Scottsdale Update - May 15, 2020


Mayor’s May 15 proclamation sets city reopening plans in motion. In amendment number one to his March 18 emergency declaration, Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane has directed that city facilities and amenities begin to reopen under Arizona’s Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger plan. 

The amendment directs Scottsdale’s city manager to “more fully reopen outdoor park amenities” and resume programs, sports and classes in phases per the Governor’s executive orders and the city’s recovery plan. 

Stay at home order expires at midnight. The new executive order, “Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger,” will build on Arizona’s comprehensive efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. It takes effect tomorrow, Saturday, May 16. Learn more

City begins reopening programs and facilities. As city buildings, amenities and programs reopen to the public, each individual plays a critical role in the community’s health: please stay home if you are sick or have any symptoms of illness; wash or sanitize your hands frequently; stay six feet away from others wherever possible and cover your nose and mouth when you can’t keep your distance. Learn what’s open: 

  • Tennis and pickleball courts were reopened to the public Friday, May 8.
  • Scottsdale playgrounds and spray pads open Monday. These amenities reopen to the public for normal operating hours beginning Monday, May 18. Staff will begin replacing volleyball nets and basketball hoops that had been taken down due to the closures. As each court is made ready, it will reopen. All are expected to be open by 5 p.m. Friday, May 22.
  • Parks and Recreation offers May camp program. The May Kids Camp is for students in first-eighth grades and runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. May 18-22 and May 26-29. Kids will enjoy a variety of activities including arts, crafts, sports and games. Learn more and register here
  • Scottsdale pools will reopen in phases. Beginning Tuesday, May 26, three city pools will open for lap swim only. Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers will post their lap swim hours and more information here by Monday, May 18.
  • Another summer camp program will be available beginning the week of June 22. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26. Options to participate virtually also will be available. View an online PDF of more tot, youth and adult programming.
  • Swim lessonsrecreation swim and recreation dive teams practice will begin the week of June 22 at Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers. Registration for those will begin Tuesday, May 26, for Scottsdale residents and Wednesday, May 27, for nonresidents. View classes and register here
  • Chaparral pool will remain closed. 
  • Swimming pool fitness centers remain closed.
  • Scottsdale is tentatively planning to offer public swim and water exercise classes later this summer. 
  • We will provide information soon about other programs, including aquatics, adult sports and tennis. 

Scottsdale galleries are open for business. With Governor Doug Ducey’s latest reopening phase, galleries are now allowed to be open to the public. Scottsdale Gallery Association members have put additional health and safety measures into place, including scheduling private appointments. Here’s a list of the open galleries, including their safety protocols.  

Scottsdale school district extends and expands free meals program. Families can receive free meals for children ages 1-18 through Wednesday, June 24. Beginning Wednesday May 20, families can get seven days’ worth of breakfasts and lunches for every child ages 1-18. This is expanded from five-days-a-week service. The district has provided 130,000 meals since it began distribution the week of March 16.  

Meal are distributed curbside from 8-10 a.m. Wednesdays at these six school parking lots: 

  • Mohave Middle School, 8490 E. Jackrabbit Road
  • Navajo Elementary Oak Campus, 7501 E. Oak St.
  • Redfield Elementary School, 9181 E. Redfield Road 
  • Tavan Elementary, 4610 E. Osborn Road
  • Tonalea K-8, 6720 E. Continental Drive
  • Yavapai Elementary, 701 N. Miller Road 

Learn more.  

Maricopa County Public Health increases COVID-19 investigation and contact tracing. Public health is expanding its ongoing communicable disease investigation and contact tracing program to address the growing number of COVID-19 cases and increased testing. When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, public health is notified of that test result and opens an investigation. Trained epidemiology investigators reach out to those affected and conduct a thorough interview, which uncovers the places and people they had been in contact with beginning from 48 hours before their symptoms started. Contact tracing warns those exposed to the virus to help limit the spread of disease.  

Investigators will not ask personal health or financial information. Ignore texts or emails that ask for this information. Learn more

CDC video: what you need to know about handwashing. The Centers for Disease Control offers this refresher on best practices for handwashing.

Get the city’s COVID-19 information.

Follow us on Twitter @ScottsdaleAZgov and Facebook for city COVID-19 updates and other city information.

The city Call Center is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to assist residents via phone – call 480-312-3111.

Visit to access city services online.


High ozone pollution advisory extended through Saturday. The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through Saturday, May 16. Those with respiratory sensitivities such as asthma and COPD are advised to use caution between 2-6 p.m. if and when outdoors.  

Sections of Scottsdale paths will be temporarily closed at night for restriping. The city will restripe 25 miles of path, including: 

  • the Indian Bend Wash and Pima paths
  • a segment along Cactus Road from 96th Street to Frank LLoyd Wright Boulevard
  • a segment along 96th Street from Cactus to Thunderbird roads
  • some sections north of Thunderbird Road 

These areas will be closed from 9 p.m.-4:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday, from Tuesday, May 19, through Saturday, May 30. Contact Susan Conklu for more information.  

Know before you throw. Hazardous chemicals may cause a reaction when mixed with other solid waste material in a garbage truck. They can become toxic or combust, jeopardizing the health and safety of our drivers and the public. Household cleaners, swimming pool chemicals, paint, automotive fluids, batteries and electronics should not be placed in trash or recycling containers, or placed out for brush and bulk collection. Learn how to properly dispose of hazardous materialsin your home and help keep Scottsdale safe. 

Scottsdale's more than halfway there, but we need to count everyone! About 60 percent of Scottsdale's residents have responded to the 2020 U.S. Census. The city receives funding from the federal government and state based on our population for things like education, roads, healthcare and public safety. Now more than ever, we need every Scottsdale resident to be counted! See the response rates for your neighborhood. (Viewed best on Google Chrome) The census is quick, easy, safe and secure. If you haven't responded, it's not too late to respond by mail, phone or online today. 

What’s the best Western movie ever? Time to settle the score. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is coordinating a bracket-style contest to name the best Western of all time. Provide your suggestions on its Facebook page … your votes will decide which movie makes it to the top. #MayMadness #WesternFilms #SMoWest  

Public Works Week is May 17-23. Salute the employees who make things work in Scottsdale. Get water when you turn on your tap. Drive on pothole-free streets. Watch garbage disappear from your containers. Witness first responders efficiently and safely motor their way to emergencies. Public works employees keep our community moving by providing services in transportation; water, wastewater and stormwater treatment; public buildings and spaces; emergency management and first response; and solid waste. Learn more

May is Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have helped shape the history of our country, economy, education, cuisine, music and art. To commemorate this heritage month, consider ways to share in the unique cultural histories and stories of our Asian American and islander peoples by engaging in conversation, online resources and various community connections. Learn more about diversity and inclusion by following us on our ScottsdaleForAll Facebook page. 

Green Living magazine features Scottsdale’s environmental efforts. Scottsdale was one of three Valley cities featured in this month's Green Living magazine. Read all about the city’s environmental excellence and commitment to conservation and learn about Sustainable Scottsdale here

Exterior home improvement assistance available to those who qualify. The city's "Operation Fix It" program provides free assistance to qualified Scottsdale homeowners needing exterior home improvements. Common types of help include landscape maintenance and enhancements, installing low water usage landscape, house painting and basic handyman repairs. You can help by donating time, money or supplies. Call 480-312-8703 for more information. 

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