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By Christa Chapman
Farmington Parks & Rec 


Summer Fun


If you enjoyed time at Lake Farmington last summer, you weren’t the only one. There has been an overwhelmingly positive response to Lake Farmington’s reopening for recreational use two years ago. As part of ongoing development of that area, there will be a couple changes this year.

First, the City of Farmington’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs (PRCA) department, is looking to purchase additional inflatable, water-play elements for the designated swimming area, The Beach. Second, patrons need to prepare to pay the new access fee for entrance at Lake Farmington. The Farmington City Council approved an action on February 21, that will allow the access fee to be charged at Lake Farmington starting April 15th. The fee will help cover operating expenses incurred at the lake surrounding recreational use. The access fee will be $5.00 per day for standard vehicles and $20.00 per day for commercial vehicles. Patrons can also buy yearly passes, good for their vehicle from April of this year through March of 2018, for $50.00. Passes can be purchased at the Farmington Aquatic Center, the Farmington Museum, or at the lake, starting April 15th. Please note: there will be NO additional charges for activities at the lake (i.e. fishing, watercraft, or access to The Beach) once the access fee is paid during open hours.

Finally, here’s all of the information you need to know to enjoy summer time at Lake Farmington:

The lake is still open for use between the hours of 6:00AM and 10:00PM year round.

There will be a manned pay station and water inspection station open from 7:00AM to 7:00PM during the peak season. If accessing the lake off-season or outside of the previous hours, patrons must use one of the self-pay stations.

There is no longer an additional watercraft fee, but the free inspection must still be completed daily on all watercraft entering the area.

Those wishing to fish outside of open hours (between 10:00PM and 6:00AM) must pay the access fee prior to the gates closing at 10:00PM and pay an additional $5.00 per person, per night for a Night Fishing Permit. Those night fishing must be actively fishing during their stay at the lake.

Swimming and wading may only occur in the designated area (The Beach) during its operational dates and times. The Beach is open daily from noon to 6:00PM, May 27 through Sept. 4 and offers food concessions, equipment rental, life guard supervision, lap lanes, and inflatable water-play elements.

“We are excited about our third year of operations at Lake Farmington. We see the access fee as a way to continue current services and potentially fund improvements at the lake in the upcoming years,” states Cory Styron, Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs.

Tonya Stinson, Executive Director of the Farmington Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) added, “The high quality improvements that continue to be made at Lake Farmington enhance our tourism offerings and give visitors added reasons to not only come to Farmington, but to make additional or extended trips. Visionary projects, such this one, further deliver on our brand promise that Farmington is a place where outdoor lovers and active families thrive. The Farmington CVB is excited to see what is next and how we can promote this fabulous play area.”

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