Rooftop Concert Series: Sego, Grey Glass & Pinguin Mofex

Get ready to rock with Sego, Grey Glass, and Pinguin Mofex on Friday, July 7th! We’ll see you in front of the Nu Skin building at 100 W and Center Street in Provo. Just like our other concerts it’s free and it’s going to be a lot of fun. The concerts start at 7:30 and usually go to about 10:30pm. Bring your friends and don’t forget to spend some time in our great downtown beforehand. There is shopping and restaurants galore.

ROAD CLOSURE HEADS-UP

Please take note of the following road closures:

  • Center Street eastbound lane will be closed on Friday, July 7  starting at 7:00 am from University Avenue to Freedom Boulevard.
  • Center Street westbound lane will be closed on Friday, July 7 starting at 1:00 pm from University Avenue to Freedom Boulevard.
  • 100 West southbound lane will be closed on Friday, July 7 starting at 4:00 pm from 100 North to Center Street.
  • Center Street will reopen on Saturday, July 8.

DOWNTOWN PARKING

Ride your Bike – Ride your bike to the concert to avoid traffic and park your bike at our Free Bicycle Valet hosted by Canyon Bicycle and the Provo Bicycle Collective!

Photo by Justin Hackworth

Ride UTA – Forget about worrying where to park, think green and hop on the bus and get off along University Ave. More information here.

FrontRunner – Introducing the best thing to happen to Provo since BYU Creamery! UTA’s commuter rail service, Frontrunner, runs to 600 South in Provo from stations up and down Utah and Salt Lake counties. You can even ride all the way to Salt Lake City International Airport. View current schedules here.

Parking – Parking in Downtown Provo isn’t as stressful as it sounds. ProvoBuzz has plotted out all the spots you need to know in order for you to get around town. Use the interactive Downtown Provo parking map below to find the best place for you to park.

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Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day to the best city in the best state in the best country in the whole entire world! 

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Trash pick-up one day late

Photo by The Daily Herald

Just a reminder! If your trash pick up schedule is Tuesday – Thursday, be sure to take your garbage can to the curb one day late this week. Provo’s Sanitation Department will be closed on Independence Day so your service will be delayed one day. For more information, you can view the 2017 Holiday Sanitation Schedule here.

Garbage Pickup Information

The best way to ensure your garbage is picked up is by following these tips:

  • Place cans on the side of the street by 6:00 AM on your scheduled day or, better yet, the night before. Remove cans from the curb within 24 hours after they have been emptied.
  • Keep cans away from parked vehicles, mail boxes and trees. Place cans 3’ apart and have plenty of clearance above cans.
  • Everything must fit inside the can so the lid will close. Dial 3-1-1 to schedule extra pickups.
  • When possible, bag the garbage that goes into the black cans.
  • Keep garbage out of green yard waste cans and blue recycling cans.
  • Be sure to look at Provo’s Interactive Map to find out your regular garbage/recycle pick-up day.

If you have questions about the schedule, call 801-852-6714.

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Freedom Festival Parade 2017

Tuesday, July 4th at 9:00 a.m. is the Freedom Festival Grand Parade – the largest of its kind in the state of Utah – highlighting freedom through bands, professionally crafted floats, giant helium balloons and local and national performers. I will be in the parade again this year but instead of riding a bike like I have in the past, I will be in a horse and carriage! You can’t miss me.

I’m looking forward to the amazing opportunity of being the parade Grand Marshal. As Mayor, I’ve enjoyed attending the Freedom Festival events and supporting their efforts to educate, honor, and celebrate. I’m thankful for the support and honor received from this tribute. If you see me along the parade route, please say hi!

Also, make sure to check out the Provo 311 Booth – they will be located on the north corner of the Library. They will be giving out awesome Provo Swag. They’ve got t-shirts, bandanas, paper fans, fidget spinners, and so much more!

PARADE ROUTE

Take note of the parade map below. The Freedom Festival has made changes to the parade route. It begins at 960 North University Ave and proceeds south to 200 South and then turns east to 200 East. From there it turns north to Center Street and then turns east and ends at 900 East.

PARADE SPECTATOR RULES

Spectators may “stake out” their claim to a spot along University Avenue no earlier than July 3, at 3:00 PM per Provo City Ordinance. All other portions of the parade route can not be claimed or reserved until July 4, at 5:00 AM. This includes trying to “reserve or occupy, or attempt to claim, reserve or occupy, either in person or by the placement of ropes, tents, chairs, sleeping bags, blankets, or other devices or barriers, any public property as a position for observing [the] public parade” (SECTION 9.14.220).

All motor vehicles located on the parade route must be moved prior to 8:00 PM on July 3, 2015 or “shall be considered a public nuisance and may be towed from the public street”. Please note that in order to reserve a spot on the parade route at least one person must be present. Any items left unattended may be moved. Portable toilets will be located every other block along the parade route.

For more information visit freedomfestival.org.

