NORTH OGDEN -- The city is on the verge of getting $55,000 in RAMP money to put in a basketball court at North Ogden Park.
Although the grant won't be finalized until March 15, the city feels optimistic that everything will be a go. The grant comes from the middle tier of RAMP grant funding which requires matching funds.
The RAMP committee is allowing for labor from the city and the city providing the power, conduit and concrete to be applied to North Ogden's matching side of the grant.
The basketball court will have six 10-foot baskets and will include four 100-foot by 50-foot regulation courts and two short courts. Community Services Director Dave Nord-quist said the city plans to use the courts for three-on-three tournaments. He hopes the courts will be ready to go for Cherry Days and plans for construction to begin in April.
The city also will receive at least $18,000 in RAMP municipal grant money which it plans to use for various projects. The municipal grant is given to all cities in Weber County and is based on population -- about $1 per resident.
With that money the city plans to buy sound equipment, a swing for North Ogden Park, security lights for the volleyball court and lighting to be used during Cherry Days, with some of the money to be applied to arts projects.
Community development specialist Lorrie Frazier attributed a lot of the new features at North Ogden Park to RAMP grants from past years. She said when the new school was built a couple of years ago, a lot of remodeling had to be done and thanks to RAMP grants and a state grant, the city was able to put new bathrooms, new baseball diamonds, sand volleyball courts and walkways in the park.