Funding OK'd for high-adventure park project along Ogden River

Jun 21 2012 - 7:52pm

OGDEN -- Ogden is continuing to build on its reputation for high adventure by expanding one of its parks.

The Ogden City Council recently approved an amendment to the city's capital improvement plan to increase the scope of the second phase of a high-adventure park along the Ogden River Parkway.

The council voted to allocate $323,200 to the project, which will be included in the city's 2013 fiscal year budget. The money will go toward the purchase of some additional land near the park and for some site-area improvements, said John Arrington, the city's finance manager.

The park sits in the area north of the Ogden River and south of 18th Street between Grant and Wall avenues.

The first phase of the project, which included cable-rope play structures, three dimensional swings and swing bridges, was finished in fall 2011.

Phase 2 of the project will add more features -- including zip lines, climbing structures and other skill-building apparatuses -- to challenge users of all skill levels.

Arrington said the project will enhance the use of the Parkway Trail and will continue to add to the experience of Ogden being an outdoor destination.

The city recently completed a $6 million project to restore the Ogden River, which included the removal of several tons of trash, the building of interior flood planes, the stabilization of the river's banks, and 25 new pedestrian access points.

Several types of vegetation were planted to buffer pollution sources, reduce channel temperatures and provide aquatic food sources.

The waterway restoration effort ties into the Ogden River Project, a mixed-use development scheduled to encompass 60 acres straddling the river from 18th to 20th streets and Washington Boulevard to Wall Avenue.

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