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Scott Carpenter Pool Replacement

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

August 2018 Update

Project staff recently finalized construction drawings, and with approval on required permits pending, the city will bid for construction this fall. Construction is expected to start in early 2019 and will be on track to open the facility by the start of the 2020 summer season.

The city recognizes this is a popular summer destination and that its presence will be missed during the 2019 summer construction. Parks and Recreation staff will work with pool user groups this fall to identify alternative options to minimize impacts in 2019. Likewise, staff will update the department’s existing “Splash Pass” which includes entry to the Boulder Reservoir and outdoor pools during the summer.

As a reminder, residents and visitors can make a splash in 2019 at the community’s other outdoor aquatic facilities such as Spruce Pool and the Boulder Reservoir, along with indoor pools located at North and South Boulder Recreation Centers and East Boulder Community Center. The city appreciates our swimming public’s patience and understanding during renovation construction.

The final design by local firm Essenza Architecture reflects values and input collected from community members. When completed, the facility will feature a lap pool with ten 50-meter lanes, leisure amenities to serve all ages and abilities, a renovated bathhouse, as well as sustainable and energy-efficient design features.


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.

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