Farmington hopes water park project helps economy | KOB 4

Farmington hopes water park project helps economy

Meg Hilling
May 29, 2018 06:56 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. – Water flow and cash flow are a nice treat for any community on a hot summer day, and the City of Farmington is trying to build a steady stream of both for next summer with the creation of a new water park. 


It will be known as the Brookside Bay Water Park.

"It is a dream that has been about three years in the making here in Farmington," Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron said. "We had a 60-year-old facility that we dearly loved that came to the end of its life."

The new water park will host a zero-level entry much like a shoreline, along with a water slide, lap lanes and a lazy river.

"It is going to be themed in our natural geology around here. So we are thinking it is really something great that brands Farmington,” Styron said. “It really helps our tagline of jolting people's journey."

It's an investment for the city with a cost between $6 million and $8 million, but city officials hope it will pay off by also providing a jolt to the local economy.

"Our demographic is a target market of about two, two and half hours from here. So we are really looking at those people that come to town, they go to shop at our local restaurants our retail centers," Styron said. "This is something else they can do to maybe spend the night or maybe spend some extra dollars in town."

The city plans to keep the entry fee under ten dollars. But the parks and recreation director says it will be worth it.

"There is really not anything like this unless you go to Phoenix or Albuquerque," Styron said

City officials say the groundbreaking construction will start Thursday at noon. They hope to have the pool open by next year's Memorial Day weekend.


Meg Hilling

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