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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Aerobics
  • Bowling
  • Camp
  • Dance
  • Various Sports
  • Water Aerobics/Exercise
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards
  • Accessible areas of building: Locker Rooms; Shower Facilities; Parking Area; Ramps; Front Desk/Reception Area; Swimming Pool

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Training: Yes
  • Staff Certification:Adapted Phys Ed/Therapeutic Rec;

Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 3 to Adult

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: Yes



South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA) is a special recreation cooperative comprised of the Alsip Park District, Blue Island Park District, Justice Park District, Village of Merrionette Park, Midlothian Park District, Palos heights Recreation Department, Posen Park District and Summit Park District.

SWSRA was formed in 1981 to provide year-round quality recreation programs and services for individuals with disabilities or special needs.

SWSRA programs are designed to increase independence and enhance the quality of life for each individual.

SWSRA has been providing recreation for special populations in the south suburban area for over 25 years now. A wide variety of programs are available for individuals from early childhood through adulthood.

The programs are designed to meet the individual recreation needs of any person who is in special education classes, participates in a sheltered workshop, is referred to SWSRA from a local hospital or rehabilitation center, or whoes special needs restrict or prohibit their participation in traditional park district or recreation department programs. This would include individuals who have varying degrees of physical or mental disabilities, learning disabilties, behavior disorders, attention deficit disorders, hearing or visual impariments.

SWSRA offers a wide variety of programs, sports (including participation in Special Olympics Illinois), special events, trips and summer camps. Participants of SWSRA not only have fun, but also make friends, increase physical activity, enjoy new experiences and refine their social and life skills.

The programs offered are diverse, with the intention of making activities available for all ability levels.
SWSRA offers: Social Clubs, Aerobics, Bowling, Aquasize, Adapted Gym Sports, Drama & Dance & much more!