Scottsdale Update - Nov. 1, 2021


Trash and recycling collection days change today. This change improves efficiency and makes it easier to process recyclables. Operating more efficiently means the city can balance the size of collection routes to provide more consistent service, preserve the longevity of collection vehicles by carrying the right sized loads and not overload our recycling processing center. The change doesn't affect planned rate increases and should help stabilize future rates. Find your new collection day.  

It’s too late to mail back your voted ballot - take it to a drop-off location to be sure your vote is counted. The city will hold a Special Election by mail Tuesday, Nov. 2, regarding Proposition 463. This proposition asks voters to consider whether or not to ratify the “Scottsdale General Plan 2035.” Drop off your voted ballot at these locations between now and Election Day.  

Election results will be available after 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, at Scottsdale.Vote

Investing in Our Scottsdale: Scottsdale Water celebrates its 50th anniversary with the grand opening of the Thomas Groundwater Treatment Facility. The city celebrated a milestone in Scottsdale history with the dedication and celebration of its newest water plant, the Thomas Groundwater Treatment Facility. The new reverse osmosis water treatment plant, the first to open in more than 20 years, receives a portion of treated water from the adjacent Central Groundwater Treatment Facility. Together, these facilities lead to increased water purification, superior water quality and overall water improvements to customers throughout southern Scottsdale. The grand opening coincided with Scottsdale Water's 50th anniversary. View this video celebrating Scottsdale Water, through the eyes of former mayors and employees. 


COVID-19 by the numbers. Maricopa County has been tracking COVID-19 cases since Jan. 22, 2020. Review the latest numbers here.  

Scottsdale remains at high community transmission for the 15th straight week. The city’s COVID-19 case rate has increased to 150.4 cases per 100,000 residents. High transmission is defined as greater than 100 cases per 100,000 people. For context, 150.4 cases per 100,000 means there were about 375 new cases over a seven-day period (Oct. 10).  

According to Maricopa County’s vaccine dashboard, 74.6 percent of eligible Scottsdale residents have received at least one COVID-19 vaccination dose, and 68.9 percent are fully vaccinated. The best defense against COVID-19 is getting vaccinated. Find a vaccine or attend a city pop-up event (see below).  

The city is hosting additional COVID-19 vaccination locations through early December. Scottsdale will continue to host these free COVID-19 vaccination events: 

  • Horizon Community Center, 15444 N. 100th St.: 10a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fridays Nov. 12 and 26; and Dec. 10. 

  • Eldorado Park Community Center, 2311 N. Miller Road: 1:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays Nov. 15* and 29; and Dec. 13.  

*Nov. 15 event runs 1:30-4:30 p.m. 

Registration is not required, walk-ins are welcome. Visit our COVID-19 page and select “Scottsdale Vaccine POD” for more information

Do you have questions about booster shots? Maricopa County Public Health has updated its FAQ page including who is recommended to receive a booster, why they're recommended and how they can get one. 

The city’s COVID-19 page contains information about the city’s emergency orders, facilities and operations. Learn more here.  


Scottsdale Stadium continues to host “fall ball” with the Scottsdale Scorpions. Operated by Major League Baseball, the Arizona Fall League emerged in 1992 to bring together some of the top minor league prospects during the off-season. Fun fact: NBA great Michael Jordan played on the Scorpions squad in 1994. Get the Scorpions’ schedule and find out how to get tickets

Canal Convergence returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront with a new theme: "Art & Technology." Cutting-edge technologies combined with public art create some of the most innovative artworks you'll see at Canal Convergence. Through this year’s theme, alongside the event’s perennial themes of Water + Art + Light, Interactivity, and Sustainability, Scottsdale Public Art hopes to expand the public’s understanding of technology’s role in artmaking.  

Canal Convergence hours: 

  • 6-10 p.m. Fridays, Nov. 5 and 12; and Saturdays, Nov. 6 and 13 

  • 6-9 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 7 and 14 (closing night) 

Have reel fun at Scottsdale International Film Festival, Nov. 5-12. Founded in 2001, Scottsdale International Film Festival is an annual event that connects audiences with award-winning cinema from around the globe. During its 20-year history, the festival has presented more than 700 films – ranging from major Academy Award winners to undiscovered independent gems – to more than 110,000 attendees. 

Not just pizza! Italian Association Pizza and Wine Festival offers a lot “a-more.” Try authentic Italian gelato, sorbetto and hand-crafted sandwiches. Entertainment will be available throughout the day, including music and face painting. The event runs from noon-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, near Scottsdale City Hall, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Get more details and cost. This event receives funding from the city's Community Event Funding program. 


Participate in Arizona Hidden Heroes’ 5K and Friendsgiving gathering. Arizona Hidden Heroes are family members who care for a disabled veteran. Lace up your running shoes Sunday, Nov. 7, to celebrate the hidden heroes in our communities by signing up to run/walk in their honor. In addition, plan to attend the Friendsgiving gathering, a family-fun day, military-caregiver and veteran resource fair, raffle and lunch at Vista del Camino Park. You do not have to participate in the 5K to attend Friendsgiving, and only one registration is needed per family. Learn more

Join a free Green Building webinar on “Electric Vehicles, Battery Storage and Electrification.” Electric vehicles (EV) contribute to cleaner air, and electric utilities are preparing for the increasing number of them expected to hit the roads in the coming years. Learn how SRP and APS are committed to reducing carbon emissions and supporting EV charging infrastructure. Register for the webinar. Learn more about the Green Building Program

Scottsdale Public Library will host free library cardholder celebration event Nov. 12. Library cardholders are invited to enjoy a free family-friendly concert by 80s band Rock Lobster from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Scottsdale Stadium. The nonprofit Friends of the Scottsdale Public Library, are sponsoring the event. Learn more and register for a library card.  


Enrollment is underway for Scottsdale’s holiday giving programs. Each year, the Adopt-a-Family, Adopt-a-Senior and Paiute toy programs match income-eligible families with sponsors who provide food and gifts for the Thanksgiving and winter holidays. The city hopes to support more than 350 families throughout this year’s effort. Get enrollment and donation details for Adopt-a-Family and Paiute or Adopt-a-Senior.  

Club SAR, the city’s stand-alone fitness center, provides affordable options. Club SAR provides fitness classes such as yoga, spin, barre, kickboxing and rowing, as well as free weights, weight and cardio machines, locker rooms and showers. Annual, three-month and one-month memberships are available for those 14 and older, and daily drop-in use. Learn more about Club SAR.  

Scottsdale by the numbers: 

  • Vista del Camino partnered with Scottsdale Unified School District in early October to provide food to 300 families in need. 

  • Thirty children and their parents toured the city’s fleet room which included vehicles from various departments including SWAT, police cars, fire and garbage trucks and more. Check out event photos.  

  • The USTA national adult league championships and the USTA junior Southwest & Texas Intersectional Team Tournament were held in October at Scottsdale Ranch and Indian School tennis centers. Experience Scottsdale estimates the tournaments’ combined economic impact at more than $250,000.  

Find out about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list


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