​Trail Winds Recreation Center

Project Overview 

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 84,000 square feet and will cost approximately $44.4 million.  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 with a 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.

Approved Programming 

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:

Child Watch/Babysitting

Licensed Pre-school/Child Care

Indoor Playground

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

Catering Kitchen

Gymnasium (1) - for basketball, pickleball and volleyball

Elevated Walk/Jog Track

Fitness & Weights Equipment

Aerobic & Dance Classrooms

Spinning Room

Aquatics Area

  • 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

The existing Trail Winds Dog Park will be relocated to its permanent location within the Thornton Trail Winds Park and Open Space per the above referenced location map.  Public meetings will be held regarding the relocated dog park; however, no meetings are currently scheduled.  If you would like to attend the future public meetings, please feel free to send your name, address and email to the email address below and you will be notified of the meetings.


If you have questions about the project, please feel free to send your question to twrc@cityofthornton.net or call 303-255-7831 for additional information.