Scott Carpenter Pool

Boulder, CO


Located in a neighborhood park that supports a wide variety of recreation opportunities, the new Scott Carpenter Pool redevelopment project includes the only 50-meter pool in the city of Boulder. This unique amenity supports many aquatic recreational needs of the Boulder community, including swim meets for the Boulder Barracudas Swim Club. The pool redevelopment meets the needs of the community such as balancing lap swimming capacity with open swim availability, providing amenities that are multi-generational and multi-use, providing a renovated bathhouse to support the pool use, exploring partnership opportunities to leverage current funding, and incorporating sustainability measures where feasible. Based upon the goals of the project and feedback from the community, the existing “L” shaped lap pool was replaced with an 87,120 sq. ft. aquatic center featuring a 10 lane, 50-meter pool, a bathhouse that was extensively renovated and expanded, and new leisure amenities which will serve all ages.


Pool Type

Outdoor 50 Meter

Outdoor Leisure

Project Type

Parks and Recreation

Project Service

Design Services

Most Recent Project

Completed 2020



Project Amenities

Funding sources for the project included $4.2 million from the 2017-renewed community, culture, and safety tax, $5.3 million from the park’s development excise tax and $4.7 million from the Parks and Recreation capital improvement funds. Counsilman-Hunsaker was responsible for the design and engineering of the pools, spray ground, pool mechanical equipment, and the hydraulic, heating, filtration, and chemical treatment systems for the swimming pool and spray ground components. 

Photo’s courtesy of Phil Wegener


12,300 Sq. ft. Competition Pool

Ten 50-meter lap lanes

Twenty 25-yard cross-course lap lanes

Water volleyball

Water basketball

Space-themed play structure

8,000 sq. ft. Recreation Pool

Faux rock-climbing wall

Three-meter tower with dropslide and jumping platform

Lazy river

1-meter diving board

Zero-depth entry

1,800 sq. ft. Sprayground

Rocket-themed fountain feature

Double runout waterslide tower

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