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Northwest Special Recreation Association

The Buffalo Grove Park District is a member of a cooperative agreement among 17 park districts that form the Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA). NWSRA exists to provide outstanding opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities. The agency’s team of full-time Therapeutic Recreation professionals and trained part-time staff offer safe, fun and quality year-round opportunities to individuals with disabilities of all ages and ability levels. Participants benefit through increased self esteem, physical and social skills development, and improved fitness and health, while experiencing new challenges, making friends and having fun! Afterschool, evening and weekend activities feature cooperative sports and games, individual and team sports, arts and crafts, fitness, cooking, creative arts and drama. Camps, trips and special events are also available at various times throughout the year.

Inclusion assistance is provided by NWSRA to those individuals who wish to participate in their home park district programs. When registering, the parent of an individual with a disability should inform the Park District (and NWSRA, if desired) of any accommodation needed in order for the individual to successfully participate in the program. The Park District staff will then contact NWSRA for assistance with the accommodation.

For more information on NWSRA, brochures may be picked up at the Alcott Center or at the NWSRA office at Park Central, 3000 W. Central Road in Rolling Meadows. NWSRA may be contacted at 847.392.2848 (voice), 847.392.2855 (TTY) or 847.392.2870 (fax). Check out NWSRA on-line at, or at

Volunteer Opportunities Are Available

NWSRA and the Buffalo Grove Park District are committed to developing volunteers who wish to make a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs. NWSRA will provide the necessary training and supervision to create a positive experience. For more information on volunteering opportunities, please visit or contact the NWSRA Recruitment Coordinator at 847.392.2848.


Therapeutic Recreation… The Benefits Are Endless!

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