Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Spannning All Abilities

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Spannning All Abilities

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The city of Milwaukee is serious about ensuring that all of its more than one-half million citizens have the opportunity to use its recreational facilities. Established in 1911 by a special property tax levy, the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Department of Recreation and Community ProGram reaches out to all facets of the community--from senior citizens to the physically challenged--with its partnership with Milwaukee's public school system.

By using the school facilities for year-round recreational use, citizens of Milwaukee always have a place to go for leisure activities. "If we had our own stand-alone facilities, we wouldn't be able to have nearly as many recreational activities as we have now," says Brian Hoffer, Milwaukee Recreation assistant recreation supervisor. "We've really made the schools a gathering place in the city. We're able to invite the entire community into out school buildings."

Milwaukee Recreation has a $6.5 million operating budget, allowing it to constantly introduce new programs. Its most recent addition, the Adaptive Sports initiative, provides competitive sports for people who have orthopedic, visual or physical handicaps. A new program that's currently being coordinated, "goalball," is a soccer-like sport for blind athletes that uses a sound-emitting ball.

The therapeutic recreation program also pays attention to special needs participants by providing a variety of sports classes, including self-defense, wheelchair basketball and quad rugby. The Rec 'n Roll Mobile reaches out to the community with a playground-on-a-truck that visits children living in homeless shelters, family resource centers and agencies that have limited access to recreational facilities.

In addition to its special needs participants, Milwaukee Recreation has a separate focus for senior citizens with its Senior Adult Recreation Center, which offers a variety of intramural activities that culminate with an annual Wisconsin Senior Olympics. …

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