City officials express excitement over new facility

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FARMINGTON — Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs director Cory Styron described the groundbreaking ceremony for the Brookside Bay Water Park today as a landmark occasion.

The $6 million water park that is being paid for through refinanced city bonds is intended to replace the former Brookside Pool.

“We were very upset about having to (close the pool),” Mayor Nate Duckett said.

The aging pool was closed in 2016 due to concerns about health and safety.

Construction on its replacement is expected to begin in the upcoming weeks.

City Councilor Sean Sharer represents the district in which the Brookside Bay Water Park will be located. He spoke about the nostalgia that surrounded the Brookside Pool.

“I grew up swimming in this pool,” Sharer said. “My dad grew up swimming in this pool.”

He said he is excited to get a water facility reopened in the park.

When the pool did not open for the summer in 2016, the City Council committed to replacing it with either a similar facility or a new aquatic center with slides and other play features.

Sharer said he is excited to have a place to bring his young daughter. He said the new facility's children's area and the lazy river are two features he is excited about.

“Sometimes I like to swim for exercise, sometimes I like to just float around,” Sharer said.

The Brookside Bay Water Park will provide opportunities for both. In addition to the aforementioned features, the water park also will have an area for lap swimming.

The city hopes the water park will open next summer.

“This is truly a three-year dream coming to fruition,” Styron said.

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