Scott Carpenter Park and Pool History
"In loving memory of astronaut and Boulder native Scott Carpenter. May 1, 1925 to October 10, 2013."
Scott Carpenter Park was formerly Valverdan Park, site of the city's dump and sewage treatment facility. In 1955 the sewage plant moved, allowing this site to become a dedicated community park. The dump site was smoothed and sodded to create the hill which children gleefully sled down every winter.
Valverdan Park was renamed in 1962 to honor astronaut Scott Carpenter, a former Boulder resident. A "Moon Mountain" playground was originally planned for the park, but it turned out to be cost prohibitive. Instead, the rocket ship which is the hallmark feature of the park was installed. It is still enjoyed by city residents and visitors today.
In 1962 voters approved a bond to build Scott Carpenter swimming pool. It was dedicated on May 30, 1963 by Scott Carpenter himself. After his dedication speech, Carpenter was thrown into the pool, fully clothed, by Mayor Holloway and City Manager Robert Turner.
They in turn were pushed in by Chamber of Commerce officials, proving that City of Boulder officials are indeed capable of having a sense of humor!