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APA Utah Fall Conference Speaker

Monte Stewart

Parks and Cemetery Manager
Ogden City

Monte Stewart currently works as the Parks and Cemetery Division Manager which also includes oversite and maintenance of Ogden’s network of trails and is the city’s liaison for the Ogden Trails Network Committee. Monte is in his 17th year with the city, where he spent his first ten years as the Urban Forester. He graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Environmental Studies where his studies included various aspects of urban planning, park design, botany, and outdoor recreation. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and Municipal Specialist. He currently lives in Huntsville, Utah with his wife and three teenage boys. When not at work, you can find him in the woods, on skis, or in the desert with his wife and boys.


Bike tour of the Ogden River Parkway Trail »

2023 Fall Conference, September 29, 2023 10:10 am

The Ogden River and Ogden River Parkway are a true pride and joy in the heart of our downtown. Once on its way to becoming a “dead river”, the river is now honored as a Blue Ribbon Fishery, indicating the exceptionally high quality of river fishing available. The river was pretty damaged and neglected, as you can imagine the history of a railroad town would do to a river. More than a decade ago the waterway was identified as a primary zone for restoration and redevelopment as part of Ogden’s larger redevelopment program. The cleanup efforts removed and recycled 5,684 tons of concrete and metal, including seven car bodies, removed 8,359 tons of non-recyclable glass, concrete and miscellaneous waste, removed and recycled 2,460 automotive tires that were used to manufacture flip flops, built nine storm water filtering areas that are vegetated with wetland plants, built two fishing ramps that are accessible to those with physical challenges and created 20 access points to the river for fishing and other recreation Today, the river is a much different place! The waterway is healthy, vibrant, and flowing with life. The Ogden River Parkway is a spectacular 9.6-mile walk through nature in the heart of downtown Ogden and is easily accessible from Historic 25th Street. The parkway is family-friendly, paved, and can be accessed from any intersecting road. The trail begins near Rainbow Gardens at the mouth of Ogden Canyon, and ends at the south end of Fort Buenaventura just west of 24th Street. Construction of the trail began in 1992 and the parkway now connects into the trail system along the Bonneville Shoreline (access from Rainbow Gardens) as well as intersecting on the west end with the Weber River for an additional stretch south towards Riverdale.

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