OGDEN — North Ogden is in line to get more grant money — $312,779, to be exact — for additional work on the amphitheater taking shape there.

Farr West is in line to get $549,706 for Smith Family Park, the new park there that’s been six years in the making.

The two facilities are among six parks and recreation projects around Weber County poised to share $2.3 million in funds generated by the special 0.1-percent Weber County sales tax earmarked for recreational projects. The RAMP Tax Advisory Board is recommending that the six projects get funding and Weber County commissioners are to take action next Tuesday.

Grant requests also getting the nod from the advisory board are:

  • $450,000 for South Ogden‘s Burch Creek Park,
  • $450,000 to Weber State University for a new $6.47 million Outdoor Adventure Center to be built on the campus,
  • $290,000 to Weber County for an indoor archery range at Observatory Park in Ogden and
  • $245,185 to Washington Terrace for parking improvements and other upgrades to Rohmer Park.

The RAMP Tax Advisory Board finalized the list of projects on Feb. 26, also recommending $1.36 million in smaller arts and museums grants for 47 projects or entities. The board is also recommending $530,052 for 14 other parks and recreation grants.


North Ogden’s amphitheater project, partially completed last July, has generated a lot of attention in the city. Backers say it’ll serve as a draw and outlet for cultural events while opponents say it’s too big for the city and disruptive to the residential neighborhood where it’s located.

The city previously received RAMP funds to help complete the shell and base of the amphitheater. The new money would help with the second phase of amphitheater construction – finishing the interior of the building behind the stage, theatrical equipment and lighting. The second phase has a total price tag of $709,884, according to paperwork filed with the grant request.

The money for Smith Family Park, according to Farr West’s RAMP grant application, would help with the final, $1.58-million phase of park development for athletic fields, pickleball courts and basketball courts and more. The focus is on the uncompleted, middle section of the 32-acre park, connecting a fishing pond and a playground area. The work is to be done this year.

South Ogden’s $6.74 million Burch Creek Park, to be completed next year, will have a pickleball court complex, playground, water feature, paths, a sledding hill, a maze and more. The $450,000 in RAMP funds, on top of a $373,350 RAMP grant last year, will complement $5.42 million from city resources and $238,000 from the Weber School District, among other sources.

It’s taking shape adjacent to Burch Creek Elementary.

Weber State plans to build the Outdoor Adventure Center to house the university’s outdoor program, geared to students and the broader Weber County community and meant to encourage participation in outdoor activities. The program’s current home on the campus is “bursting at the seams,” according to the grant application.

The new “state-of-the-art” facility would be built along Village Drive, north of the Wildcat Village student housing complex, according to paperwork in its application.

The planned Weber County indoor archery range, costing $2.12 million, would house 16 lanes as well as space for classes on things like hunter safety and concealed-carry gun permits. “The proposed facility would provide a key role in the development and understanding of the shooting sports and the role that these activities play in our outdoor enjoyment and education that supports our national environment,” according to Weber County’s grant application.

The money would also be tapped for a parking area. The archery building is to sit at the site of an existing outdoor archery range at Observatory Park, built at the site of a former landfill.

The money for Rohmer Park would help complete $510,370 in upgrades to improve access and parking at the complex, home to three baseball fields, two other fields for soccer, lacrosse and football and more.

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