Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center

Thornton, Colorado

Project Description 

The completed facility will include a new six-lane lap pool with an adjacent aqua-exercise pool, a wave pool with a lazy river and bubble pit, an activity pool with zero-depth entry, play structure, geysers, and sprays, a water slide, and a 20-person therapeutic hydro-jet spa. The universal locker room expansion will better serve families and individuals with special needs, increasing accessibility for all.

The recreation center will remain open to the public throughout construction. To ensure guest and staff safety, and minimize impacts to daily operation, Pinkard is implementing special safety and operational protocols learned from their 42 recreation centers and 60 pools constructed along the Colorado Front Range.

The newly renovated recreation center will total 11,873 square feet, with an estimated design and construction cost of $13.1 million. Construction is expected to complete in the fall of 2021.

Quick Facts


City of Thornton


Ohlson Lavoie Collaborative (OLC)

Size (SF)


Type of Construction 

Renovation/Addition, Occupied