Thursday , September 14, 2017 - 5:15 AM
NORTH OGDEN — It’s been a long haul, but it appears a relocated skate park in North Ogden will finally be a reality.
Earlier this week on his public Facebook page, North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor announced that the city’s Public Works Department has begun construction work to rebuild the city’s skate park at North Ogden Park, 2750 N. 500 East.
In March, North Ogden officials moved the park from a lot just south of the Weber County Library North Branch to facilitate a 30-stall parking lot that will be part of the $5 million expansion of the library.
Since clearing the library space, the skate park’s large metal components have sat in pieces near North Ogden Elementary school. The city aimed to have the skate park rebuilt by July 4, but Taylor said the installation has been delayed because soil testing took longer than anticipated and the park’s contracted designer has moved slowly.
According to city council documents, the city contracted with California-based skate park design company Spohn Ranch.
On his Facebook page, Taylor said the Public Works is doing some of the work to “help stretch the tax dollars” and said the project is now slated to be complete by early November.
“I have been very disappointed with this contractor’s timeliness and we have tried repeatedly to get them to get this project done sooner,” the mayor said.
The Standard-Examiner contacted Spohn Ranch Wednesday seeking comment, but the company did not return calls.
The city worked for months to identify a new location for the skate park.
An informal committee, made up of skaters and non-skaters, was formed in July 2016 to scout possible sites. The committee looked at several locations and initially recommended the skate park be built over the tennis courts at the southwest corner of North Ogden Park.
That idea was rejected by the council because of extra costs associated with moving the tennis courts.
The council eventually voted to put the skate park over the sand volleyball court at North Ogden Park and move the volleyball court to location in the northeast corner of the park. The volleyball court has already been moved to its new location.
As part of the library expansion deal with the city, Weber County gave North Ogden $213,000 to put toward the skate park move. It cost the city $19,000 to move the park and $194,000 for the rebuild.
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