May 15, 2023
City seeks bottled water donations for heat relief locations. Scottsdale opened eight hydration/cooling stations and is desperately seeking bottled water donations which can be dropped off at the city locations listed below.
Updated locations: Hydration stations, offering drinking fountains and/or free bottled water, are available at the Granite Reef and Via Linda senior centers, Vista del Camino Community Center and Paiute Neighborhood Center. Cooling stations that provide refuge from the heat are available at all four city libraries: Appaloosa, Arabian, Civic Center and Mustang. People can stay in these stations during regular business hours.
The city also partners with nonprofits to provide day relief centers which give refuge from the outdoors, meals and water, showers, and navigation for additional services: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays, South Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N. Hayden Road; and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Fridays, Vista del Camino Community Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt Dr.
Maricopa County identified 425 heat-associated deaths in 2022; a 25% increase from 2021. In an attempt to decrease these statistics and save lives, the city has increased access to heat relief by providing four hydration and four cooling stations.
The Scottsdale Police Department needs your input for its reaccreditation. The public is invited to provide feedback about the department’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation, engagement in the service community, delivery of public safety services and overall candidacy for accredited status. The department must comply with 406 standards to achieve accredited status, which is valid for four years. The department is required to submit annual reports proving compliance. Scottsdale has a been CALEA-accredited agency since 1994.
Get a head start learning about city issues, projects and activities by attending or listening in on the many public meetings we host. Here’s what’s coming up:
Learn about the responsibilities of city Boards and Commissions and how you can serve.
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THINGS TO DO
May’s Civil War Roundtable features Historian Garry Adelman. Adelman is the American Battlefield Trust’s chief historian and an award-winning author. His lecture, “Battlefield Preservation Extravaganza,” will highlight how the trust is preserving Civil War battlefields.
The Scottsdale Civil War Roundtable meets Tuesday, May 16, at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd. The free lecture starts at 5 p.m.; doors open at 4 p.m. for book sales and a speaker meet and greet. You can also join via Zoom. This is the season’s final program.
Support Spring Arizona Restaurant Week, May 19-28. Arizona Restaurant Week showcases local chefs and their culinary achievements with special menus and dining experiences at participating restaurants. Each eatery is featuring a three-course, prix-fixe menu for $33, $44 or $55 per person.
Celebrate the Indian Bend Wash in May. The Indian Bend Wash flood control project transformed Scottsdale’s dangerous flooding hazard into a world-renowned network of parks, lakes, paths and golf courses that runs through the heart of the city. In 1985, Scottsdale officially dedicated the $54 million project, nearly 20 years after the first park in the Indian Bend Wash was built.
Help us celebrate:
Dive-In Movie: Join us for a movie with a splash as we screen Disney’s Moana. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at Eldorado Aquatic & Fitness Center, free.
Toss on the Wash: Bring the family to the Shelly Sharpe Memorial Disc Golf Course for instruction, contests, games, food trucks and more. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, Vista del Camino Park, free.
Join local veterans organizations Memorial Day to honor those who lost their lives in military service. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Monday, May 29, at the Scottsdale Memorial for the Fallen, located adjacent to the Chaplain sculpture on the Civic Center Memorial Lawn 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd. Across Arizona, there are many veteran monuments and memorials – places to pay respects – on Memorial Day, or any other day of the year. Scottsdale Memorial For the Fallen was dedicated in March, becoming the city’s place for remembering in perpetuity the citizens of the Scottsdale area who gave their lives in defense of the nation. Learn about the 66 service members whose names appear on the memorial at ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “memorial for the fallen.”
Scottsdale ArtWalk: Scottsdale is home to more than 100 galleries, dedicated to exhibiting the finest visual art from around the world and locally. Stroll at your own pace. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays. Specialty-themed Gold Palette ArtWalks are held 6:30-9 p.m. about once a month.
Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market: The market features more than 100 local growers and specialty food producers. It runs 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays through May, then 7-10 a.m. through June, at 3806 N. Brown Ave.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: Attend exciting, diverse events throughout the year.
Find McDowell Sonoran Conservancy events.
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PROGRAMS AND SERVICES
Fill-a-Cruiser to help seniors “Beat the Heat.” Bring your donations to the Scottsdale Police and Fire departments’ event from 2-6 p.m. Thursday, May 18, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. "Beat the Heat” provides care packages to vulnerable homebound seniors during the summer. We need bottled water, nutritional drinks, snacks, ice packs, fans, hygiene items, gift cards and books of stamps. Learn more.
Apartment and condo residents can participate in recycling. The city has several recycle drop-off locations available 24/7:
Indian School Park & Tennis Center, 4175 N. Hayden Road
Scottsdale Ranch Park, 10336 E. Via Linda
Horizon Park, 15444 N. 100th St.
Scottsdale Fire Dept Station 10, 16701 N. 100th St.
Here’s what’s recyclable.
McKellips Road, between Loop 101 and Alma School Road, is reduced to one lane in each direction. The Maricopa County Department of Transportation and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community are working on this two-phased project. This phase includes burying infrastructure, and installing water and sewer lines and a new drainage system. Phase I is expected to be complete in spring 2024. Learn more.
History: Chesnutt Park. Chesnutt Park, located on Granite Reef just north of Camelback, opened in 1967 as one of Scottsdale's newest neighborhood parks. In 1965, the city bought the Chesnutt family home and property. R.A. Chesnutt was a state legislator in the 1920s. The Chesnutt family's home became the city's first senior center, and the new park was a hit with neighborhood families. The Chesnutt house quickly became too small for senior activities and the city built a new senior center in 1976 on the corner of Drinkwater Boulevard and Second Street. The city closed that facility and opened a new center at 1700 N. Granite Reef Road in September 2006. See photos.
Maricopa County seeks residents’ input on how Scottsdale helps keep our community healthy. Your responses are needed to ensure inclusive representation of all residents in all communities. The survey is open to Maricopa County residents ages 12 and older through May 31. Responses are anonymous, and personal information is not collected. Learn more. Take the survey.