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Commemorate the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This important civil rights act was signed into law July 26, 1990, by President George H. W. Bush, to ensure inclusive and equal opportunity for people with disabilities in all aspects of American life.
In Scottsdale, we’re dedicated not just to meeting the requirements of the law, but also ensuring that people with disabilities are welcomed and accommodated in every way possible. Did you know the playground at Chaparral Park was the first in Arizona to be used as a national demonstration site for inclusive play structures? It’s an interactive play space designed to be fun for people of all ages and abilities. It’s one of more than 37 city playgrounds, all of which meet or exceed the accessibility guidelines set by the ADA.
Making city services and facilities accessible to all citizens is a priority to Scottsdale. Requests for accommodations can be made. Learn more.
Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Meetings are light during the summer, but here are a couple upcoming ones you can attend:
Aloha to swim, sun and safety. Join us for the Safety Luau from 4-8 p.m. Sunday, July 31, at Eldorado Aquatic and Fitness Center. The event includes a mock rescue, CPR training, and fun and games including a limbo contest and hula lessons. Regular admission fees apply.
Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West hosts film and discussion on inequities of health care. “The Color of Care” chronicles how people of color suffer from systemically substandard healthcare. COVID-19 exposed what they have long understood and lived: they do not receive the same level of care. Produced by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Productions and directed by Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning director Yance Ford, the film traces the origins of racial health disparities to practices that began during slavery and continue today. The free program starts at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at the museum. Register. *Masking is strongly encouraged.
Slide the Rails at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Enjoy the perfect end to summer by getting wet and wild at this crazy event from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. There will be a variety of inflatable water slides and obstacle courses suitable for all ages. A $10 wristband includes unlimited access to the water attractions, and train and carousel rides. They will be sold onsite the day of the event. Remember to bring a towel and sunscreen. Learn more.
Library offers “Oceans of Possibilities Family Film Fun: Muppet Treasure Island.” You're never too old to enjoy the Muppets' twist on the classic tale. In this wacky musical comedy, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the gang take to the high seas in search of buried treasure. The free event takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Civic Center Library. Learn more.
City offers move-in box collection for new residents. Welcome to Scottsdale! You can schedule your one-time collection of move-in boxes at Scottsdale EZ or over the phone at 480-312-5600. Completely empty your boxes and flatten them before placing them out for collection. Because the boxes are taken to a recycling facility, any boxes that are not completely empty will not be picked up. Packing paper can be recycled by participating in our residential recycling program and placing it loosely into your curbside recycle bin to be collected.
Scottsdale's after-school program is offered for students in grades kindergarten through sixth, and runs from school release until 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, at the following locations:
The cost is $650 for the year, or $65 per month; payment plans are available. Get details.
ICYMI – Yesterday was 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.
Lights, Camera, Action! Arabian Library was the site of a photo shoot for the cover story of the July "Entrepreneur Magazine," featuring NFL star Odell Beckham Jr. and his business partner Ajay Sangha. Read more and check out the photos.
Featured Job of the Week -- Street Striping Tech: If you excelled at coloring inside the lines as a kid, this might be the job for you! Duties include striping roads; and painting curbs, islands and pavement messages. Learn more and apply.