The city offers free sandbags if your property is a flood risk. 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
Shovels and bags will be provided by the city, but residents are required to fill their own bags. All the supplies and equipment -- sand, bags and shovels -- are located in large roll-off refuse containers at each site.
There is a limit of 10 bags per household.
Sandbags are most effective when placed in front of entry points
Fill the bags one-half to two-thirds full. The bag should lie fairly flat when filled.
While sandbags have been a traditional emergency flood control measure, newer techniques and products are available–and are often more convenient to use and easier to obtain. If your property experiences seasonal flooding, you will find many alternatives to sandbags: water barriers, water diverters, and flood diversion tubes are available through local hardware stores and online retailers.
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Sister Cities celebrates Canada Day with art and photography exchange. The public is invited to celebrate one of Scottsdale’s Sister Cities, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 1, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. The exhibit showcases a glimpse into the lives of our Canadian friends as they emerge from winter with renewed appreciation for gathering, understanding, goodwill and artistic expression. Register.
City announces July 4 events, activities and general information. Most city offices will be closed Monday, July 5, in observance of Independence Day (Fourth of July). There is no change in garbage or recycling collection.
Here’s more important information:
Preserve closes early July 4. To reduce the threat of wildfire, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at noon Sunday, July 4. All trailheads into the preserve will have "closed" signs posted. Scottsdale police and staff will patrol the area to advise visitors about the closure and fire threat. Violating the closure is a misdemeanor punishable by up to four months in jail and a $750 fine.
The preserve will re-open around 5 a.m. Monday, July 5. Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, will be open from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. July 4. For more information about the park, contact staff at 480-312-0990.
Public swimming pool schedules
Subaru Presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld. This event returns for the eighth year, from 5-10 p.m. Sunday, July 4. The patriotic celebration of family fun takes place in the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the North Hall at WestWorld, giving rise to the slogan “Be Red, White & COOL.” Scottsdale 4th features a delicious backyard barbecue buffet-style menu; live patriotic music; snow and a giant slide to keep the kids cool; face painters; balloon artists; and more. There are a variety of ticket packages from which to choose. Learn more.
Fireworks restrictions in place. Although use of some consumer fireworks is permitted by state law in Scottsdale this holiday, their use in and near many sensitive desert areas remains illegal and violators are subject to substantial fines.
Use of fireworks is prohibited in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Pinnacle Peak Park and all properties located within 1 mile of these fragile desert lands. The use of fireworks is also prohibited on all publicly owned properties, which include but are not limited to, city buildings, city parking lots, city parks, public schools and city streets. Violation of these restrictions is a civil offense punishable by citations and fines. Get more information about firework restrictions and safety tips.
Fire Department seeks wreath donations for Sept. 11 commemoration. The city is hosting a 9/11 Memorial Tribute, Sept. 3-12, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The Fire Department is asking individuals, businesses and service organizations to donate wreaths to honor the day. Email fire@ScottsdaleAZ.gov for more information.
The tribute also includes a mini-museum featuring a three-story National Unity Flag; 9/11 photos and videos; and replicas of the Twin Towers, Pentagon, plane wing and a large metal flag. Memorial cards of all those who lost their lives in the attack will adorn the replicas. Scottsdale resident Lisa Vella created and donated the cards.
Ceremonies begin at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. More events will be announced as Sept. 11 approaches.
Multi-family community residents can participate in recycling. The city has seven recycle drop-off locations available 24/7:
Indian School Park & Tennis Center, 4175 N. Hayden Road
North Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive
Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10336 E Via Linda
Scottsdale Fire Dept Station 9, 14970 N. 78th Way
Horizon Park, 15444 N 100th St.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list here.