​Trail Winds Recreation Center

Project Overview 

Thornton's second full service recreation center is under construction!

The new Trail Winds Recreation Center is being 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 87,287 square feet and is funded through the city's Parks and Open Space Tax revenues.  The construction ground breaking ceremony was held on May 23, 2018, and the expected grand opening will be in late fall of 2019.  Thank you for your patience during our construction.

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
  • Wellness Pool
  • Hot Tub

5-6 Person Climbing Wall

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 has been re-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.  The first public meeting was held on March 29 to gather input for the design of the new dog park and a second public meeting was held on August 16, 2018.  Construction is planned for summer 2019.  Please feel free to contact Suzann Cox at suzann.cox@cityofthornton.net or 303-255-7834 for dog park information.

Dog Park Relocation Map

Questions?

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.