Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bicentennial Park

We went to the Provo Rotary Bicentennial Park this week for a picnic.  I think this is my favorite park in all of Provo, but I am always surprised how many people don't know it exists!


 This park is HUGE.  We decided to picnic close to the playground next to some big trees.


Next to the playground they have a bunch of signs with ideas on activities to do with your kids.  They have a hopscotch set up next to the hopscotch sign, etc.  The playground has everything a kid could want but I thought these activities surrounding it looked fun too.

 Honestly I don't think I can adequately describe how huge this park is.  It's 31 acres!  It's nice because there is plenty of space to spread out to have an intimate gathering or play sports or games that need a lot of room.  If you go to their site here you can see just how big the park area covers in comparison to the nearby streets.


One of my favorite things about this park is their frisbee golf course.  You can play on their 9 hole frisbee golf course for free.  Haven't heard of frisbee golf?  It's awesome.  You bring your own frisbees (or the people who really like it buy discs made just for frisbee golf like the ones here)  Basically you try to get your frisbee into the net (called a target) in the fewest number of throws.  It's a lot of fun for people of all ages.  I love it.  If you're interested in playing, the rules can be found here.


In the Southern part of the park they have a wooden walkway through wetlands.  Usually I see tons of animals (ducks, snakes, etc) but today I didn't see any.  It was still really cool to walk above the water and look at everything around us.

 Part of the wetlands walkway takes you through trees - it is a very pretty walk and the walkways are wide and easy to navigate.
Along the wetlands trail they have a natural spring, with remnants of a water system used by a family whose house was formally on this property.  The plaque explains the complete history - I found it all fascinating.

One thing to remember - BRING BUG SPRAY!  With the wetlands close there are always a ton of mosquitoes!

I can't emphasise enough how much I love this park.  I would definitely recommend it to everyone I know!

Bicentennial Park
1400 S 1600 E
Provo, UT

Total Acres: 31
Pavilions: 1
8 tables, $35 (power & lights)

Featured Amenities:
Duck pond
Spring
Large trees
Wetlands
9 hole Disc Golf Course
Bathrooms
Grill by pavilion
Playground
Swings

6 comments:

  1. Wow, I didn't know that the southern part of the park exists! We'll have to go back and explore some more now that the weather is nice. We only just discovered it last fall. It is so beautiful.

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  2. I like this park! We have had a couple of picnics here and Mary helped paint I am pretty sure anyways) the born learning trail with the United Way cool huh? Shes the one who showed it to us. Very fun!

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  3. I've never even heard of it... is it new? Can we go there when we come?

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  4. I've lived just outside of Provo for 16 years, and have never even heard of this park! Thank you so much for this post! It's a beautiful park. We'll be making a trip there soon. :)

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  5. I love that Park too. I have MANY fond memories of that park, some even before it was a park! The park was once my Grandparents farm, when my grandmother died, she willed it to the city of Provo, so it would enjoyed by everyone and not developed and turned into houses or a shopping center. I LOVE the pond! :D The whole area is great! :D

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  6. I love that Park too. I have MANY fond memories of that park, some even before it was a park! The park was once my Grandparents farm, when my grandmother died, she willed it to the city of Provo, so it would enjoyed by everyone and not developed and turned into houses or a shopping center. I LOVE the pond! :D The whole area is great! :D

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