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In the words of the indomitable Leslie Knope, “There's nothing we can't do if we work hard, never sleep and skirt all other responsibilities in our lives.” That sentiment best describes the work ethic and creativity of our Parks and Recreation team, named as Best of State for outstanding delivery of parks and recreation services and facilities!


Provo Parks and Recreation has been recognized as the nation’s most successful municipal recreation center by renowned industry professionals and the community usage rate is equally impressive with 25,000 members—that’s one out of every four—of our citizens!



The Best of State award recognizes Provo Parks and Recreation for its wide variety of community services and amenities including a nationally-recognized recreation center, a championship golf course, 54 parks, cemetery, an Olympic ice arena, a performing arts center operating at maximum capacity, trails and even a shooting sports park. With careful planning and execution, Provo Parks and Recreation facilitates 2,000,000 annual visitors, setting models of excellence and efficiency that has made them a leader, not only regionally but throughout the country.


“Provo Parks and Recreation has found a unique balance of high use and revenues to minimize the department needs for limited city funds,” said Scott Henderson, Provo Parks and Recreation Director. “Budgets and funding requests are prepared with an efficiency perspective, with care to accurately justify requests through the lens of sustainable business principles.”



The programs, facilities and events featured by the Parks and Recreation Department are highly valued in Provo and consistently strong participation reflects a high level of engagement by our residents and visitors. This has all positioned Provo Parks and Recreation as providing not only desired, but essential services to the community.


Above all, the critical component to this department’s success is the quality staff of Parks and Recreation professionals. These proven professionals are dedicated to their craft. Their many contributions to the community and the recreation and parks profession have been exemplary and are worthy of recognition.


Recent successes highlighted in the Best of State recognition include:


  • “Triple Play” membership that provides Recreation Center members increased access to the East Bay Golf Course and the Peaks Ice Arena. This value-added benefit to the customer and a synergy between the three operations reduces operational subsidies, effectively making the three operations self-sufficient and expanding citizen use of all facilities individually, as well.

  • 100 acres of increasingly limited land on Provo’s west side was secured for a regional sports complex. This facility will host a variety of team sports from soccer, lacrosse, rugby and ultimate frisbee. When completed, the economic impact from sports travel tourism is estimated at over $20 million each year.

  • Working with Utah County, The Peaks Ice Arena was preserved in public ownership through an innovative operations strategy and commitment to continue operation of this Olympic Venue facility

  • Expansion of the Provo City Cemetery, providing interment services for the community for years to come.

  • Outside Magazine recently ranked Provo as #2 in the United States in their Best Towns Ever poll that ranks livability, in large part due to outdoor recreation opportunities.

  • Recent recognition from the Utah Recreation and Parks Association as Outstanding Department of the Year.


The Best of State Awards ceremony is scheduled for June 12 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City. A contingent of representatives will attend where Mayor Michelle Kaufusi will receive the award for the City of Provo.

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Today at exactly 10:15 a.m. thousands of Utahns will participate in Utah’s largest earthquake drill, The Great Utah Shakout. Individuals, families, businesses, schools, and government agencies are invited to participate by holding their own drills at the same time. This is a great opportunity for residents and employees to get better prepared for major emergencies and practice how to protect ourselves in the event of a real earthquake.



This is also a great reminder to sign up for our Emergency Notification System. You will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that you have registered for, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and/or more.

If you haven't signed up to receive Provo's emergency alerts, go to alerts.utahcounty.gov to subscribe now.


So how can I Participate?


Provo residents are encouraged to participate in the earthquake drill this Thursday, April 16 at 10:15 am (or at anytime during the day that you are available to participate). Here are a few ways you can be involved:


  • Drop, Cover, and Hold on: At exactly 10:15 am drop, cover, and hold on. As a general rule, this is the best thing to do during an earthquake.

  • Be Prepared: If an emergency/disaster were to happen, would your family be prepared? Take the time now to do some simple things that will help you get back on your feet as quickly as possible following any emergency. Make a Plan, Get a Go-Kit, and Be Informed.

  • Register to be counted in the ShakeOut Drill. Sign up here »


Visit ShakeOut.org/Utah to learn more about The Great Utah Shakeout.


More about Provo's Emergency Notification System


In the event of a real emergency, we would activate our emergency alert system to notify residents. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, law enforcement activity, missing persons and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.


When we issue a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, you will receive a message on the voice or text communication methods that you have registered, such as your home, mobile or business phones, email address, text messages and more. You pick where, you pick how. Sign up here if you haven’t already.


Residents are also advised to turn to local emergency broadcast stations, KSL-AM 1160 OR KBYU-FM 89.1 for further information.

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1. Avoid Playgrounds. That is the message being sent by Governor Herbert and the Coronavirus Task Force as part of their “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive. It is also important to practice social distancing when we are outside at parks, trailheads and in doing our essential errands.

2. Mayor and Council Unified Message. In a show of unity, Mayor Kaufusi and council members shared a video message urgently asking for full compliance of Governor Herbert’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” directive. They know it is a sacrifice, but it will make a difference and we all have to do it to stop the spread of COVID-19.

3. Donations. Donations. Donations. When the Provo Police Department put out a plea for any who owned a 3D printer to print face masks, they had no idea they would receive more than 2,000 masks. We have since been able to outfit not only all of our first responders, but police and fire departments throughout Utah County. Thank you!!

4. TestUtah.Com. Doing their part to “Crush the Curve,” Silicon Slopes and the Utah Health Department have tested nearly 70,000 individuals at their four mobile test sites, including one at the Provo Towne Center. If you have ANY of the following six symptoms, the State wants you to get tested: Fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches and pains, a decreased sense of taste and smell and sore throat. Visit testutah.com for more information and to take the online assessment.

5. Conversations with Kaufusi—COVID-19 Series. The videos featured this week were with Economic Development and Provo Power. These videos, as well as the rest of the series, can be found on covid19.provo.org.

6. Make Sure You Count. Only 51% have taken the 2020 Census and we want to make sure the other 49% are counted as an accurate count determines our congressional representation, federal funding and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Take a few minutes today to make sure you count by filling out the Census at my2020census.gov.

7. Mayor and Council Unified Message. In a show of unity, Mayor Kaufusi and council members shared a video message urgently asking for full compliance of Governor Herbert’s “Safe Safe, Stay Home” directive. They know it is a sacrifice, but it will make a difference and we all have to do it to stop the spread of COVID-19.

8. COVID-19 Informational Website. We updated our Four Step Community Safety Plan, as well as adding a real-time COVID-19 statistics map. Please visit covid19.provo.org for the latest updates.

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