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Project Art Skills Class

Are you an artist? Have you always wanted to be one? Then you need to join the Art at the Arc! This collaborative program between the Rockford Park District and the Arc of Winnebago, Boone, and Ogle County provides its artists with the proper supplies and facility to practice their creative skills. Artists will learn a new skill to try out each week as well as creating their very own art piece. Be sure to wear those clothes that you don't mind getting messy.

(Ages 18+)

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Green Thumb Gardening

The weather is warmer, the days are longer, and its time to dig in! We’ll add our own personal touches to the Linda K. White Center by planting flowers and vegetables. After we’re done planting, we’ll help maintain our landscape designs and make some crafts for our gardens at home.

(Ages 20+)

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Project Art Open Studio

Open studio is an ideal program for artists who are looking for a creative environment to work independently on their own artwork. Staff artists will assist with developing artistic skills, content, and professionalism. Artists should have participated in our skills classes, or demonstrate the ability to work independently on their own artwork. Basic supplies are provided, and artists are encouraged to bring additional supplies of their liking. Artists will have the opportunity to sell their artwork; proceeds will be split between the artist and the program.

(Ages 20+)

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Adapted Sports

Adapted Sports

Beginner to advanced athletes are invited to participate in Adapted Sports to find out, What’s Your Game? These programs are geared toward introducing players to the wonderful world of sports. Athletes can choose to participate at the level where they are comfortable … recreationally or competitively. Interested families are encouraged to call for more details about each program.

Eligible players include children and adults who:

  • have mobility needs (may or may not use a wheelchair on a daily basis)
  • are visually impaired
  • have an amputation
  • have a neurological/muscular impairment, such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida and others, including those with orthopedic impairments, permanent knee injuries, and leg length discrepancies.
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Paralympic Boccia

Boccia can be played by beginners or strategy-oriented competitors! The object of the game is to throw or roll game balls so they land as close as possible to a target ball called the jack. Join us to learn the rules and strategies of the game. Athletes practice to compete at different tournaments in the Chicagoland area.

(Ages 6+)

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Paralympic Track & Field

Jr. F.I.R.E.

(Ages 3–5)

For kids ages 3 to 5 years old who would like to be exposed to the fundamentals of track and field, recreation, nutrition, sportsmanship, and self-esteem building. Participants will receive a Rockford F.I.R.E. t-shirt. Participants will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:00 to 6:45 pm, and will participate in four meets where awards will be given to all participants.

Rockford F.I.R.E.

(Ages 6–18)

Challenged by a higher level of expectation, achievement, and responsibility, participants are expected to attend two practices per week. Participants will receive a F.I.R.E. uniform to use for each meet, a F.I.R.E. t-shirt, participate in four local meets where awards will be given to all participants, and four area AAU or USATF sanctioned meets. Participants will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Parents are responsible for travel to all regional area meets. Uniform deposit of $25.00 is required but refundable when uniform is returned. There will be an awards banquet at Magic Waters at the end of the program, where trophies will be awarded.

For information on the upcoming season, please contact Lamont Jones at 815.962.7469 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wheelchair Basketball

Jr. Chariots 10

Join the Jr. Chariots Wheelchair Basketball team for another great season. Whether you are just beginning, or have been playing for years, we have the opportunity for you. The team practices at the “Jr.Varsity” division standards level of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Weekend tournaments and games are offered throughout the season. The game schedule will be given out at practices. Contact Paula Reiter at 815-987-1613 for more information.

(Ages 6 - High School)

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Therapeutic Recreation

The Therapeutic Recreation team of the Rockford Park District is committed to providing community based recreation to promote the development, maintenance, and expression of a meaningful leisure lifestyle to people with disabilities. We deliver our services promoting and/or providing access, inclusion, specialty recreation, leisure education, and skill development.

Click here to view our program guides and brochures; or use the main navigation menu of this website under "TR" to select from our program and resource listings.


Resources

The Therapeutic Recreation Team of the Rockford Park District can answer questions and assist you in the process of finding appropriate recreational programs or services to accommodate interests with an individualized approach.

Inclusion Services

Inclusion within the Rockford Park District means individuals with disabilities are welcome to participate in the same recreation programs and activities as their peers.

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Visual Systems

In collaboration with the Rockford Park District’s Therapeutic Recreation Department and The Autism Program (TAP) Service Center, a program of Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago these Visual Systems have been created with the intention of providing accessibility for individuals who benefit from their use. Visual Systems are used as a communication tool and have numerous benefits. They can set a schedule for individuals and let them know what to expect for the day’s events, they can be used as a transition tool; they can be used when writing social stories, and so much more. Click here to see the Visual Systems for Rockford Park District facilities.

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Speakers

One of our trained staff members would be happy to meet with your organization, social service agency, or community group to present information about Rockford Park District services, offerings, and other disability related topics, such as disability awareness and program adaptations.


Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Meetings

Therapeutic Recreation services can be listed as a related service on your child’s I.E.P. or student planning meeting. Please invite us to be a part of this process.


Partners

Through mutually beneficial partnerships, agencies can leverage resources to serve citizens that they could not serve alone. The Rockford Park District celebrates the following agencies and business that work together with the Therapeutic Recreation team to “Help People Enjoy Life."

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Vision

For the Rockford Park District to be the best urban park and recreation system in North America, as measured by national standards and the citizens we serve.

Mission

To 'help people enjoy life' by providing a quality park and recreation system.

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