Scottsdale Update - March 6, 2023


Wanted: community recollections of Scottsdale City Hall. Designed by award-winning architect Bennie M. Gonzales, Scottsdale City Hall opened in 1968, serving as the center of community discourse and pivotal decisions which have shaped the world-class city. On March 21 the City Council is scheduled to discuss a historic overlay process that would eventually designate Scottsdale City Hall as a historic landmark. As the historic overlay process begins, the city is seeking stories from others who may also have a special connection to Scottsdale's historic centerpiece.  Please send stories and recollections to the Office of the Mayor by April 12. A historic preservation dedication ceremony is expected to be held later this spring. Learn more.   

Thompson Peak Park is home to Scottsdale’s second inclusive playground. Upgrades to the playground at 20199 N. 78th Place, which include new swings, interactive equipment and other features, began in January. City leaders will celebrate the finished product at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. March 31. The vibrant new playground has equipment that is challenging for children of all ability levels. All of Scottsdale’s 37 playgrounds are deemed accessible and meet ADA guidelines, but Thompson Peak Park is now one of two in the city that go beyond basic federal requirements. 

We’re celebrating women who tell our stories. Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in March since 1987. This year, Scottsdale will honor women with an event featuring Collette V. Smith - the NFL's first African American female coach. at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Indigenous Cultural Center at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 E. Chaparral Road. RSVP


Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve. 


Applications close Friday for the inaugural Scottsdale/Killarney International Student Golf Exchange. Scottsdale Sister Cities Association offers high-school age golfers the chance to test their golf skills against Irish youth and enjoy cultural experiences abroad. Scottsdale students visit Killarney June 17-26, then host Irish golfers Oct. 26 - Nov. 4. Apply now

Experience “The Reel Arizona.” Scottsdale Garden Club presents its 2023 Standard Flower Show. See floral design interpretations of movies filmed in Arizona like “Broken Arrow,” “Tombstone,” and “Red River.” Experience displays of locally grown Southwestern horticulture, youth and educational exhibits, as well as artistic crafts. The free event takes place noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 11, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 12, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Learn more.  

Scottsdale Public Library hosts Hometown Happy Hour – entertaining, insightful and informative history classes. The next program is "The History of Golf in Scottsdale” and begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, at Mustang Library, 10101 N. 90th St. Scottsdale has been a golf destination since its first course debuted in 1910. Come “drive” down history’s fairways with Scottsdale community historian Joan Fudala as she presents a photo-rich look back at how Scottsdale’s golf courses, events, celebrity players and companies have evolved over the past century.  

Ongoing events: 

  • Sun Circuit: Through March 12, WestWorld. This is the largest American Quarter Horse Association circuit event in the west, and there is a class for every exhibitor at every level.  

  • Spring Training: The San Francisco Giants battle other Cactus League teams at Scottsdale Stadium through March 25. Get a schedule (pdf). Buy tickets Learn about Scottsdale Stadium

  • Sun & Sounds: noon-4 p.m. Sundays, through March 28, Civic Center. Experience the best local music in a laid-back, family-friendly atmosphere, surrounded by unique artist vendors. 

  • The Rich Legacy of Scottsdale Spring Training. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through April, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library. This new exhibit provides a whimsical and thought-provoking journey through more than six decades of baseball at Scottsdale Stadium and its home city. 

  • Scottsdale ArtWalk: Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month. 

  • Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market: The market features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers. It runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m. every Saturday through June at 3806 N. Brown Ave. 

  • Second Saturdays @SMoCA: Solve a puzzle, create art to take home and explore the museum. Noon-3 p.m. 

  • Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Attend exciting, diverse events throughout the year. 

Get more events information


Scottsdale hosts catalytic converter etching event to combat significant increase in thefts. To protect car owners, the city and Scottsdale Midas have partnered to host a free catalytic converter theft prevention event from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, at Midas, 2428 N. Scottsdale Road. Sport utility vehicles, cars and trucks less than 1,500 pounds are eligible. Etching and stencil work should take no more than 20 minutes. Registration is required. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment due to limited parking. 

Neighborhood College registration is open for the spring series. We offer four tracks: HOA\Condo, Scottsdale 360, Good Neighbor and History. Register for one or all!

March programs: 

  • ‘Til Death Do Us Part. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road. Learn about two local romances gone wrong. 

  • Scottsdale's Unlucky Sevens. 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road; or 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, Mustang Library Auditorium, 10101 N. 90th St. We'll look back at two unusual criminal stories in Scottsdale history that happened the same year! Same presentation for both sessions. 


Scottsdale offers increased pay, referral bonuses and other incentives for summer lifeguards. The city is seeking 40 lifeguards to staff pools and to teach swim lessons. Scottsdale pools will be open Memorial Day to Labor Day for water park fun, recreation swim & dive teams, swim lessons and lap swim. Pools are conveniently located throughout the city, easily accessible by car, bicycle and public transportation. Learn more and apply.


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