Glass Recycling Drop-off

Provo’s drop-off location for Glass Recycling is located at the southwest corner of the Covey Center Parking lot. Residents can take their glass bottles to the recycling receptacle at 500 West and 100 South.

The receptacle is divided into clear glass, brown glass and green glass. The glass should be rinsed and have its contents removed. This helps to prevent buildup of foreign material from machinery and equipment. It also helps to keep our city collection location clean and free of debris.

For more information visit provo.org/recycling

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Welcome Back Students!

Photo by Justin Hackworth

I would like to extend a warm welcome (back) to our student neighbors! Provo is lucky to have such a young population—it infuses the city with vibrancy and fresh ideas. Some of our most successful businesses, startups and creative endeavors have come from students who’ve decided to make Provo their home.

Whether you are here for a short time while you study, or you decide to make Provo your home, we want you to feel welcome and safe here in our town. We encourage student voices in our civic engagement and decision-making processes. If you don’t already, please follow us on social media for updates and public postings– it’s the best thing you can do to get involved while you’re here.

Provo City Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/provocity

Provo City Twitter – https://twitter.com/provocity

Provo City Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/provocity

Provo City Snapchat – https://www.snapchat.com/add/provocity

We also have a website just for you, Provo4Students.org which is full of information about Provo, including government services, how to register to vote (please do so!) and everything you need to know about parking.

And speaking of parking, we’re all in a tight squeeze here in Provo, so please consider walking, riding bikes or carpooling as much as possible to minimize congestion and keep our streets safe.

I hope you’ll enjoy your time here, not only studying in some of the best universities in the world, but also as you take advantage of all Provo has to offer, from hiking and climbing to music and art. And if there is anything we can do for you to make your life better while you’re here, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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City of Starts: Rooftop Concert Series

Provo resident Courtney Kendrick (aka the Queen of Provo) is one of the co-founders of the Rooftop Concert Series. The concert series was started as an initiative to get more people to come downtown and enjoy what this beautiful city has to offer. The concerts were originally hosted on top of a parking terrace but have been so successful, they’ve run out of room on the roof and now take place on the street.

This is just one example of the significant efforts made to revitalize downtown Provo over the last several years. The combined effort from many parties has had a big impact, with the downtown area now boasting with one-of-a kind restaurants, local art venues, local businesses, and unique shopping experiences.

This video is part of a new series of TV commercials now airing on BYUtv. Go to visitprovo.org for more stories about people who got their start in Provo. Provo City is the ‪#‎cityofstarts.

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Rooftop Concert Series: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show

Don’t miss our last concert of the year! What better way to end a great season than some of our best Provo musicians coming together to perform their favorite Fleetwood Mac songs? We’ll see you in front of the Nu Skin building at 100 W and Center Street in Provo on Friday, September 1st. Just like our other concerts it’s free and it’s going to be a lot of fun. The concerts start at 7:30pm 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, September 1 starting at 7:00 am from University Avenue to Freedom Boulevard.
  • Center Street westbound lane will be closed on Friday, September 1 starting at 1:00 pm from University Avenue to Freedom Boulevard.
  • 100 West southbound lane will be closed on Friday, September 1 starting at 4:00 pm from 100 North to Center Street.
  • Center Street will reopen on Saturday, September 2.

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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Free Shade Trees for Residents!

Photo by: The Daily Universe

Do you have central air conditioning? If your answer is yes and you are a Provo resident then Provo City Power would like to help you lower your electric bill and energy consumption by offering you a free shade tree! Provo Power gives away trees once a year to shade homes and reduce energy consumption for their Trees for Energy Conservation Program.

HOW TO GET YOUR FREE TREE

If you have questions regarding this program or eligibility, you can call our office at 801-852-6852.

  1. Have central air conditioning in your home.
  2. To sign up for your free tree, visit switchitprovo.com and submit the online form located under Trees for Conservation. Once determined that you are eligible, a voucher for your free tree and instructions will be emailed to you. There is a limited supply and Trees will be given out on a first come first serve basis to customers that qualify. All forms must be submitted no later than Tuesday, September 5th – no vouchers will be processed after that date.
  3. Pick up your free tree on September 14, 2017 at the Provo Power Campus located at 251 W 800 N. Provo City Power Representatives will be available that day to help you and answer any questions you may have. Tree species selection is on a first come-first serve basis.
  4. Be sure to follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ProvoPower) for more information. A list of trees that will be available that day will be posted on Facebook about 1 week before the event. You can also find more information about various tree species on the Provo City Forestry Division’s Tree Selection Guide.

