Scottsdale Update - May 22, 2023


Most city offices/facilities will be closed Monday, May 29, 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 30.

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 29, at the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen, located adjacent to the Chaplain sculpture on the Civic Center Memorial Lawn, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Across Arizona, there are many veteran monuments and memorials – places to pay respects – on Memorial Day, or any other day of the year. The city dedicated the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen in March, becoming the city’s place for remembering in perpetuity the citizens of the Scottsdale area who gave their lives in defense of the nation. Learn about the 66 service members whose names appear on the memorial at, search “memorial for the fallen.” 

The Organization of World Heritage Cities grants Scottsdale membership among an elite group of cities that are home to UNESCO World Heritage sites. With this acceptance, the organization recognizes Scottsdale as the location of Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert home and laboratory, Taliesin West, and welcomes the city as an active participant in international efforts to protect and preserve the heritage of mankind. Established in 1937, Wright’s winter home in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains was forged from the natural elements of the desert, with most of the labor done by the architect and his apprentices, making it one of his most personal works and a premier example of organic architecture. 

It stands today as one of the regions most beloved attractions with sprawling views of the Valley of the Sun, open to the public with tours and special events throughout the year. The site has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1974, was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1982 and was added to the Scottsdale Historic Register in 2006. Learn more

Scottsdale seeking board and commission members. Residents wanting to volunteer their time and institute a positive change in Scottsdale are invited to apply to serve. 

Library Board member “Sam” Kathryn Campana says, “As a volunteer it's fun and intriguing to learn all the hard work that goes into making our libraries such welcoming learning centers. There is huge satisfaction in giving back to our community through commission service.” She adds, “My mother was our school librarian where I grew up in Idaho, so this opportunity is especially meaningful.”

Openings are available on four boards and commissions: 

  • Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (one opening)

  • Historic Preservation Commission (one opening)

  • Library Board (one opening)

  • Tourism Development Commission (one opening for a Scottsdale hotelier) 

Find information about the functions of these boards and commissions at, search “Boards and Commissions.” Interested applicants must submit an online application by Thursday, June 1. Submitted applications are valid for one year.  


Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up: 


Support Spring Arizona Restaurant Week, through May 28. Arizona Restaurant Week showcases local chefs and their culinary achievements with special menus and dining experiences at participating restaurants. Each eatery is featuring a three-course, prix-fixe menu for $33, $44 or $55 per person.   

The second annual Pac-12 Baseball Tournament returns to Scottsdale Stadium Tuesday, May 23–Saturday, May 27. This year’s field expands from eight to nine teams and switches to pool play. Secure your spot to watch the top teams in the conference battle it out for the coveted trophy. Learn more and purchase tickets.

Celebrate the Indian Bend Wash with “Toss on the Wash.” Bring the family to the Shelly Sharpe Memorial Disc Golf Course for instruction, contests, games, food trucks and more. The free event takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Vista del Camino Park. The Indian Bend Wash flood control project transformed Scottsdale’s dangerous flooding hazard into a world-renowned network of parks, lakes, paths and golf courses that runs through the heart of the city. In 1985, Scottsdale officially dedicated the $54 million project, nearly 20 years after the first park in the Indian Bend Wash was built. 

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts new season tickets are on sale. The new season is filled with concerts and performances ... from Grammy®-winning musicians, to expressive contemporary dance and laugh-out-loud comedy. Get details

June Days – a monthlong celebration you’ll wish was even longer! On the list of most popular months to visit Old Town Scottsdale, June makes a compelling argument to be No. 1. What began as a fun concept to kick off summer before the heat really sets in, June Days has become a celebration of all things that makes this area so unique. With daily activities and events – wine tastings, art exhibits, crafting workshops, live performances and family-oriented outings – June Days leaves visitors with suntans and sunshiny demeanors, and a yearning to return again for more signature Old Town fun. Plan your June Days at


  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park’s Summer Concert Series: Enjoy free concerts 7-8:30 p.m. Sundays, through June 25, with a variety of local bands. Admission is free; train and carousel rides are $3 each with children two and younger ride free with a paying adult. 

  • 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.-noon Saturdays through May, then 7-10 a.m. through June, at 3806 N. Brown Ave. 

Get more events information


Research shows that children who read over the summer are more prepared to return to school in the fall. The Scottsdale Public Library enforces that message by offering the “All Together Now,” Summer Reading Program, June 1-Aug. 1. Kids and adults can earn prizes and praise for the amount they read. Register.

Professionals ages 23-39 are invited to hear how Scottsdale fosters a sustainable and innovative plan to grow socially, culturally and economically while honoring the city's unique history. The program runs 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, 3380 N. Marshall Way. The event is free to Scottsdale Rising Young Professionals and $20 for nonmembers. Learn more and register.


Investing in Our Scottsdale: Happening today – Happy Valley Road reopens on the east side of Pima Road. Pima Road traffic will shift to the east side of Pima Road from north of La Mirada Way to north of Happy Valley Road, so work can take place on the west side of Pima Road. Happy Valley Road will continue to be closed on the west side of Pima Road, as will Chama and DeLaO roads. This project includes widening Happy Valley Road to two through lanes in each direction with a landscaped median, curb and gutter, bike lanes, sidewalk, and drainage improvements from Pima Road through the intersection of Alma School Road. Visit the project website for additional information.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality has issued a high ozone pollution advisory through tomorrow. Those with respiratory sensitivities are advised to take precautions during outdoor activities. Please help reduce ozone by doing one or more of the following: 

  • Use gas or electric instead of burning wood 

  • Limit the lighting of fireworks 

  • Ride transit, carpool or telework 

  • Eliminate all unnecessary driving and/or combine trips 

  • Avoid dirt roads 

  • Avoid the use of leaf blowers 

  • If burning wood for heat or food preparation, use dry wood (burning wet wood releases more particulate matter) 

CompTIA Public Technology Institute recognizes Scottsdale's Short-term Rental Resource Center as a winner in its 2023 Solutions Awards. The winning tool offers an interactive way for citizens to understand the status of short-term rentals in their neighborhood and provides information on how to report violations. It also provides information for short-term rental owners on how to comply with city ordinances. Seven government agencies from across the country were recognized as winners for innovative use of information technology solutions in their communities. See the full list of winners and the other significant achievements recognized in the 2023 Solutions Awards. 

Job of the Week: Public Works Inspector I. Duties include approving that work conforms to regulations, plans and specifications; detecting code violations and reinspecting it to determining compliance; and approving and coordinating project construction documentation. 

Benefits include: 12 paid holidays; sick leave; medical, dental and vision benefits; tuition reimbursement; participation in Arizona State Retirement System; and more. Learn more and apply.


  • City Call Center – 480-312-3111    

  • Report things that need to be fixed, or submit other requests via Scottsdale EZ

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