Adaptive Programs & Inclusion Support
If a participant requires 1:1 support and an adult or PCA cannot stay with the participant, please note this at time of registration.
Spring Fling Dance Party
April 14, 2023 | 6:00-8:00 PM
Carver City Hall | Community Room
Let's burn some calories and show off our dance moves! Colored lights, glow sticks, hula hoops and other fun dance accessories provided. Staff support (1:3 ratio) will be available. Ages 8+.
Saturdays, April 8-29 | 1:00-2:00 PM
Chaska Community Center
Ready for a challenge? This is an opportunity to add "tri-athlete" to your name! Participants will swim, bike and run in a way that works for them.
- Spend time in the pool.
- Run, walk or roll around the track.
- Try a stationary bike in our wellness studio or move in other ways.
We will celebrate our accomplishments with an awards party with families and friends on the last day. Additional "buddies" available to provide extra support to participants. Ages 10+.
Tuesdays, June 13-July 25
Chaska Lions Park
Everyone kicks, scores and has fun. We will create teams based on participation level and attendance each week. *If participant requires 1:1 support and an adult or PCA cannot stay with the participant, please note this at the time of registration.
Cost: $70 Resident; $85 Regular
Field Trip to Carlson's Llovable Llamas
Thursday, June 22
Carlson's Llovable Llamas, Waconia
Get a unique and up-close experience with some friendly llamas. You'll be able to learn about llamas, pet them, brush them, hug them, feed them treats, and of course get your picture taken with them.
Playground Party & Picnic
Thursday, June 29
Waconia Inclusive Playground
(201 S. Vine Street, Waconia)
Join others at the playground for play time and dinner! Chaska Parks and Recreation staff will be on-site with additional sports/yard games to add even more FUN.
Cost: FREE, but pre-registration is required
Wednesdays, June 21-August 9
(No Program July 5; Sign up for individual sessions)
Join us for adapted play time! Participants can use exercise balls, yoga blocks, gymnastics mats and other equipment to turn our fitness studio into a sensory play gym. Play time will be directed by our Inclusive Fitness Trainer, Tonya Andruskiewicz. Program time is 1.5 hours to allow for flexibility and joining at your convenience. *If the participant requires 1:1 support and an adult or PCA cannot stay with the participant, please note this at time of registration.
Cost: $10 Resident; $12 Regular
Friends at Firemen's Park
Monday's June 12-August 21
Chaska Firemen's Park
We're headed to Firemen's Park for an afternoon of playground time, swimming and more. Meet at this dedicated time each week to see friends and have some fun! This is FREE and open to all, so bring your family, neighbors and friends. SHINE only!
Trip 1: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Trip 2: 1:00-3:00 pm
Howard's Point Marina in Excelsior
Offered in partnership with Chaska Area Fishing with Friends. Soak up the summer sun while reeling in the "big one!" Pontoon trips depart from Howard's Point Marina in Excelsior.
Cost: FREE, but pre-registration is required
We want to share with you the impact that the adaptive programs have made on our family. Declan has attended many of the adaptive programs offered through Chaska Parks & Recreation. Recreational opportunities are important for everyone, even more for those with disabilities. These adaptive programs have given Declan a chance to show off his abilities/skills, be social, learn new sports, and build a network of friends. Recently, he attended the adaptive dance class, he loved it! Miss Jenny provided a safe environment that allowed the students to dance freely as well as teaching them choreography! He loves to see his friends that attend these programs. He enjoys doing physical sports and learning new skills, these programs have allowed him to do that.
As parents, it is one of our biggest joys to watch all of our kids do what they love. Our girls have joined Declan in some of his classes and have watched from the sidelines as proud sisters. The girls have learned to care deeply for others and how helping others can make a huge difference in someone’s life.
By offering the adaptive recreation programs to families like ours, is invaluable.
Thank you for celebrating individuals with all abilities. We are more alike than different."
-Dan & Julie O’Connell, Declan, Neela & Kinley
Sensory Friendly Areas
Chaska Parks and Recreation offers sensory-friendly areas at events as well. These are usually adjacent to the action and offer fidget toys, headphones, and quiet activities.
PCA Access to the Chaska Community Center
Did you know? PCAs can attend the CCC free of charge while on duty with their client! For more information, please stop by the CCC Guest Service desk or call (952) 448-5633
Not seeing an adaptive program that fits your needs or interests? Does your family member with a disability want to participate in general Parks and Rec program but need support? No worries, we are here to help!
The Chaska Parks and Recreation department partners with Reach for Resources to provide inclusion facilitators for those needing support in our programs. This means that a staff person will be scheduled to attend the program with the person needing assistance. Families should note this at time of registration and we will follow-up to discuss details.
Reach for Resources
Reach for Resources provides inclusion facilitators for children and adults with disabilities participating in any of our Chaska Parks and Recreation programs. For special needs questions and inclusion requests, please email Joan Seedorf or call 952-227-7760 to discuss the needs of the program participant. Please register and call early to allow for adequate time to process the request.
Adaptive Athletics Resources
- TOPSoccer is a community-based soccer program that is designed to meet the needs of athletes ages 8 and older with physical and/or developmental disabilities.
- West Metro Miracle Athletics