Traffic Heads Up: Temple to Temple 5K

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The fifth annual Temple to Temple 5K will take place on Monday, July 24, 2017. It’s expected that over 10,000 runners will be participating. The race will start at 8:00 am at the North East corner of the Provo Temple and will finish at 51 South University Avenue (across from the Provo City Center Temple).

As is tradition, runners are encouraged to find ancestors to remember as you participate on race day. There will be a place on the bib that you can write in their name(s). Registration is free, but all participants must register. Those who are registered will receive a race bib. You may purchase a t-shirt for $9, a tek shirt for $16, a t-shirt & race chip for $13, or a tek shirt & a race chip for $20.

If you are interested in signing up for the run, register here.

Expect Traffic Delays

Motorists should expect delays between 8:00 am and 10:00 am along North Temple Drive, Stadium Ave, Canyon Road, 150 East, 100 East and Center Street. For more information visit www.templetotemplerun.org.

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Pioneer Day Extravaganza 2017

It’s that time of year again! Families and friends can celebrate their pioneer heritage at Provo’s annual Pioneer Day Extravaganza on Monday, July 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at North Park (500 N 500 West). Thanks to our amazing Parks & Recreation Department, we’ve got an awesome event in store for you! The park will be divided into themed areas which will include: Pioneer Village, Western Frontier, Native American Camp, and a Homestead. There will be a variety of activities, games, and entertainment for all ages. Check out the event map and list of activities below – I know there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Activities Map & Event Details

Live entertainment

There will be live bands performing on the Main Stage throughout the event from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Hear from Wild Wonders, The Blow Hards Band, Old Time Fiddlers, and an Improv Broadway Western Show.

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Homemade Pie Cook-off

Get ready for the most mouthwatering contest of the year. Ten homemade pies baked by Provo residents will be judged by local celebrities and chefs at the event. Winners will be announced on the Main Stage at Noon and free samples will be handed out to attendees afterwards between 12:30 – 1:15 pm!

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Games, Crafts & Activities

Provo’s Pioneer Day Extravaganza is famous for it’s games and crafts. This year you’ll be able to participate in Lasso the Bull, Panning for Gold, Western Photo Booth, Duck Hunt, Clothes Washing, Tin Can Toss, Face Painting, Thermatrope craft, Yarn Dolls, Candle Making,Tandy Leather, Soap Making with the Soap Factory, a Petting Zoo, and much more!

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Rides & Competitions

It wouldn’t be Pioneer Day without some Covered Wagon Rides and a Root Beer Chugging contest! Other rides and contests include: Sack Races, Horse Obstacle Course, Pony Carousel, Log Saw Competition, Pioneer Strength Relay, etc.

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Reenactments

Stop by the Pioneer Village and Pioneer Museum for historical reenactments and to learn a new trade. Don’t forget to explore our Native American Village, Mountain Man Encampment, and Trader’s Camp too!

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Vendors, Artisans & Yummy Food

Browse our Farmer’s Market located along the southwest side of the park or stop by one of our food trucks. There will be a variety of yummy food from: Amkah Misky Peruvian Specialties, Mama Z’s, Maize Truck, Best Fry Bread and Navajo Taco.

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For more information visit the Pioneer Day Event Page.

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Meet the Candidates Night

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce will host a Meet the Candidates Night this Wednesday, July 19th. The event starts at 7:00 pm at the Provo Recreation Center (320 W 500 N). This will be a great opportunity for Provo residents to meet the candidates running for Provo Mayor and City Council. You can also check out their bios and platforms on voteprovo.com/candidate-information.

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.

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Refugee Bazaar

Come support local globally-minded youth and Harmony, Provo’s own connoisseurs of sewing, knitting and creating, and help raise funds to provide desperately needed healthcare for refugees in the Middle East on Saturday, July 22nd at a Refugee Bazaar.

Bring the family and come by Harmony (315 E Center St, Provo) between 11:00 am – 7:00 pm to browse and purchase locally-made crafts, artisan and baked goods, enjoy live music, get lunch or dinner from food trucks, and let the kids participate in carnival games and face painting.

