Thornton's second full service recreation center is coming soon!
The new Trail Winds Recreation Center will be constructed on city-owned property inside of the Thornton Trail Winds Park and Open Space complex at 136th Avenue and Holly Street. The new recreation center will be approximately 87,000 square feet. The project is funded through the city's Parks and Open Space Tax revenues. Design is currently in progress and the construction is scheduled for spring of 2018 (May) with a late fall of 2019 grand opening.
Public Input & Survey
City staff and the design consultant, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, hosted three public meetings in 2016/2017 (Dec. 15, Jan. 12 and Jan. 23) to gather input and share information with area residents regarding the design and programming of the new Trail Winds Recreation Center. An informal, on-line survey was also available for public input from December 1 - January 24. The 469 survey responses and public meeting comments were tallied to assist in the design and programming of the new facility.
On April 4, 2017, the city's Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission met with City Council regarding the design, programming, traffic and parking associated with the new Trail Winds Recreation Center.
The approved programming of the new recreation center includes the following amenities:
Licensed Pre-school/Child Care
Lifelong Learning Wing - offering a variety of classroom space for all ages (pre-school to active adults)
- Shared Lounge
- Wellness Area/Screenings
- Technology Classroom
- Dry Arts and Crafts Room
- Multipurpose Room Spaces
Gymnasium (1) - for basketball, pickleball and volleyball
Elevated Walk/Jog Track
Fitness & Weights Equipment
Aerobic & Dance Classrooms
- 4-Lane x 25 Yard Pool
- Leisure Pool - zero entry, slide, lazy river, spray features
- Therapy Pool
- Hot Tub
5-6 Person Climbing Wall (if funding allows)
Holly Street Location
Originally, the recreation center was designed to be located near the existing Adams Twelve Five Star Schools Veterans Memorial Aquatics Center off of 136th Avenue. Due to traffic volume and parking at both the aquatics center and Horizon High School, the new recreation center entrance will be moved to 134th Avenue and Holly Street at the existing light. Click here to see the updated location.
Dog Park Relocation
During construction of the new recreation center, an interim dog park will be located west of the Lee Lateral Ditch and south of the Adams 12 Veteran's Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC) for public use until the permanent dog park can be constructed and is safely accessible to the public. Planning for the new and permanent dog park to be located just west of the new Trail Winds Recreation Center (click Dog Park Relocation Map below) is in progress. Our first public meeting was held on March 29 to gather input for the design of the new dog park and a second public meeting will be held in the summer 2018 (date to be determined). Please join us at our public meeting to learn more or to share your ideas. Please feel free to contact Suzann Cox at email@example.com or 303-255-7834 for dog park information.
Dog Park Relocation Map
If you have questions about the project, please feel free to send your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 303-255-7831 for additional