Scottsdale Update - Sept. 19, 2019


Check out Scottsdale's 2019 annual report to you … our citizens. This document (PDF) provides an overview of the city's priorities, strategic initiatives and performance measures. It is organized around the six guiding principles the city uses to achieve its mission.

Renovated Drinkwater Boulevard underpass beneath Scottsdale Civic Center opens. The underpass and bridge crossing were closed in July 2018 when concrete deterioration from leaking fountains and irrigation was discovered during inspection work. Renovation continues on the bridge crossing which is expected to open this fall. Learn more.

Scottsdale Water issued Arizona's first permit for direct use of recycled water. Scottsdale Water Campus's Advanced Water Treatment Plant became the state's first permanent water treatment facility permitted to treat recycled water for potable (drinkable) water uses. The groundbreaking permit establishes a model for cities across Arizona to begin working towards reusing their precious water resources for future, long-term water sustainability.

Scottsdale captures "Best Project" award for handbook on low impact development. The Arizona Planning Association recently recognized the city for the "Greater Phoenix Metro Green Infrastructure Handbook" (PDF). The guide provides designers, developers, contractors and residents with green infrastructure water harvesting details which have been accepted by Valleywide jurisdictions. The city headed the project in collaboration with the ASU Sustainable Cities Network and other municipalities. The award category was "Best Master Plan/Project/Study."



Take a virtual tour of Fire Station 613 and see how firefighters work and live at the fire house.

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Enjoy 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.

Free admission to local museums as part of Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day, Sept. 21. Both the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West offer free admission Saturday, Sept. 21. Tickets, which provide free admission for two people, are available to download at Smithsonian Museum Day.  

Cactus Park hosts free Grand Old-Fashioned Picnic. Join the fun at the park for a water slide, water tag, sprinkler oasis, a DJ, food vendors and information booths. The event runs from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, at the park, 7202 E. Cactus Road.

Browse the city calendar for more events. 


Help Scottsdale Public Library name its book bike. The book bike will allow library staff to take services into the community. Citizens will eventually have the opportunity to reserve the book bike for community events. The library staff suggested more than 40 names, which have been narrowed to the top five. Stop by any library branch to submit your vote or go online.

Brush and bulk guidelines offer variety of benefits. Separating your brush (yard waste, branches and clippings) from your bulk items (furniture, mattresses, etc.) betters the environment, extends the life of landfills and helps control service costs. 

City information is just a phone call away by dialing 312-3111. The city's information line connects you with live operators who know about event, traffic and meeting information that you want, or they'll connect you to the right people for further assistance.

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.

Get City Council meeting and agenda information


City accepting donations for holiday giving programs. Sign up now to help those in need for the holiday Adopt-a-Senior and/or Adopt-a-Family programs. Recipients must meet eligibility requirements: Adopt-a-Family (PDF); Adopt-a-Senior.

Attend free landscape workshops. Learn ways to enhance the beauty of your yard while saving water and money. View our fall schedule.

October Green Building program kicks off 21st season with discussion on electric vehicles. The road ahead is electric. Put your gas budget to better use, skip the morning traffic and help drive Arizona toward a more sustainable future by choosing an electric vehicle. You'll save money and time and have less maintenance. The free program (PDF) runs from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. RSVPs are not needed.

Learn basic emergency skills through Scottsdale's CERT program. The Scottsdale Community Emergency Response program trains participants in basic disaster prevention and response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, team organization and disaster psychology. The six-week class runs weekly from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, starting Oct. 10. (no class Oct. 31). The class fills quickly so register soon.

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