OGDEN – Six projects are in line for big funding thanks to Weber County’s special sales tax funding stream for recreation, parks and arts initiatives.
The Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill Air Force Base is on track to secure $500,000 to help with the planned $18 million expansion of the facility. Park projects in Washington Terrace, Hooper, Pleasant View and South Ogden are to share an additional $1.42 million while the Ogden Nature Center will receive $343,000.
Weber County commissioners earlier this month approve a $5.33 million allocation from RAMP fee funding, including $2.26 million for the Ogden Museum, Park and Nature Center projects. The funds come from a special 0.1% sales tax to fund recreation, arts, museums and parks projects, where the acronym RAMP comes from.
Plans for the Hill Aerospace Museum call for the construction of a new facility to house some of the aircraft currently housed in the museum’s outdoor air park, a move necessitated by the planned construction of a new Northrop Grumman campus. Work on the museum’s expansion is due to begin this summer, according to the museum’s request for funds.
Washington Terrace will receive $500,000 to help with the planned addition of pickleball courts and other improvements to Rohmer Park. The total price for the project is $812,250 to $934,088, according to documents submitted by Washington Terrace.
South Ogden is to get $383,532 for improvements to Friendship Park, including upgrades to make it Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. “This park is South Ogden’s most heavily used park for recreational activities,” reads the city’s RAMP funding application.
The total project will cost approximately $558,278.
The Ogden Nature Center will receive $343,000 to improve the facility’s picnic area. The total estimated cost of the upgrades is $729,349. “This area is the premier outdoor gathering space for summer camps, special events and community retreats,” reads its application.
Pleasant View will receive $315,000 to help with the planned $691,109 expansion of the city’s existing pickeball court. “Requests to expand existing offerings and capacity have come from residents,” reads the city’s application. Additionally, local schools “have expressed interest in expanding the game and use of the field,” he continued, noting capacity constraints.
Hooper is to get $218,268 to help with a planned $395,668 restroom upgrade project at Hooper Park. “Hooper Park has been the physical center of the town of Hooper as well as the social hub for many events,” including Hooper Tomato Days, its application reads.
Another 49 art and museum project proposals around Weber County are to share $1.84 million. Sixteen other recreation and parks projects will share $1.23 million.
County commissioners, aided by a committee that helps triage project proposals, approve funding for RAMP fiscal projects each year.