Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center

Thornton, Colorado
Construction Cost: $14 million
Area / Square Feet: 12,000
Occupancy Date: December 2021

Completed in 2021, this welcomed new aquatic center features lap swimming, a wave pool with a lazy river and bubble pit, an activity pool with zero-depth entry, a play structure, geysers and sprays, a water slide, and a 20-person therapeutic hydro-jet spa. 

The universal locker room expansion better serves families and individuals with special needs, increasing accessibility for all. The recreation center was expanded by 12,000 square feet, and its multipurpose aquatic facility meets the community’s athletic, fitness and leisure programming needs. 

Facilities such as this are becoming more desirable throughout the nation due to their multi-use design, which caters to many different aquatic programming needs while offering dry-side fitness activities, as well.


OLC Architects 




• Six-lane, 25-yard lap pool 

• Climbing wall 

• Ninja Cross obstacle course 

• Water basketball 

• Water volleyball 

• Log roll 

• Wave pool 

• Current channel 

• Zero-entry activity pool 

• Spa


Chemical Control Systems
Scoreboard/Timing SystemsColorado Time Systems
Lane MarkersCompetitor Swim
Cleaners/VacuumsLincoln Aquatics
Sanitization SystemsNeptune Benson/Evoqua

Ladders/Grab Bars, Starting Blocks, Climbing Wall

Spectrum Aquatics
Swimsuit Water Extractor
Suitmate by Extractor Corp.
Chemical Control Systems
Westlake Water Solutions, Accu-Tab System