Scottsdale Update - July 26, 2018


The General Plan Annual Report for 2017 is now available online. The report provides a list of the major 2017 public and private accomplishments that implemented the community's goals and policies as outlined in the 2001 Scottsdale General Plan.

Parada del Sol Parade and Trail's End Festival captures tourism award. Through collective efforts by Parada event organizers, volunteers, sponsors and the city of Scottsdale, this annual event has become a beloved tradition. Last year, more than 30,000 visitors flocked to Old Town for the event's day-long festivities. Each year, the Arizona Office of Tourism presents the Governor's Tourism Awards to recognize outstanding accomplishments by individuals, communities and organizations within Arizona's travel-and-hospitality industry.

Scottsdale for All launches. What is Scottsdale's reputation? The Scottsdale we know can't be sketched in simple strokes or captured in a stereotype. We know it as a wonderfully faceted mix of styles, cultures, heritage, generations and tastes. #ScottsdaleForAll 


Growing up to give back. There's a lot to love in Scottsdale - just ask Adam and Ben Hoster. They're brothers who grew up across the street from Pima Elementary School, earned Eagle Scout badges and came to serve their community on the front lines of public safety. Meet more employees who love Scottsdale!



Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - An American original. From 7 to 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.

Celebrate National Day of the Cowboy at Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Grab your cowboy or cowgirl hat and celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy Saturday, July 28, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. Visitors can enjoy the museum's galleries that inspire the western spirit and attend a performance of a live play. Those of all ages can participate in an in-gallery scavenger hunt.

Hula to the Safety Luau Aug. 4. Learn practical tips on water safety ... all while having fun. The program takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at Eldorado Aquatic Center. Highlights include games, a mock rescue, and live hula and fire dancers. Regular pool admission fees apply.

Browse the city calendar for more events. 


Scottsdale recognized for the innovative ways we use mapping and spatial software Scottsdale's Geographic Information Systems maps were referenced recently in a keynote speech by Jack Dangermond, the founder of ESRI, an industry leader of GIS technology. The keynote took place at a conference attended by more than 18,000 people. Scottsdale was recognized for using GIS to manage and analyze land information and parcel tax assessments, and to identify timeframes for construction projects.

New public art "pop ups" show up in Scottsdale. As part of the IN FLUX program, four public artworks have been recently completed. They include a custom terrazzo floor design in a new fire station and three temporary public artworks. IN FLUX brings together art, economic development, and property management organizations throughout the greater Phoenix area to provide opportunities for Arizona artists to create site-specific temporary public art installations in a wide variety of locations.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Show your cue competency at senior center billiard tournament. The free fun takes place at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at the Via Linda Senior Center. Prizes will be awarded throughout the day. Call 480-312-5810 to register.

Parks and Recreation fall class registration begins Monday. Classes offer affordable prices, experienced instructors, and convenient times and locations. Choose from our wide range of classes. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Monday, July 30, for residents and 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 31, for nonresidents.

Variety of city of programs help those in need. Here are a few examples:

  • Scottsdale's Human Services awarded the first 50 of 6,400 applicants with Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers to help with rental housing assistance.
  • The Community Assistance Office helped homeowners with critical repairs. During Fiscal Year 2017/18, 67 emergency repair projects were completed with nearly $265,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds.
  • Staff from the Community Assistance Office sold $700 worth of bottled water at Mighty Mud Mania to raise money for Scottsdale Cares, the city's voluntary utility bill donation program.
  • Vista del Camino partnered with Scottsdale Unified School District and the Mesa United Food Bank to help 160 families receive food boxes provided by the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program. This United States Department of Agriculture program is intended to "supplement the diets of low-income Americans, including elderly people, by providing them with emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost."

Learn more about assistance programs.

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