Scottsdale Update - May 9, 2022


Provide input to help Scottsdale create its first Sustainability Plan. Attend one of two interactive workshops: Monday, May 16, at the Community Design Studio, 7506 E. Indian School Road; or Tuesday, May 17, at the Florence Ely Nelson Desert Park, 8950 E. Pinnacle Peak Road. Both workshops will contain the same information and run from 6-7:30 p.m. Space is limited, so register soon. Sustainability Director Lisa McNeilly and experts from ASU will provide an overview of sustainability and the role of a plan, but the main purpose of these workshops is to hear from you. 

City achieves 8% water savings so far this year; ahead of our 5% commitment. Residential and commercial use for this same period is down 2.5% - halfway to achieving the voluntary reduction goal. Since enacting Stage One of Scottsdale’s Drought Management Plan, the city has made considerable efforts to find ways to reduce water savings through Scottsdale-run facilities and processes: 

  • Scottsdale has completed an extensive water audit program for 49 facilities - prioritizing the largest facilities for maximum water savings. We're upgrading fixtures, optimizing cooling tower processes and fixing leaks.

  • Scottsdale Parks and Recreation has contributed significantly to reaching this goal as part of its commitment to conservation efforts with a goal of 15% less water use than annually allotted.

  • Scottsdale Water hired a contract team that flushes water mains and hydrants by recycling water back into the system instead of discharging water into the streets. This can save more than 300,000 gallons of water per day. 

Scottsdale Water provides resources to assist residential and commercial customers in achieving the 5% voluntary reduction goal. Learn more.


The Scottsdale Concert Band will complete its 43rd season with a free concert, "Magical Musical Tour." A highlight of the program will be “Black Dog,” a rhapsody for solo clarinet and wind ensemble, performed by the band’s principal clarinetist, Selena Ryan. The work, by Scott McAllister, is inspired by classic hard rock music, such as Led Zeppelin’s rhapsodic-style song “Black Dog.” The event is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the Performing Arts Center at Scottsdale Community College. 

Scottsdale Philharmonic invites the public to a concert Sunday. This orchestra provides the Valley with a professional symphony performing a series of traditional classical music concerts. The concert is at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Sunday’s program includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain among others. Learn more. Buy tickets.

Ongoing Events and Activities:


We need your help to restock Scottsdale's Vista del Camino Food Bank. Participate in the National Association of Letter Carriers' Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by placing nonperishable food near your mailbox Saturday, May 14. Your letter carrier will pick up and deliver items to food banks.

Veterans can attend free “Healing of Memories for Veterans Workshop.” Many veterans have kept distressing feelings buried deep inside themselves, which has been a barrier to healing. This workshop provides a safe place for participants to explore personal histories and gain insight and empathy for themselves and others. The workshop runs from 5 p.m. Friday, May 13, to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at the Franciscan Renewal Center. To begin the registration process, contact Mike Wold, workshop coordinator and U.S. Navy veteran, at 651-687-9767 or [email protected].


High heat hits the Valley; adjust your hiking plan. Scottsdale Fire officials urge the public to adjust outdoor activities - including hiking plans. You suffer heat-related illness when your body’s temperature control system is overloaded and the body can no longer cool itself. When a person is excessively sweating, has dizziness, headache, nausea/vomiting or feels weak, he/she is showing signs of heat exhaustion. Call 911 if a person becomes confused, passes out from the heat or stops sweating. Preventing heat-related illness is key. Hike early in the day and pre-hydrate the day before your outing. Bring plenty of water and a cell phone. 

Investing in Our Scottsdale: Ashler Hills Park. We’re adding a new neighborhood park at Ashler Hills Drive and 74th Way, funded through 2019 voter-approved bonds. Amenities at the 17-acre park include an open turf play area, shaded playground, restrooms, lighted pickleball and basketball courts, walking paths and trails, and lighted parking. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and take about a year to complete. Learn more and view a video.

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