A Mama’s guide to local parks

parks

As a mom of  2 adventurous and energetic kids, parks are my salvation. Every summer we try to head to different parks to find out which ones are the best for picnics, fun in the sand and which have the best playgrounds.  There are still so many to try but here is what we have discovered to far.

For locations, photos and maps of  all of these parks and more  check out http://www.ogdencity.com/en/community/parks.aspx

 

Lorin Farr Park
769 Canyon Rd
Ogden, Utah 84404

This park has to be new or the city keeps it in great shape. there is a rock climbing wall, 6 slides,  all kinds of climbing thingies, swings and a baby area.  my daughter played here until she literally begged to leave. success!  There is also a swimming pool and skate park connected to it and it is right on the river parkway and walking distance to botanical gardens. It’s the ultimate summer park.

Lester Park
663 24th St
Ogden, Utah 84401

Lester park is a small park right in front of the main library.  It consists of a giant field and a tiny playground. the equipment is very accessible for all age kids except for a potentially hazardous ladder. It is however quite dirty and littered with graffiti and I often have to leave because older people are drinking at the park.   A great pit stop on your way to or from the library but I wouldn’t recommend it for kids in the evening. *Update: There have been some cleaning efforts and I recently picked up a trash bag full of cigarette butts but it still have a long way to go.

Mount Ogden Park
3144 Taylor Ave
Ogden, Utah 84403

This is such a beautiful park located next to Ogden golf course, this park has so much room to run and play.  There is a giant field where kids play soccer and  the playground has  6 slides and a rock climbing wall. It’s very clean and even has a bathroom and picnic tables, great for photos too. This park is also connected to Gibbs trail and there is a second playground along the trail, it’s a bit run down though.

Lions Club Park
1243 22nd St
Ogden, Utah 84401

I stumbled upon this park when we were leaving Taylor canyon after a hike, I had never been up 22nd and just happen to pass by the giant soccer field and  see the park. What I love about this park is that it’s secluded. I can let my child run free without worry of oncoming cars.There are  4 slides,  swings and a sand pit.  Picnics are the best here because of the picnic tables and rows of shady trees. It has quickly become our go to park and I wish more people would  try it out, it is usually empty when we go even in summer.

Liberty Park
751 21st St
Ogden, Utah 84401

This is also one of  our favorite parks in Ogden. There is a  lot of green space, a softball/kickball field, basketball hoops,  picnic areas, tennis courts and a cool playground. Some of the playground equipment could use some updating as there are broken parts but there is an accessible ramp for disabled children and a really awesome rock climbing wall. I spent a lot of time at this park and my only complaint is that for a park that is usually quite busy the bathrooms are rarely open or they are very dirty.

Rolling Hills Park
1476 12th St
Ogden, Utah 84404

The only time we come to this park is when it is snowing. Why? Because it has the BEST sledding hill for toddlers. The hill is steep enough to go fast but not so steep they slide out of control. The playground  is pretty nice so they are occupied in between sledding. There is no parking or bathrooms so it’s usually a pretty short trip.

Ogden River Parkway 

This trail is amazing, even in Portland where I used to live there wasn’t a trail as nice as this. You can bike from downtown all the way to Ogden canyon! There are parks and picnic spots all along the way and even the botanical gardens and restaurants. My family loves to bike this trail often and we always take visiting guests. You can jog, bike, roller blade or walk the trail and there are nature hikes and  dirt paths that go off it as well.

Municipal gardens park/City hall park
343 25th Street
Ogden, Utah 84401

This park is really cool! There is an amphitheater for outdoor summer shows, a wood chip filled playground, a garden and food stands around ( tacos and ice cream!).  Since it is right downtown you are near plenty of restrooms , shopping and food.Always a fun pit stop while making our rounds downtown.

Monroe Park
850 30th St
Ogden, Utah 84401

Watch out for landmines here!  Yes, this seems to be a place that people like to take their dogs to do their business without cleaning up which is pretty sad considering it’s not a bad park. One thing I would keep in mind is that it is right next to a very busy road with no barrier so f you have toddlers it can be a bit nerve-wracking. We very rarely go to this park for that reason.

MTC Learning Park
1750 Monroe Blvd
Ogden, Utah 84401

This park is great for picnics in the summer and spring but can be quite wet in fall. There is a beautiful botanical garden and a visitors center where you can learn more about local plants and animals. You can have events here too and there are awnings for shade. There is no playground here.

Big Dee Sports Park
1376 Park Blvd
Ogden, Utah 84401

This playground is in a great location however it does need share, on hot days the playground equipment can get very hot especially for younger kids.  There is a large field and picnic area next to the playground, the field is perfect for kite flying.  Downside: the nearest restroom is back at the botanical gardens.

Jaycee Park
2465 Fillmore Ave
Ogden, Utah 84401

This park has a giant field and updated playground with a rock wall and several slides. There is a picnic area with grills as well for summer fun. This park is nice for quieter outings, it is often less crowded than the others and is always very clean. This park is lovely for photos as well since you are close to the mountains.

Glassman Pond Park
1126 E 4600 S
Ogden, Utah 84403

This is a nice spot for fishing and shady walks however every time I have stopped byt his place it is littered with trash, it is very disappointing to see. I do hope it gets cleaned up and more trashcans are put up because this really is a beautiful spot.

High Adventure Park
251 E 18th St.
Ogden, Utah 84401

This is one of Ogden’s newest parks and it’s the kiddos favorite. The playground equipment is  very modern with some really cool features that you wont find at any other park. I saw that they were building even more equipment and am excited to see what it is. My only complaint is the lack of public bathrooms which cuts visits short, you have to drive downtown to find somewhere to go.

 

 

 

<3 Mikaela

Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her 2 kiddos and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.