Scottsdale Update - July 24, 2023


Commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. President George H. W. Bush signed this civil rights act into law July 26, 1990, to ensure inclusive and equal opportunity for people with disabilities in all aspects of American life.  

In Scottsdale, we’re dedicated to not just meeting the requirements of the law, but also ensuring that people with disabilities are welcomed and accommodated in every way possible. 

In March, the city dedicated Thompson Peak Park’s inclusive playground. Upgrades include new swings, interactive equipment and other features. All of Scottsdale’s 37 playgrounds meet ADA guidelines, and Thompson Peak Park is now one of two in the city that go beyond basic federal requirements.   

Disability-related accommodations can be requested to assist you to be a participant, or to more fully enjoy that participation. We offer print publication alternatives such as large print, audio and Braille. Interpreters are available for the deaf and hard of hearing. You can also let us know if there’s an area that needs better sidewalk access or audible pedestrian signals. Request an accommodation.

Paiute Neighborhood Center offers free vaccines. In partnership with Maricopa County Health Department, the center is offering this service from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, July 28. Available vaccinations include hepatitis A, hepatitis B, Tdap, shingles, pneumococcal and COVID-19. Children will need parent or legal guardian consent to get vaccinated. If you have insurance information, please bring it. Those without insurance are still welcome. Call the CARES Center at 602-506-6767 for more information.

City's Back to School Program serves more than 900 students representing 400 families. In partnership with HonorHealth, Police Officers of Scottsdale Association, Scottsdale Unified School District and Scottsdale Community Partners, the city provided clothes, shoes, school supplies, wellness checks, dental screenings and a meal to Scottsdale students, directly impacting over 400 families. Special thanks to all the residents, businesses and organization that donated. Learn more about the program.


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up: 


WestWorld hosts the AZ Lowrider Super Show. Witness the fusion of classic elegance and cutting-edge creativity as these meticulously crafted lowriders redefine automotive artistry. Prepare to be captivated by a dazzling display of vibrant colors, gleaming chrome and custom designed masterpieces. The event takes place from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at 16601 N. Pima Road. Prices vary. Get more details

Aloha to swim, sun and safety. Join us for the free Safety Luau from 4-9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 30, at Eldorado Aquatic Center, 2301 N. Miller Road. Get water safety information, practice your hula skills, enjoy open swim and end the night with a dive-in movie – Disney's Lilo & Stitch.


  • Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Spirit of Summer events: Tag along every Tuesday and Wednesday for an amazing lineup of seasonal activities for all ages.

  • Scottsdale ArtWalk: Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month. 

Get more events information


Parks and Recreation offers something for every child when it comes to fun, fitness, learning and life-long growing. This fall, we’re offering a variety of new classes for youth like the STEAM Across the Universe Camp, where our participants will take on a galaxy of cosmically cool challenges, including rocket launch day, moon day and intergalactic day. Kids can also take Young Rembrandts classes like Cartoon Session, packed with hilarious and silly characters and scenes, and Drawing Workshop, where participants will learn to bring inanimate objects to life. 

In addition, the city is observing Drowning Impact Awareness Month by offering free swim lessons for babies six months old to adults in August. This program is possible thanks to a grant from USA Swimming. Register via the link below. 

View Scottsdale Life online (PDF) or browse classes through the online registration system. 

Discuss current events at Scottsdale senior centers. Do you love keeping up on current events and talking to your peers about hot topics? Both centers offer a current events discussion group led by volunteer moderators. Registration is not required.

Adaptive Services offers opportunity to learn about joining fall sports programs. If you know a loved one interested in joining a Scottsdale Bobcats Special Olympics team in swimming, bocce, bowling, golf or soccer, this is the night for you. Gather information and ask questions about the upcoming Fall 2023 Special Olympics Arizona Sports from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Adaptive Services Center, 8102 E. Jackrabbit Road. Parents and guardians should attend, as well as athletes. Register online.

Scottsdale Public Library and Human Services partner to bring express library services to Granite Reef Senior Center with “Pony Express @ Granite Reef Library Hold Lockers.” This service allows library cardholders to pick up library holds in lockers 24/7 at the center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Learn more


The Scottsdale Public Library is looking for loans or donations related to the Scottsdale Woman's Club. If you have pictures, scrapbooks or documents from the Scottsdale Woman's Club or Scottsdale Junior Woman's Club, access the Scottsdale Heritage Connection webpage to find out how you can help expand the city’s historical collection.

July 27 is Bagpiper Appreciation Day. Besides being Scottsdale’s fire chief, Tom Shannon also is a member of the Scottsdale Fire Department Pipe and Drums. Watch Tom do his thing!  Learn more

Scottsdale by the numbers:

  • In July, more than 1,000 participants registered for aquatic classes and programs, including learn-to-swim, water aerobics, diving and more. Learn more about Scottsdale aquatics.

  • The Red, White and Choo Choo event welcomed about 3,000 guests to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The event featured water slides, foam cannons, a pie eating contest and fireworks.

  • WestWorld’s Big Red Bull Riding event drew nearly 1,000 spectators who watched 20 contestants ride powerful bulls for eight seconds and then ended the night with a performance by heavy metal band DED. Learn more about WestWorld.

  • More than 2.5 million checkouts and renewals took place at Scottsdale libraries during Fiscal Year 2022/23. Auto-renewals had a significant impact, with use up 84 percent from the previous year. Material circulation also increased by 42 percent. Learn about Scottsdale libraries.

Job of the Week: Enterprise Communications Engineer. The successful candidate will provide high-level technical connectivity support for the city's LAN/WAN and communications network, including Cisco Nexus, Catalyst and Industrial switch platforms. Benefits include: 12 paid holidays; sick leave; medical, dental and vision benefits; tuition reimbursement; participation in Arizona State Retirement System; and more. Learn more and apply.


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