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Special Recreation Services of Northern Lake CountySpecial 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.


SRSNLC Mission

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.


Learn More About SRSNLC


Meet the Staff of Waukegan


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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Upcoming Events

Polar Bear Plunge Information

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


SRSNLC Quarterly Board Meeting Dates


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

Valentine's Dance

(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)


Participant 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:


Basketball Team





Other Forms



Inclusion Information


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






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



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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. 



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.












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