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Scott Carpenter Pool Enhancement

Scott Carpenter Pool Concepts

This project is partially funded through the renewal of the 2017 Community, Culture and Safety (CCS) Tax


Construction underway on Scott Carpenter Pool Enhancement project  


Construction is underway  on this project, and o ver the next year, construction crews working in Scott Carpenter Park will perform critical work to have the pool open for fun in 2020, including site grading, demolition of structures and renovation of structures.   


During this period of construction, the city and construction crews will do everything possible to ensure safety and minimize impact to park visitor and neighbors.   


Below is a list of initial construction and park configuration update:  

  • Construction hours are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise notified. 
  • Construction fencing will be installed in the park. 
  • Scott Carpenter Park, playground, ball fields, skate park and sidewalks will remain open, although intermittent disruptions to amenities may occur.   
  • A portable restroom is available near the 29th Street parking lot.
  • The pool will be closed for the 2019 season to accommodate construction. Users are encouraged to visit the recreation centers, Spruce Pool or the Boulder Reservoir for their summer swimming. 
  • Contractors will take reasonable measures to prevent dirt and other particles discharging beyond the work zone; however, visitors can anticipate construction noise and limited airborne dust.  
  • The 30th Street parking lot and east 29th Street parking lot will be closed for the duration of construction. 
  • Pedestrian and bike paths, including Boulder Creek Path, may be temporarily rerouted around construction zones and will remain accessible except during occasional work times. Users will be asked to adhere to any temporary detour. 
  • Visitors will be encouraged to arrive by bus, rideshare, bike or foot  (this also supports Boulder’s sustainability efforts).  
  • There will be intermittent times of increased construction traffic as materials are delivered or removed from the site. 

The $14.1 million contract for the project is made possible by a variety of funding sources including $4.2 million by the 2017 renewal of the CCS, $5.3 million by parks development excise tax and $4.7 million of Parks and Recreation capital improvement funds. This project will transform this unique facility with two new pools and a variety of incredible aquatic features for the community. The project will also provide a complete remodel of the existing bathhouse and many access improvements to and through the park.  


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Located in a neighborhood park that supports a wide variety of recreation opportunities, the Scott Carpenter 50-meter outdoor pool is a unique amenity that supports many aquatic recreation needs of Boulder. Based on the recommendations of the 2015 Aquatics Feasibility Plan (AFP), the department’s Capital Investment Strategy, and what is known about the condition of the outdoor pool, staff hired a consultant team to develop a comprehensive concept design for the renovation of the facility.

The overall goal of the project is to develop a conceptual design for the pool redevelopment that meets or exceeds the needs of the community including:

  • Balancing lap swimming capacity with open swim availability;
  • Providing amenities that are multi-generational and multi-use;
  • Providing a renovated bathhouse to support the pool use;
  • Exploring partnership opportunities to leverage current funding; and
  • Incorporating sustainability measures where feasible.

Approved Concept Plan

The approved concept plan for the redevelopment of Scott Carpenter Pool incorporates community, staff and stakeholder feedback. In its entirety, the plan for the pool facility represents what is desired most by the community, user groups and stakeholders. Based upon the goals of the project and feedback from the community, the first phase will replace the existing lap pool with ten lanes, include a renovated bathhouse to support the pool, provide leisure amenities to serve all ages and abilities as well as general park improvements. Other aspects of the plan, such as the retractable roof will be considered in future phases when additional funding is identified. 

The Parks and Recreation Department would like to thank everyone that participated in the planning process for this important community project. Next steps involve working with a consultant to prepare detailed engineering and construction drawings. 

Planning and Community Outreach

The project began in May 2016 and a multi-disciplinary project team has been working with the consultants to develop plans. The purpose of this coordination has been to refine program elements for the Scott Carpenter Pool based on what was learned during development of the Aquatic Feasibility Plan and feedback that has been received through various community meetings and outreach events.

Sept. 14, 2016 Public Open House
A public meeting was held on Sept. 14 at Scott Carpenter Pool. The intent of the meeting was to gather input from the community on the importance of various pool elements, as well as, get feedback on three concept design alternatives. The meeting was attended by approximately 40 to 50 people and achieved anticipated outcomes. Feedback and comments from the meeting and survey were used to help guide the development of a preferred concept plan for the replacement of the facility. 

Nov. 2, 2016 Public Open House
A second public meeting was held on Nov. 2, 2016. The intent of the second public meeting was to present a preferred concept plan that incorporated feedback from the previous public meeting, as well as, other targeted community outreach events. The preferred plan received a high level of support and, with minor modifications, will be used as the basis for developing the final preferred concept plan. 

Jan. 23, 2017 Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Public Hearing:   
The concept plan for the redevelopment of Scott Carpenter Outdoor Pool was unanimously approved by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at the Jan. 23, 2017 business meeting.

Please contact Doug Godfrey, Parks Planner at [email protected] with any questions regarding this project.