*Residents that have received a tree in the last two years will not be eligible for a tree this year – eligibility will be verified.

Trees Help Reduce Energy Costs

Besides looking good, trees strategically placed around your yard can have a significant impact on your cooling costs. As a locally owned and locally controlled utility, Provo City Power is interested in lowering costs to Provo consumers. Lower power bills save you money, and help the utility reduce the need to purchase expensive power especially at peak times.

Trees act as a natural air conditioner, reducing heat and reflection from the sun’s hot rays. This natural cooling happens as water evaporates from the leaf surfaces into the surrounding air. When the right tree is planted at the proper site, trees can be as beneficial as other energy saving home improvements including insulation, weather stripping, and shade screens.

Cooling costs can be reduced 30-50% by proper placement of trees around buildings, air conditioners, and paved areas. Also, lawns shaded by trees use 30-50% less water. Approximately 20 different tree species will be available to select from. The selection of trees offered by Provo City Power are proven to be the most appropriate for maximum cooling of your home if planted strategically. All trees shed leaves, twigs, flowers or a fruiting structure at some time. There is no tree that is completely maintenance free. You may view various tree species on the Provo City Forestry Division’s Tree Selection Guide at provopower.org/forestry.

Remember, when planting your shade trees not to plant them any closer than 25-35 feet perpendicular to any power lines. Determine the shade tree’s width at maturity and plant the tree more than half that distance from the power lines.

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This is Provo

The Provo Landmarks Commission is working to improve its mission of educating citizens about Provo’s history. They have launched a website, thisisprovo.com featuring a fun video series called, “This is Provo Then and Now”. I’ve been loving their virtual tours of Provo’s historic buildings.

Press play to see behind the scene footage and then head to the website for background research and new episodes! 

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Women Who Build

Save the date! The 2nd Annual Women Who Build summit will be on September 22nd. If you are a woman business owner or a woman who has dreamed about starting something, this workshop is for you!

Get ready for a business building workshop where you will build a business with a team in just 3 hours (no prior business experience required). The sessions will be divided up into 10 teams of 5 people (50 people total). Each team will have a coach and a mentor to help you through each stage of the workshop with industry experts as instructors. Our hope is that you will leave with new relationships and skills that will equip you to start and build something awesome.

This women’s entrepreneurship event is a collaboration between the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mountainland Association of Governments, Orem City, Provo City, and BYU’s Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Join us to build a business in a day and network with amazing people in our entrepreneurship community!

Schedule of Events

8:30am-9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00am-9:30am Welcome & Intro
9:30am-12:30pm Business Building: Ideation, Prototyping, & Business Modeling
12:30-1:30pm Lunch & Pitches to Panel of Judges
1:30pm-2:00pm Keynote Address by Vanessa Quigley, Co-founder of Chatbooks
2:00-2:30pm Winners Announced

If you can’t make it for the whole day, you can also opt to join us just for the lunch and keynote address.

To reserve your spot, grab your tickets here.

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Aerial Footage of Provo

Loving this aerial footage of Provo City! Thanks Rob Towne for capturing some of Provo’s most amazing sights. Press play to see incredible views of Provo’s landmarks, architecture and beautiful scenery. Sights like: Lavell Edwards Stadium, Provo City Center Temple, Rock Canyon, Y Mountain, Provo River, Bridal Veil Falls, Rooftop Concert Series, and so much more!

(Be sure to watch with the sound turned on and check the “HD” setting.)

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A Guide to Provo’s Wall Murals

If you’ve been out and about this summer you might have noticed a few new wall murals popping up around town. Especially in our Downtown and Startup Districts, you can discover a variety of oversized canvases and giant portraits painted on the sides of our buildings. I’ve been loving the vibe these wall murals add to our downtown and how they are enhancing our surroundings.

You can spot quite a few wall murals located off of Center Street and other main roads in Provo, but not all of the wall murals are easy to find. There are a few murals tucked away behind a building or in an alley so I thought it would be fun to share a list of locations in Provo where you can find all of our eye-catching wall murals.

So without further ado, here is your guide to Provo’s wall murals:

The Boxcar Studios Wall Mural

I’m loving the mountain inspired minimalist design of this wall mural painted by artist Havoc Hendricks. To see this 400 square feet of line magic in person, you can find the wall mural located behind The Boxcar Studios at 156 W 500 S.

Lars Wall Mural

Have you visited the Lars Mural yet? What are you waiting for?! It’s located behind Block 100 Antiques (145 N University Ave) in Downtown Provo. Brittany Jepsen of The House that Lars Built designed and painted the wall mural in partnership with Dove.

