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Lincolnway Special Recreation Center
We Achieved Our Dream of an Accessible Recreation Center!

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Total Donations: $2,620

LWSRF is a 501(C) 3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible. (EIN 80-0266255)

Therapeutic recreation, such as the activities offered by the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association (LWSRA), is the purposeful utilization and enhancement of recreational and social activities as a way to maximize a person’s overall health, well-being and quality of life. Studies show that participation in therapeutic recreation can reduce pain, depression and anxiety and improve immune system, endurance, mental alertness, muscular strength, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular functioning.

In March of 2014, LWSRA opened the doors of its own facility and is no longer solely dependent on schools, park districts and churches for its over 200 programs and events offered each year. The LWSRA Recreation Center provides a home for adaptive activities and will allow LWSRA, in conjunction with now minimum use of community resources, to expand its programs and events and reduce, if not eliminate, waiting lists. The LWSRC facility is fully ADA accessible in order to accommodate its clients with special needs.

The 17,000-square-foot, 4.5 million building is on 5.6 acres in the Heather Glen subdivision of New Lenox. The building includes a teaching kitchen, gym, fitness room, therapy garden, three classrooms, staff offices and a wheelchair softball field. The majority of funding (2.5 million) for the new LWSRA Recreation Center originated from an Illinois Department of Natural Resources Park and Recreational Facility Construction (PARC) grant secured for LWSRA by the New Lenox Park District. LWSRA contributed 1 million dollars to the construction costs and there is a 1 million dollar mortgage.

LWSRA offers Special Olympic and Adaptive sports and social recreation programs for individuals, preschool to adult, with physical or cognitive disabilities. The organization created their TITANS program in 2003, a day program exclusively for those 18 and older. This program runs five hours a day for 50 weeks a year fostering independence through life and social skill activities.
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