​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.

Public Meetings & Survey

City staff and the design consultant, Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture, hosted three public meetings (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 made available for public input from December 1 - January 24.  The 469 survey responses and public meeting comments are being tallied to assist in the design and programming of the new facility.  The Parks and Open Space Advisory Commission will be reviewing all of the public input and comments received to date and making a recommendation to City Council regarding the programming and design of the new recreation center.  The date for the presentation to City Council has been changed from February 21 to the April 4 City Council Planning Session.


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.