​Carpenter Recreation Center Dry Side

​​​​​​Facility Hours and Fees (not the pool schedule)

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)

​Open Gym
(All Courts)
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Noon - 6:45 p.m.​5:30 a.m. - 5p.m.Noon - 6:45 p.m.​5:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Noon - 6:45 p.m.

​7:30 a.m. - 7 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, nets will be set up at 7 p.m. and taken down at 8:30 p.m. if less than 4 players are present ​ ​ ​ ​
​Adult Basketball
(Ages 16 and older)
​5 -10 p.m.​5 -10 p.m.

​One Court Shoot-Around Basketball (All ages)

​8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.​​5:30 - 9 a.m.
Noon - 6:45 p.m.
​5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.​​​5:30 - 9 a.m.
Noon - 6:45 p.m.
​5:30 a.m.-10 p.m.​​​5:30 - 9 a.m.
Noon - 6:45 p.m.
​​​7:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Pickleball8:30 - 11 a.m.
(2 courts)
6-8:30 p.m.
(2 courts)
6-9 a.m.
(2 courts)
​9 a.m. - Noon
(3 courts)
6-9 a.m.
(2 courts)
​9 a.m. - Noon
(3 courts)
6-9 a.m.
(2 courts)
​9 a.m. - Noon
(3 courts)
​*If all Pickleball courts are not in use, we reserve the right to take down one court in order to accommodate any patrons wanting to use the basketball court. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​

Holiday Hours 2018 and 2019

​January 1​, 2019

​​New Years Day

​8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

​April 21​, 2019

​Easter ​


May 4​, 2019

​9Health Fair

​1-7 p.m.

​May 27​, 2019Memorial Day​8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

June 8​, 2019


​7a.m. - Noon

​July 4

​Independence Day

​8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

​August 25 - September 3

​Annual Shutdown


​September 3

​Labor Day


​November 22

​Thanksgiving Day


​December 24

​Christmas Eve

​8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

​December 25

​Christmas Day


​December 31

​New Years Eve

​8:30 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). BRING YOUR OWN LOCK FOR LOCKERS.

Recreation Center Fees

​Type of Admission​0-2 Years
3-12 years
13-17 years
18-61 years
Daily Drop in Rates

Resident W/Recreation ID

​Nonresident W/Recreation ID​FREE​$3​$3.75​$5.50​$3.25
​NO Recreation ID​FREE​$4​$5​$6.50​$4.50
​20 Visit Punch Card W/Recreation ID
Individual Annual Pass
​Individual Six Month Pass
​Family Pass: Annual 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; the second-most expensive family member pays 50 percent of the Individual Annual Pass fee. Third and fourth family members pay 50 percent of the Individual Annual Pass fee if they are adults, or 25 percent of the Individual Annual Pass fee if 17 years or younger. Additional family members pay: Residents: $25 (child age 3-12) or $30 (youth age 13-17) each. Nonresidents: $30 (child) or $35 (youth) each. ​ ​ ​ ​

Auto Debit:

For your convenience, annual passes may be purchased by “auto debit.” You only pay 2/12 of the annual fee and the remaining 10 payments will be automatically deducted from your savings or checking account or credit card. If the deduction is from a checking account, please provide a voided check. From a savings account, please provide verification of account number, routing number and financial institution name (must be provided in writing from your bank). If the deduction is from a credit card, the credit card must not expire before the last monthly installment is withdrawn. For more info, call 303-255-7800.

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.