Provo City joins the best of the best park and recreation agencies across the country by earning national accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). This distinguished accomplishment was awarded during the October 2020 NRPA Annual Conference.

So, what does being an accredited department mean?

CAPRA accreditation is the only national accreditation for park and recreation agencies, and is a measure of an agency’s overall quality of operation, management and service to the community. Accreditation indicates that an agency has met rigorous standards related to the management of lands, facilities, resources, programs, safety and services. As part of the accreditation process, Provo City had to demonstrate compliance with 151 recognized standards and document all policies and procedures.

“As a Parks and Recreation Department, we spent years wondering if we were ready for accreditation. What we learned is that this extensive process itself, elevates your preparation and organization.”-Scott Henderson, Parks and Recreation Director

“Rare is the opportunity to bring the entire Parks and Recreation Department of 800+ employees together to work on a single project of this scope. It has resulted in a more unified department with an aspirational purpose.” -Alicia Christensen-Adams, Parks and Recreation Accreditation Manger

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  • Michelle

On Veterans Day we honor all of the men and women who have worn or will wear a uniform in brave and selfless service to our country. While this pause of gratitude feels inadequate given the sacrifices made, we thank you for your courage and answering the call of duty, for preserving our freedom and our liberty, and for showing us patriotism in action.

While covid-19 prevents us from our time honored traditional program it cannot rob us of the opportunity to pay tribute to these many heroic individuals - past, present, and future.

A hero is said to be someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than one's self. Not only do all of you fit that definition but you also shine brightly as an example to all of us to always seek to contribute to the greater good. May we all emulate your love of country in our everyday lives as our ongoing expression of gratitude to you. God bless.

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  • Michelle

As I was helping my 92-year-old neighbor fill out her ballot this morning, I thought of the many elections she has participated in over the years. I was also inspired by her civic commitment.

Today we celebrate one of our most fundamental civic duties—voting for those who will represent us in government positions.

It has been encouraging to see broad participation in this election with large numbers of ballots already cast. If you haven’t voted, I encourage you to make your voice heard. We have convenient ballot boxes located throughout the city.

2020 has been a challenging year in so many ways and if nothing else, has highlighted how important governance is for this country’s health and well-being. Election Day is when the power fully shifts where it belongs: to the people. This is our day to choose and it is both an honor and a duty that I like you, hold dear.

As with all contests, there will be winners and losers. Regardless of the outcome, I hope we all show our best selves. For as Abraham Lincoln said, “We are not enemies, but friends.” Even in disagreement, we all possess the gifts our Founding Fathers gave us: freedom, liberty and democracy. God bless this great nation and each of you.

Election Day Information

Ballots can be returned at any of the secured drop boxes located throughout the county until 8:00 PM on Election Day. Provo has three drop box locations:

  • Provo City Library (550 N University Ave) - On the north end next to book return.

  • Provo Towne Centre Mall (1200 Towne Centre Blvd) - North side of the parking lot next to the intersection of Towne Centre Blvd and Freedom Blvd.

  • Utah County Administration Bldg (100 E Center St) - South side of the building, next to Postal Service mailbox.

Ballot pick-up locations are available and will be open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM. The nearest ballot pick-up location for Provo residents is:

Provo LDS Church 945 E 700 N Provo, UT, 84606

Visit to find other ballot pick-up locations in Utah County that you may use, regardless of where you reside within the county.

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