SOUTH OGDEN -- The Nature Park has a new attraction, expected to be ready for public use sometime in June.
A new amphitheater, which seats 200, is just up the hill from the splash pad and playground equipment and off to the left of the walking trail. It will be used for schoolchildren and small community events, said Mayor Jim Minster.
"This is the second phase of a five-phase project involving the Nature Park," Minster said. "One of the reasons we have the Nature Park is for the schoolchildren to see nature at its best. With the amphitheater in place, they can gather together and talk with their teachers about what they will be doing and then return back to talk about the things they saw.
"We're looking to have it ready for use by the time South Ogden Days rolls around," he said. "We use the park for our fun run and sometimes for the movie in the park, so it will be really nice to have the amphitheater there for folks to enjoy."
The amphitheater, funded by Recreation, Arts, Museum and Parks funds and the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, was built while keeping the scenic nature and surroundings in mind, said City Manager Matt Dixon. The redwood benches and concrete stage are surrounded by mountains, walkways, hills, grass and trees.
During the next year or so, the city will add on to the amphitheater by installing a canopy and electrical wiring and a sound system.