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Helper Revitalization 2.0 Introduces 9 New Committees

Social Media – The social media committee is led by Kylie Ockey and Malarie Matsuda. This committee will bring broader awareness to events, businesses and outdoor recreation opportunities in Helper. Committee members will encourage the use of the #itshappeninginhelper hashtag as well as develop creative strategies to encourage event participants, tourists and locals to post on their social media accounts about Helper.

Trails and Recreation – Fuzzy Nance is spearheading the Trails and Recreation Committee. The committee will be cooperating with Helper City, various government agencies, local businesses and community volunteers to spearhead the maintenance of existing trails, the building of new trails for walking, hiking and biking, and creating trail maps for locals and tourists. The planning and coordination of races and events will also be a focus of the committee along with determining locations for public campgrounds and coordinating efforts to build them. Learn more about the committee on its Facebook page. 

Main Street Activation/Utilization – Malarie Matsuda is the lead of this committee, which will work to coordinate several small projects to be placed throughout Main Street to create fun, free experiences for locals and visitors. Project ideas include old-fashioned, yard-type games for the Main Street Park, Helper-themed photo opportunities, coordinating music in the park, informational kiosks, installing bike racks and more.

Public Art Installations – This committee will be led by Mrs. Mike O’Shea. The Public Art Installations Committee will identify areas throughout Helper City for the placement of public art projects. Committee members will connect with local artists, schools and organizations to create and install public works of art. The committee will bring their suggestions and recommendations for project ideas to the Helper City Council for final approval before the projects are executed.

Historical Oversight – Dr. Tim Riley will spearhead this committee. The Historical Oversight Committee will lead projects that relate to and protect the history of Helper. This committee will also be tasked with seeing through the historical preservation ordinance. The development of a walking tour to highlight historic buildings and business on the city’s Main Street would also be a project undertaken by this committee.

Rio Theatre Crew – Ryan Piccolo will oversee the Rio Theatre Crew, which will help book events at the theatre. During the events, the team will assist with the needed operations, sound, lighting, greeting, concessions and clean up.

Community Outreach – This committee will be led by Michelle Goldsmith. The Community Outreach Committee will help with delivering information to the community about events and meetings as well as gather feedback when necessary. The committee will aim to reach the populations that do not use email or social media.

Business Alliance – Cindy Lund will lead this committee. The Business Alliance committee will work to continue the efforts of camaraderie between Helper businesses. Other efforts from the committee will revolve around pooling resources to advertise, working with local government, finding resources to improve signage and aiming to improve internet presence. This committee will also network regularly to learn more about programs, grants, ideas and issues. The Business Alliance committee will also work in conjunction with the Community Economic Council to benefit Helper. To learn more, please join the Helper Business Alliance Facebook group. 

Community Spirit Recognition – Tonia Olsen will oversee the Community Spirit Recognition Committee. This committee will be tasked with recognizing homes/yards throughout Helper City that display holiday spirit and pride in their yards. Committee members will coordinate with local media and present certificates and yard signs to residents.

Mission Statement:  Creating a vibrant and beautiful city respectful of our heritage, with community direction, to attract tourists, increase economic activity, and bolster local pride.

 In the News:


Adopt a Tree by Malarie Matsuda

Progress is moving along down on the south Main Street area that was designed and voted on last year. We will be planting 15 trees throughout south Main Street. The tree committee, after a thorough process of elimination, selected the eastern redbud as the species of tree we will be planting.

If you would like to support this effort by adopting one of the trees you can send a check to Helper City 73 S. Main St., in the amount of $160 which is the approximate cost at wholesale, in the memo of the check please write "downtown trees". Thank you for the support! I'm very much looking forward to seeing these trees in bloom each spring for years to come.  <3


Donor Recognition Page

It takes a lot of cash to make this project a reality. We added the page to show appreciation for the donations we have received. If you would like to donate please contact us.


River Walk Updates

The photo above is the new recreation area at the "Janet Diversion". This section is North of Central Commission just before the labyrinth. It has beautiful new staircases and swimming holes. You must see it in person to truly appreciate the work put into this soon-to-be favorite spot along the river.

Have you been to the Helper Hope Labyrinth yet? #helperhopelabyrinth

Dogs are now allowed on the River Walk on-leash. Thanks to The Helper Project we have dog waste stations!

by Roy Jespersen

Helper Project Chair, Anne Morgan-Jespersen, standing in front of one of the newly installed pet waste stations with her dog, Niko. Five were purchased by the Helper Project and the City has placed them along the River Walk and other locations. Both Niko and Anne seemed to be pleased.
And, the good news is that what's in the doggie bag receptacle proves that people have been using it!


Helper, Utah Revitalization Project