Scottsdale Update - July 11, 2019


Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scottsdale home is now a World Heritage site. Frank Lloyd Wright's Scottsdale home and seven other buildings designed by the famed architect were named "World Heritage" sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Taliesin West was among the Wright-designed works chosen for UNESCO's list that sought to honor the architect's 50+-year career. Wright's work is recognized on the world stage with the likes of the Taj Mahal, the Pyramids of Giza and the Statue of Liberty.

More Honors and Awards:


  • The Arizona Commerce Authority announced 10 winners for the Spring 2019 Arizona Innovation Challenge, and two are in Scottsdale: AdviNOW Medical and LIGHTHOUSE. This challenge is Arizona's leading technology commercialization competition, awarding up to $3 million – $1.5 million twice a year.
  • Americans for the Arts honored the Canal Convergence installation "Reflection Rising." The recognition came from the "Public Art Network Year in Review" program, the only national program that specifically recognizes the most compelling public art. A portion of Reflection Rising, created by Patrick Shearn of Poetic Kinetics, was installed as part of Scottsdazzle in November 2017, and the final installation was completed for the February/March Canal Convergence held in 2018.


Provide feedback on proposed ordinance that addresses "Nuisance Parties and Unlawful Gatherings." At the direction of the Scottsdale City Council, the City Manager and City Attorney through a team of city staff – including police and code enforcement representatives -  developed a recommendation on how to update the city's public nuisance ordinance to address unruly parties or gatherings and is recommending that a "Nuisance Parties and Unlawful Gatherings" ordinance be considered for adoption by the City Council. The proposed ordinance specifically addresses unruly parties or gatherings and makes it easier to hold property owners accountable for repeated unruly gatherings or parties on their properties. Learn more.

Take steps to keep a wet spring from becoming a dangerous summer. As the city continues focusing on managing wildfire threats in the preserve, residents are encouraged to do the same around their homes. Eliminating the non-native "invasive" plants that thrive after rainy seasons not only reduces the threat of fire, but it also helps preserve the delicate ecological balance of the desert. By establishing defensible space around your home, you could help the Fire Department protect your property from brush fires. 

Know before you throw. Household cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, paint, automotive fluids, batteries and electronics should not be placed in trash or recycling containers, or placed out for brush and bulk collection. These items may cause a reaction that can become toxic or combust. The city offers two ways to recycle household hazardous waste – at an annual drop-off event at the city's corporation yard and through monthly home collection. 


Scottsdale was one of the first Valley cities to support forest thinning efforts, which help combat mega-wildfires. Find out why this is key to restoring forests and protecting watersheds, which provide water to Valley cities like Scottsdale.


Eldorado Community Center hosts family game night July 12. Enjoy games and snacks with your family and neighbors from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the center. Entry fee is $5 for up to four guests.  

Get down at "Sunset Swims." UV rays can damage skin in less than 15 minutes. Avoid the danger by swimming under the stars at Sunset Swims from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at Eldorado Aquatic Center; and Friday, July 19, at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center. Both events run from 5-9 p.m. Regular entrance fees apply. 

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Fight the bite - Beware of mosquitoes. Maricopa County data shows 335 mosquito samples have tested positive for West Nile virus this year, compared with 138 in all of 2018.Water is needed for every stage of the mosquito breeding process. If you deprive mosquitoes of water, they will be unable to breed. Follow these tips to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and affecting your health and well-being.

Love Scottsdale? Become an Old Town Ambassador. These volunteers suggest where to eat, shop and play. Learn more and apply.

City continues to seek input on biking in Scottsdale. We're still looking for input on biking in Scottsdale. Take a brief online survey. The city will use your feedback to apply for "bike friendly" status, awarded by the League of American Bicyclists. Scottsdale is one of only 39 communities nationwide rated gold level or higher by the league, but we hope to achieve a platinum rating.  

Pima Freeway construction impacts city streets. The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) continues widening and improving the Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Learn more about the two-year, 13-mile project and upcoming restrictions, and subscribe to updates at ADOT's project webpage.

July is Smart Irrigation Month. More than 65 percent of homeowners' water use occurs outdoors. Be sure to check your irrigation system for leaks. Use the free guide, Find & Fix Leaks that are Draining Your Budget, to help you check both your home and your irrigation system.  


Program for entire family explores the "Five Cs" of Arizona. Join Arizona's "Hip Historian" Marshall Shore to explore the Five Cs of Arizona: copper, cattle, cotton, climate and citrus. Learn their importance to our economy and history in a fun, entertaining way! The free program runs from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Civic Center Library.  

Volunteers needed in July to help with Back-to-School Program donations. Sort, organize, distribute and inventory supplies for more than a thousand students for the Back-to-School Program. Distribution takes place Wednesday, July 24, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Escape the heat; visit a Scottsdale library. Hours vary, but most branches are open every day. Find out where they are and when they're open.  

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