Scottsdale Update - Oct. 3, 2019


Scottsdale City Council adopts amendment, ordinance protecting neighborhoods. The Scottsdale City Council recently adopted an amendment to an existing code that will require owners of short-term or vacation rentals to provide emergency and complaint contact information including names, email addresses and phone numbers. The City Council also voted to adopt a citywide "Nuisance Parties and Unlawful Gatherings" ordinance. The ordinance specifically addresses unruly parties or gatherings and makes it easier to hold property owners accountable for repeated unruly gatherings or parties. Learn about both here.

Celebrate the McDowell Sonoran Preserve's 25th anniversary. 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 47 square miles … about one-third of Scottsdale's land area. Here are various ways to commemorate this anniversary.

Scottsdale Water captures prestigious Crescordia Sustainability Champion. This award recognizes an organization or program that creates a culture of sustainability both in their organization and the community, demonstrates a meaningful impact in advancing sustainable program and serves as a model for environmental leadership. In awarding Scottsdale Water the prestigious honor, Arizona Forward recognizes the city's history of innovative programs that support environmental stewardship and leadership, including: Scottsdale’s Advanced Water Treatment Plant, the Water Conservation Office, Scottsdale Water’s Choose Tap! campaign and Scottsdale Water’s leadership in energy management.  

Canal Convergence wins top international events award. Scottsdale Arts took home 12 awards from the 64th Annual International Festivals & Events Association Convention, Expo & Retreat, including the top honor for Canal Convergence. The Pinnacle Awards recognize the best festivals and events from around the world. Canal Convergence won the Gold Grand Pinnacle Award in its budget category and three other honors. Scottsdale Arts Festival also won eight awards, including four Gold recognitions. The professional competition draws entries from some of the world’s top festivals and events, with those responsible for those events voting for their peers. Canal Convergence runs Nov. 8-17 on the Scottsdale Waterfront.


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It's full steam ahead at Railfair, Oct. 12-13. This free event includes model train displays, exhibits and a variety of seldom seen vintage railroad equipment. Paradise & Pacific Railroad and Charros Carousel rides are $3; children 2 and younger ride free with a paying adult. The fun takes place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park.  

Spice up your life at the Arizona Taco Festival, Oct. 12-13. This festival runs from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. both days, at  WestWorld. More than 50 restaurants and food trucks will serve up $3 tacos. The event also includes hot chili pepper and taco eating contests, live music and a Chihuahua beauty pageant. Learn more and get entrance fee costs at

Attend a free Scottsdale Philharmonic concert Oct. 13. Hear a professional symphony orchestra concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road. This group receives support through the city's Community Event Funding Program.  

Run to Scottsdale ArtWalk - an American original. Stroll at your own pace, wander into galleries through a festive area, and enjoy dramatic statues, bubbling fountains, tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and live music. ArtWalk runs from 7-9 p.m. Thursdays, year-round in Old Town.

Veg out at Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market. Buy food and specialty items supplied by locals. There is a large variety of organic and pesticide-free produce, as well. The market runs from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, through May, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.  

Browse the city calendar for more events.


Nominate a person or organization that embodies the Scottsdale spirit. The Spirit of Scottsdale Awards are separated into two categories this year – one recognizes an individual resident, and one recognizes an organization or business on how it strengthens and builds community through its commitment to and involvement in neighborhoods. Fill out your nomination here by Dec. 31. Winners will be recognized at a February 2020 City Council meeting.

National Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 6-12. This year's theme is "Not Every Hero Wears a Cape: Plan and Practice Your Escape." In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to flee safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have to get out.

Register to vote by Monday for the city's November Special Election. The city will hold a Special Election by mail to seek approval for the issuance of bonds for parks, recreation, and senior services; community spaces and infrastructure; and public safety and technology in the principal amount up to $319 million. The estimated average annual tax rate for the proposed bond authorization is $ 0.2877 per $100 of limited assessed valuation used for secondary property tax purposes. If you're not already registered to vote, you can do so here.  

Pima Freeway construction impacts travel. The Arizona Department of Transportation continues widening the Loop 101 from Interstate 17 in Phoenix to Pima Road in Scottsdale. Learn more about the project and upcoming restrictions, and subscribe to updates at ADOT's project webpage.

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Don't be a victim of identity theft; shred event takes place Saturday. Bring your personal and/or commercial documents to be shredded from 7-10 a.m. in the Walmart parking lot. Cost is $4 per box.

We have an outlet for your unwanted electronics. Scottsdale residents can drop off unwanted electronics from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the city's Corporation Yard. Recycling these items prevents them from reaching landfills and creates less waste and provides usable items to organizations that can recapture their value.

Find fall break fun, Oct. 7-11. The city hosts camps that offer various activities including sports, crafts and games. They run from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at both Mountain View and Horizon parks.

Library hosts "RX Matters: Drug Takeback," Wednesday. Dispose of your unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs and medications - no questions asked. The free program takes place from noon-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Civic Center Library.

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