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Firm studying feasibility of reviving Como Springs

Article Date: 
13 June, 2014 (All day)

The firm MGB+A The Grassli Group is studying the feasibility of bringing back Como Spring’s old glory days in an effort to revitalize Morgan County’s economy.
“We are excited to look at Como Springs and get back to its exciting times,” said Jay Bollwinkel, a principal with MGB+A.
Originally founded in 1959, the firm moved from Ogden to Salt Lake City in 1980.  Handling projects involved in land planning, landscape architecture and urban design, the firm boasts experience in the United States, South America and Europe.
Better City, the city and county’s economic development consultant, and Cloward H2O are also part of the team studying Como Springs.
Bollwinkel said the Weber River is one of Como Springs’ biggest draw, and also something to beware of since the area is known to flood.
“The setting with the river is crazy impressive.  Look what Disneyland has put in to make it look like what we’ve already got,” Bollwinkel said.  “But a lot of the project next to the river is in the floodplain.”
As such, pavilions and campgrounds could work well there, he said, but pools and buildings could not.
Some of the easiest and first things that could happen at Como are trails, a rope course, rope swing, cabinettes, and a sledding hill.  Further down the road would be swimming pools, a zipline over the pool, a cable park, a restaurant and perhaps even condominiums and town homes.
“The water park is the biggest wild card,” Bollwinkel said.
Members of the county council, city council and chamber of commerce were present during the presentation at the June 3 Morgan County Council meeting.  Other residents familiar with Como Springs’ past also shared their vision of its future.
At its height, Como boasted a total of four pools: a wading pool for children, one at the end of slides, an indoor pool, and a large outdoor pool.  The swimming pool was always “the big hit,” drawing as many as 1,000 visitors per day, residents told Bollwinkel.
“We want all the data we can get from the people who experienced it,” Bollwinkel said.  He made note of the water spring sources, where water consistently is approximately 70 degrees, or more of a “warm spring” rather than a hot spring.
Residents said they would like to see bathing pools where visitors can experience the natural organic mineral waters, much like those at Crystal Hot Springs.  
Slides could get “pricey,” Bollwinkel said, but nearby hillsides could be used to that end.
Bollwinkel said he was pleased with seeing the pond teeming with fish and frogs when he visited the area recently.
“It is quite the treasure right there,” he said.
Bollwinkel said the current owner, Grant Mackay, is excited to see something happen and expressed willingness to excavate dirt, as that is his business.