Community will weigh in on Brookside Pool

Hannah Grover

FARMINGTON — Months after the city of Farmington announced it would close Brookside Pool, community members will have the opportunity to discuss ideas for the future of the neighborhood aquatic facility located on Dustin Avenue.

Mike Duke, aquatics manager for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, talks about issues at the Brookside Pool on April 26 in Farmington.

Several meetings later this month will allow the public to meet with consultants from the architectural firm hired to complete a feasibility study.

The pool was closed this year due to health concerns connected to the aging infrastructure. The consultants are looking at replacing the aging Brookside Pool with an identical facility or building some type of family-friendly water park, according to Cory Styron, the director of Farmington's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department.

Meetings will be held at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15 and at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

After deciding not to open the Brookside Pool for the summer, the City Council approved a swimming area at Farmington Lake.

"We had more people go to the lake in the month ... of June than we had the entire season at Brookside," Styron said.

Mike Duke, aquatics manager for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, walks on the pool lining at the Brookside Pool on April 26.

Because of the success of the swimming area at the lake, Styron said the city is expanding the beach area by 10,000 square feet and will open the lake for swimming again next summer.

Despite the popularity of Farmington Lake's swimming area, Styron said the city has not discussed abandoning the Brookside Pool. Instead, the city has been committed to replacing the pool with another aquatic facility.

In the meantime, the pool remains empty and locked up.

"We haven't done anything," Styron said. "We've just closed it down and secured it."

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.