Scottsdale Update - June 27, 2019

We will not publish Scottsdale Update July 4. Enjoy your holiday.


Important July 4 information:

  • Fireworks prohibited in Scottsdale's McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It's against city ordinance and state statutes to use fireworks in or within 1 mile of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve and Pinnacle Peak Park. The Scottsdale Fire Department recommends leaving firework shows to the professionals.  
  • Most city offices closed July 4 to commemorate Independence Day. Trash and recycling collection will continue as scheduled. Simply place your container in the usual collection spot by 5 a.m. that morning or the night before.  
  • Pools are open for public swim July 4. Celebrate Independence Day in Scottsdale with a refreshing swim at one of our city pools. Get hours and fees for the pool nearest you.  
  • Be red, white and cool at the Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration. It's a Fortnite 4th Experience inside a cool family-friendly patriotic playground from 4-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at WestWorld, 16601 N. Pima Road. Watch expert gamers live in action, play laser tag, build forts and enjoy Fortnite contests. The event also features a K9 stunt show, pony rides, a petting zoo, a bull riding show, carnival games and food. End the evening with a spectacular firework show. Learn more and get tickets.

Flood map changes save residents money. Hundreds of Scottsdale residents living within the Rawhide Wash floodplain in the Grayhawk master-planned community will benefit from revisions to the city's flood insurance rate maps. The analysis accounted for infrastructure improvements and improved flood modeling techniques. Based on those changes, the 100-year floodplain became smaller, removing hundreds of property owners from its boundaries.


Get a better understanding of a homeowner's association's requirements with regard to the Federal Fair Housing Act and other federal laws.


Attend season's final McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's concert Sunday. Enjoy Garth Live! – a Garth Brooks tribute band from 7:30-9 p.m. Sunday at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks – or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids younger than 2 riding free with a paying adult.

Senior centers host sweet ice cream socials, July 9 and 12. These free events take place from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at the Via Linda Senior Center; and from 1-3 p.m. Friday, July 12 at the Granite Reef Senior Center. Register online here

Summer ArtWalk sizzles on July 11. Join the Scottsdale Gallery Association for a free Summer Spectacular ArtWalk from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 11, in Old Town. Enjoy live music, refreshing beverages and other tropical surprises.  

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 four guests.  

Take a "Sunset Swim" this July. 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.


City ranks among best for seniors who work past retirement age. According to financial advisory SmartAsset, Scottsdale ranks No. 2 in the nation for seniors who plan to keep working past the traditional retirement age, known as worktirement. To find the best cities for a worktirement, SmartAsset considered the following nine metrics: effective tax rate, unemployment rate, medical centers, retirement centers, recreation centers, seniors as a percentage of overall population, median annual housing costs, median household income for seniors and senior unemployment rate. Details on the study, including full methodology and rankings, can be found here.

Palomino Library is temporarily closed. Due to air conditioning work taking place at Desert Mountain High School, Palomino Library is currently closed until further notice. Holds placed at Palomino will be routed to Mustang Library, but patrons can still return items to the book drops outside Palomino.

Scottsdale EZ is here to assist you. Whether it's a malfunctioning streetlight, a fresh pothole or a broken trash can, this online service makes it easier to report problems with city facilities or services. Scottsdale EZ lets you quickly report issues on your desktop or mobile device and provides the city with a consolidated tracking and reporting system. 

Scottsdale Fire Captain hangs up helmet after 45 years of service, leadership. Valley native Tim Cooper began his career in April 1974 with Rural/Metro, when there were only three fire stations in Scottsdale. He was promoted to captain in 1981. He transitioned to a city fire chief when privately run Rural/Metro Corp., pulled its operations, and the city created its own department in 2005. Cooper's legacy is one that will carry on with the generations. Learn about Cooper's storied career in fire service.

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.


Family Resource Center offers free programming Thursdays. Join the center for Stay and Play from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursdays in July. This drop-in play-based interactive program is for children up to five years old and their parents or caregivers. The program is located at the Paiute Neighborhood Center

Keep your kids active and engaged at summer camp. Camps are available for those in first through eighth grades. Kids will participate in sports, fitness competitions, science experiments, craft projects, arts, special events, excursions and more.

Programs for children with special needs available throughout the summer. The city's Adaptive Services Center provides smaller staff ratios and adaptive activities with an emphasis on positive social interactions. Call 480-312-2204 for details.

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