The Adapted Recreation Program gives people with special needs the opportunity to travel, play, compete and network in a safe and supportive environment that fosters a positive experience for anyone participating in our many programs. By meeting with and assessing the abilities of each child or adult who requests our services, we are able to provide the most positive and beneficial service we can offer. We want all who participate to have fun, learn new skills, get fit and interact with new and old friends alike.
Our Programs during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Our in-person programs have been postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, but we invite you to participate online. See below for links to our amazing instructors' online classes and upcoming holiday fun!
Inclusion Support for Other Parks and Recreation Programs
While the Adapted Recreation Program offers programs specifically designed for individuals with disabilities, there are those who prefer to join other sports and recreation activities offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.
It is the goal of the Adapted Program’s assessment team to plan for reasonable and appropriate program accommodations for a positive recreational experience. This may or may not include extra supervision provided by an inclusion support staff.
Registration must be received three (3) weeks prior to program start in order to allow sufficient time for consultation between staff, assessment of the individual, evaluation of activity, level of supervision required and provision of staff. Descriptions of our current activities can be found at sbparksandrec.org.
Join Jessica Parsons and friends in this fully inclusive class where everyone is welcome. This is a fun class where people of all ages and abilities can use yoga as a way to become stronger, more flexible, develop core strength, and improve overall health. Yoga is noncompetitive and works with the individual. Learn to modify and adapt the yoga postures to suit your needs. It is a great time to make friends and try new things! Bring a yoga mat and towel. Ages 6 and up. Caregivers and parents are no charge and are invited to participate. Aids may attend the class with their clients and are encouraged to participate with the group. For more information, please call the Carrillo Recreation Center at (805) 897-2519.
Shake, Rattle, and Roll is an adapted dance program tailored to individuals with disabilities who love to dance, socialize and meet new people. Whether you want to “shake” and “rattle” your body or simply “roll” with laughter, Wednesday evenings at the Carrillo Recreation Center dance studio is the place to be!
Dances and Special Events
Seasonal dances set to different themes are popular with all participants. Dancers love to dress up for Halloween in October, in Hawaiian shirts in the summer, and formal dance attire for the Spring Fling dance. The ever-popular Karaoke is often scheduled to add to the excitement. The dances are held at one of the many beautiful recreation facilities of the City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department.
The City of Santa Barbara currently has two beach wheelchairs (one manual and one motorized) available to the public and visitors free of charge seven days a week during regular operational hours; they are located at the Cabrillo Pavilion at East Beach.
Requests for the wheelchair can be made online; for help please call Cabrillo Pavilion staff at (805) 897-2680. Completion of a liability waiver and identification is required for reservations.
The beach wheelchairs were funded by a grant from the California State Coastal Conservancy in 2019.
To reserve a beach wheelchair, please sign up using Sign-up Genius at the link below:
In conjunction with the Santa Barbara Unified School District, the Parks and Recreation Department offers the Recreation Afterschool Program (also known as RAP) at Adams, Monroe, Roosevelt, and Washington Elementary Schools.
This program strives to give children with special needs the same recreation experience as all other children. Inclusion support staff create opportunities for increased independence and socialization. Children of all abilities work together, adapt to each other’s strengths, and learn to understand and accept each other. Let our well trained recreation staff make a difference in your child’s life.
Participants have an opportunity to attend excursions to professional sporting events like Dodger and Lakers games. Even participants who are able to do these activities independently often chose to participate with the group, because they seek other social contacts. Our non-ambulatory participants enjoy the convenience and comfort that our wheelchair accessible transportation provides to these events.
Bowling Practices And Tournaments
The bowling program is one of the longest running recreation programs for Adapted Programs. Some players have been on their teams for 20 years! The bowling program includes children, adults and seniors. The group bowls on a year round basis and competes in a tournament each quarter. These tournaments will attract as many as 100 bowlers from the tri-counties.
Julie Thomas Inclusion Coordinator
City of Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department Carrillo Recreation Center Offices: 100 E. Carrillo St. Santa Barbara CA 93101