Seven acres, four pavilions, 36 picnic tables and a gazebo. Kiwanis Park? Nope. It’s actually Paul Ream Wilderness Park, and this park, located at 1600 W. 500 North, just may be your closest.
The park runs right along the Provo River, and is “quite a nice park,” according to Parks and Recreation employee Dawn Van Nosgol.
Probably the nicest thing about this park is how it isn’t squished into the middle of a neighborhood. Walking around in Paul Reem actually feels at least a little bit like wilderness, even with paved paths and nicely cut grass.
Granted, a squint through the trees does reveal a freeway and some parts of the park aren’t exactly pristine, but convenience has a price.
It has space for everyone. There is a flat section that would be great for soccer, football or ultimate frisbee. There is a small pond in addition to the river, with an ample supply of ducks.
Paul Ream may be the best choice for college students tired of competing for park space, being relatively unknown, compared with parks east, north and south of campus.
So if you want nature, but get tired of the Y mountain switchbacks or the everlasting Mount Timpanogos hike, try a 3-minute drive to Paul Ream.