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Welcome to the Third Street Center

A nonprofit community center
serving Carbondale and the region.

Our story is really three different stories.

The building’s story begins with the Carbondale Elementary School. It was built in 1961 and added onto each decade that followed, resulting in the building that is today the Third Street Center.

The second story is the transformation from a dated educational facility into a modern community center. Natural light streams in from big windows and skylights. A spacious and ample design makes room for large events and offices and studios. the building is so energy efficient it operates at less than net-zero.

This was due to a fantastic collaboration between the Town of Carbondale, The Roaring Fork School District, the Manaus Fund, Alpine Bank, Roaring Fork CDC, and SCOR, design professional, tradespeople, doors, and tenants.

And then there is the story since our opening in 2010. The tenants, uses, spaces have changed, but the overall spirit remains strong.Moss outside entry

By day, groups meet here to hatch new ideas. Nonprofits carry out their missions. People meditate and worship. Monks create mandalas. Young and old come to dance, students stage plays.

It is the story we continue building today, with the imagination and resourcefulness of the people of Carbondale and the region.

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This Week @ Third Street


Upcoming Events

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We have a new name for the old gym

We can finally stop explaining that our gym really isn’t a gym. :O)

Continuing to call the space “the gym” was, err  . . . problematic as the space is even less like a gym after the addition of the windows.

Our new chosen name, “Community Hall,” had to wait until we got a new sign for it.

Thanks to Rainy Day Designs for crafting the sign.

We are now moving onto additional improvements in Community Hall …

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Women’s Restroom Renovation Complete

It took longer than expected to get to the renovation, but as one user commented, “it was worth the wait.”

This Restroom Renovation Project is possible through a grant from the Garfield County Federal Mineral Lease District to the Town of Carbondale/Third Street Center.

Let us know if you would like to help us duplicate this renovation in the other older restrooms in the building.

Check out the images detailing the renovation process.