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Special programs for special people

Special programs for special people

Adaptive Recreation programming is designed to provide equal recreation and leisure opportunities for people with special needs. For over 30 years, the City of Lakewood has offered many opportunities for participants of all abilities to participate in social activities, award-winning Special Olympics and uniquely designed contract classes.

New to Lakewood this spring are recreation classes specifically designed for youth with special needs including a Creative Movement Special Needs Dance class, a Special Needs Theatrical Storytelling class, Therapeutic Builds for Special Needs and an ice skating class called Top Flight on Ice. All of these classes aim to teach new skills, help participants gain confidence and encourage social engagement.

The Adaptive Recreation Program meets at Bloomfield Park on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and is for participants 8 years of age through adults who can function at a 1:4 ratio (staff to participants). Activities include arts and crafts, themed parties, mini-trips and sports training.

The Special Olympics program meets year-round and invites intellectually disabled individuals to participate in mainstream sports leagues and tournaments. Program registration is required for participation.

For more information on Adaptive Recreation programming see page 27 in the Spring Recreation Catalog, visit or call (562) 866-9771, extension 2408.