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Waukegan Park District | Special Recreation


Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake CountySpecial Recreation Services of Northern Lake County

Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake County is an association of Lindenhurst Park District, Round Lake Area Park District, Waukegan Park District, and Zion Park District,. As an extension of the Park District, SRSNLC conducts a variety of year round recreation programs for individuals with disabilities, ages three and older, and also assists the Waukegan Park District with inclusion needs. Program options include: social outings, dances, indoor and outdoor 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.



Polar Bear Plunge Information

Click here for the 17th Annual Polar Bear Plunge information page!



Special Recreation Program Information  
Please note that Special Recreation programs are not available for online registration


Staff Opportunities

  • We now have an online application portal for submitting general employment applications. Applications are required for all positions and must be applied for online.

Internship Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities


Special Recreation Directory

Julie Schneider     Maria Larso
Julie Schneider
Manager, Special Recreation
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Kari Robinson
Recreation Supervisor
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Maria Owens
Recreation Specialist
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Basketball Team

Important Information about sports

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.








Schedules /Calendars


  • Special Events hosted by Waukegan
    • Polar Bear Plunge (annually held on New Year's Day)
    • Valentine's Dance February 12, 2016 from 6:30-8:30pm, Belvidere Recreation Center
    • SRSNLC Bowling Tournament March 5, 2016 from 9:30am - 12:30pm at Brunswick Zone, Fountain Square


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Clearbrook Partnership

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. 

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