Bike, tube rentals planned for Animas Park this year

City councilors will hear report on vendors at meeting

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Jeremy McDainel rides bikes with his family on Friday at Animas Park in Farmington. Vendors renting bikes and kayaks are expected to operate this summer in the park.
  • Farmington is considering allowing people to rent the Beach at Farmington Lake for after-hours private parties.
  • More than 1,200 rounds of FootGolf were played from June to December at the Civitan Golf Course.
  • The San Juan County Commission will discuss the December shooting at Aztec High School.

FARMINGTON — When the city of Farmington opened Farmington Lake to swimming in 2016, a commercial vendor contracted with the city to provide kayak and paddleboard rentals at the lake. The Paddle Shack has been operating for the past few summers at the Beach at Farmington Lake.

This year, there will likely be an increase in similar ventures in Farmington.

Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs director Cory Styron will give an update on commercial vending in parks during Tuesday morning's Farmington City Council work session. The City Council will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at Farmington City Hall, 800 N. Municipal Drive. The work session can be viewed online at

According to the agenda, there also will be food vendors at Berg Park, and tube and bike rentals at Animas Park this year.

The success of the swimming area at Farmington Lake, known as the Beach, has created a demand for private parties at the Beach, according to the agenda. Styron will present two proposed fee levels for renting the beach for after-hours private parties.

In addition to Farmington Lake and the vendors, Styron will speak to councilors about the outdoor patio at the Farmington Aquatic Center and FootGolf at the Civitan Golf Course.

Jeremy McDaniel gets ready for a ride with his sons Marcus, left, and Joshua McDaniel Friday at Animas Park in Farmington.

The FootGolf course opened in June 2017. More than 1,200 rounds of FootGolf were played from the time it opened through December 2017, according to the agenda.

In addition to outdoor recreation topics, Public Works director David Sypher will give a presentation about using millings from road resurfacing projects to pave dirt streets in Farmington.

The San Juan County Commission will consider a resolution recognizing the “terrible loss of the Aztec schools as result of the December school shooting” and commending the actions of the city of Aztec and all of San Juan County in response to the shooting, according to the agenda.

The County Commission will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the County Administration Building, 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

The County Commission also will hear the annual report from the San Juan County Historical Society.

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