Denver Parks & Recreation (DPR) offers therapeutic programs for people with disabilities at any age. Through numerous leisure activities, Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) and other DPR team members create opportunities to improve quality of life, foster independence and boost self-esteem.
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) strives to provide an atmosphere in which everyone feels welcome. We believe all people should have the opportunity to participate and interact together through promoting a nurturing environment open to diverse populations. DPR staff members and volunteers trust that empowering our citizens today will build a better place where everyone can live and thrive in the future.
American Sign Language (ASL) and Inclusion Support services are provided by request. To guarantee services by a specific date, requests need to be submitted at least five (5) business days prior to desired start date of services. Any request submitted less than five (5) business days in advance may result in a delay of services provided.
Adaptive Recreation programs are designed with the adaptations and additional assistance that is needed for successful programming for people with disabilities.
Find more information about current programs and classes by following the links on the right side of this page to the seasonal recreation activity guide and our monthly Satuday Challenger schedule.
Through the Adaptive Recreation Department, TRAC provides a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) to work individually with participants who have a disabling condition. A therapeutic exercise plan is developed to enable a smooth transition toward independent use of DPR recreation centers.
To speak to a therapist, call or email us.
The mission of the Denver Parks and Recreation, Special Olympics is to provide quality, year-round sports training in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with developmental disabilities. In addition, the Special Olympics provides opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience friendships with their families and other Special Olympics athletes in the community.
Sports by Season
|Winter (January - March)||Spring (April - June)||Summer (June - August)||Fall (September - November)|
|Alpine Skiing||Track & Field||Tennis||Bowling|
DPR's Therapeutic Recreation internship program provides a well-rounded experience with program planning and one-on-one client work.
This internship is 15 hours per week (600 hours total) and requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 from candidates.
Internship Duration and Application Deadlines
Please follow the following steps to apply for an internship in Therapeutic Recreation with DPR's Adaptive Recreation division.
*If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you may save the information and return to the application at another time.
Contact DPR Adaptive Recreation with comments and concerns:
Leah Huffer-Solomon, CTRS
Denver Parks & Recreation strives to provide everyone with equitable access to quality programs and amenities throughout the city. Our goal is to enable anyone to participate in any activity offered by the Department—providing an environment that welcomes diversity and community while creating a better place in which everyone can live, play and thrive. Inclusion support options are available for people with disabilities when registering for activities.