5 popular Provo spots for summer picnics

BYU students Alex Allphin, Morgan Warr, Kaleena McKell and Ryan Chandler have a picnic at Big Springs Park. (Natalie Stoker)

A picnic in the summer is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. Luckily for residents, Provo is filled with popular picnic areas. Here are five fun spots to enjoy a picnic:

Big Springs Park
6560 S. Fork Road
A scenic drive up Provo Canyon will lead to many ideal picnic spots, including Big Springs Park. Big Springs Park has several hiking trails and large open grassy areas, plus pavilions.

BYU senior Ryan Chandler said Big Springs Park is a really great place to get away from the city.

“It’s pretty far in the canyon,” Chandler said. “You’re really in the woods and the mountains. It’s super nice in the summer.”

BYU Duck Pond
441 E. 800 North
The shaded grass area located behind the BYU duck pond is a popular area to see a little wildlife and have a picnic. Leftover bread can be used to feed the ducks.

Rock Canyon Park
 2620 North 1200 East
Located just north of the Provo LDS Temple is Rock Canyon Park. This park has picnic benches, grills and open grass spots.

BYU senior Kira Proudfit is an avid Sunday picnicker. She loves going to Rock Canyon Park because there are so many different spots to have a picnic.

BYU studnets Malcolm and Kira Proudfit enjoying a simple picnic at Rock Canyon Park. (Natalie Stoker)
BYU students Malcolm and Kira Proudfit enjoy a simple picnic at Rock Canyon Park. (Natalie Stoker)

“It’s a chance to put away media and enjoy nature,” Proudfit said.

Joaquin Park
400 N. 400 East
Joaquin Park, located just south of the BYU campus, is the perfect distance away to ride bikes or take a walk to, according to BYU senior Justine Tucker.

Tucker said she loves going there during this time of year because the weather is warming up and Provo is so green.

“Preparing a picnic with friends and sharing it together is such a great way to get to know each other,” Tucker said.

Pioneer Park
500 W. Center Street
Renovated in 2013, Pioneer Park is a great family spot. The park was renovated in 2013 and includes a playground and splash pad. Each Saturday from June until October the park is occupied by the farmers market, which provides a great activity to accompany any picnic.

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