Waukegan Park District | Special Recreation
Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County
Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County provides individuals with disabilities or special needs the opportunity to be involved in year-round recreation and leisure programs. This could include individuals who have varying degrees of physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional difficulties, hearing or visual impairments and developmental delays.
Programs are available for individuals from five years of age through adults who are in special education programs, vocational workshops, or for those who need assistance to succeed in recreational activities.
Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County is a cooperative of Waukegan Park District, Lindenhurst Park District, Round Lake Area Park District, and Zion Park District. As an extension of the Park District, SRSNLC conducts a variety of recreation programs throughout the year, and also assists the Waukegan Park District with inclusion needs.
Special Recreation Services supports self-development, emotional well-being, health promotion, and disease prevention, but most importantly, enhances quality of life-Therapeutic Recreation, the benefits are endless!
Program options include: social outings, dances, fitness programs, art and craft programs, bowling leagues, summer, spring, and winter day camps, youth and teen specific programs and sports teams that compete in the Special Olympics of Illinois.
It is the MISSION of SRSNLC to educate our citizens to become responsible, productive, healthy, and contributing members of our society by preparing them through recreation with a dynamic and caring environment, which excites them and invites them to participate.
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Polar Bear Plunge Information
Waukegan Special Recreation Program Advisory Committee Meeting Dates
Meetings are held at the Douglas House, 732 N. Genesee Street Waukegan, IL
- April 18, 2016 (Monday) from 6-7pm
- November 3, 2016 (Thursday) from 6-7pm
(Annually held the Friday before Valentine's Day) from 6:30-8:30pm at the Belvidere Recreation Center
SRSNLC Bowling Tournament
(Annually held the first Saturday of March) from 9:30am-12:30pm at Brunswick Zone, Fountain Square
Special Recreation Program Information
Please note that Special Recreation programs are not available for online registration
SRSNLC Important Information (SRSNLC Directory / Mission Statement / Policies / Facilities / General Information / Code of Conduct)
- Annual Information Form (Expires in January every year)
- Registration Form
- SRSNLC Authorization to Contact and Release Information
Special Recreation Seasonal Brochure (includes programs offered in Lindenhurst, Round Lake & Zion)
SRSNLC Brochures can be obtained at the Belvidere Recreation Center in Belvidere Park, the Field House Sports and Fitness Center in Hinkston Park, the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, in Bowen Park or the Corrine Rose Administrative Center in Belvidere Park.
SRSNLC Sports Information
SRSNLC offers several sports that enable participants to compete regionally and at the state level Special Olympics Games including Bacci Ball, Basketball, Bowling, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, and Volley Ball. Sports are seasonal. Sports forms include:
Waukegan Park District-Special Recreation will determine inclusion service needs based on having an Inclusion Assessment conducted. Inclusion will be determined on a case by case and program by program basis. Each request is unique and has to be determined individually. Please contact Kari Robinson at (847) 360-4763 if you would like your child to be assessed to see if they qualify for inclusive services prior to the program. Special Recreation staff request at least two weeks to set up appropriate services for the participant. A minimum of one week notice is required.
Financial Assistance Opportunities
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Children with developmental delays 5 and under
In September of 2011, Clearbrook’s Take a Break Respite Program became available for Waukegan families. This innovative service matches the spirit of volunteerism with the needs of families who have children with developmental delays. By providing parents with regularly scheduled time away from parental responsibilities, volunteers and families become woven into each other’s lives to create a fabric of support. Special Recreation’s Douglas House provides a safe and home-like atmosphere for families to leave their children, infants to age 5, for up to three hours twice a month. Families are encouraged to explore available resources, programs and activities so when children reach school age, they can transition to the Special Recreation Program for leisure, enrichment, and athletic activities as well as just plain fun. For more information about Clearbrook and the Take a Break Respite Program, please click here.
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA)
If you are seeking competitive and recreational sport opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities or visual impairments, contact the Great Lake Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA). GLASA provides a variety of sports and recreational programs for youth and adults who have a primary physical or visual impairment, such as swimming, wheelchair basketball, soccer for the blind and other recreational activities. Adaptive equipment is included. For further information, please contact Cindy Housener at 847-283-0908.