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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

Scott Carpenter Park, playground, ball fields, skate park and sidewalks will remain open, although intermittent disruptions to amenities may occur. 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. 

What's Happening

On Nov. 1 and 2, contractors working with Fransen Pittman will remove 18 trees located in the 30th Street parking lot as part of the renovation of this lot and project. Approximately 18 existing trees are identified as either structurally unsound or in poor/declining health and pose a risk to public safety. These trees have severely declined in health due to growing in a restricted root zone and impacts from insect infestation. In alignment with the city’s new Urban Forest Strategic Plan, the project will replace these trees in spring 2020 with a selection of diverse tree species.

Construction Updates

Aerial view of scott carpenter pool construction Sept. 2019

Scott Carpenter Lap Pool preparations for concrete pout floor Sept. 2019 Crews prepare to pour the walls of Scoot Carpenter Rec Pool

Construction reached a major milestone this fall as concrete for the new pools was poured. Over the upcoming seasons, construction crews will continue working in Scott Carpenter Park to have the pool open for fun in 2020. Work completed recently includes: 


  • Completion of major earthwork, including excavation for the pool structures and the bathhouse.
  • Completion of concrete foundations and foundation walls. 
  • Installation of underground utilities (plumbing, electrical, etc.).

Lap and Recreation Pools

  • Installation of the floor and walls for the deep section of the new recreation pool.
  • Installation of the floor of the lap pool and forms for the lap pool walls are in progress.

Site Work

  • Completion of curb installation for the new south parking lot. 
  • Asphalt for the south parking lot is expected to be completed by the end of September. 
  • The lot remains closed for the duration of the project.

Coming Up Next

  • Installation of a new multi-use path adjacent to the Scott Carpenter baseball field.
  • Installation of new baseball outfield netting.
  • Layout of the new 30th St. parking lot.
  • Masonry installation in the bathhouse.

NOTE: Installation of the new multi-use path and new outfield netting will require closing the existing east-west path between the 29th St. Scott Carpenter parking lot and the skate park on 30th St. This site map (click to enlarge) details the detour are posted on-site.

General Construction Information

  • Construction hours are Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless otherwise notified. 

  • Construction fencing is 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 is closed. Users are encouraged to visit the recreation centers for their swimming needs. 

  • 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. 


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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.

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