Trail Winds Recreation Center

Feasibility Study + Design

To follow up on the initial feasibility study and concept design performed in 2015, the City of Thornton hired BRS to revisit the project with fresh eyes and input from the community. BRS developed site and concept alternatives based on new input from project stakeholders and the community. The preferred option relocated the facility to another portion of the site to accommodate access to the building and make best use of the site.

Located on the east edge of the Trail Winds Park and open space, the facility is a new gateway to the park and includes programming for all ages of the community.
Community: Theater, lounge/function space, multi-purpose rooms, community classrooms, party rooms, teaching kitchen, Active Adult area and outdoor patio space.
Kids: Indoor play, pre-school, child watch and tot lot.
Recreation: Exercise rooms, gymnasium, climbing wall, indoor running track and access to park/regional trail systems.
Aquatics: Lap pool, lazy river, leisure pool and water slides.

The rest of the 87,000 square foot facility includes locker rooms and family cabanas, administrative and support space, and the building mechanical systems and service space.

Completed in the Fall of 2019, the center is a welcome addition to the City of Thornton, and serves a wide spectrum of the community’s needs.



Project at a Glance


Thornton, Colorado


City of Thornton


$45.25 Million


87,287 s.f.


November 2019


  • 2020 Award of Merit, Sports/Entertainment for ENR Mountain States Best Projects - Saunders Construction

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