OGDEN -- South Weber is Davis County's leading city when it comes to the number of parks it offers per square mile.
That is according to a comprehensive Davis County Community Health Assessment due out in mid-June.
South Weber, having 12 parks in a city that is 4.7 square miles in size, offers on average 2.55 parks per square mile, based on the health report.
"The city of South Weber values our parks; as such, we have done extensive work in the planning of future parks and trails with about 81 acres of park lands needed for our 'build-out' population of around 13,000 persons," South Weber City Manager Rodger Worthen said.
The city has future park areas to be developed that would further enhance the recreational opportunities of residents, including plans to complete Canyon Meadows Park on the west side of the city and other potential properties near the south side of the city in working with Wasatch Integrated Waste Management District on dual use lands, Worthen said.
In the city's annual survey of services, Worthen said, residents continually voice support for parks and trails in the city.
"Parks have been the No. 1 requested service amenity of the survey," he said.
But South Weber is not the only city in the green.
Sunset also has a high percentage of park space, having two parks per square-mile.
"We're only about a half-mile wide and two miles long," Sunset Mayor Chad Bangerter said of the city having three heavily used parks, not including the open outdoor recreational space at the four schools within the city.
"Most of the parks were donated to the city (by private donors)," Bangerter said. "We've just kind of grown up with them."
But the recognition the city is receiving from county health when it comes to its park space, Bangerter said, is exciting, as the city works to further develop the parks it has.
"It is good to see (the parks) being used," he said.
Two other cities receiving high marks when it comes to park space are Fruit Heights, 1.74 parks per square-mile, and Farmington, 1.70 parks per square-mile.
Farmington has a total of 17 parks in a city that is 10 square-miles in size, according to the report.
But Layton city officials say to get a full picture on parks, the assessment should include an additional line that takes into account the total amount of developed park acreage.
Despite having 12 major parks -- all of which are larger than four acres in size -- the assessment shows Layton, with 22 square-miles of city, having only 0.55 parks per square-mile.
"It's a good effort," Layton City Parks and Recreation Director David Price said of the county report. But the assessment, he said, does have its limitations because it does not include the size of city parks.
For example, Layton Commons, about 50 acres in size, counts as only one park, versus another city's one-acre pocket park, he said.
Further hampering Layton city's numbers is that it did not include -- in the questionnaire provided to the county for its assessment -- nine of its landscaped detention basins ranging from a half-acre to three acres in size, Price said.
"Layton city's definition of a park is different than many other cities in the county," he said.
Layton's definition of a park is a landscaped, developed area with recreational amenities, and not just a manicured open green space.
"If we would have included those (smaller parks), it would have given us 21 parks," Price said, putting the city closer to having one park per square-mile.
But the park summary, Price said, does get the conversation started when it comes to providing park space.
"We do have some large parcels of property out there that have been set aside for future growth," Price said.
"Parks are such a valuable piece to a community," Bountiful City Manager Gary Hill said.
For that reason, Bountiful is always open to the possibility of adding to its recreational and park space, he said.
But the opportunities available to the city are limited, Hill said, because the city is already at 95 percent build-out, having about 44,000 residents, with a projected build-out population of about 45,000 residents.
Bountiful, which is 13.2 square-miles in size, has 13 parks, based on the report.