About Adaptive Recreation

Adaptive Recreation provides a comprehensive recreational program for Saint Paul residents of all ages who have physical and/or developmental disabilities. Since its inception in 1976, Adaptive Recreation has evolved from offering primarily recreational activities to providing educational, social, cultural, and recreational services. In addition to specialized activities, Adaptive Recreation provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to become integrated into programs that are available to the majority of the public. The program strives to provide its participants with skills needed to successfully participate in community-based recreation programs and encourages them to pursue opportunities for growth.

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Activities & Registration

  • Call the Adaptive Recreation office at 651-793-6561 or 651-793-6634 to register for programs.

Adaptive Rec Activity Flyer Adaptive Rec Registration Form Adaptive Recreation Calendar

Some of our popular activities include:

  • League sports
  • Instructional sports
  • Swim lessons
  • Swim exercise/open swim
  • Crafts
  • Social events
  • Teen events
  • Music
  • Social & theme dances
  • Cooking
  • Walking
  • Camping trips
  • Theater
  • Yoga
  • Fitness
  • Bingo

Have an idea for a new activity or program? Let us know! Email colleen.tusa@ci.stpaul.mn.us​.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play an essential role in helping to provide participants with a quality program they deserve. With the help of volunteers, participants of Adaptive Recreation receive more individualized attention and are then better able to enjoy activities that improve fine and gross motor skills and socialization skills as well as self-esteem. For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Adaptive Recreation, contact Colleen Tusa at 651-793-6561. Volunteer Activities Adaptive Recreation offers many ways for volunteers to get involved. Volunteers always work under the supervision of qualified personnel. Many of the activities that utilize volunteers are listed below.

Volunteer Form

Activity Volunteer Position Season
Adapted swim lessons for individuals with physical disabilities One-to-One Swim Instructor Spring and/or Fall
Swim lessons for individuals with mental disabilities One-to-One Swim Instructor Spring and/or Fall
Adapted bowling league for individuals with physical disabilities Score Keeper or Lane Assistant Spring and/or Fall
Softball Coach Spring and Summer
Basketball Coach or Referee Winter
Pickin' n' Grinnin' sing-along Musician Year-round
Arts and crafts Assistant Various times
Life sports and sports hour Assistant Summer

Last Edited: November 17, 2021