2012 Accomplishments–Parks and Recreation

The Parks and Recreation Department consists of several divisions and facilities–Parks, The Reserve at East Bay Golf Course, the Provo Cemetery, Youth and Adult Sports, Special Events, Peaks Ice Arena, Covey Center for the Arts, Recreation Center, Veterans Memorial Pool, Eldred Senior Center, and The Center. Here are some of the things the department celebrated last year:
  • Completed construction of the Lakeshore Bridge Trailhead and Phase 2 of the North University Avenue Greenway.
  • Hosted 5,301 participants at the Provo Shooting Sports Park, an increase of 2,644 from the previous year. The department also increased public shooting hours, hired an onsite supervisor to operate the shooting ranges, developed a Standard Operating Procedures manual, and made safety improvements to the rifle and pistol ranges. In addition, several employees became NRA certified Range Safety Officers.
  • Removed vegetation along the Provo River Parkway Trail to improve visibility and safety for trail users.
  • Processed 1,247 pavilion reservations for birthday parties, family reunions, wedding receptions, business luncheons, and other group uses, and 1,132 special park use requests.
  • Oversaw 155 volunteer service projects totaling 5,257 volunteer hours donated to park projects.
  • Completed the removal of asphalt and other materials at the cemetery expansion site in preparation for the grading process, and obtained free fill material, saving the city over $900,000.
  • Held a Provo Flash Fans event where over 1,200 flash fans participated in the championship game of the Peaks Adult Hockey Summer League.
  • Hosted the U.S. Figure Skating Pacific Coast Sectional Championships at the Peaks Ice Arena along with the Peaks Figure Skating Club.
  • Renovated the Brinton Black Box Theater at the Covey Center for the Arts, increasing its capacity by 35%.
  • Created and implemented a new swim lesson program and swim school to replace the American Red Cross program that no longer met the needs of Provo City. The new Provo Swim School provides a high quality aquatic program that teaches participants of all ages and abilities how to be safe in, on, and around the water as well as proper swimming skills and techniques.
  • Implemented a Members Only special occasion events program at the Eldred Senior Center that has hit the maximum capacity for every event.
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  1. thank you for the work along the river trail

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