• Margaret Carpenter recreation center thornton co project
  • Margaret Carpenter recreation center thornton co project
  • Margaret Carpenter recreation center thornton co project
  • Margaret Carpenter recreation center thornton co project
  • Margaret Carpenter recreation center thornton co project

Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center

Thornton, CO


In 1994, Counsilman-Hunsaker designed the original Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center aquatics facility located in the Thornton Recreation Center. The complex was in desperate need of a fresh image because of its old age; therefore, changes were made for updates and additional space to capture the progression of Thornton’s vibrant community.

The $14 million recreation project was completed in 2021 and concluded its main goals of renovating and expanding. The welcomed new Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center aquatic center featured lap swimming, a wave pool with a lazy river and bubble pit, an activity pool with zero-depth entry, play structure, geysers, and sprays, a water slide, and a 20-person therapeutic hydro-jet spa. The universal locker room expansion will better serve families and individuals with special needs, increasing accessibility for all. Overall, the recreation center was expanded by 12,000 sq. ft. A NinjaCross™ retractable obstacle course system was also installed post-build (visible in the photo gallery).

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Pool Type

Indoor 25 Yard x 25 Meter

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services

Most Recent Project

Completed 2021



Project Amenities

Aquatic features at this facility, designed and specified by Counsilman-Hunsaker, include:

3,000 sq. ft. Lap Pool

Six 25-yard lap lanes

Ramp and stair entry

Activities such as a climbing wall, Ninja Cross obstacle course, water basketball and volleyball goal and a log roll

2,550 sq. ft. Wave Pool

Zero entry with current channel attached, and stair entry

558 sq. ft. Activity Pool

Zero entry with play structure and waterslide

165 sq. ft. Spa

Hydrotherapy bench seating and stair entry

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