Scottsdale Arizona


Recognized for its sustainable design and sensitivity to the desert habitat

within the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, Scottsdale’s Lost Dog Wash Trailhead was recently awarded the top Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects, Western Mountain Region.

 The trailhead’s building and parking area have been designed to blend inwith the surrounding desert preserve and incorporate green buildingtechniques.  These include photovoltaic cells that provide electricity, andgrey water and rainwater harvesting that produce nearly 75,000 gallons ofwater annually for landscape irrigation. In addition, special attention hasbeen paid to salvage and relocate native vegetation to other areas of

disturbance within the preserve. 

 Earlier this summer, the city also received an award for the South AreasTrails Map of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve from the Arizona Information

Council in the cartographic design category.

 The Lost Dog Wash Trailhead also won the Valley Forward Environmental

Excellence Crescordia award in the open space and connectivity category last October.  


Since 1994, nearly 15,000 acres of the McDowell Mountains and Sonoran Desert have been preserved in Scottsdale. To commemorate October as McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month, residents are invited to attend Scottsdale’s Mayor and City Council Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road.

 For more information about the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, visit or call (480) 312-7722. For more information about events planned during McDowell Sonoran Preserve Month, visit or call the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy at (480)998-7971.


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