Photo by: @tea_obsession

Sensuous Sandwich Wall Mural

This bright and colorful wall mural is painted on the side of Provo’s Sensuous Sandwich at 163 W Center Street. Commissioned by Nu Skin, this wall mural was painted by London artist Louis Masai.  Louis Masai painted a group of Gunnison sage grouse, as part of his efforts to highlight the situation the endangered species and the planet are in. You can learn more about the wall mural here.

Photo by: Kim Ashby

Dallas Clayton Wall Mural

Have you visited the Dallas Clayton wall mural located at 52 N 100 W on the west side of Provo Town Square parking terrace? It’s even better in person! Commissioned by Chat Books, renowned illustrator and children’s author, Dallas Clayton teamed up with little artists to paint this mural.

Photo by Hanna Ockey

Maeser Park Wall Mural

Maeser Park is a beautiful neighborhood park located at 600 S 500 E. A brand new wall mural has been painted on the wall bordering the park. This mural was completed by the Maeser Neighborhood and designed by Alex Vaughn, using a community grant. With the park nearly completely fenced, there is a walking path circling the park if you want to take a stroll while your children are playing on the playground. Come see if for yourself!

Leuven Provo Bike Mural

If you’re looking for a fun bright-pink wall or you have a love for bicycling, you will definitely want to find the Leuven bike mural. This mural is tucked back behind FoxGlove Flowers and Rent-A-Center near 470 E Center Street in Provo.

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Provo Bicycle Collective Mural

The Provo Bicycle Collective is located at 397 E 200 N. Designed by George Patterson, the mural is made up of beautiful silhouettes of the most significant buildings of Provo in front of our mountains, highlighted by mountain bike trails. In the foreground are streets polka dotted with what seems to be bike routes, showing how wonderful a cycling city Provo is.

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Dolphin Wall Mural

Located on 198 W Center Street (on the side of the Fruta Crush). This is a larger than life mural that you don’t see every day!  It is filled with some of the most gorgeous sea animals that are painted in bright/bold colors that provide a carefree and lively backdrop to your photos.

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Photo by Kim Ashby

Tute Genomics Pixel Wall Murals

Nestled behind the NuSkin building and the Provo City Center Temple on 150 S 100 W you can find a series of gigantic pixellated portraits – Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, and Oprah. Their creator is scientist and artist Reid Robison, the CEO of data-driven genetics company Tute Genomics. Robison said he wanted to use his office space to paint a unique tribute to several influential thinkers. Learn more about the pixel art here.

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Provo River Trail Murals

Provo native and artist Jess Smiley designed and painted the murals along the Provo River Trail – located on 820 N 850 W and Columbia Lane. In an effort to clean up and brighten the area, the Provo City Police Department commissioned the murals. The tunnels are definitely a brighter and more colorful and safer place.

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Fort Utah Wall Mural

The Fort Utah Wall Mural is located on 200 W Center Street (on the side of Canyon Bicycles). This wall mural displays a timeline of Provo’s history and depicts scenes of Fort Utah, Provo’s Railroad, Mill, and Public Schools. Some of the biggest moments in Provo’s history adorn this brick wall.

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Sweets Wall Mural

Sweet’s Island Restaurant is located on 711 Columbia Lane in Provo. Painted by artist, Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, this bright and colorful mural is to show that we are here to serve. You can find a variety of wall murals painted around the entire restaurant.

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Photo by: Tiki Republic

Guru’s Wall Mural

This wall mural is located behind Gurus Cafe on the north end of the building on 45 E Center Street. You can access it by walking through the restaurant or by parking in the back in the Well’s Fargo parking structure north of the restaurant.

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Stan McShinsky, GIS Web developer for the city, has created this awesome map that identifies all of the wall murals in Provo. Thanks Stan!

*No doubt I’ve offended someone by leaving a wall mural off my list. So let me know what I’ve missed and I’ll add it to the guide.

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Provo Produce Roundup

Love the taste of fresh fruit delivered straight to your tastebuds by friendly local farmers? Then Tuesday’s your lucky day! Provo’s Produce Roundup is every Tuesday at their new location, 424 S University Ave. The market, which will run from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm will sell produce, bread, salsa, honey and hopefully give people in the community a better opportunity to eat local fruits and vegetables. There will be food trucks as well!

Bring your family, meet your neighbors, and stock up on healthy, whole fruits and vegetables for the week. Stop in on your way home from the office to pick up fresh, local ingredients for a delicious dinner!

Provo’s Produce Roundup is also set up to process food stamps.

Hope to see you there!

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