Scottsdale Update - Jan. 23, 2020


Barrett-Jackson has record-breaking year. This year's Scottsdale event was the highest-grossing Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in its 49-year history. More than $141 million in no-reserve sales took place over the course of the 10-day event and nine vehicles brought in $7.625 million for charity. According to, Arizona Car Week wrapped up with $244 million in sales across seven days and eight auctions.

Crime and forensic laboratories continue accreditation. The forensic laboratory, which includes crime scene processing, latent prints, footwear, controlled substances, blood alcohol and forensic biology, recently received notice of compliance and continued accreditation. The ANSI National Accreditation Board, a non-governmental organization that provides accreditation services and training to public- and private-sector organizations, provided the accreditation. The American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board also provided lab re-accreditation. 

Engineering News-Record Southwest names Scottsdale Airport best redevelopment project. The Aviation Business Center and executive hangars redevelopment consolidated the center's administrative offices, customs operations and tenant spaces. A public plaza connects the 23,781 square-foot center to the 30,000 square-foot executive hangars. The aviation campus includes a restaurant, a break room and conference room. Watch a construction time-lapse video.

Community Assistance Office needs public's input on programs and services. The city is developing a plan to guide policy, actions and investment for housing, infrastructure, community and public facilities, and economic development over the next five years. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires the plan, known as the "Consolidated Plan for Housing and Community Development." Survey results will be used to address unmet needs and determine funding allocations for eligible investment of HUD federal funds including Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). The survey, which you can take online here, should take less than 10 minutes.


The Fraesfield and Granite Mountain trailheads recently opened. They are two of 11 trailheads that provide public access to Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.

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Waste Management Phoenix Open tees off Monday. New settings and enhanced fan experiences spice up the 85th edition of "The People's Open." Find out why this tournament boasts the largest galleries in golf! The Phoenix Open takes place at the TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road.  

Sunday A'Fair minifestivals rock Sundays. 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-4 p.m. most Sundays through March 29, on the Scottsdale Civic Center. 

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 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.

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.


City offers help for domestic violence victims. The Department of Victim Services employs five advocates who can help victims with filling out orders of protection and "Injunctions Against Harassment," applying for the "Address Confidentiality" program, escorting victims to court, referring victims to additional community resources, and providing safety planning, support and education. Contact the office at 480-312-4226 during regular business hours or call 911 in a life-threatening emergency.

New city gateway entry markers in the works. The city is working with Scottsdale Public Art to update and provide a contemporary look to the markers for residents and visitors entering Scottsdale. Public Art narrowed down the pool to five artists and designs. The new markers will reflect Scottsdale's unique character. Consequently, there may be more than one design awarded as Scottsdale's character can change depending on location. The designs will be on display through January at Scottsdale libraries:

  • Arabian Library: this week
  • Mustang Library: week of Jan. 27

The public also can access information online and tell us which design(s) they like best. An artist selection panel will choose the finalist(s), which will be announced in February.

Scottsdale pools are open and heated year-round. Enjoy lap swimming or water exercise classes at one of three facilities: McDowell Mountain Ranch, Cactus or Eldorado. Get more information on facility locations and specific schedules. 

Scottsdale by the numbers:

  • 3,000 people attended the Dec. 7 Ultimate Play Date at Civic Center Library.
  • 55 block parties took place between Aug. 1-Dec. 31.
  • Engaging Local Government Leaders recognized four employees with Traeger Awards: Brent Stockwell, Megan Lynn, Cassie Johnson and Kari Johnson. The award recognizes 100 top influencers in local government from across the nation.
  • Scottsdazzle celebrated "firsts:"
    • 8,000 people attended the Sing Along & Tree Lighting Ceremony
    • Dutch Bros Coffee became the Canal Concerts first-ever sponsor
    • 424 participated in "Letters to Santa"
    • 215 people enjoyed the "Sweet Treat Trail"

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Take steps to promote acceptance at Regional Unity Walk, Saturday. Scottsdale is joining other Valley cities for the annual Unity Walk to promote mutual respect and understanding. The event starts at Tempe Beach Park with music, food and fun at 4:30 p.m., and then a one-mile walk over the Mill Avenue Bridge starts at 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25. Call 480-312-2727 for details on where the Scottsdale group will meet.

Check out the Local Author Book Sale, Feb. 1. Meet our talented Arizona writers at this amazing book sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Civic Center Library. Books are available for all ages and interests. Be where Arizona authors and readers connect!  

"All Things Senior" Expo & Tradeshow offers one-stop resources, Feb. 5. This free event features more than 100 exhibitors providing information about health care, senior housing, recreation and fitness opportunities, entertainment, lifestyle, technology, transportation and much more. It takes place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Green Building program presents, "Living an Edible Landscape Life." Be inspired to grow as urban gardeners share the benefits and how-tos of growing your own healthy food, herbs, edible flowers and fruit trees in our desert environment. The free program includes a food-tasting experience for all ages! Attend from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Granite Reef Senior Center.  

New Books2Go microlibrary opens at Paiute Neighborhood Center. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Scottsdale libraries, Paiute Neighborhood Center and Girl Scout Troop #4, a new structure was constructed and stocked with books. The troop provided funds through cookies sales. This is Scottsdale's fifth Books2Go library.

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