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Open Fire & Firework Restrictions for 2017

Effective immediately, Provo Fire & Rescue has issued an open fire restriction for the foothills on the east bench and all areas of the Provo City watershed including South Fork. These restrictions are implemented due to the high fuel levels in the foothills and the decreasing fuel moisture content.

Fires are restricted to established fire pits in improved parks and campgrounds. Open fires, except in designated fire pits in improved parks and campgrounds, are prohibited in Rock Canyon, Slate Canyon, all foothills along the eastern border of the city, and in the Provo City watershed in South Fork. All restricted areas have been posted. Violations of this restriction will be prosecuted as a Class B Misdemeanor.

Fire Marshal Kevin Paxton states: “We realize that part of the allure of summer is sitting around a fire enjoying time with friends and family. We believe with the current fuel and predictable drying conditions that these fire restrictions allow a balance between responsible use of our outdoor resources and the reduction of the risk of a catastrophic fire.”

FIREWORK RESTRICTIONS

In addition, Provo Fire & Rescue reminds all residents and guests that the open fireworks discharge window is approaching. Fireworks may not be discharged until July 1. As in years past, there is a discharge restricted area where fireworks may not be discharged at any time. To view a map of the Fireworks Discharge Restricted Areas, click here »

Open discharge dates are from July 1 through July 7 and July 21 through July 27. Discharge of fireworks outside of the open discharge window or in the discharge restricted area will be prosecuted as a Class B Misdemeanor.

Individuals and families who reside in the Discharge Restricted Area are invited, and encouraged, to use one of the following parks to discharge their consumer fireworks.

  • Provost Park – 629 South 1000 East
  • Kiwanis Park – 820 North 1100 East
  • Sertoma Park – 400 East 2400 North
  • Exchange Park – 900 North 700 West
  • Fort Utah Park – 200 North Geneva Road
  • Footprinters Park – 1150 South 1350 West

Fireworks may be discharged from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm except July 4th and July 24th when discharge must end by midnight. Discharge of fireworks outside of the discharge times will be cited as an infraction.

According to Fire Marshal Kevin Paxton: “We have done our best to partner with Provo Parks and Recreation to provide safe places to discharge fireworks for those who live in the Discharge Restricted Areas. We know that our citizens by and large are very responsible in the use of their fireworks. We hope that everyone will use common sense, and the options that we have provided to help us ensure a safe – fire free holiday.”

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Get Ready to Vote by Mail!

In the all Vote-by-Mail election this year, registered voters will be able to mark their ballots on the day they want, from the convenience of their homes, and with enough time to think through their decisions. This is an exciting change, something several cities in Utah are trying out by contracting with Utah County. If you would like to participate in the upcoming election, here’s what you’ll need to know:

  • The Primary Election is on Tuesday, August 15.
  • All registered voters will be mailed ballots 21 days before the election (July 25th).
  • Voters can make their choices from home and simply mail them back in. No standing in line. No waiting. No pressure.

Make sure you’re registered!

Only registered voters will receive ballots in the mail. If you aren’t sure that your registration is current, you can easily check on vote.utah.gov. People who have moved should take steps to ensure their address is updated.

If you need, you can get a registration form from the Utah County Clerk’s office at 100 East Center St or register online at vote.utah.gov. For more information or for answers to specific questions, call the city recorder’s office at 801-852-6524.

Voter Service Center

A voter service center will be made available on Election Day at the Provo Recreation Center from 7 AM – 8 PM. If you do not receive a ballot in the mail or you loose/misplace your ballot you can stop by the service center and vote provisionally. Registered voters must bring a current ID (driver license with their current address or two items that have their current address). A drop box will also be available at the service center for those wanting to submit their completed mail-in ballot (in their signed and sealed envelope).

Please note that because you will receive your mail-in ballot 21 days before the election, there will be no Early Voting.

Dates to Remember

  • Tuesday, July 25 – Vote-by-mail ballots are mailed to registered voters
  • Tuesday, August 8 – Last day to register to vote in person at County Clerk’s office or online at vote.utah.gov
  • Thursday, August 10 – Last day to request a vote-by-mail ballot in person
  • Tuesday, August 15 – Primary Election Day

Get to Know the Candidates

I’m looking forward to a robust election season and hope we’ll all take the time to study the candidates and their messages and cast an informed vote. Please visit voteprovo.com for candidate information, council district maps, vote-by-mail details, and election announcements.

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Franklin Park Grand Opening!

I’m excited to announce the grand opening of Franklin Park will take place Thursday, June 29 at 11:00 am. Please join us as we celebrate with a ribbon cutting and kick off the event with the park’s first soccer game. All children in attendance will be able to play on the playground and enjoy the park’s new features. The park is located at 807 W 600 S in Provo. This new park is a great addition to the neighborhood and will serve the area for years to come.

Hope to see you there!

