Following the success of opening Farmington Lake to swimming, the city of Farmington, N.M., is considering adding a dry campground, according to a report by the Daily Times.
Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron will present plans to the City Council during a meeting starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Farmington City Hall, 800 Municipal Dr. Styron will also present plans for an aquatic facility to replace Brookside Pool and a miniature golf course.
Farmington Lake has been a success story for people who want to see more outdoors opportunities. During the summer of 2015, after the city opened the lake to boating, an estimated 1,100 people visited the lake.
The following year, the city opened an area of the lake to swimming. Over the course of last summer about 40,000 vehicles visited the lake.
The idea for a campground is not new. In 2015, Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Cory Styron presented plans to City Council for building a running trail and adding about 80 campsites. The estimated cost in 2015 for building the project was $11.5 million, mostly due to the cost of installing utilities in the area.
The new plans call for a much smaller project. Earlier this year, City Council asked Styron to look into options for installing a campground on a limited budget.
Styron said the city is looking at 20 sites on top of the second mesa as people enter the lake. He said it will allow for both RV and tent camping. Construction of the campground would cost about $140,000.
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