Thanks to The Food Truck League and the participating food truck businesses,10% of food truck sales will be donated to the cause, so be sure to come hungry!

All proceeds will benefit AMAR U.S. work with displaced and refugees in the Middle East. To learn more about AMAR visit www.amarfoundation.us

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12 Beautiful Walks in Provo

We’re pretty lucky here in Provo to be surrounded by gorgeous mountains and spectacular landscapes. With access to neighborhood trails and pathways so close to home, it’s easy to step outside and enjoy a beautiful walk.

Last year on my blog I featured 12 beautiful walks in Provo. They’re worth another mention this summer. I hope this list will encourage you to take a walk in an area of our city that is new to you. Check out the following walks below!

Rock Canyon

Rock Canyon Trailhead is located at the end of North Temple Drive in Provo. The trail is 6.2 miles from the trailhead to Rock Canyon Campground on Squaw Peak Road. Provo City maintains the trailhead and the United States Forest Services (USFS) maintains the trail. Along Rock Canyon Trail there are numerous rock climbing areas. For more information about rock climbing the the Rock Canyon area, please visit Mountain Project. For information on the Rock Canyon Trail please visit Forest Services.

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Provo River Parkway

This trail spans a total of 30 miles starting at Utah Lake up into Provo Canyon. The trail within Provo City limits is approximately 7.5 miles and the time to travel the trail within Provo is about 4 hrs. The trail is accessible at various point within Provo. Two main access points are the Geneva Road Trailhead at Geneva RD and 350 N, and the Lakeshore Trailhead located near the intersection of Lakeshore DR and 470 N.

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Lovers Lane

The trail begins behind The Courtyard at Jamestown at 3352 N 100 E. It follows below the old canal and meets up again behind the Jamestown Retirement Center. The trail continues behind residential areas crossing the road at 3700 N and picks up again on the other side at a white picket fence. The trail continues behind more residential areas ending at the Walden School for Liberal Arts.

This one is a well kept secret but perfect for a hot afternoon because of the shade. A full mapis available.

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Center Street

I love to wander up and down Center Street. I’m always inspired by the temple, Nu Skin’s gardens and our many shops and restaurants.

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Utah Lake Shoreline Trail

This trail takes you through Despain Ranch, an open pasture land on the eastern shore of Utah Lake and provides open natural vista for visitors. As part of the eastern shore of Utah Lake, the pasture land and wetlands near the trail attracts a variety of shorebirds and other wildlife species. The preservation of this critical open space will ensure that current and future generations will be able to enjoy an important part of the eastern shore of Utah Lake in an open and natural setting. The property provides a buffer for the tail and other recreational uses. To learn more about about the preserved open space and Despain Ranch, click here.

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Airport Frontage Road

This is a really fun and unique trail that offers an interesting view of the Provo Airport with a great view of the mountains to the East and also a beautiful close up view of Utah Lake. View map of trail here.

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Bonneville Shoreline Trail

This trail follows the shoreline of the prehistoric Lake Bonneville and spans a total distance of about 100 Miles from Cache County to Santaquin, UT. The proposed plan is to increase the trail length to 280 miles from the Idaho Border to Nephi. The trail length through Provo is 6.8 miles and follows along the base of the Wasatch Mountain Range, in the foothills bench formed by the ancient lake, and through some local neighborhoods. Access to the trail can be found at several trailheads. For a description of the sections of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Provo, please visit the BST Website.

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Big Springs Trailhead

Big Springs Trailhead is accessed at the parking lot at Big Springs Park. The trail is one of Provo’s longest and most beautiful trails extending through Big Springs Canyon and meets up with Rock Canyon Trail. It is accessible to hikers, bicycles, and horses. The trail is named after the natural springs found about 1.8 miles into the trail. It is a beautiful place to stop and rest. At this point there is also an access point at which you can make a loop back to the trailhead. After heading up the trail about 1.5 miles, you will find the Big Springs Campground which is available by reservation only, from July through September. The trail from Big Springs Park to the Rock Canyon/Dry Fork trail is 5.8 miles and will take between 2-4 hours.

