Saturday May 7, 2011
RPD Provides Fitness and Fun for Kids with Special Health Care Needs
SF Rec and Park Hosts Access to Adventure in Golden Gate Park
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) partnered with Support for Families of Children with Disabilities to welcome kids with special health needs and disabilities along with their friends and families to explore an amazing selection of recreation programs in Golden Gate Park today. It was also an opportunity to show appreciation for mothers of children with special health needs and disabilities, a day before the official Mother’s Day.
The Access to Adventure was an event where kids and youth with special health needs and disabilities could explore fitness and recreation programs locally. At the event there were community service providers alongside with bluegrass music by the Wronglers & Jeanie & Chuck, drumming sessions with performing arts groups as well as prizes, games, and crafts.
“The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is committed to ensuring all of this City’s children — regardless of need — have an opportunity to exercise and play.” said Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “We are very proud to partner in this unique recreation fair that highlights our incredible recreation offering for our children with special needs.”
Recently, RPD also has launched Camp Azure. It is a Silver Tree day camp experience for children on the autism spectrum. The camp is located in Glen Canyon, the home of Silver Tree Day Camp. RPD’s goal is to provide a great camp experience for the campers, and not to integrate solely for the purpose of integration. Camp activities include games, sports, arts and crafts, hikes, and Thursday night campfires, just to name a few.
In addition, other supporters of the Access to Adventure, Aidells Sausages and Simple Kindness together donated and provided delicious lunch for everyone who registered and participated. More than 500 children and families came out for the event. For more resources and support, please connect with Support for Families of Children with Disabilities: http://www.supportforfamilies.org/ or call (415) 282-7494.