Weber River Parkway
The Weber River Parkway (WRP) is a 12-mile non-motorized trail along the Weber River that will extend upstream from the confluence of the Weber and Ogden rivers to the Fisherman’s Trailhead in South Weber and eventually to the mouth of Weber Canyon. This trail is part of the Centennial Trail, a planned 27-mile loop around Ogden that also includes the Ogden River Parkway and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
To date, over 8 miles of the WRP have been completed from the confluence of the Weber and Ogden rivers in West Haven, south to the end of Riverdale’s Parkway at Adams Ave. Partners in this project have been Weber Pathways, Ogden City, West Haven City, and Riverdale City with Weber County’s RAMP supplying major funding.
Weber Pathways is currently working with our partners to complete the final 4 miles between Adams Ave and the mouth of Weber Canyon, where the Parkway will join the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. After years of planning, thousands of dollars spent for studies and engineering, and many delays, about 30 trail enthusiasts gathered on January 16, 2014 at the south end of the Riverdale City Parkway to watch the two 55-foot sections of a weathered steel pedestrian bridge being bolted together and swung into place across the Weber River. With the ramps completed, trail enthusiasts are using it often to access the new 2-mile trail extending east to the Adams Avenue Parkway. While agreements with Trout Unlimited and the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) necessitate the trail remain unpaved to protect the wildlife habitat, a grant from Utah State Parks and Recreation will be used in 2014 to make trail improvements. Equestrians are invited to use the trail starting at Cottonwood Drive but are not allowed to access the bridge into Riverdale City.
On-going plans to complete the 4-mile trail to the Fisherman’s Trailhead include a trailhead and parking on Cottonwood Drive east of Adams Avenue and a trail on the south side of the road east to the Uintah bridge. Acquisition of the trail corridor south of the river to Weber Canyon and a right-of-way from UDOT has begun.
Major funding has come from RAMP, Utah State Parks and Recreation, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, and Weber Pathways. Land purchases were made possible by a grant from the Dr. Ezekiel R. and Edna Wattis Dumke Foundation. Our partners include UDWR, Weber County, Uintah, South Weber, and Davis County.
It is important to note that none of this could happen without Weber Pathway supporters, whose donations continue to help gain ground for all. Thank you!