Register to vote by Oct. 4 for the city's November Special Election. 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,” adopted by the Scottsdale City Council. If you're not already registered to vote, you can do so here.
All aboard for Railfair 2021 at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. The park kicks off its fall event season by celebrating all things railroading from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 2-3. Multiple railroading clubs will be onsite to show off their model train layouts. Steam engineers will be on hand to provide tours of the train shed. Admission to the event is free, and train rides on the Paradise & Pacific Railroad and the Charros Carousel are $3 for those 3 and older.
Celebrate Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month. On Oct. 3, 1994, the Scottsdale City Council formally dedicated the first lands for the preserve. The “Day One” preserve was 4.5 square miles consisting of three parcels of city-owned land. Today, this permanently protected, sustainable desert habitat encompasses about one-third of Scottsdale’s land area. Learn more about the preserve. Watch this video.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since 1981, this commemoration has sought to recognize that people of all ages and backgrounds are affected by domestic violence and to connect those individuals with advocates and resources. Wear purple Thursday, Oct. 21, in recognition of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you or someone you know is a victim or survivor of domestic violence, resources are available through Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence or the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233. Impulsion, the iconic equestrian sculpture at WestWorld, is lit purple all month in recognition.
Scottsdale earns national recognition as a top spot for people with disabilities. Our city’s efforts to be inclusive and welcoming for those with disabilities include projects and actions that continually improve Scottsdale’s physical environment, such as adding sidewalk ramps and modifying buildings. We also offer a variety of programs and services through our Adaptive Services Center. We continually strive to create inclusive spaces for people with disabilities including our award-winning Bajada Nature Trail in the Scottsdale McDowell Sonoran Preserve and the preserve’s new Camino Campana. In addition, Scottsdale has a fully-accessible sensory playground at Chaparral Park tailored to children with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities. Read more about Scottsdale’s programs and services that support people with disabilities. Read about WalletHub’s ranking.
2020 Census data shows diverse growth in Scottsdale. The city's population has grown 11 percent from 2010, for a total population count of 241,361 residents. The 2020 Census population is 6.5 percent less than previously estimated by the U.S. Census. Scottsdale is the seventh-largest city in Arizona, accounting for 3.4 percent of the state’s population and the 93rd largest city in the United States. Scottsdale has 136,490 total housing units, an increase of 12,506 units since 2010. 2020 Census data also shows that over the last decade, Scottsdale’s minority population increased by 46.6 percent and comprises 21.5 percent of the city's total population.
Fight the bite - West Nile virus cases and deaths increase. Maricopa County health officials warn there have been 138 confirmed human cases of the West Nile virus and seven deaths so far this year. Adults older than 60 and those with chronic health conditions are more at risk for serious complications from the West Nile virus although younger people also can get the mosquito-borne disease. The West Nile virus is typically spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, but only about one in five people infected will develop symptoms.
Health officials said with so much rain this year, Arizonans need to stay mindful of eliminating standing water where mosquitos can breed such as pet dishes, potted plants and even toys. Learn more.
ADOT warns of weekend freeway closure that affects Scottsdale. Westbound Loop 101 Pima Freeway will be closed between Pima Road and Tatum Boulevard from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 4. The following also will be closed: Northbound on ramps at Raintree Drive and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard; and westbound on ramps at Pima, Hayden and Scottsdale roads; and 64th and 56th streets. The Arizona Department of Transportation is widening and improving Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Real-time highway conditions are available on ADOT’s Arizona Traveler Information site at az511.gov, by calling 511 and through ADOT’s Twitter feed, @ArizonaDOT.
Scottsdale Public Art will host the “Arizona Watercolor Association Juried Exhibition” Oct. 4 -Dec. 31, at Civic Center Library. The exhibition includes 43 paintings which were chosen among more than 150 submissions. Wendy Raisanen, curator of collections and exhibitions for Scottsdale Public Art, said she is honored to exhibit the finest of Arizona’s watercolor artists. In addition to the exhibition itself, there are a few events associated with the show, including an opening reception from 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 15, at the gallery inside Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd.
Adopt-a-Road program is back; register your event by Thursday, Oct. 7. Save the date for the next citywide cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 23, in conjunction with National Make A Difference Day. If you can't clean on Oct. 23, you can clean the week before or after and you'll still be counted as part of the event. Registered groups can pick up trash bags, cotton gloves and safety vests between Oct. 7-14. Get details and register.
Protect your identity by bringing your documents to the “Shred It” events. They run from 7-10 a.m. Saturdays, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, Dec. 9; and during 2022 on Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 12, April 9 and May 14, in the Walmart parking lot, 15355 N. Northsight Blvd. Cost is $5 per box. Get details.
Check out the new Shop Talk podcast from our very own Scottsdale Police Department. Police Chief Jeff Walther hosts a community chat to answer questions from the public and each episode also features a special guest from the community. Catch up on the first four Shop Talk episodes that feature Scottsdale City Manager Jim Thompson, Councilwoman Tammy Caputi, local commercial real estate expert Jon Rosenberg and our very own police chief. Be sure to subscribe to be notified as new episodes are released. Subscribe on your podcast platform of choice:
More than just baseball. Did you know you can reserve the press level, fieldhouse, Charros Lodge and more at Scottsdale Stadium for your next event? The stadium is the perfect location for parties of any size. The 10,000-square-foot fieldhouse can accommodate a variety of layouts — everything from weddings to corporate events and trade shows.
Learn about traffic restrictions in and around Scottsdale. Get the list.