2011 Accomplishments–Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department consists of several divisions–Parks; The Reserve at East Bay Golf Course; Cemetery; Recreation Division; Peaks Ice Arena; Covey Center for the Arts; Recreation Center and Veterans Memorial Pool; Eldred Senior Center; Special Events, Program and The Center; and Youth and Adult Sports. Each division is outstanding and has a long list of accomplishments. Believe it or not, this is the short list:
  • Acquired two parcels of property for Spring Creek Park.
  • Acquired two parcels of property for a new park in northeast Provo.
  • Selected a consultant and began work on a new Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
  • Implemented a new weed abatement program, which successfully addressed long-standing problem areas on city properties.
  • Graded the steambed, added a pond liner, and landscaped the edges of the waterway through Riverview Park.
  • Installed bridge identification signs and underpass lighting along the Provo River Parkway Trail to assist with navigation and increase safety.
  • Completed a new hole on the executive course of the golf course that will open in 2012.
  • Hired cemetery planning and design firm to proceed with the cemetery expansion master plan.
  • Began accelerated construction of the new rec center, which is expected to be completed in spring 2013.
  • Installed an additional indoor turf area west of the north rink at the Peaks Ice Arena and successfully booked the area.
  • Successfully bid to host the U.S. Figure Skating Pacific Coast Sectional Championships in November 2012 at the Peaks Ice Arena.
  • Enrolled a record high number of participants in swimming lessons.
  • Implemented a new membership program with incentives and a new fee schedule for group use of the Eldred Senior Center.
  • Engaged six full-time and five part-time interns at The Center who together contributed over 3,600 hours of service.
  • Averaged about 2,500 in attendance at the Movies in the Park, breaking all previous attendance records.
  • Operated the majority of sports programs with a 125% cost recovery of all direct expenses.
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