Franklin Park Details:

  1. Physical Address: 807 West 600 South
  2. History of the park: Franklin Park was purchased from the Harmon Family in the 1960’s. It has served as a materials handling area and nursery for the Parks and Recreation Department for decades. In the 1990’s the property was considered to be put up for sale for a condo development. The need for a park in the area was identified and it was not sold. Five soccer fields were lost in SW Provo when the school district purchased some property and Franklin Park will be able to replace 2 of them. The funding for the construction of Franklin Park was from CDBG funds and Park Impact fees. No additional appropriations are needed to maintain this park.
  3. Acres: 5
  4. Park Details:
    1. Specific features (Soccer Fields)
    2. Playground – Yes
    3. Restroom – Yes
    4. Drinking fountain – Yes
    5. Water features – No
    6. Parking lot – Yes
    7. Trail – No
    8. Picnic pads – No
    9. Fire pits- None
    10. Lights throughout the park – lighting on restroom, in pavilion and in parking lot
    11. Pavilion Details
      1. Number of tables – 4
      2. Table Size – 4’x8’
      3. Outlets? – 2
      4. Water tap – No
      5. BBQ Stand? – No
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Stars & Stripes Beach Party!

Come down to the Shops at Riverwoods for the annual Freedom Festival Stars and Stripes Beach Party this weekendThe party is Saturday, June 24th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm. This will be a great kick-off to the 4th of July season. 

Youngsters can beat the heat at the splash pads or bounce off the walls in the bounce house. Face painters and balloon artists will delight and amaze. Drop by the petting zoo for a look at exotic beasts & fowl. Take some time to relax & enjoy live entertainment at the gazebo.

No party is complete w/out food, and we’ve got you covered. Be sure to try some kettle corn, fresh-squeezed lemonade, or delicious cotton candy. For a more refined dining experience, book your reservation at one of the fantastic restaurants. Stuff yourself with pizza and pasta at Malawi’s Pizza, or enjoy the signature dishes at La Jolla Grove, or sample the cuisine of the Orient at Shoots or Happy Sumo.

Activities include:

  • Games
  • Fun Beach themed Photo Ops
  • Beach Ball drop
  • Sand castles
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Art
  • Sidewalk Sale
  • Food
  • Live Entertainment featuring Route 89
  • and MUCH MORE!! Don’t miss this delightful event!!

For more information visit: http://shopsatriverwoods.com/lifestyle/events/freedom-festival-beach-party.html

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Get your bike up and running with the Collective

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Got a bike or two rusting away in the garage? Would you love to join the bicycle community but your tires are flat? Need some help with your chain? Maybe your handlebars don’t sit straight.

The Provo Bicycle Collective can provide help at a low cost and with the tools you’ll need. The Collective, at 397 E. 200 North, is community-owned and volunteer-run, a do-it-yourself bike shop with the largest selection of used parts and used bikes anywhere in Provo.

At the Collective, there’s no handing over your bicycle to someone else to fix it. You come in with your bike (or bikes) and they’ll teach you what to do. You learn the tricks and then one day, you can teach someone else, donate your time, parts and even buy a nice bike at a good price.

When I was a kid, I loved to bike. Now that I’m grown, I still love to ride but I doubly appreciate the many advantages of bicycle mobility. It’s fun and it’s a way to exercise and contribute to the community’s health. A bike ride is a beautiful thing and the Collective gets you out there!

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You can see what the Provo Bicycle Collective is all about on their website bicyclecollective.org If you need a good, working bike you can buy one from the Collective for $100-$250 for an adult’s bike and $30-$50 for a child’s bike. (Inventory changes daily depending on donations.) You can buy parts at the Collective at generally half the price of what they cost new. There are also new items: tubes, grips, bar tape, cables, housing, locks and lights.

The people at the shop won’t fix your bike for you but they will teach and guide you. (And, if you prefer, they’ll recommend a good for-profit shop in the area where somebody will do it for you.)

At the Collective, use the shop benches and tools for $10 an hour. (Or work off the cost.)

So bring in that bike that’s been collecting dust in the shed. Even if it can’t be fixed, the scrap metal is valuable. You can mend your own, volunteer to help others, or organize an Eagle Scout project.

As always, in Provo, your bike needs a license. The fee is $1. Register at: provo.org and let’s go biking!

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Prep & Outdoor Fest

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Utah’s Prep & Outdoor Fest is coming to Provo on Saturday, June 17th. Get ready for a family-friendly event where you can learn about helpful products, services and information focused on empowering citizens to better prepare themselves and their families. We can always be a little more prepared whether it’s food or water storage, energy independence, emergency shelters or general information. At the end of the day, it’s up to each of us to take care of our individual family’s needs no matter the situation. Come browse the exhibitor booths, talk to educators and check out all the vendors who will be showcasing Utah’s abundant outdoor life and the amazing resources the state has to offer regarding recreation, homesteading, and survival. 

BOOK for your FREE tickets and bring the printed ticket to be entered into our drawings throughout the day. RSVP at the event link to stay updated on event schedule and announcements. Ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/provo-preparedness-outdoor-fest-tickets-33584776972

Please help us spread the word by sharing this event with friends, family and neighbors. Thank you!

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