Tuesday , January 10, 2017 - 8:32 PM4 comments
NORTH OGDEN — Skateboarders in North Ogden finally have a new home.
The North Ogden City Council voted Tuesday night to relocate the city’s skate park to North Ogden Park, 2750 North 500 East, to the spot where the city’s sand volleyball courts sit.
Council members Lynn Satterthwaite, Cheryl Stoker and Phillip Swanson voted to approve the move, while Carl Turner and Jim Urry voted against it.
Moving the facility was necessary to accommodate the long-planned renovation of the North Ogden Branch of the Weber County Library. The skate park currently sits directly south of the library, but that space will ultimately be used for a 30-stall parking lot that will serve the $5 million library expansion, a project expected to begin in March.
The city will receive $214,000 from Weber County to be put toward the relocation.
The city worked for months to find a new location for the skate park. An informal committee, made up of skaters and non-skaters, was formed in July to identify potential sites. The committee looked at northeast corner of North Ogden Park, the southwest corner of the park between the tennis and basketball courts, the north end of the Wadman Park, and the Community Garden area near the city offices.
The committee’s initial recommendation — to build the skate park over the tennis courts at the southwest corner of North Ogden Park — was rejected by the council in December because of extra costs associated with moving the tennis courts.
Urry and Turner said costs associated with moving the volleyball courts accounted for their “no” votes.
Though council meetings on the topic have been poorly attended, the issue has garnered interest on social media.
Mayor Brent Taylor created a poll on his public group Facebook page and as of Tuesday evening, 256 votes were cast. The North Ogden Park option received 159 votes while the Wadman option got 83 votes. Ten voters said both choices were good and four voters had no opinion.
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