Bisti Bay at Brookside Park

7/2/2021

Farmitonians finally have the opportunity to get the full Bisti Bay at Brookside Park experience with two new water slides in operation. By Donna Hewett. Sponsored by Distill Beer, Wine & Spirits and Boon’s Family Thai BBQ

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First, there was a steel shortage, then came the pandemic. Finally, two years after its grand opening, Bisti Bay at Brookside park, has two world-class water slides in full operation. You're watching the Local News Network, brought to you by Distil Beer, wine and spirits, and Boon's Family Thai BBQ. I'm Wendy Graham Setlle. One slide is open air. The other has a closed flume and at 26 feet high, it's not for scaredy cats. It's super fast and it keeps riders in the dark until the slide flushes them out in the pool below. The long anticipated $8.2 million water park also features the lazy river, a challenge course, a children's in-pool playground, aquatic basketball and volleyball areas, and cool spray features. It's bigger and better than anyone in Farmington could have hoped for. Especially the kiddos.

I think it's fun. This is our second time so far that we've been able to. This one begs me every day. But I enjoy it.

The former Brookside park, built in 1959, closed because of safety concerns in 2016. Farmington mayor Nate Duckett came up with the new name after an inspired visit to the nearby Bisti Badlands. Because of COVID restrictions and the unseasonal heat, the only snag so far is the wait to get into the waterpark. With a maximum capacity of 300, instead of the normal 4. City of Farmington aquatics manager, Sterling Schwartz, says they're doing their best to accommodate everyone and asks the public to please be patient. But you try telling that to an antsy six-year-old, like Aramis, during a 103 degree heat wave.

How long have we been waiting Aramis?

A thousand hours.

Cammy and her cousin Benjamin, also waiting in the long line, were more patient.

You know, usually they're very fast and you can get in pretty quickly. The wait isn't today, it was bad, but they have power outages, outages going all the way down the street.

You can have the facility all to yourself by renting it for a private party from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Different size pavilion rentals are available from 11:00 to 2:30 PM, and prices vary with group sizes. Public swim hours are from 12:30 to 6:00 PM, seven days a week. To reserve a swim party or for more information, go to fmtn.org/bistibay. Thanks for watching this edition of the Local News Network. I'm Wendy Graham Settle.

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