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FARMINGTON — Construction is progressing on Brookside Bay Water Park, and the city is still looking forward to a Memorial Day opening for the new attraction.

The city broke ground on the project in late May.

Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron said the dirt work has been completed, shotcrete is in the future lap pool, piping is in place underground and crews have now started building the walls to the pump room.

He said construction is about 15 to 18 percent complete.

“You can drive by and see the shaping taking place,” he said.

The water park is replacing the former Brookside Pool, which closed in 2016 due to health and safety concerns.

While the official name of the water park is currently Brookside Bay Water Park, Mayor Nate Duckett has asked that the city reconsider the name Bisti Bay at Brookside Park.

The Brookside Pool traditionally opened Memorial Day weekend every year and remained open through Labor Day.

When the pool closed, the City Council promised residents that it would be replaced with either a water park or another pool similar to the one that had been in the park, which is  located on Dustin Avenue.

The Brookside Bay Water Park will cost the city $6 million, but Farmington hopes it will pay for itself over time. The water park is being funded through refinanced bonds.

Styron said the water park fits into the city’s emphasis on outdoor recreation.

The water park will feature a lazy river, two water slides and play structures. The designs will reflect the regional geography and natural features.

“It’s going to be a very special place in our community,” 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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