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New Lenox, IL 60451
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What is LWSRA?
Since 1976, the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (LWSRA) has provided adaptive and special recreation services for individuals with disabilities through a cooperative agreement with Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Manhattan, Mokena, New Lenox, Peotone and Wilmington Island Park Districts. LWSRA is an integral part of the overall recreation services of each of our partners. LWSRA programs are for individuals from preschool through adult who have recreation needs that are not met by regular park district programs.

LWSRA offers a wide variety of quality programs, including participation in Special Olympics Illinois, each season to residents of all ages and all abilities. Social programs, programs for children, trips, special events, athletic programs, and an adult day program, are some of the many choices provided in our brochure which is published three times a year.

LWSRA relies on a variety of sources to provide funds needed to support our services. Member park districts provide the largest share of the support to ensure the stability and success of the cooperative. Fundraising and donations are sought to help support the many programs. Registration fees are charged for programs and events, similar to those charged by our park districts and other SRAs. In an extended effort to keep programs affordable, LWSRA has a scholarship program for those who are otherwise unable to participate because of financial hardship. This program is solely funded by donations.

LWSRA has an award-winning staff of over 50 part-time and full-time employees, committed to providing quality services through educational advancement, training and certification. LWSRA is also number one in safety, earning accreditation with the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA).

Also available for residents of the above park districts: Door-to-door service for some programs and inclusion aides for those, after an evaluation, deemed appropriate to participate in regular park district programs with an aide.

Participants of LWSRA programs and events not only have fun, but make friends, increase physical activity, enjoy new experiences, and refine social and life skills.

Check out our website, call or e-mail to request a brochure and see all the great things LWSRA has to offer!

LWSRA's mission is to provide recreation and leisure services for individuals with physical or intellectual disabilities while promoting greater disability awareness in the community.

A community without limits for individuals with disabilities.

Core Values

Community Utilizing community-based resources to enhance recreational opportunities and reciprocate goodwill back into the community through community outreach.
Opportunities Providing services to an ever expanding range of those with special needs.
Recreation Developing an atmosphere that provides the opportunity to live a full & healthy life.
Education Advocating and educating the importance of recreation and leisure.
Training Focusing on creating the highest trained and knowledgeable staff.
Reliability Striving for the highest quality and reliable service each and every day.
Unity Establishing an independent environment for individuals to belong, grow and succeed.
Safety Supporting a protective balance between health, well-being and opportunity.
Trust Promoting accountability, responsibility and familiarity.

Lincolnway Special Recreation Center
The Lincolnway Special Recreation Center (LWSRC) is a first of its kind facility to be built by a special recreation association from the ground up. Thanks to the $2.5 million from the Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) grant from the Illinois DNR, the dream of an accessible recreation center for our community became a reality. The total cost of the building is $4.5 Million. Thanks to capital funds, grant money and donations construction was completed in March of 2014. The LWSRC Grand Opening Celebration was held June 21, 2014.

The LWSRC is located on Heatherglen Dr. (near Laraway Rd. and Schoolhouse Rd.) in New Lenox, inside the Heatherglen Subdivision. Amenities include four multi-purpose rooms, a learning kitchen, gymnasium with wheelchair-friendly floor, a therapeutic garden, a wheelchair softball field and office space for the Association. Learn More...

Population Served
LWSRA residents are those who are members of our seven park districts (Mokena, New Lenox, Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Manhattan Peotone and Wilmington Island Park Districts). LWSRA programs are for individuals from preschool through adult who are in special education classes, sheltered workshops, or who have recreational needs not met regular park district programs. Special populations served are learning disabled, physically impaired, E.M.H., T.M.H., behavior problems, visually impaired, multiple disabilities, or those with other special needs. All attempts are made to place participants in programs according to their disabilities, age and peer group. Services provided are recreation-based activities that are usually within the community. There are a wide variety of these programs and they run year-round. Programs are open to non-residents for an inreased fee.

LWSRA and SSSRA Cooperative Agreement
LWSRA has a cooperative agreement with the South Suburban Special Recreation Association (SSSRA). The purpose of this Agreement is to enable participants who reside in LWSRA and SSSRA resident communities to participate in most programs offered by either association at resident rates.

Each association offers programs to the other association’s residents at in-district rates with the following exceptions:

1. Special Services such as scholarships and door to door transportation are not included in this Agreement. SSSRA’s “First Time Participant Discount” does not apply to LWSRA residents.

2. Participants who wish to register for day camps, vacation trips, away camps and weekend trips may do so at non-resident rates.

3. Early bird discounts or any other discounts do not apply under this agreement. Registration may take place after the deadline is reached for agency residents. Registrations will then be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.

4. When programs are offered free to either association’s own residents because of grant funds or sponsorships, the program or event will be offered to residents of the other association at the regular fee for residents.

All other agency policies and guidelines apply to residents who register for programs under this Agreement.

We hope that through this agreement, each agency’s residents will have expanded opportunities for program participation. For additional information about this agreement, please call us at (815) 320-3500. To receive a copy of the SSSRA brochure, call the SSSRA office at (815) 806-0384. Also visit www.sssra.org

Residents of LWSRA include: Residents of SSSRA include:
Frankfort Park District Country Club Hills Park District
Frankfort Square Park District Hazel Crest Park District
Manhattan Park District Homewood-Flossmoor Park District
Mokena Community Park District Lan-Oak Park District
New Lenox Community Park District Matteson Parks and Recreation Department
Peotone Park District Oak Forest Park District
Wilmington Island Park District Olympia Fields Park District
  Park Forest Recreation and Parks Department
  Richton Park Parks and Recreation Department
  Tinley Park - Park District

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