At a Glance
Heritage Park Water Tank Update
The city has been working hard prepping the site for the new Heritage Park. We are currently working to finalize designs and arrange contractors to make it all happen. Learn more!
Orem Highlights
Great things are happening in Orem! Check out our new Fitness Center Manager or find out how to get free at-home COVID-19 tests!
Orem Projects are Moving Forward
Big projects throughout the city are making progress, including Hillcrest Park and construction at UVU.
Spring Clean Up Coming Soon
The dates for the annual Spring Clean-Up have been set so mark your calendars. Please review the rules!
Applications Open for Board and Commission Positions
We need resident input and participation to keep Orem running smoothly. Find out more or apply here.
Free Fare February
Ride UTA for Free and help us improve local air quality! All bus and rail systems are free to use for the whole month!
Popular Links
Mayor's Message
Do you wonder what is going on in Orem’s new City Government?  

In my first 28 days, I’ve already experienced some very “interesting versions” of what is going on in our administration from the local media. Let me share with you what we have accomplished in our first month and where we go from here.

In my campaign I ran on the promise that I would listen to you, the citizens, and I would use my best judgement to lead Orem into the future. I believe that making the right decisions now is critical and will determine the environment in which our future generations live.

I’ve lived here for 31 years. We are at a tipping point. Are we going to continue to be a community built around home ownership with single family homes, townhomes and condos?  

Or are we going to move further down the path of becoming a rental community by increasing our rental properties beyond the 43% they are at now? Do we really want a much more crowded community with more traffic, more high density and more high rise rental apartments? 

The vast majority of the people I spoke to during the campaign were very adamant that they wanted Orem to remain a family-focused community based on family values. The voters gave us an overwhelming message that they want RESPONSIBLE GROWTH going forward.

We are working hard to make that happen. As your legislative body, we hired our own legal counsel to perform research and provide legal advice on the legislative issues and projects that we are working on. Our attorney does not replace our excellent City Attorneys but works with them, to help us, in our efforts to represent you.

Next, we changed the selection process for the Planning Commission so that a much broader base of applicants could be appointed to that service opportunity. We made some changes to the commission to guarantee that our efforts to implement a positive solution to the moratorium would not be derailed. 

Our primary focus in these first 30 days has been to successfully navigate the high density housing moratorium that ends on February 8th. If we fail to make a smooth transition then the consequences for the City could be very negative. We now have all of the puzzle pieces in place to move forward past the moratorium in a very positive way.

Keep doing your part to make Orem a great place to live! Tune in again next month!

Mayor David Young

Message from Councilmember Jeff Lambson
One of the things that I am always so pleasantly impressed with is the amazing staff of Orem City. There are so many exciting things happening in Orem, and each employee, in their specific role, does an amazing job of making things happen. One of our goals as a City Council is to make sure that we have effective communication between the citizens of Orem, the staff of Orem, and the Mayor and City Council. I want to share what the Orem City Staff and Mayor/City Council are doing to let YOU know what is going on and how to stay up to date with what is happening in Orem.
Social Media - We use 4 major social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Follow us on any of those platforms for daily updates and news. Just search for the City of Orem and click follow!

Email - We send out a monthly email newsletter as well as special communications about important topics. We know most people are drowning in emails, so we try really hard to not spam you.

Website - is a great resource for all things Orem. We do our best to ensure this is up-to-date and that the most important information is easily accessible. 

If you have a question or suggestion about anything, just text/call 801-229-7000 - Our happy and helpful associates in the Orem Help Center are the experts in getting your questions answered and getting your suggestions to the right people. 
The most important part of communication is listening. If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for the Mayor or City Council, we would love to hear from you. You can find us at
Heritage Park 10 Million Gallon
Water Tank Update
The City of Orem’s new Heritage Park 10 million gallon water tank project is underway with the design work for the buried water tank, pump house, and deep well site all currently in production.

