​Trail Winds Recreation Center

On October 27, 2015, City Council approved a budget amendment to move forward with the design of the Trail Winds Recreation Center (TWRC). The TWRC will be constructed on city-owned property inside of the Trail Winds Park and Open Space complex at 136th Avenue and Holly Street. Once completed, the TWRC will be the city's second full-service recreation center. The new recreation center will be approximately 70,000 square feet and include a life long learning component, indoor aquatics, gymnasium, and fitness components, among other amenities. The TWRC, based on initial estimates, will cost approximately $43,000,000 and will be funded by the sale of Certificates of Participation (COP). The design process began in 2016, with construction anticipated in 2018 and 2019. The design of the future water park at Trail Winds Park and Open Space is not funded at this time, but remains part of the overall park master plan. Click here to see the conceptual master plan.

Upcoming Public Meetings & Survey

City staff and the design consultant, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, will be hosting three public meetings to gather input and share information with area residents regarding the design and programming of the new Trail Winds Recreation Center to be located at the Thornton Trail Winds Park and Open Space at 136th Avenue and Holly Street. Area residents are welcome to join us at any one of the following three meetings: December 15, 6:30 p.m., Rocky Top Middle School, 14150 York Street; January 5, 6:30 p.m. (rescheduled for January 23, 6:30 p.m.), Margaret W. Carpenter Recreation Center, 11151 Colorado Boulevard; January 12, 6:30 p.m., Anythink Library, 9417 Huron Street. Please note that the meeting agenda will be the same for each of the meetings. Another tool that we are using to gather public input is through an online survey located on the right hand side of this page under Trail Winds Recreation Center Survey.  The survey will run through January 13, 2017.


If you are unable to attend a public meeting and have questions, please feel free to send your question to twrc@cityofthornton.net or call 303-255-7831 for additional information.