Scottsdale Update - June 30, 2022


City announces July 4 general information, events and activities. Most city offices will be closed Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. We will not publish Scottsdale Update. Trash and recycling schedules will not be affected. Place your containers out the evening before or by 5 a.m. the morning of collection.

Preserve closes early July 4: To reduce the threat of wildfire, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will close at noon Monday, July 4. It will re-open around 5 a.m. Tuesday, July 5. 

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.

Pinnacle Peak Park, 26802 N. 102nd Way, will be open from 5 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, July 4. 

Public swimming pool schedules:

  • Cactus (lap swim only) – 8 a.m.-noon

  • Chaparral – Closed

  • McDowell Mountain Ranch and Eldorado waterparks (includes lap swim): 1-5:30 p.m.

Subaru Presents Scottsdale 4th of July Celebration at WestWorld: This event returns for the ninth year, from 5-10 p.m. Monday, July 4. The patriotic celebration takes place in the cool, air-conditioned comfort of the Tony Nelssen Equestrian Center at WestWorld, giving rise to the slogan “Be Red, White & COOL.” Learn more and get tickets.

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. Fire officials prefer fireworks be left to professional shows, which have safety personnel onsite to immediately address fire issues.

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.

Get more information about firework restrictions and safety.

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for the Aug. 2 primary election.  Scottsdale’s Tuesday, Aug. 2, primary election is the first step toward selecting three City Council members who will take office in January 2023. A general election will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, to elect any office that remains unfilled after the primary. Learn about the candidates and find more Scottsdale election information at Scottsdale.Vote. Unlike Scottsdale’s November 2021 Special Election, this is not an election by mail only – in-person voting and vote by mail options are available. Get important voting deadline dates and information.

COVID-19 case rate continues to climb in Maricopa County. We all want the pandemic to be over. But it's not. Twenty-six percent of COVID-19 tests reported to Maricopa County Public Health are positive. Masking up indoors can help, but the best way to protect yourself from getting seriously ill from COVID-19 is to stay up-to-date on your vaccines. For those who have already been vaccinated, recommended boosters can help extend your protection and oral antivirals may be an option too. For those who have yet to get a vaccine, get the facts and then consider getting the shot. Get the latest guidance


Chug along to McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park for Red, White and Choo Choo. All aboard for a mix of old-school attractions and modern family fun to celebrate Independence Day! The event takes place 4-9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the park, 7301 E. Indian Bend Road. Activities include bounce houses, water slides, dunk tanks, family field games, pie-eating contests and a whole lot more! Free for kids 2 and younger, $5 for kids 3-12, $15 for those 13 and older. Purchase tickets online. You’ll need to create an account if you’re not already registered for city programs. Learn more about the event.

Ongoing Events and Activities:


Save water, salt and energy by ensuring your water softener does not regenerate if you’re away for the summer. Regeneration uses water to clean the water softener’s resin beads periodically so it can efficiently soften water. If you have an on-demand water softener, this only occurs as needed. If you have a timed one, it regenerates on a set schedule. Either way, disengage the water softener by using the bypass located at the top of water softener and unplug it. Refer to your owner’s manual for specifics. You also may want to go a step further and help keep salts out of our wastewater and environment by taking advantage of Scottsdale’s water softener removal rebate.

July 7 Scottsdale 360 showcases how the city protects our interests in regional, state and federal matters. Government Relations Director Dale Wiebusch will share how he advocates for Scottsdale's positions on issues before the U.S. Congress, the State Legislature, and regional governing boards, as well as briefs the Mayor and Council, the city manager and senior management on complex intergovernmental issues.

Scottsdale 360 is a virtual learning series that highlights the people, policies and programs that shape our community. Sign up for one session – or the entire series. All classes take place from 11 a.m.-noon through July. Register.

Auto renewals are coming to Scottsdale Public Library starting July 1. This means if you forget to renew your item, no problem! The system will extend your lending time automatically. Items with a waitlist or marked as non-renewable cannot be automatically renewed. Eligible items can be renewed up to six times.


Discover better alternatives to sandbags for flood control. Before the next storm event arrives, the city encourages residents to explore the newer alternatives to sandbags – which are often more convenient, effective and easier to get. Flood diversion tubes act much like sandbags to block floodwaters from entering homes. The tubes are easy to place and weigh little until filled with water. Any common garden hose attaches, making the flood diversion barrier simple to fill. Other options include transportable flood fence barriers and water absorbent cushions.  

Residents whose properties are subject to seasonal flooding are encouraged to explore these alternatives to sandbags through local hardware stores and online retailers. Learn how to prepare and get safety tips.  

Loop 101 overnight on-ramp closure and lane restrictions start Tuesday. Survey crews will be working 9 p.m.-5 a.m. July 5-8 on the Loop 101 Pima Freeway at these locations:

  • Northbound Raintree Drive – on-ramp will be closed

  • North- and southbound travel lanes will be restricted between the CAP Canal and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard

Thanks to generous donations, Scottsdale senior center staff and volunteers delivered 116 Beat the Heat packages to homebound seniors. Each senior received a bag full of water, Gatorade, nutrition drinks and snacks, and a second bag full of hygiene items. Seniors also were provided a $35 grocery store gift cards and postage stamps. The program also allows the city’s social services team to assess seniors' homes to make sure their air conditioner works and their needs are being met.

Featured Jobs of the Week – Recreation Leaders. Recreation leaders run programs and operations at some of the best locations in the Valley. Many positions are part time and have flexible hours:

  • Recreation Leader I – This entry level position works with kids through the after school and summer youth programs.

  • Recreation Leader II – This position, for those who have six months of customer service experience, will work out of one of our three community centers or two senior centers. You’ll run a variety of youth programs, assist at parks and sports facilities and work with adult sports leagues.

  • Recreation Leader II (Adaptive Services – Part-Time) – This unique position works with children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities, assisting in after school programs, coaching Special Olympics sports, and leading social activities and excursions.

Assistant City Prosecutors Jared Johnson and Seth Peterson capture the Arizona Prosecuting Attorney Advisory Council’s 2022 Misdemeanor Prosecutors of the Year Award. Jared and Seth received this prestigious and very competitive award for serving as statewide Governor’s Office of Highway Safety traffic safety resource prosecutors. They did this while also fulfilling their regular prosecutorial duties. They provided training on alcohol and marijuana impaired driving criminal cases to multiple prosecutorial and law enforcement agencies including the Maricopa County, Yavapai and Mohave attorney’s offices, and the city of Mesa, town of Gilbert, Scottsdale Police Department and many others.

Watch Scottsdale Video Network’s “Behind the Business.” Some businesses stay around for more than one generation. But do you know the story behind the business? We will look at an auto parts store that became one of the longest-lasting restaurants in Old Town and an insurance agent whose office has become part of the community! Watch now.

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