• Michelle

Everyone in our community remembers where they were when they heard the iconic Provo Tabernacle had been destroyed by fire. For many, it seems unbelievable that 10 years have passed since that early morning of Dec. 17, 2010. Some people wept as they tried to focus their camera lens on the charred building. Others looked on with dismay. Cars drove by at a snail’s pace, their occupants looking at the singed remains. Residents of Provo and elsewhere were in shock about the news the tabernacle was destroyed.


Shock of a different kind was also felt when news was announced of its unexpected transformation into the Provo City Center Temple. As I heard this official announcement my heart filled with great emotion. Thankfully, the tremendous loss of this beloved community gathering space ultimately became a community win as it continues to be a beautiful reminder of Provo’s history and a key contributor to our downtown economic vitality.


And our downtown hasn’t been the same since. The new addition to our downtown has been transformative. Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, businesses had been booming, mixed-use apartments had gone up and more people were coming to Provo to work, live, shop and play. Perhaps in 10 years residents will contemplate the 20th anniversary of the tabernacle burning and the 10th anniversary of the worldwide pandemic and say how bittersweet it was, but look at what good things have happened since.


Please read the full tribute article about the Provo Tabernacle on the Daily Herald here.

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  • Michelle

2020 has been a rough year! In a year filled with political arguments, health concerns and community unrest, we are all feeling worn down by the negativity. We wanted an easy way for everyone to end 2020 on a note of positivity. We can all definitely use it. Provo School District, Provo Kindness, and Provo City are hoping a little community gratitude will help.


CommUNITY Gratitude Trees encourages all to celebrate the season by honoring their personal hero, whether that is a parent, a sibling, a teacher, a coworker, a frontline worker or even stranger who gave an unexpected gift of kindness. Who made 2020 more bearable? Let’s give them a shout-out.


Citizens can participate either in-person or online. Just download your printable here and then follow these steps:

  • Color the ornaments

  • Write a message to your hero on the back

  • Personally hang your ornament on one of three CommUNITY Gratitude Trees located at Provo City Hall in 311 Customer Service, Provo Police, or at Peaks Ice Arena

  • Those not wanting to hang their ornament, can post on their social media or ours with the hope being that we can brighten up online with a colorful wave of gratitude

Continually building on the culture of kindness in Provo is exactly why the Provo Kindness Initiative was established in September. This activity does exactly that as adults and youth alike remember the kindness they've received this past year and make a small effort to honor the person(s) who made their world a little better.


As we focus on the good, we will create more kindness and goodness in the process. We are looking forward to more fun family and community activities during our first annual Provo Kindness Week on February 15-19!


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  • Michelle

This post is a friendly reminder that when it snows, residential and business property owners are responsible for keeping sidewalks safe.


The Provo City Code states that the owner, tenant or lessee of property must remove snow or ice from the sidewalks any time that the average snow depth exceeds one inch, or when snow or ice on the sidewalk presents an unreasonably dangerous condition. Most cities have a similar requirement.


Here’s how you can help:

  • Park cars off the street.

  • Move obstacles like basketball stands and disabled vehicles off the street.

  • Place garbage and recycling containers close to the curb and bring them in as soon as you can.

  • Clear your sidewalk any time the snow gets deeper than an inch. (Remember, you, as the owner, tenant or lessee of property are required to remove snow or ice within 24 hours.)

  • Consider those around us who need some help such as older neighbors, neighbors who are out of town. Help them out!

  • If you leave town, make arrangements for snow removal in your absence.

  • Take care not to pile the snow high and don’t pile it into the street. Don’t blow it into the street either. Leave the sightlines open. (If the snowplow throws snow onto your walk, please understand it’s unavoidable and clear the way again.)

  • Remember, the snowplow trucks are difficult to maneuver and may have less traction than a car. Don’t try to pass one on a hill. Give a snowplow plenty of room.

When removing snow from sidewalks, property owners should make every effort to keep the snow on their property to prevent obstructing street travel or limiting the visibility of motorists. Some sidewalks are so close to travel lanes that city and UDOT snowplow crews may throw snow from the street onto sidewalks. While this can be frustrating for property owners, it does not reduce the importance of keeping sidewalks safe for pedestrians.


By working as a cohesive community, we increase the effectiveness of our efforts and make our city a safer place to walk and drive. The public may report sidewalk snow and ice hazards to the city by dialing 3-1-1. You can also read the city ordinance regarding sidewalk snow removal here (look for section 9.16).

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