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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

The project is complete. Scott Carpenter Pool

Construction Photos

scott carpenter pool bathhouse construction Jan. 2020

Scott Carpenter Lap Bath House Roof Installation Jan. 2020  

Scott Carpenter Lap Lap Pool TiIe Jan. 2020      Aerial picture of construction at scott carpenter pool January 2020


Resource Library (Documents, Gallery, News)

aerial of pool construction 9.2019       SCP Lap Pool Pour Prep 9.2019 ​     SCp Construction pool being poured 9.2019    

  SCP Rec Pool wall prep 9.2019                 SCp REc Pool Walls Shotcreete 9.2019             SCP Construction Foundation Walls

Project Background

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 was 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 was 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.

The project began in May 2016 and a multi-disciplinary project team worked with the consultants to develop plans. The purpose of this coordination was 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.

Planning and Community Outreach
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. 

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. 

The Scott Carpenter Pool Approved Concept Plan pdf 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. 

Plan Approval   
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.

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. 


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.