​Recreation & Parks

City of Thornton Community Services is one of four finalists for the 2019 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The NRPA Gold Medal Awards program honors communities in the U.S. that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation through long-range planning, resource management, volunteerism, environmental stewardship, program development, professional development and agency recognition.​

Recreation

Thornton's recreation facilities include our state-of-the-art Carpenter Recreation Center and our conveniently located Community Center. And our recreation opportunities are almost limitless — sports teams and leagues, a beautiful 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools... and much, much more.  

City of Thornton Recreation DOES NOT USE THIRD PARTIES FOR CLASS REGISTRATION.

The City of Thornton’s Recreation Division strongly advises our customers that you should only register for City of Thornton recreation programs through the City’s website at https://webtrac.cityofthornton.net.  The City DOES NOT USE third party representatives like “FindSportsNow” to register for sports programs.   The City cannot honor registrations for City programs that are made through a third-party vendor.

The Carpenter Recreation Center Lockers require a padlock.  We offer them for sale at the front desk for $6.75 or feel free to bring your own.

Parks

There are twenty-five major parks and sports facilities -- plus innumerable smaller parks, water detention and open space areas --  in the City of Thornton, providing plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation and relaxation for residents and visitors.

The Parks and Forestry Division is responsible for the general maintenance of all the above, and manages the City's forestry program.