Scottsdale Update - Feb. 28, 2019


Scottsdale shifts photo enforcement locations based on speed and crash data. Photo enforcement systems on Thomas Road eastbound at Hayden Road and McDowell Road eastbound at Scottsdale Road will be deactivated. Four new systems will be activated March 1: Scottsdale Road southbound at Pinnacle Peak Road; Shea Boulevard westbound at 92nd Street; Frank Lloyd Wright westbound at Greenway-Hayden Loop and Indian School Road westbound at Hayden Road. Learn more.

City continues to host open houses for public review of 67 potential city construction projects. Projects include rebuilding several city parks, adding new bridges, improving roads and storm drainage, and modernizing the fire and police training facility. These projects are considered needs, but don't have funding to move from concept to construction. With the public feedback, a new list of priority projects will be created. The Scottsdale City Council may ask the community to consider financing these projects via a bond election that would be held in November. Get potential project details and a list of open houses.

68th Street Bridge construction is nearly complete. In late 2017, a routine inspection of the 68th Street bridge over the Arizona Canal, just north of Indian School Road, discovered deterioration to an unexpected degree. To date, the old bridge has been torn down and a new structure built in its place. Construction will continue through the end of April, including minor intersection improvements at 68th Street and related sewer line upgrades. Get a project update.


"Ooooh" and awe over snow in Scottsdale! Hard to believe as we approach temps in the mid-70s, but this happened last week! 


Arizona Sun Circuit Quarter Horse show runs March 2-10. Watch a thousand of the country's best quarter horses and riders compete in reining, ranch riding, versatility, trail, roping, working cow horse and cutting. The action takes place at WestWorld.  

Parada del Sol Rodeo runs March 7-10. This annual PRCA-sanctioned rodeo takes place at WestWorld. Events include bareback bronc riding, bull riding, calf roping, cowgirl's barrel racing, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping.

Scottsdale Arts Festival takes place March 8-10. Explore the works of nearly 200 nationally-acclaimed exhibiting artists at the annual Scottsdale Arts Festival at Scottsdale Civic Center. Enjoy toe-tapping Arizona bands and entertainers, mouth-watering gourmet food and lots of other fun.  

The Boys of Summer heat up March. Catch the San Francisco Giants as Cactus League action continues at our award-winning Scottsdale Stadium. Tickets are available at the stadium box office, by calling 1-877-473-4849 or at

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals continue on Scottsdale Civic Center. Sunday A'Fair features free outdoor concerts by the Valley's top musicians, an arts-and-crafts market and fun activities for children and families. The concerts run from noon to 4 p.m. most Sundays through April 7.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7 to 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.


World Open Data Day is Saturday, and Scottsdale has it covered - every day. Open data – it's the idea that data should be freely available and accessible to everyone. It's also a tool for Scottsdale to promote openness, transparency and accountability. For example, you can view active building permits for your neighborhood, plan your commute or locate public amenities such as libraries, parks and trails. Discover other ways the city uses data to make decisions and deliver services. 

EPA selects Scottsdale Water as one of five utilities nationwide featured in EPA's publication highlighting effective utility management. Scottsdale Water implemented the Effective Utility Management process in 2014 as an additional tool for strategic planning and process and service enhancement. Many landmark initiatives, including the award-winning Scottsdale Water Citizen Academy, Apprenticeship Program, Technology Master Plan and Choose Tap! campaign and water trailer, have come out of the management process.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Violins of Hope on display through March 28 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The Violins of Hope Exhibition shares the remarkable stories of violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Each violin has a unique and inspiring story that educates both young and old about the Holocaust in a deeply personal and emotional way.

Protect your identity by attending "Shred It" event, Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box. 

Rid your home of household hazardous wastes Saturday. Bring them to Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day. It will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the city Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador. 

Dive into Saturday spring swim lessons, March 2-April 20. Participation in swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88 percent among children through age 4. Lessons are offered at Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers. 

Library offers "Introduction to Birding." Learn the fundamentals of birding and nature study from the Maricopa Audubon Society. Participants in this five-part series will gather from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays March 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Appaloosa Library. The final class will be a field trip Saturday, April 6 (time to be determined). 

Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce hosts annual economic development symposium, Scottsdale Forward. This event, held at Scottsdale Community College, will be packed with timely, valuable information to help business leaders, developers and others learn where Scottsdale's economy is headed. The program is Wednesday, March 13, beginning with a 7 a.m. registration and breakfast followed by a 7:30 a.m. program. Cost is $25 for chamber members; $35 for nonmembers.

Learn how to create a garden and landscape suitable for our desert environment. Attend a variety of workshops on water conservation, desert adapted plants and more during Garden Expo in March at Scottsdale Public Libraries.  

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