OGDEN — Residents have an opportunity to enter numerous Weber County attractions free of charge on Saturdays this summer.
Each Saturday until Aug. 25, residents will get free admission into various attractions in the county, thanks to RAMP Summer Saturdays 2012. The locations include the Boy Scouts of America Ropes Course, The Ice Sheet in Ogden, the North Ogden Pool and the Ogden Nature Center.
“I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to see what is available in our county,” said Meg Naisbitt, chairwoman of the RAMP Tax Advisory Board.
Such a variety of attractions means there is something for every taste and age group, Naisbitt said.
“It goes all summer long, so it fits in everyone’s schedule,” she added.
The program is a good way to introduce people to ice sports, Ice Sheet Director Todd Ferrario said, and it provides access to The Ice Sheet to people who normally cannot afford it.
The summer months are usually slow at the facility — the busiest time is the winter — so the RAMP days get people through the doors.
With RAMP, The Ice Sheet can get 400 to 500 people through the door, Ferrario said, so he recommends that people arrive early.
This year, the RAMP Tax Advisory Board designated $70,000 for the program, Naisbitt said, an increase of $10,000.
RAMP funds cover additional expenses an entity might incur because of the events, such as an increase in labor.
“We have employees that definitely jump at RAMP,” Ferrario said. “I think it’s a great program, and we’re just happy to be involved.”
RAMP is funded with a tax that takes 1 cent from every $10 purchase in Weber County. The money is applied to new and existing facilities and programs for recreation, arts, museums and parks.