The construction site has been cleared and is ready for construction to begin. The city is currently going through the contractor pre-qualification process for each of the construction phases, water tank, pump house and deep well.
In early spring of this year, the city will solicit bids from prequalified contractors to perform the installation of underground utility pipelines along 400 South and other city streets which is a necessary first step in the construction effort for this project. At the same time, the city is planning to begin drilling the deep well at this location. 

For more information about the project and to contact the project public outreach team visit
Spring Clean Up Coming Soon
The dates are set for this year's Spring Clean-Up so mark your calendars! It all starts April 11th and ends May 7th with different locations each week.

Find out when and where as well as review the dos and don'ts on our website!
UTA Free Fare February
To improve air quality and celebrate 20 years since the Winter Olympics were held in Utah, all UTA bus and rail services will be free for the month of February. So give your car a break, get some fresh air, and take the bus!

Orem Highlights
New Family Fitness Center Facility Manager

Mariah Shirley has been hired to be the new facilities manager and you can get to know her through this write-up from the Daily Herald.

Officer Highlight

Officer Raj Kaur has an amazing story that led her to a career as a police officer. You can find it on the Police Department Facebook page.

Hillcrest Gym Now Open for Recreation

We now offer pickleball, volleyball, and futsal at the Hillcrest Gym. Find out more about rates and services on our website.

Student from Orem High and UVU Makes Big Plays for the LA Rams

Matt Gay, formerly of Orem High and UVU, has been nailing some key field goals getting the Rams into the Super Bowl.
Free At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits

Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of 4 free at-home tests from

Summerfest 2022 Theme Announced

This year we will bringing the community together with an "Orem United" theme. Mark your calendars, because you won't want to miss it!
Officer Highlight

Officer J. Villar grew up in Spanish Fork and was inspired to become an officer by his grandfather who was also an officer. Learn more about him on the Police Department Facebook page.

Local Project Updates
Hillcrest Park

The city has finalized an agreement with Blu Line Designs to design the park. Going forward, this park will follow a similar construction process to the Family Fitness Center.
Water Levels

Heavy Snowfall in December are improving Utah's Snowpack. We hope to see this continue to offset the reservoirs which are still significantly below capacity.
New UVU Building

Congratulations to our friends at UVU on the recent completion and opening of the Scott C. Keller Business Building!
Month-to-Month Hillcrest Gym Subscription

If you're interested in playing 2 hours of uninterrupted pickleball, volleyball, or futsal every week, we've got the deal for you! More info on our website.
Library Programs & Events

Fun programs this month at the library include a family concert by Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra, a family yoga class, and a celebration of black superheroes and screening of Black Panther for teens.

Don't miss these and many more fun, family-friendly events at the Orem Library in February.

The library will be closed February 21 for Presidents Day.
Tweens Serve at Orem Library
Our tweens got to go on a tour of the library and do a library service project at our Tween Scene: Librarian for a Day!
Board & Commission Openings
What we do here at the City of Orem would not be possible without the contributions of our wonderful volunteers. Volunteering with the city is a great way to give back to the community and make a difference in Orem.

We have several openings on our boards & commissions. These groups advise and help the City Council in a variety of ways and on a diversity of topics.

Here are some of the openings:
  • Arts Council
  • Beautification Commission
  • CARE Advisory Commission
  • Planning Commission
  • Summerfest Committee
  • Transportation Advisory Commission
Welcoming New Business to Orem
We would like to welcome to two of our most recently opened food establishments: Beans & Brew and Mountain Mike's Pizza.
Pictures from Last Month
The new Dillard's at University Place continues to make progress.
Orem resident pitches ring business on Shark Tank.

Scott and Karen Keller speak at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the UVU Scott C. Keller Building.

New Videos
This video is a flashback to Orem Harvest Festival 2017 when the audience joined in the chorus of 5000 Candles in the Wind (also known as 'Bye Bye Lil Sebastian').
The City of Orem is Hiring

We are hiring for multiple full-time, part-time, and seasonal positions. To view a list of available job openings and to submit an application, follow the link below.
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