Quality of Life — I Need Your Help!


Provo is consistently recognized on a national level for our high quality of life and well-being. Why?

On the surface it seem obvious but I want to take a deeper look. What do we have that deserves national attention and what do we lack? I have my own ideas but I want to hear yours.

Please take a minute and share your thoughts with me. Leave me a comment or email me at QualityofLife@provo.org.

I’ll compile the results and share them with all of you.

Healthy Neighborhoods Training

Neighborhood Revitalization

Attention Provo neighborhood chairs, leaders & residents! Habitat for Humanity of Utah County is hosting a Healthy Neighborhoods Training on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:00 – 9:00 pm at the South Franklin Community Center (located at the Boulders Apartments Complex, 750 South 700 West) for all interested community members. Dinner will be served.

The Healthy Neighborhoods training is designed to help residents and stakeholders engage in creating a neighborhood of choice in which they want to live, work, and play.  The training will explore the elements of a healthy neighborhood and the importance of resident involvement in developing and maintaining neighborhoods of choice.

For CDBG eligible neighborhoods

This is your first step in receiving funding for your neighborhood from the Community Development Block Grant, revitalization grant. These grants can be used for neighborhood improvement projects, including painting, planting, and clean-up projects, safety campaigns, sidewalk repair and replacement, and other neighborhood driven projects, etc.

We encourage you to attend and invite other neighborhood leaders and interested residents to attend this beneficial and informative training.  Please RSVP to Jimmie at (801) 344-8527 or jimmiesmith@habitatuc.org by September 17th.

If you have questions or need further information, please contact Kena Mathews at (801) 344-8527 x 103 or kena@habitatuc.org. Thank you!

Clean Comedy Open Mic Night

Have you ever been told your funny? Are you the hit of the backyard BBQ with your impression of Uncle Al and the cross-eyed squirrel? Now is your chance to show everyone your true calling as comedian extraordinaire with the Covey Clean Comedy Open Mic every Thursday night at 7:00 pm starting September 18, 2014. If you want to come watch or if you want to test out your skills admission is just $3, but comics can get in free by bringing at least 3 people to the show. With a mix of professional and amateur comedians, The Covey Arts …

Provo Shatters the World Record for Largest Scavenger Hunt!

We did it! We shattered the Guinness World Record for Largest Scavenger Hunt! Congrats to everyone who participated in Passport to Provo. We more than doubled the previous world record with 2,079 participants who completed the hunt! What an amazing day! We had families and students exploring downtown Provo, discovering new businesses, completing service projects and donating food, appreciating Provo’s arts and culture scene, and celebrating all that Provo has to offer. I would like to thank all of the event sponsors – Provo City, Google Fiber, Downtown Inc, and Cotopaxi. Downtown Provo Inc worked and coordinated with all of the downtown …

Provo On Instagram

Every Saturday I share pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. Trending on Instagram this week: #ProvoRocks shirts, Passport to Provo, Chalk the Block, Skateboard Competition, and Bike to School Week. If you would like to be featured in future posts, use the hashtag #Provo or #ProvoRocks when posting your picture. I am also on Instagram and you can follow me at @ProvoMayor. Check out last week’s photos here »

Miracle on 50 W Street

Guest Post by Neighborhood Chair, Mike Roam. As you drive and walk along 50 W between Jamestown and Will’s Pitt Stop, you’ll notice a miracle has happened this weekend. Well, maybe not a miracle in the true sense of the word but a miracle none the less!! Brady Knapp, with the help of his scoutmaster, friends, neighbors, Steve Cox, Bill Faulkner, others and Provo City has cleared away the brush, overgrowth, undergrowth, trash, debris, dead foliage, etc. etc. on both sides of the street and even helped delineate a safer place for pedestrian traffic from about 3500 N to 3600 N …

Excellent Employees – Excellent Award

This week it was my honor to join Tara Riddle and Chris Cooper as Provo City was presented the “Award of Excellence in the Public Sector” for our participation in supporting Community Health Charities! Like most things I do, I got the spotlight but the real champions are Tara and Chris. They have lead our efforts and rallied our employees for more years than we can all remember.

Chalk the Block

The Shops at Riverwoods (4801 N University Ave. Provo, Utah) will be filled with activity this weekend from Thursday, September 11 – Saturday, September 13 from 9:00 am – 10:00 pm as Utah’s largest chalk art festival, Chalk The Block. More than 200 artists will spend hours painting and chalking the streets transforming the Riverwoods into a captivating, one of a kind experience. The Shops at Riverwoods is partnering with Clear Horizons Academy to create this must see community event. The proceeds from this event will support Clear Horizons’ efforts to build brighter futures for children with autism. Over 250 various …

Provo Skateboard Competition

The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Provo Skateboard Competition at Provo’s Skate Plaza (650 N 200 w) this Saturday, September 13, 2014. Registration/Warm-ups will start at 9:00 am and the competition will start at 10:00 am. The Provo Skateboard Competition is for skateboarders age 8+. Skaters will come together in a jam-style competition in 3 different levels – beginners, intermediate, and advanced. Competitors will skate with two other skaters, and may be invited to skate again for multiple rounds of judging. All participants will receive a registration prize bag with local swag and water and gatorade will be provided to …

Record Breaking Scavenger Hunt

This Saturday, September 13 is the record-breaking scavenger hunt, Passport to Provo! Thank you for those who have signed up already and have help spread the word about the event. As of 9:00 am this morning we had a total of 570 people signed up. We have 4 more days left to get at least 925 people registered. We can do this! Tell your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and roommates to sign up today! Go to passporttoprovo.com to sign up and register your team. Below are a few details about the event rules, scavenger hunt categories, prizes and awards! Scavenger Hunt …