​​​​​​Currently closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

​Carpenter Recreation Center
11151 Colorado Blvd., Thornton 80233

Gymnasium Information and Hours

A large hardwood floor capable of being divided into three small courts for volleyball and/or basketball or one full-court basketball.

Open Gym (All courts)


​One Court Shoot-Around Basketball (All ages)

8:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

12-6:45 p.m.

​​​12-10 p.m.

12-6:45 p.m.

12-10 p.m.

​​​12-6:45 p.m.

​7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.


​8:30-11 a.m.
(3 courts)
6-8:30 p.m.
(3 courts)

​6 a.m.-12 p.m.
(3 courts)

6 a.m.-12 p.m.
(3 courts)​

​6 a.m.-12 p.m.
(3 courts)

6 a.m.-12 p.m.
(3 courts)​

6 a.m.-12 p.m.
(3 courts)​

If all three pickleball courts are not in use after 11 a.m., we reserve the right to take down one court in order to accommodate any patrons wanting to play basketball.​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Adult Basketball
(Ages 16 and older)
​5 -10 p.m.​5 -10 p.m.

​Adult Volleyball
(Ages 16 and older)

​​7-9:50 p.m.

​7-9:50 p.m.

​7-9:50 p.m.

​*At the discretion of the staff, volleyball nets will be set up at 7 p.m. and taken down at 8:30 p.m. if less than four players are present.



Wednesday, January 1

​​New Years Day

​8 a.m.-4 p.m.

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.​

​Sunday, April 12

​Easter ​



​Saturday, May 2

​9Health Fair

​1-7 p.m.

8 a.m.-6 p.m.​

​Saturday-Sunday, May 16-24

​Annual Maintenance Shutdown


Regular Business Hours

​Monday, May 25Memorial DayCLOSED 

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Saturday, June 6


​7 a.m.-12 p.m.

8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Saturday, ​July 4

​Independence Day


8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Monday, ​September 7

​Labor Day


8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Thursday, ​November 26

​Thanksgiving Day


7 a.m.-12 p.m.

Thursday, ​December 24

​Christmas Eve

​5:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

5 a.m. - 3 p.m

Friday, ​December 25

​Christmas Day



Thursday, ​December 31

​New Years Eve

​5:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

​5 a.m. - 3 p.m. 


Conditioning Center:

The 78,780 square foot Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center is located on 136 acres of property the City owns at 112th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. The City chose this site because of it's central location and easy accessibility. Our weight and fitness area is for anyone 16 years and older. Those between 13 and 15 years must complete a youth orientation. The Conditioning center is open during all general operating hours.

  • Orientation Schedule: one of our experienced staff members will be happy to show you how to properly and safely use our fitness equipment. For a list of available time slots, please call 303-255-7800. 

Pool Information

The aquatics area consists of two leisure pools that includes a wave function, lap swimming, raindrop, lazy river, diving board, waterslide and vortex pool. Follow the link to explore the Pool hours, fees and offerings. BRING YOUR OWN LOCKS FOR THE LOCKERS

Proof of Residency:

  • Your current valid Colorado Driver's license or Colorado Identification card with a current address; OR
  • A photo ID and two of the following documents showing correct name, current date and current Thornton address.
    • Utility bill or phone bill
    • Car registration
    • Voter registration card
    • Statement from major creditor
    • Recent Adams County tax notice
    • Rental contract/mortgage statement

Admission Fees:

Admission fees include full use of the entire facility including racquetball, weight rooms, swimming pools, fitness classes, running track, hot tub and saunas, cardiovascular equipment and showers/lockers. Some age limitations apply in various areas of the facility. A recreation center photo ID is required to qualify for resident or nonresident daily admission. The IDs are valid for two years and cost $5 (resident) or $7 (nonresident).

Recreation Center Fees

​Type of Admission​0-2 Years
3-8 years
9-17 years
18-61 years
Daily Drop in Rates

Resident W/Recreation ID

​Nonresident W/Recreation ID​FREE​$3.25​$4.00​$5.75​$3.25
​NO Recreation ID​FREE​$4.00​$5.00​$6.50​$4.50
10-Visit Punch Card
​Resident w/Recreation ID​N/A​$21.00​$25.00​$36.00​$21.00
​Nonresident w/Recreation ID​N/A​$28.00​$34.00​$47.00​$28.00
​20 Visit Punch Card
​Resident w/Recreation ID​N/A​$40.00​$48.00​$68.00​$40.00
​Nonresident w/Recreation ID​N/A​$52.00​$64.00​$88.00​$52.00
Individual 6-month Pass
​Individual Annual Pass
​Family Pass: Carpenter Recreation Center Family Pass Family Passes are available. Cost of the pass is computed as follows: The most expensive family member pays 100 percent of the Individual Annual Pass fee; each additional family member pays 50 percent of the Individual Annual Pass fee. Must reside at the same residence, do not need to be related. ​ ​ ​

Ongoing Monthly Auto Debit  

For your convenience, ongoing monthly passes may be paid by "auto debit." You only pay the first month up front and additional monthly payments will be automatically deducted from your checking account or credit card. If the deduction is from a checking account, please provide a voided check. If the deduction is from a credit/debit card, please make sure that we have your up-to-date credit/debit card information on file. If you cancel before the end of the first 12 months of the contract, there will be a cancellation fee. For more information please call 303-255-7800.

Military Discount

Effective May 1, 2019 any active member of the United States military, their spouse and minor children will receive a 25% discount on recreation center admission fees. You must present current military ID to receive this discount.

Reduced Rate

The Recreation Division offers a Reduced Rate Assistance plan for Thornton residents who qualify. Qualifiers receive a 50 percent discount on recreation programs, photo IDs and daily admission. Follow the link to find out more.

Racquetball Courts

The Carpenter Recreation Center has three courts available to reserve on a first-come, first-served basis. Two courts are scheduled on the hour and one court on the half hour and normal drop-in, punch card or pass fees apply when you come in to use the court. Reservations are accepted beginning three days in advance of the day your wish to use the courts; for example, starting Monday at 5:30 a.m. you may reserve courts through Thursday. Two, one-hour reservations will be accepted per call. Racquets and goggles are available at the front desk for check out with an ID and balls are available for purchase only. If you need to cancel, please call at least two hours prior to the reservation. We will hold the reservation for 10 minutes after the scheduled time for no-shows. After hat, the court will be re-opened for reservation. Wednesday night and Saturday mornings are typically reserved for Challenge Courts (all are welcome!) Thursday nights, we typically reserve two courts for youth and adult group lessons. All Three racquetball courts have Wally Ball capabilities.

Running/Walking Track

The indoor track is located on the third level and is accessible by stairs or elevator. Walkers and slow joggers to the inside, runners to the outside. Children under the age of 12 must be supervised on the track at all times. The track has a soft, synthetic surface for running or walking; 12 laps = 1 mile.

A variety of walking tails are available in Carpenter Park. Several signs are located throughout the park that contain a list of color coded trails and their lengths.

Additional Facility Information