Scottsdale Update - Jan. 3, 2022


Celebrate successes, focus on the future at Mayor Ortega's State of Scottsdale address. Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega will hold his “State of Scottsdale” address from 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. The event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Register to attend by 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14.  

“I know that Scottsdale is at its best when the citizens are heard, when development is done responsibly, and when families and businesses can thrive,” said Mayor David D. Ortega. “The State of the City is my opportunity to talk about that vision, our current successes, and our upcoming challenges. I hope you will attend.” You can also watch the event on Scottsdale Video Network (Cox cable channel 11 or streaming at, search "live stream"). 

Investing in Our Scottsdale. This is a big “dill!” The city resurfaced and added two pickleball courts, for a total of 10, at Horizon Park. Each court has a base of post-tension concrete and new LED lighting.  


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers.  

Scottsdale remains at high community transmission for 24th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has increased by 105.1% to 451.4 cases per 100,000 residents (week of Dec. 25). High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. This is the highest case rate in Scottsdale since Jan. 10, 2021.  

According to Maricopa County’s Vaccine Dashboard, 72.4% of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 67.1% are fully vaccinated. Getting vaccinated is your best defense against getting or spreading COVID. Attend a city vaccine site (see below) or find another location.   

The city is hosting another series of free vaccine events at community centers. We’re offering all three vaccination types at: 

  • Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 14 and 28, Feb. 11 and 25, and March 11 and 25. 

  • Eldorado Park and Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1-4 p.m. Jan. 17 and 31, Feb. 14 and 28, and March 14 and 28. 

Registration is not required; walk-ins are welcome. Please check in no later than 30 minutes before the session ends. Call 602-506-6767 for more information.  

In addition, the city will host free second doses for those who received their first dose in mid-December at Scottsdale Stadium. They will be available from 2-7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, or Wednesday, Jan 12. All three vaccination types will be available – registration is not required; walk-ins are welcome.

Find information about free vaccines, boosters and testing for Scottsdale residents


Motivational speaker Patricia Russell-McCloud headlines the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration. Russell-McCloud works to create an environment in which high achievement among young African Americans is the rule rather than the exception. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12, at the Embassy Suites Scottsdale Resort, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. Learn more and register

Chaos or Community: What can Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s work and writings teach us now? Join a community town hall discussion that considers Dr. King's final published work, “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?” and what lessons it, and Dr. King's other work, have for us today. This discussion is for everyone ages 15 and older, and it is hosted by the Scottsdale Human Relations Commission. Light refreshments will be provided. The program runs from 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17, at Horizon Community Center, 15444 N 100th St. 

The event is free, but registration is required

Ongoing Events and Activities: 


Start your new year with a paper cleanse. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box or bag.  


Recycle your natural Christmas tree through Jan. 17. Large collection bins are available at these city parks: EldoradoChaparralScottsdale RanchCactusHorizonScottsdale Sports Complex and Thompson Peak. Live Christmas trees will be made into compost and save landfill space. We do not accept artificial trees, stands or ornaments. Single-family home residents can place Christmas trees in their green waste pile, separated from bulk trash, for collection on their scheduled brush/bulk service week.  

Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list


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