This statue honors Herb Drinkwater, the late Scottsdale mayor.

This statue honors Herb Drinkwater, the late Scottsdale mayor.

Early on a Saturday or Sunday or better yet Christmas day, the silence of Old Town Scottsdale and the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza greets visitors and offers them a serene place to unwind from the stresses of the week before the hustle and bustle begins.  Colorful flowers line the walkways and statues of horses and heroes of Scottsdale mingle with contemporary art.

One of the fountains at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

One of the fountains at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

The fountains unexpectedly bubble up from the sidewalk or from their watery enclosures.  Restaurants and galleries dot the perimeter of the plaza and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art anchors the south end of the plaza.

Shade trees protect the area from the sun and create a haven for the waterfowl by the lake.  A mama duck escorts her tiny babies down the middle of the sidewalk with no fear that anyone will disturb them.  Winnie and Pooh, two mute swans, glide on the lake and Pooh, the camera hound, comes close for some excellent photo shots.

Pooh, a mute swan, swims in the lake at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

Pooh, a mute swan, swims in the lake at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

Visitors enjoy a shady, isolated area.

Visitors enjoy a shady, isolated area.

Steps lead down to a shaded area with a pond and an ice cream cone shaped water fountain in the middle sends out sparkling drops of water.  Bricks cover the walkways and the cubes for sitting around the perimeter.  Rose bushes bloom in small gardens around the pond and along the stairs.  One can feel free and isolated in this serene area.

The LOVE statue located in the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

The LOVE statue located in the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

Statues inhabit the plaza with the large red LOVE statue perched on a rise overlooking the plaza.  In the middle of it all, a handsome statue of Herb Drinkwater, the late Scottsdale mayor, keeps an eye on passersby and looks so life-like you expect him to bid you the time of day.