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Naming the water park at Brookside creates debate

Farmington will continue discussions about the name for the water park

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
  • A survey garnered more than 130 suggested names for the water park.

 

Farmington is debating what to name a future water park that will replace Brookside Pool. This architectural rendering was done by FBT Architects of Albuquerque.

FARMINGTON — There does not seem to be a consensus on what Farmington should name the new water park being built to replace Brookside Pool.

Various councilors made multiple failed motions during a City Council meeting Tuesday evening, suggesting names before finally agreeing to table the discussion until a later date. The meeting is streamed live and can be watched at fmtn.org.

The recommended name for the facility was Brookside's Bisti Bay, which none of the councilors favored. 

The recommendation came from the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs commission, which unanimously favored the name. The name came out of a survey process that generated more than 130 different name ideas.

"The one on here that says Pooly McPoolface, I think we should go with that," Councilor Sean Sharer joked.

Farmington's empty Brookside Pool, which will be replaced by a new water park, is seen on Sept. 19. Officials can't agree yet on what to name the new facility.

Sharer asked if there is a need to name the water park something fancy, like Brookside's Bisti Bay.

Several councilors felt that the facility will always be known locally as Brookside Water Park. Councilor Gayla McCulloch made a motion to name it Brookside Water Park, however the motion failed when no one seconded it.

"I like Brookside and I think that's what it will always be," she said. "It's kind of like trying to name Purgatory 'Durango Mountain Resort.'"

McCulloch noted that none of the name suggestions received more than 30 percent of the votes during the survey.

Bisti Bay at Brookside received nearly 28 percent of the votes while Enchanted Oasis at Brookside Park received about 24 percent of the votes. 

"I wouldn't name anything Enchanted Oasis except an old hotel," said Councilor Nate Duckett.

Duckett supported the name Brookside Water Park but also suggested Sandstone Falls at Brookside or Bisti Falls at Brookside. He questioned the marketability of the name Brookside's Bisti Bay.

"If you don't live in the area, do you even know what a Bisti is?" Duckett said.

Tonya Stinson, executive director of Farmington Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the Bisti wilderness is one of the most well-known things about the Farmington area. She said the name could help guide the design and architecture at the future water park.

"We want it to stand out by name and by look," she said.

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