​Recreation & Parks

Thornton Parks, Recreation & Community Programs is one of four finalists for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The NRPA Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.​



Thornton's recreation facilities include our state-of-the-art Carpenter Recreation Center and our conveniently located Community Center. And our recreation opportunities are almost limitless — sports teams and leagues, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools... and much, much more.  


The City of Thornton’s Recreation Division strongly advises our customers that you should only register for City of Thornton recreation programs through the City’s website at https://webtrac.cityofthornton.net.  The City DOES NOT USE third party representatives like “FindSportsNow” to register for sports programs.   The City cannot honor registrations for City programs that are made through a third-party vendor.

The Carpenter Recreation Center Lockers require a padlock.  We offer them for sale at the front desk for $6.75 or feel free to bring your own.


There are twenty-five major parks and sports facilities -- plus innumerable smaller parks, water detention and open space areas --  in the City of Thornton, providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation for residents and visitors.

The Parks and Forestry Division is responsible for the general maintenance of all the above, and manages the City's forestry program.

Inclusion Policy

Thornton includes people of all abilities in our Parks, Recreation and Community Programs. We strive to not only meet the requirements of the ADA but to create a welcoming and supportive community. If you see a program offered in the Thornton Activities Guide that you would like to participate in but require accommodation, contact our team. An assessment will be completed to determine what program modifications or inclusion services are needed. Please submit requests at least two weeks in advance of your desired start date.


For more information or to submit a request, please contact AIR Coordinator, Becky Post, CTRS at 720-977-5702 or becky.post@thorntonCO.gov.