Thornton Mission Statement
Our mission as a community is to ensure the availability of a broad range of services using all available public and private resources. Thornton will provide for a high quality of life by being responsive to the physical and human requirements of its citizens through innovative leadership and planning.
Thornton Core Values
These core values were created by employees in 1998:
Employees hold the PUBLIC TRUST in high regard.
Employees provide excellent CUSTOMER SERVICE to the public, and within the city to other employees.
Employees treat PEOPLE with courtesy and respect.
Employees COMMUNICATE well with the public and each other.
Employees display a cooperative spirit of TEAMWORK.
Thornton is a diverse community with a strong commitment to quality of life
and environmental issues. The Denver metropolitan area in which Thornton is
located consistently ranks as one of the most desirable areas to live in the
United States. The community's location, 10 miles north of downtown Denver and
adjacent to Interstate 25, provides high visibility for business while still
allowing easy access to various transportation routes.
The city's location also provides an excellent environment for cultural,
recreational, and outdoor enthusiasts. Thornton offers easy access to the 28
major resort areas found in the nearby Rocky Mountains, which offers skiing,
hiking, rafting, and camping, as well as beautiful and breathtaking scenic
wonders... most are well within a two hour drive. Cultural activities, including
numerous museums, gardens, the opera and symphony, are readily available in
Denver and other nearby communities such as Boulder, Fort Collins, Loveland,
Greeley and Arvada. Professional sports teams, including the Denver Broncos,
Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids and the Denver Nuggets
offer activities for the sports enthusiast.
There are nine major universities and colleges located within a 45-mile
radius of the community, as well as numerous smaller institutions of higher
learning. The larger institutions include the Universities of Colorado at
Boulder and Denver, University of Denver, Metropolitan State College, University
of Northern Colorado, Colorado State University, Colorado School of Mines, Regis
University, and Colorado Christian University. Thornton is served primarily by
two school districts encompassing four high schools, five middle schools and
fourteen elementary schools.
Thornton has aggressively pursued recreation programs with nearly 1,000 acres
of land developed or designated for public parks. The numerous lighted tennis
courts, athletic fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, recreation centers
and gymnasiums offer recreation opportunities for people of all ages and
Thornton's location provides an ideal environment for business, recreation,
The city of Thornton has a Community Services Coordinator on staff, coordinating
the development of outreach programs, services and resources for families,
seniors and teens. They also coordinate events to promote diversity and cultural
acceptance in our community. Please feel free to call 720-977-5817
for information about services. Se habla español.