Provo mayor makes another ‘epic announcement’

Posted at 7:13 AM, Apr 29, 2014

Tuesday at 3:17 p.m.

Provo Mayor John Curtis announced Tuesday afternoon the city’s plan to purchase Rock Canyon from the Davis Family and Red Slab.

See the mayor’s full statement below:

Provo is consistently recognized nationally for its outstanding quality of life, well-being, and as a beautiful place to live with unbelievable recreational opportunities. I’m excited to say that today gives one more reason to brag.

Provo City has announced that we have reached an agreement with the Davis Family and Red Slab to purchase Rock Canyon with the intent to preserve and protect its natural beauty in perpetuity! It’s not everyday you get a chance to actually purchase a canyon. This is a monumental accomplishment that brings an added value to our residents and another amenity enhancing the already incredible quality of life we enjoy in Provo.

The Rock Canyon has a long history of being a destination for those seeking opportunities to hike, climb, or enjoy the outdoors. The Canyon offers access to Squaw Peak, world-class hikes, and rock climbing.

For the past 15 years the city has been in negotiations with the Davis’ to keep the Canyon pristine and remove the ability for mining to occur.

For our residents who have lived in this area and paid attention to this issue, our announcement today is arguably one of the most significant things we’ve done to preserve our past and assure the canyon’s future. With this purchase, we’ve removed all doubt about what will happen to Rock Canyon.


In a YouTube video that recaps major announcements made by Provo mayor John Curtis in recent years, the city hints at another “epic announcement.”

“We will be making the announcement on Tuesday, April 29 at 3:00 pm in the Provo Zions Bank Building on University Avenue,” the video description says.

Another clue was posted on :

Roses are red
Violets are blue
We have a big announcement tomorrow
and here is a clue…

It has been said that Provo is really great,
It has a downtown, a river, and places to recreate.
The announcement on Tuesday has long been in the works,
If you’re looking for the answer we won’t leave you in a lurch.
To make your guess accurate, exact, and right,
Watch it again but this time at night.

The clue alludes to another clue that may have been hidden in the YouTube video.  A faint image appears behind the words “#WhatsNext” at the end of the video clip. We have enhanced the image and inserted it below:

Is this image a clue about Provo’s next big announcement?

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