swimming pool at carpenter recreation center

​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

The ADA act requires that no qualified individual with a disability shall, on the basis of disability, be denied the benefits of public park or recreation services, programs or activities.

We offer assistance to all ages of individuals with or without disabilities to participate in recreation programs together. If you see a program offered in the Thornton Activities Guide that you would like to participate in, let our team know. An assessment can be completed to determine what program modifications or inclusion aide services are needed. 

For more information please call 720-977-5917.