Accessible Summer Fun in the Chicago Parks!

Jun 21, 2011
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The Chicago Park District has gone “all out” to make the parks in Chicago accessible to all Chicagoans.

In an ongoing and proactive implementation process, the Chicago Park District has upgraded, revamped and renovated 100 playgrounds, all swimming pools, 20 field houses, 16 beaches, softball fields and bathrooms.

On the lakefront 16 beaches have accessible beach walkways over the sand that allow a stroll or wheel across the sand right down to the water’s edge.  There is a new fully accessible community garden with 14 raised planting beds.

Sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, information in alternate formats of large print or Braille, adapted equipment and techniques, inclusion aides, and accessible golf carts are all provided with a two-week advance notice request.

A Special Recreation program staffed throughout the year at more than 20 parks across the city offers a wide range of programs. The adaptive sports programs include beep baseball, sled hockey, football, sailing and volleyball. There are special recreation day camps and sports camps, and camp sign for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The parks also offer a social club and a Special Olympics program.

The Chicago Park District has truly shown its commitment to making its facilities accessible and useable by all.

Contact the Chicago Park District directly  at the following numbers:


Phone: 312-747-4298

TTY: 312-747-2001

Phone for Special Recreation Program 312-742-4777 or TTY 312-747-2001

Author: Tanya

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