Lincolnway Special Recreation Association

Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (LWSRA) has been providing adaptive recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities through a cooperative agreement with Frankfort, Manhattan, Mokena, New Lenox and Peotone Park Districts for over 34 years. Being a member of a special recreation association, each park district is able to levy special recreation funds to financially support LWSRA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A variety of recreation-based activities are offered year-round for between 160 and 230 children and adults with disabilities, including services such as day camps, trips, Special Olympics, after-school programs, social programs, Paralympics sports, a fitness program for veterans with a disability and many other opportunities. Day-by-Day, a day program for adults with disabilities, is available four days a week at the Founders Center. These programs significantly heighten participants’ health, well-being, and quality of life. Transportation is provided for many activities in an LWSRA paratransit bus.

Programs are developed with the intention of eliminating any leisure barriers and to facilitate the participants in developing a balance of leisure and socialization skills, provide recreation resources and opportunities and promote knowledge and independence.

Through the cooperative agreements with the park districts and other organizations, LWSRA is able to serve children and adults, in the five park district area and surrounding suburban communities, with learning disabilities, physical impairments, cognitive disabilities, behavior problems, visual impairments, autism, multiple challenges and other special needs. All ages, ethnicities and income levels are welcomed by a friendly, well-trained staff. Inclusion aides are provided for those who find it may be a good fit to participate, with assistance, in a regular park district program. Scholarships are available for residents needing financial support to participate.

For more information, visit or call the office at 815.462.2911 to request a copy of LWSRA’s current brochure. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

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