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City of Plano Parks and Recreation

Posted on: February 5, 2020

Adapted Recreation makes fitness fun for the special needs community


Did you know Plano Parks & Recreation offers an array of classes and activities for individuals with special needs?

Carried out by certified special education teachers, certified paraprofessionals, and trained volunteers, the Adapted Recreation Division provides enriching programs for individuals from 12 months to over 60 years of age. From dancing, art, and life skills classes to outings, gymnastics, aquatics and more, these programs encourage physical fitness, socialization, self-direction, and community involvement. All opportunities provide a unique learning experience in a safe environment, while providing a respite for parents and caregivers.

Here are just a few upcoming classes and activities you and your loved one can enjoy through our Adapted Recreation program:

  • Coed Basketball League (NEW!): For individuals age 15 and older, this new league will play one 55-minute game per week. Week 1 will be a scrimmage to assess everyone’s abilities and split teams accordingly. After the scrimmage we will work with the coaches to split teams as evenly as possible for the season. Team rosters and schedules will then be sent out to the parents before week 2.
    • When: Registration ends Feb. 17; league begins Feb. 22
    • Where: Liberty Recreation Center, 2601 Glencliff Dr.
    • Cost: $35/person
  • Gymnastics: Boys and girls ages 3 and older can enjoy learning the basic skills associated with this Olympic sport by testing their abilities on the pommel horse, high bar, floor vault and other activities. These classes are great for improving gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination, body awareness, and self-esteem.
    • When: Various classes offered year round
    • Where: Carpenter Park Recreation Center, 6700 Coit Road
    • Cost: $65 (four-class session)
  • Swim Lessons: Learn how to be safe in and around the water with classes that helps participants develop motor skills and coordination. One great thing about swimming is that any aquatic skill can be modified to meet a swimmer’s needs! Available to preschoolers, children and teens/adults with special needs.
    • When: March 21-22 and April 18 (Times vary, check website for details)
    • Where: Tom Muehlenbeck Recreation Center, 5801 Parker Road
    • Cost: $52-85Heard3
  • Spring Break Camp: Designed for individuals age 15-20, this camp consists of field trips, arts and crafts projects, having fun, and making new friends.
    • When: March 9-13, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • Where: Oak Point Recreation Center
    • Cost: $145
  • Continuing Education/Lunch With Friends (ages 18 and older): Keep your academic skills sharp as we work on math, spelling, reading, and writing skills. These will enhance your daily interactions on the job as well as in the community. Once a month, the class will enjoy an outing at one of the Plano Libraries. Afterwards, we will have lunch together and embark on some fun art projects.
    • When: Five-week sessions begin Feb. 10, March 16, and April 20 and meet every Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Where: Liberty Recreation Center, 2601 Glencliff Dr.
    • Cost: $140
  • Summer Camps: From field trips and swimming to video production and more, we have several camp options to choose from for individuals age 5 to 25. Visit Recreation Online to learn more.

Have a question? Visit our Adapted Recreation page or contact Dianne Dillon at 972-941-7272.

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