Scottsdale Update - May 2, 2019


Donate items for senior centers' "Beat the Heat" program. Contribute new reusable water bottles, nutritional supplement drinks, bottled water, small healthy snack items, unused personal hygiene items, stamps and grocery store gift cards. Drop donations to the Via Linda Senior Center by early June.

Scottsdale voters will consider community projects in Nov. 5 city bond election. The Scottsdale City Council unanimously agreed to seek voter approval to issue bonds for 58 community projects totaling up to $319 million. The projects will appear on the ballot grouped in three questions: (1) parks, recreation, and senior services; (2) community spaces and infrastructure; and (3) public safety and technology. Learn more

The 2018 General Plan Annual Report is available. This report highlights major public and private accomplishments during 2018 that implemented the community’s goals and policies as outlined in the 2001 Scottsdale General Plan.

Scottsdale captures more awards. We recently shared news about winning two prestigious awards; one for a best city using data and the other for the best park in the nation. Here are a few more awards we're proud of:

  • Operation Fix It earned an Outstanding Achievement in Local Government Innovation Award. This award recognizes programs that successfully confront an important service delivery dilemma and had a positive impact and benefit to the community.
  • Fire Inspector Kristi Gagnon earned National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer status. This achievement reflects four years of committed course work and applied research comparable to a bachelor or master’s level degree.
  • Police K9 Officer Brent Patterson and K9 Kai took top honors for handler protection at the 17th annual Desert Dog Police K9 Trials. Federal, military and police K9s tested their skills in the two-day competition.


See how Scottsdale city employees provide "Simply Better Service" every day!


Paiute Park hosts "Picnic in the Park," Saturday. This free event features games, live entertainment, city information and food for sale. It runs from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the park, 3210 N. 66th St.  

May the 4th be with Choo. The Force will be strong at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park as we celebrate all things Star Wars. Our train-themed twist on the popular Star Wars Day event will feature concessions, photo opportunities with Star Wars characters and lots of intergalactic activities. The free event starts at 5 p.m., with "The Last Jedi" movie starting at 7 p.m.  

Senior centers will host Mother's Day celebrations, May 9 and 10. The senior centers are celebrating Scottsdale's marvelous mothers with a pair of luncheons: 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9, at Via Linda Senior Center; and 1 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Granite Reef Senior Center. Space is limited and registration is required.  

Attend a free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert May 19. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd. The group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program.  

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park's concert series runs continues through June 30. Enjoy a variety of local bands from 7:30-9 p.m. Sundays at the park. Bring a blanket, chairs and snacks – or buy munchies on-site. Train and carousel tickets are $2 each with kids younger than 2 riding free with a paying adult.

Enjoy Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. From 7-9 p.m. every Thursday, Old Town galleries open their doors to collector and casual patrons alike to enjoy featured artists, a cultural environment and refreshments.

Browse the city calendar for more events.


View and provide feedback on these city projects:

  • Pima Road and Happy Valley Road Improvements: The city is moving forward on two roadway projects to improve capacity and operational efficiency. View and comment on both plans at an open house between 5-7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at the Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road.
  • Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt from Thomas to McKellips roads: The city is developing a master plan for a portion of the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt from Thomas to  McKellips roads. Stop by to learn more at an open house between 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. Various stations will provide opportunities to learn about the proposed improvements, ask questions and provide feedback. The plan will serve as a guideline for future park improvements.

May is Stroke Awareness Month. The signs are "FAST" to learn. F is for face - Have the person smile. If one side of the face droops call 911 immediately; A is for arms - Ask the person to raise both arms. If one arm drifts downward, call 911 immediately; S is for speech - Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. If the speech is slurred or strange, call 911 immediately; T is for time - Get help immediately.

Temperatures are rising – obey hiking and hydration rules. Play it safe when hiking: Take a buddy. Hydrate the day before you go. Bring plenty of water and your phone. Tell friends and family where you are heading and when you plan on returning. 

Dollars are available for utility assistance. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program helps income-eligible residents with gas, electric and water payments. Funding is limited and assistance is on a case-by-case basis per federal guidelines. Get more information by calling Vista del Camino social services agency at 480-312-2323.

Is your irrigation system ready for summer? Take a walk around your yard while the irrigation system runs and do a mini irrigation check. Keeping your irrigation system in good working condition will help keep your overall water use down. Use Scottsdale Water’s handy checklist to guide you through a mini-irrigation efficiency check.  

Scottsdale police and fire participate in East Valley Crisis Intervention Team training. The goal of the weeklong program is to help people with mental health disorders access medical treatment rather than place them in the criminal justice system. The training partners law enforcement, mental health professionals, mental health consumers and their families.

Share your thoughts to help improve the health of your community. How would you rate the quality of life in your community? Maricopa County wants to know. If you live in the county and are 14 or older, you can take the survey here.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information.


Cool down at one of the city's public pools. Cactus, Eldorado and McDowell Mountain Ranch aquatic centers will be open various times on weekends in May, and on Memorial Day. Each facility offers unique pool amenities – check all of them out!  

Plug into Electronics Recycling Collection Day Saturday. Scottsdale residents can recycle unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the city's Corporation Yard, 9191 E. San Salvador Drive. Items accepted include computer, office and entertainment equipment.

Protect your identity by attending the "Shred It" event Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to the "Shred It" event from 7-10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $4 per box.

Stamp out hunger May 11. Help restock Scottsdale's Vista del Camino Food Bank by participating in the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Place nonperishable food near your mailbox Saturday, May 11, and your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to food banks.

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