Scottsdale Update - March 28, 2022


Scottsdale captures top environmental awards for McDowell Sonoran Preserve trailheads. Arizona Forward honored the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s Fraesfield and Granite Mountain trailheads with Crescordia awards in two categories: “Natural Environment Preservation” and “Civic Buildings, Structures, and Landscape Design.”  

The Fraesfield and Granite Mountain trailheads were disturbed trailhead sites in need of restoration. A preservation project restored the natural habitat while expanding and facilitating access into the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, allowing the natural environment to guide the design of sustainable amenities that provide refuge, shade and shelter. The eco-friendly trailheads use desert-appropriate materials and limit their environmental impact while blending into the surrounding landscape. Read more and see pictures

Scottsdale Police seek input on proposed changes to the Public Safety Plan ordinance. In 2013, the Scottsdale City Council approved a Public Safety Plan Ordinance requiring certain types of businesses to file, follow and keep current a public safety plan. The ordinance also requires mandatory training for security personnel. The city is seeking input on proposed changes to this ordinance. Comment via email [email protected] or telephone 480-312-1910 by Monday, May 2. Highlights include: 

  • Adding a definition for significant bodily injury  

  • Updating the requirements for submitting a public safety plan 

  • Adding a requirement for a line management plan 

  • Disclosing locations of surveillance equipment and data storage 

Read the current ordinance 

Read proposed changes (PDF) 


Arizona Bike Week is back April 6-10, at WestWorld with entertainment for riders and music fans alike. Enjoy two main areas: The RockYard sets the stage for nightly concerts, and the outdoor PowerYard encompasses the rest of the rally, including exciting two, three and four-wheeled adventure, with more off-road and other outdoor recreation vendors. In addition to new features, there will be many of the beloved staples: Vendor Village offering everything from motorcycle parts to custom jewelry, bike shows, factory demo trucks, freestyle motorcycle stunt jumpers and stunt riders. Learn more and buy tickets.  

Scottsdale Sister Cites Association invites you to the Alamos Art Show and Artisans Exhibit opening reception. The event runs 5-7 p.m. Thursday, April 7, at the Phoenix Mexican Consulate’s Office, 320 E. McDowell Road, Phoenix. The exhibit runs through Saturday, April 30. Some of this year’s participants include:  

  • Ana Anaya - Alamos landscape oil painting 

  • Meztli Estrada - pen and ink graphics 

  • Peg Franken - whimsical Southwest art 

  • Katherine Rink Callingham - Alamos art   

RSVP for the reception.  

Scottsdale Community Historian Joan Fudala hosts “Hometown Happy Hour,” a new library program focused on history, arts, architecture and the natural desert environment. Join us at 5 p.m. for a non-alcoholic “mocktail” and a light snack, then enjoy the program from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.:   

  • Water! Thursday, April 7: Explore Scottsdale's water history, from the development and use of the canals to today's reclamation and conservation innovations that are emulated by cities around the world.  

  • Park It! Thursday, May 19: Begun by the 1950s Civic Coordinating Council, Scottsdale's parks and recreation programs have helped multiple generations of Scottsdale residents stay healthy and happy. 

Register by going to the library’s events calendar page and selecting the date for each program. 

Experience an adventurous evening while camping at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. “Tents by the Tracks” offers a variety of activities for all ages, including dinner, a movie, breakfast, and train and carousel rides. Hartley’s General Store will be open for ice cream and other treats. The event runs from 3 p.m.-10 a.m. April 9-10. Learn more and register

Ongoing Events and Activities: 


Find real-time information about projects happening near you. Get details on construction activity, development requests, building permits, code enforcement notices and crime activity. Simply enter your address or intersection on “My Neighborhood,” and view activity from the last six months.  

Scottsdale is seeking feedback as part of its participation in the 2022 Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge. The challenge will help Scottsdale build capacity over the next year by identifying technology solutions that meet community needs, prioritizing processes to accelerate deployment of these solutions and integrating sound practices so residents are involved and can trust outcomes. The workshop runs 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 E. Osborn Road. Register.   


Smoke alarms – toss 'em in 10. Regardless of whether your home has battery-powered or hard-wired smoke alarms, they need to be replaced every 10 years. The older the alarm, the longer it takes to recognize a fire and alert you. Since a fire can double in size every two minutes, you don't have time to spare. 


  • Half of home fire deaths occur in the 6% of homes with no smoke alarms. 

  • In three of every 10 reported fires in homes equipped with smoke alarms, the devices did not work. Households with non-working smoke alarms now outnumber those with no smoke alarms. 

  • Smoke alarms most often fail because of missing, dead or disconnected batteries. 

Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list

COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers


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