Scottsdale Update - May 20, 2024

HEADLINE NEWS

Ready, Set, Go to learn about proactive measures to take before an emergency and actions to follow when communities are threatened. In the event of an emergency, look for messages on social networks and in the news media. Be READY: always be prepared for potential emergencies; get SET by maintaining awareness of events that may force evacuation; and GO, evacuate immediately as instructed by emergency authorities. Visit EIN.AZ.gov/ready-set-go for preparedness tips.

The City Council will consider the Community Sustainability Plan at its Tuesday, May 21, meeting. This plan is an important part of the city's commitment to a more sustainable future and outlines practical steps toward solving environmental challenges. It provides a roadmap and specific action steps for achieving Scottsdale' long-term goals.

Adopting a sustainability plan is part of the city's 2024 Organization Strategic Plan, and part of the General Plan 2035 implementation. The public is welcome to comment on the plan at the 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, City Hall Kiva. It is the last item on that evening’s regular agenda (PDF).

Most city offices/facilities will be closed Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. Recycling and garbage collection will not be affected. Place your containers out by 5 a.m. the morning of collection or the evening before. We will publish Scottsdale Update Tuesday, May 28.

Join local veterans’ organizations Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives in military service. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen, located adjacent to the Chaplain sculpture on the Civic Center Memorial Lawn, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. 


PUBLIC MEETINGS 

Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. 

Week of May 20:

Learn about healthy living, engagement, and ways to create a more vibrant and connected community. Watch a free screening of “Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones” at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, at Civic Center Library; or at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at Mustang Library. Stick around after for a Q&A discussion with a Blue Zones Project representative. Get more details.

Hear Hip Historian Marshall Shore deliver a dynamic discussion on Arizona’s LGBTQ+ history. Shore shares Arizona’s history, emphasizing the perspectives of queer community members who shaped it. The free program begins at noon Saturday, June 1, at Civic Center Library. Learn more.

Get ready for June Days – a monthlong celebration you’ll wish was even longer. What began as a fun concept to kick off summer before the heat set in, June Days has become a celebration of all things that make this area unique. With daily activities and events – wine tastings, art exhibits, crafting workshops, live performances and family-oriented outings – June Days leaves visitors yearning to return again for more Old Town Scottsdale fun. View the calendar.

Summer is upon us and there's no cooler place to be than Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Starting Sunday, June 2, the museum will be screening dozens of classic Western films, welcoming local artists in the galleries and so much more! Here’s the lineup. Also, take note of summer hours.

Ongoing: 

Get more events information.


PROGRAMS AND SERVICES 

Investing in Our Scottsdale. Two projects are underway to make our community even better:

  • Chaparral Road underpass. Construction began Monday, May 20, on a new pedestrian underpass along the Indian Bend Multiuse Path. To expedite the project, Chaparral Road, just east of Hayden Road, will be closed June 3-Sept. 1. The project will:

  • Create a separated crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians

  • Reduce conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians/bicyclists at the intersection

  • Increase green signal time for turning vehicles

  • Native plant salvaging is taking place to prepare for new dog park at Thompson Peak Park (Hayden Road and Thompson Peak Parkway). Construction will begin in the fall and is expected to be complete a year later. The 3.5-acre park will include:

  • Three fenced dog play areas

  • Shade canopies, benches, water fountains and pet waste disposal stations

  • A footbridge to connect the off-leash area to existing amenities at Thompson Peak Park

  • Additional parking 

  • A new restroom 

  • Public art


FYI

ADOT advises drivers to plan for the following restrictions as part of the Loop 101 (Pima Freeway) Improvements. The northbound Loop 101 frontage road will be narrowed to one lane between Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and the Central Arizona Project (CAP) Canal from 9 p.m.-5 a.m., through Friday, May 24, for bridge work. In addition, it also will be narrowed to three lanes between Raintree Drive and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard from 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, to 5 a.m. Wednesday, May 29, for temporary concrete barrier setup.

Coming up: A long-term closure of northbound Loop 101 off-ramp at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard is scheduled to begin May 29 for 60 days. Drivers may exit northbound Loop 101 at Raintree Drive and continue on the frontage road to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.

This is part of Arizona Department of Transportation’s two-year project to add lanes and improve interchanges on Loop 101 between Shea Boulevard and Princess Drive/ Pima Road. “Stay in the Loop” by subscribing to project updates on ADOT’s website.

Repaving is taking place through May 30 along Scottsdale Road at the Cactus and Thunderbird roads intersections. Crews will work 9 p.m.- 5 a.m. to minimize disruptions. Intersections will be restricted, but not closed. This work is being done as part of Scottsdale’s pavement preservation program for streets and alleyways. Use caution when traveling near the work, follow detour signs and plan ahead to avoid delays.   

Job of the Week: Public Affairs Specialist. We are on the lookout for a passionate professional who is eager to share Scottsdale’s story. As a public affairs specialist, you will play a vital role in the Office of Communication and Citizen Service, working to enhance communication between the city and its residents. If you’re ready to make a meaningful impact and join a team of dedicated colleagues committed to public service, apply now.


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