CONNECT ISSUE 16
Imagine a community where children play, and friendships are born as neighbors work and laugh together while serving one another. My Hometown Provo does more than imagine, it is an initiative that makes it happen.
On May 12, a community-building initiative, MyHometown Provo was formally launched with three goals:
Strengthen individuals through education;
Build neighborhood friendships through service and social interaction;
Assist neighbors in improving homes and properties
My Hometown Provo recognizes that a healthy hometown focuses not only on exterior appearance, but also on improving relationships and resiliency inside the home by offering opportunities for learning and relationship-building at the Community Resource Center (CRC).
We need to know our neighbors, we need to engage in community, and we need to take care of each other. Provo has capable and willing residents, who when given the resources, will build their own healthy hometown.
This program reminds us of what it means to truly build a community, from the ground up and face-to-face—creating a One Provo—where all feel united by community pride, love of neighbor regardless of differences and striving to improve Provo from our own corner of it.
My HomeTown Provo
Two Focus Areas
Pioneer Park neighborhood
South Franklin neighborhood
Two Community Resource Centers
Pioneer Park CRC
610 West 300 South
South Franklin neighborhood
888 South Freedom Blvd.
Fence replacement or repair;
Ramps for the disabled;
Community garden clean-up
Kindergarten preparation class;
Parent and child playdates;
English as a Second Language;
Elementary school tutoring
The secret to MyHometown is the people: the neighbors, the service missionaries, non-profit groups who are working with us side-by-side, members of all faiths or those with none, and Provo City, all combining strengths and resources, working together for the betterment of all. When it is all said and done, My Hometown is loving and serving our neighbors and doing so will bring about miracles, it already has.
PEAKS ICE ARENA
THE COOLEST PLACE IN PROVO YEAR ROUND!
When it’s hot outside and you need To cool off come over to the ice rink for public skate. The rink is open Monday through Saturday with public skate at different times each day.
Celebrate 20 years of the Provo Farmers Market every Saturday from June 4 to October 29! Locally grown produce, meat, and honey, amazing food producers, and unique products from local artisans and makers under the beautiful shade of Pioneer Park and Splash Pad.
2022 Saturday Market Schedule
June 4 - August 27: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
September 3 - October 29: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Pioneer Park, 500 West Center Street, Provo, Utah
Parking can be found throughout Downtown Provo. Please avoid parking in the neighborhood to the south and west.
DIVE IN OR SPLASH
AROUND AT THE REC CENTER
POOL THIS SUMMER!
Recreation Center Outdoor Pool
320 W 500 N
Church Tour 2022
In celebration of Provo’s rich history and tradition, the Provo City Landmarks Commission has joined with the Freedom Festival to produce a self-guided sidewalk tour of some of the historic churches in Provo. A PDF of the guidebook will be available for download that will have maps, a brief description of each site along with photos will be provided for this year’s tour.
On June 16, at the Provo Community Congregational Church located at 175 N University Avenue, there will be a reception with a keynote speaker on historic churches in Provo. This event and the self-guided tour are open to the public and more information will be available on the Provo Landmarks Commission website and on the Freedom Festival website as we get closer to the event in June so mark your calendar and check back.
New Provo Airport Host
‘Candy Bomber’ Life Tribute
You may have heard of the Candy Bomber. His name was Colonel Gail Halversen, beloved for his secret candy drops to starving Berlin children during World War II, earning him the affectionate nickname that would become his legacy. But did you know Colonel Halversen called Provo home until his recent passing on February 16, 2022, at the age of 101?
The Gail S. Halvorsen Aviation Education Foundation partnered with Provo City and Spanish Fork City to host a two-day tribute to Colonel Halverson’s legacy of hope on May 20-21.
On May 20, Mayor Michelle Kaufusi was joined by General Mike Minihan, who currently serves as the commander of the USAF Air Mobility Command headquartered at Scott AFB, Illinois, to christen one of its premier airlift jets, he Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, as “Spirit of The Candy Bomber.”
Reflecting on Halvorsen’s lifetime of service, General Minihan said, “The C-17, the Spirit of the Candybomber, serves as a small token of our larger inheritance from Colonel Halvorsen and will transport Halvorsen’s example around the world, the standard bearer for the power of the humanitarian mission he began.”
“If we were to hold up a SHINING EXAMPLE of what we in Provo aspire to be, Colonel Halvorsen would be a superb choice”
- Mayor Michelle Kaufusi
Future generations will have more shade and better air—which is precisely the goal of Provo City’s Thousand Trees initiative, a community-wide effort to foster a healthy urban forest by highlighting one thing we can all do today: plant a tree.
Provo City was joined by the Ivory Foundation and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for the kick-off on Saturday, 21. Each sponsor generously donated $10,000 to provide 80 new trees to the community towards the goal of 1,000 trees.
“Planting a tree is a commitment to your community, knowing it is likely your children and their children who will truly appreciate the gift,” said Provo Mayor Michelle Kaufusi. “Without community support now—from sponsors and volunteers—we wouldn’t be able to literally grow our community.”
“Trees are a nature-based solution to urban heat challenges,” adds Dave Livermore, state director for TNC in Utah. “Tree plantings are happening across the country and world. Why? Because nature plays an important role in our quality of life – from cooling temperatures and cleaning the air to offering a place of respite.”
“Trees contribute so much to the physical and psychological wellbeing of a community in addition to their many, many environmental benefits,” said Hannah Salzl, Provo City Sustainability Coordinator and organizer of the initiative. “We’ve seen such enthusiastic collaboration from local organizations to raise funds and spread awareness and also from the many volunteers who were so quick to get involved. It shows how committed we all are to working together to build a healthy, beautiful future.”
The Thousand Trees initiative is one example of Provo’s many ongoing sustainability efforts, including its Conservation and Resiliency Plan—the first sustainability plan from any city in Utah County.
By working together, one tree at a time, we make a difference and create a world where nature and people thrive together.