The Carterville Road Trail

The Carterville Road Trail can be accessed at 4800 N behind the Ancestry and Vivint buildings. The trail follows along the border of Provo City and Orem City passing under 4480 N connecting residential and business areas. It continues on through residential areas where the last leg of the trail runs through private property. The gates to this part of the trail are closed at 10:00PM. It ends at the joining of Carterville Road. Trail Map

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Bicentennial Park Boardwalk

Bicentennial Park is a beautiful outdoors recreation area in southern Provo, but what most people don’t know is that it houses a wetland area and natural springs complete with an incredible boardwalk. Specifically designed to help you get closer to nature, this is one local treasure you won’t want to miss! Bicentennial Park is located at 1440 S. 1600 East in Provo. You can find the boardwalk at the southeastern end of it.

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Indian Road Equestrian Trailhead

The name “Indian Road” was chosen to designate a pre-settlement route that Native Americans took while traveling to and from Provo Canyon. The trail meets up with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and the Length from the trailhead to that point is 2.15 miles. The duration is approx. 1-2 hrs and is classified as moderate to difficult. The trailhead is located just southeast of the Gillsepie electrical substation near 5500 N Canyon Road. The site now includes restrooms, picnic areas, horse trailer parking, and equestrian features including water trough and hitching rails.

The Slate Canyon Trail

The Slate Canyon Trail crosses paths with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and can is located off of Slate Canyon Dr.  At the summit of Slate Canyon Dr there is a sign for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Enter and stay right on the gravel road until you reach the parking lots and the sign for the Bonneville Shoreline trail. The Slate Canyon Trail heads east and the Bonneville shoreline trail heads north. The trail is approximately 3.7 miles where it connects into the Slide Canyon Trail. Provo City maintains the trailhead and the National Forest Service maintains the trail.

*No doubt I’ve offended someone by leaving their beautiful part of the city off my list. Let me know what I’ve missed and I promise to try it out!

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Summer in Provo Canyon

Press play to enjoy the beauty of Provo Canyon. Thanks Channel 17 for this shooting this video.

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Provo #2 Best City for Job Growth

Provo has been ranked the #2 best city in the nation for job growth! NewGeography used five measures of growth to rank all 421 metro areas for which full data sets were available from the past 15 years. 1) recent growth trend: the current and prior year’s employment growth rates, with the current year emphasized (two points); 2) mid-term growth: the average annual 2010-2015 growth rate (two points); 3) long-term momentum: the sum of the 2010-2015 and 2004-2009 employment growth rates multiplied by the ratio of the 2004-2009 growth rate over the 2010-2015 growth rate (one point); 4) current year growth (one point); and 5) the average of each year’s growth rate, normalized annually, for the last ten years (two points).

The data reflects the North American Industry Classification System categories, including total nonfarm employment, manufacturing, financial services, business and professional services, educational and health services, information, retail and wholesale trade, transportation and utilities, leisure and hospitality, and government.

Check out the ranking here: http://www.newgeography.com/content/005241-all-cities-rankings-2016-best-cities-job-growth

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Provo #2 Best Run City

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Provo has been ranked #2 Best Run City in America! WalletHub compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the largest U.S. cities to reveal which among them are managed best. They constructed a “Quality of Services” score comprising 33 key performance indicators grouped into six service categories, which then measured against the city’s per-capita budget.

Provo was ranked 3rd for quality of city services, 2nd for total budget per capita, 2nd for the lowest long-term debt outstanding per capita, and 2nd for the lowest violent-crime rate. Check out the whole ranking here: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-run-cities/22869

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Homemade Pie-oneer Cook-off

The past seven years I have been able to judge the Homemade Pie-oneer Cook-off at Provo’s Pioneer Day Extravaganza. The event is held at North Park on July 24th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

I will be judging the contest again this year and I am looking forward to sampling each delicious pie! I am always so impressed by the detail and care that goes into baking each pie.

If you think you’ve got an award winning recipe, Parks and Recreation are currently taking pie entries. You can register now for one of ten limited spots in the annual contest. Pies will also be judged by professional cooks & local celebrities. First, Second, and Third place pie contest champions will be awarded prize baskets.

I look forward to tasting your pie during this year’s competition! (Those who can’t cook can always eat! Come by after the contest to sample the pies!)

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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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