PLEASANT VIEW -- City officials are hoping for help from RAMP funding for upcoming projects, and council members have agreed to apply for the funds in two separate applications.
One project city officials hope to receive funding for is the Pleasant View Drive walking path, which City Administrator J.J. Allen said is slated to be a meandering path, not a straight shot along the road.
He said the path would be on the south side of the road from 550 West to the Shady Springs subdivision and from there would go to the roundabout at 700 West.
"The steep slope on Pleasant View Drive could get complicated," Allen said.
He said the meandering path could actually cross the road, with part of the path on the south side and part on the north side.
Allen suggested flashing amber lights at the crosswalk to alert drivers to possible pedestrian traffic crossing; orange carry-across flags are also an option.
Mayor Doug Clifford said the city hopes to be able to join its path with walking paths and trails in North Ogden to create a network to local parks.
The second RAMP application is for improvements at Pleasant View Park, including new playground equipment and possibly a new pavilion.Allen said the city is looking for upgraded equipment that would be easily accessible for children who have disabilities and other equipment designed with those with disabilities in mind.
"To make it attractive to RAMP, it needed to include some improvements rather than just a replacement playground," Allen said.
He said by looking at the bigger picture, with the new restrooms and other improvements at the park, the pavilion and playground and basically the whole northwest corner of the park needed an upgrade with replacement equipment.
Allen said the concrete beneath the pavilion is crumbling, as is the concrete on the basketball court.
Allen said there would be demolition costs such as removal of sand and concrete. He said sand should be replaced with wood chips because a wheelchair cannot be pushed through sand.
"We want to create an area that fits in with the other improvements in the park," Allen said. "We not only want to make it more beautiful, but also safer and accessible to those with disabilities."
The city is seeking $56,000 for the walking path, and a variable amount, between $90,000 and $170,000, for the playground.
RAMP funds come from a tax approved by Weber County voters in 2004 that allows the county to impose a local sales tax of one-tenth of 1 percent, which is 1 cent on a $10 sale, to improve recreation, arts, museums and parks.