Scottsdale Update - July 12, 2018


Sandbags available for residents as part of monsoon preparedness. Summer monsoons can develop rapidly and cause severe localized winds and flooding. Be prepared. The city offers a variety of safety tips and resources. If your property is at risk for flooding, the city is offering free sandbags. Both sand and bags are available 24 hours a day for Scottsdale residents on a first-come, first-served basis at these locations:

  • Parking lot of District 1 Police Headquarters, 7601 E. McKellips Road
  • Near the city's north Corporation Yard, 9379 E. San Salvador
  • Solid Waste Transfer Station, 8417 E. Union Hills Drive

Learn more and get more storm-related safety tips.

Scottsdale Airport sets U.S. Customs visitor record. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection set a new record July 8 by processing the one thousandth international aircraft this federal fiscal year at Scottsdale Airport. The federal fiscal year runs Oct. 1-Sept. 30. The airport has become a more viable international destination since the U.S. Customs increased its hours to include biometric screening technology. The bulk of users into Scottsdale originate from Canada and Mexico, but Scottsdale serves as a gateway to visitors from all over the world.

Scottsdale ranks high on list of cities with household broadband internet subscriptions. Nearly 84 percent of Scottsdale residents subscribe to a fixed broadband internet service. That use ranks 12th highest out of 186 cities, according to the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. The highest ranked city was Bellevue, Washington with more than 90 percent. Gilbert (88 percent) was the only Arizona city ranked higher than Scottsdale. The Alliance bases ratings on data from the 2016 American Community Survey by the U.S. Census Bureau, which ranks all 186 cities with more than 50,000 households lacking fixed broadband internet subscriptions. This data does not indicate the availability of home broadband service, but instead shows the extent that households are actually connected. 


Scottsdale's boards and commissions are key parts of the public process - groups of volunteers appointed to review important issues and proposals and make recommendations to the City Council. 


Summer Spectacular ArtWalk heats up streets of Old Town. The streets of Old Town will be transformed into an "island paradise" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 12. It's all part of the Caribbean-themed Summer Spectacular Gold Palette ArtWalk. Participating galleries will feature exhibits by national and international artists and offer refreshments. Entertainment, including Caribbean music, a balloon artist, decorations and vendors will enhance the "island theme."

Browse the city calendar for more events. 


Input sought on Bicycle Station Study. Scottsdale received funding from the Maricopa Association of Governments to conduct a study to evaluate and recommend locations and amenities for bicycle parking options south of Indian Bend Road. The public is invited to learn more about the study and provide comments about recommended station locations, design and amenities.

Fight the bite from mosquitoes. Dump standing water left by recent storms and scrub containers. Help eliminate and prevent mosquitoes from breeding by following these other simple tips.

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 25, at Scottsdale Stadium.

Host a cool birthday party at city pool. Book your child's (or your own!) birthday celebration at McDowell Mountain Ranch, Eldorado or Chaparral pool. Various packages are available.

Rent a facility for a private event. McDowell Mountain Ranch offers private facility rentals from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. Eldorado Aquatic Center also has areas to rent between May and August. 


Moonlight swims continue. UV rays can damage skin in less than 15 minutes. Avoid the danger by swimming under the stars at Moonlight Swims: July 14 at Eldorado; July 20 at McDowell Mountain Ranch. All Moonlight Swims run from 5 to 9 p.m., regular entrance fees apply.

Library hosts "Bob Dylan Revisited." Rock historian Vincent Bruno will take us on a journey from Dylan's childhood to his folk days in Greenwich Village to his ground breaking "electric period" studio albums to becoming the rock/poet enigma of his time. The free program runs from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at Civic Center Library.

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