S. Ogden, N. Ogden, Pleasant View, Ogden rec facilities to share grant funds

Friday , July 13, 2018 - 5:00 AM

OGDEN — Four existing or planned recreational facilities in Weber County, including new parks taking shape in South Ogden and Pleasant View, will share $1.29 million in grant money for continued development.

The Barker Park Amphitheater in North Ogden and the Spence Eccles Ogden Community Sports Complex at 1950 Monroe Blvd. will also get a share of the money.

Weber County commissioners approved the funding from the 0.1-percent sales tax earmarked for recreation, arts, museums and parks development, based on a recommendation from the RAMP Tax Advisory Board. The amphitheater funds, for work now in the finishing stages, come from a prior application, according to North Ogden City Administrator Jon Call, and an application for continued development is in the works.

Here are more details:

Burch Creek Park: The South Ogden park taking shape adjacent to Burch Creek Elementary, where Club Heights and MarLon Hills elementary schools, now demolished, once sat, will get $373,350 in grant money.

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That will help with the first phase of park development, which has an estimated price tag of $1.49 million, according to Matt Dixon, city manager for South Ogden, which is overseeing park development. The grand plans call for a $5.5 million, 14-acre facility, complete with a maze, skateboard park, pickleball courts and more.

In the initial phase of work, watering systems will be installed, grading work will be completed and grass will be planted, among other things, according to Dixon. The overall project is to be developed over “several years,” he said.

The Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development has provided a $150,000 grant for the first stage of work and the city will contribute the balance for the initial efforts. The search for money for future phases continues.

MultiSports Park: The Pleasant View park proposal, at a city stormwater detention basin west of U.S. 89, is in line to get $200,000.

Plans call for the development of two fields that could be used for lacrosse, soccer and more along with parking and restroom facilities. The grant comes on top of an earlier $279,504 RAMP grant Pleasant View received for the project, which has a total price tag of $837,000. The city would pitch in the needed funding not covered by grants.

Mayor Leonard Call singled out the need for fields for lacrosse, growing in popularity.

Ogden Community Sports Complex: The facility, opened in 2016 and owned by the Ogden School District, is to get $272,475 in RAMP funds for a planned $422,155 upgrade. It features a soccer field and a second field used for soccer, lacrosse and football.

Expansion plans call for the addition of a press box and a playground, an improved watering system, and a new parking area.

Additional funds to complete the project will come from the Ogden School Foundation, the Weber School District Foundation, private donors and rental fees.

North Ogden amphitheater: The grant will help cover costs from the first phase of amphitheater development, now nearly complete. Call said the city will seek another RAMP grant later this year of around $300,000, which would be the third, to help cover an estimated $700,000 in proposed sound and lighting improvements.

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The grant money for the work is to be spent by June 30, 2019, though extensions may be sought. 

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