It has a rocket ship, an asteroid, and a crater…and has made memories for kids and adults since 1970.

It’s the Scott Carpenter Park playground and it’s getting a refresh this spring 2022.

Project Overview

Some of the playground equipment at the park that was installed in 1999 will be removed and replaced. But don’t worry, the rocket ship, asteroid climbing structure and the sand play crater will stay. The park is named after astronaut Scott Carpenter, who was born in Boulder and lived in Colorado much of his life.

Based on community feedback and outreach, the playground refresh will keep these play elements and enhance two age-appropriate areas, 2-5 years old and 5-12 years old, and add a new space designed for teens. The proposed new playground equipment includes swings, slides, a climbing structure, and a sand play area. These amenities were selected based upon community input during the design of the enhancements to the adjacent pool. The playground area will still have tables and trees, and the existing shelter will remain.

While the design of the teen space is still being finalized, proposed features include hammock swings, interactive benches with programmable LEDs, and a climbing structure. These proposed features are based on feedback from Growing Up Boulder, an organization that includes and elevates child and youth voices in the city, to make a space at the park that would appeal to teens. This teen space is scheduled to be built during this construction window, but may take a little longer.

Updates

May 26 updates

Playground equipment construction is done at Scott Carpenter Park playground! Crews are working to complete the surfacing ahead of its planned opening on Memorial Day, May 30.

Due to supply chain delays in getting materials, the teen area of the playground will not be completed by May 30.

Scott Carpenter Park playground refresh May 26
Scott Carpenter Park playground refresh May 26
Scott Carpenter Park playground refresh May 26
Scott Carpenter Park playground refresh May 26
Scott Carpenter Park playground refresh May 26

May 2 updates

Playground equipment is coming together at Scott Carpenter Park playground.

The new playground equipment includes swings, slides, a climbing structure, and a sand play area. The iconic rocket ship, asteroid climbing structure and sand play crater aren't going anywhere.

The scheduled completion date is still Monday, May 30 so construction will be wrapped before Scott Carpenter Pool opens its leisure pool in addition to the lap lanes.

April 18 updates

Construction started on March 28. The contractor has removed all of the previously installed playground equipment, except for the equipment that is staying, and is working to install the new tower structures.

Scott Carpenter playground construction
Scott Carpenter playground construction
Scott Carpenter playground construction
Scott Carpenter playground construction
Scott Carpenter playground construction
Scott Carpenter playground construction

Proposed Play Equipment

The schedule for the renovation of the playground is dependent on the play structure availability from the manufacturer. Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of March.

Impacts to the park will be communicated to the public in advance of construction starting.

The park is anticipated to re-open to the public by Memorial Day, Monday, May 30.

Potential look for teen benches
Scott Carpenter playground construction sign