City Council to hear updates on pool, mini golf

A future water park and a miniature golf course could be used to bring people to Farmington, according to the PRCA director

Hannah Grover
hgrover@daily-times.com
Brookside Pool in Farmington is empty and awaiting possible replacement.
  • Residents favored more expensive options for replacing Brookside Pool.
  • The miniature golf course and the future water facility to increase tourism to Farmington.
  • City Council will hear a presentation about the two projects.

FARMINGTON — Farmington's parks department is seeking guidance from the City Council about how to proceed with two future projects.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron will present updates about the replacement of Brookside Pool and plans for a miniature golf course during a City Council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday  at Farmington C

ity Hall, 800 N. Municipal Dr.

Styron said he is looking for direction from council about whether to proceed with project planning, such as examining funding options, or put the projects on the "shelf."

Brookside Pool closed in 2015 due to deteriorating infrastructure. The city began a study shortly afterward to determine how to replace the pool. The city asked residents to weigh in on options through an online survey earlier this year. The city also hosted several public meetings.

Whether or not to move forward with replacement of Brookside Pool in Farmington may be discussed at the next City Council meeting

More than 920 people participated in the online survey. Nearly 84 percent of those who responded preferred $5 million water park options. Other options included replacing the pool with one of a similar style or a creating new facility with a beach entry, a play area and water slides. These options would have cost an estimated $3.1 million to $3.5 million.

The miniature golf course plan began in 2014 as part of the department's master plan. A feasibility study was completed in September 2016. The miniature golf course would cost approximately $1.48 million. The analysis reported the additional revenue from the miniature golf course would make Civitan Golf Course and the miniature golf course self-sufficient without subsidization.

"It would allow less reliance on the general fund for operational money," Styron said.

He said the goal is to make the golf course revenue neutral. The city will also try to make the future Brookside Pool replacement revenue neutral, or have it generate some funds.

The City of Farmington has plans to build a miniature golf course at Civitan Park.

Styron said both the miniature golf course and the water park could bring people in from out of town.

"We're the biggest city for a couple hours any way," he said.

The replacement of Brookside Pool in Farmington is on the agenda for the next City Council meeting.

The facilities will also tie into the Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau's Jolt Your Journey branding, which focuses on the outdoors. The designs will feature natural elements from the Farmington area, such as rock formations that can be seen in the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Area.

"These are both venues where outdoor lovers would want to congregate," Styron said.

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