Youth Programs

Youth with disabilities or health concerns are welcome and encouraged to participate in existing youth sports, aquatics, trips and summer programs. The "inclusion" policy of this program provides all childeren registered to participate with an equal advantage. Therefore adaptive equipment, program modifications, and other accommodations are considered to assist the individual as needed. Individualized consultation with parents and coordination with the coach/instructor help make the transistion possible. In addition, all coaches, aquatic staff and summer staff recieve resource information for working with the child with disabilities in their training sessions. Requests for 1 to 1 assistance are provided when possible.

Registration: When enrolling your child in sports and other youth programs we request that you check the “Special Needs” column on the registration form. We must be aware of any medical condition that warrants medication or special attention from Parks and Recreation staff while your child is in our care. Information shared with a coach or instructor is confidential.

Teen Club

This weekly activity group is designed for teen's ages 14-22 years, who have developmental disabilities, and would benefit from social interaction and a place to meet friends. Our 90 minute weekly schedule includes drop in activities, structured crafts, games, local trips and tours as well as attending OHS events as a group. A schedule of our weekly plans and locations is available in the Therapeutic Recreation newsletter.

  • Meets Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm
  • Weekly locations vary with activity, home sites include Senior Place and Warsinski Chalet

Details for Teen Club

  • Membership and registration packets for Teen Club are available at the TR office and must be submitted prior to starting.
  • The membership fee for Teen Club is $45.00 for six months, with fees due January 1 and July 1.
  • Weekly activity schedules appear in the TR newsletter and online at the Parks and Recreation website.
  • Teen Club programs operate year round, 43 weeks per year.
  • Questions, call the Theraputic Recreation office at 507-774-7360.

Memberships

Memberships are availabel for teens and adults.  Memberships Includes the following:

  • A mailed newsletter six times a year providing a calendar of trips, special events, weekly scheduled activities, and program information (the news letter is also available online (click here to see newsletters).

  • Bus transportation to Night Club activities for members residing within city limits, for minimal fee.

  • Experienced Park and Recreation staff facilitating programs and events.

  • Access to other resources and agencies such as A.D.D., Special Olympics, various disabilities support groups, and more who advocate for persons with disabilities.

  • "In Home Registration" for adult members living independently who need assistance reading the newsletter and registering for activities.

  • $45.00 fee for adults and teens provides a 6 month membership in weekly programs (weekly programs are:

  • Teen Club, LIFE Group, Night Club, and Monday Bowling League. Additional 6.5% sales tax has been included on all fall/winter program fees and member dues.

  • Scholarships and financial assistance available upon request.

  • Discounts for membership at the West Hills Tennis & Fitness Center

Adaptive Swim Class

This class is designed for youth and teens (age 6-14) tht have disabilities and benefit from a specialized program. The instructor is a qualified water safety instructor and experienced in making adaptations for the swimmer with special needs. If a WSI is unavailable our lifeguard staff will conduct a leisure swim session for participants using games and water activites to promote physical exercise, socialization, and independence in the water. Those using a wheelchair are encouraged to use our pool life for transfer into/and out of the water. Anyone whose ability restricts them from using the men's and women's locker rooms indepentently is welcome to use the bathroom and changing area located directly off the pool. Al south side accessible entrance is avilable for pool use. As we provide an experienced water safety instructor and a special needs aide to assist in the pool, we ask that you provide a volunteer if your child needs further 1:1 assistance. Class limit is 8.