road program
  • 641 people participated in the fall session of Neighborhood College

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Long course swimming available at Cactus Aquatic & Fitness Center. Winter break long course laps run Dec. 20-Jan. 4. Cactus pool has eight 50-meter long-course lanes. Long course is popular, so check the schedule for lane availability.  

Parents, enjoy a night out without the kiddos! Bring your children ages 5-12 to The Great Elf Escape from 6:15-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, at Horizon Park Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St. Supervised activities include reindeer games, merry-little crafts, an ugly sweater contest and pizza. Cost is $15 for residents. Register soon!

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