We provide recreational, social, and athletic opportunities for people with physical disabilities along with their friends and families.
Specially trained Adaptive Recreation staff and volunteers are committed to each participant’s success in reaching his or her specific goals.
Adaptive Recreation is sports and recreation opportunities for people with physical disabilities but open to all. It is different from our Specialized Recreation program where they cater to people with all types of disabilities – specifically people with intellectual disabilities.
Community volunteers fill a number of roles within the Adaptive Recreation program. What are your skills and interests? We’d love to help you find a way to get involved.
- Office/ Admin Assistance
- Event Support
- Practice Support
- Mechanics/ Welders
- Photography/ Videography
Our Adaptive Recreation program exists in part thanks to generous gifts from individuals, corporations, and foundations.
Whether you are helping support an athlete, a program, or an event, your contribution makes a huge difference in the lives of our participants.
the Greater Metro Parks Foundation (GMPF) is a 501(c)(3) governed by a volunteer board of directors. The foundation allows targeted philanthropic investments that strengthen Metro Parks programs such as Adaptive Recreation.Donate Online
We value the collaborative relationships we have with other service providers, health-care professionals, businesses, and individuals who help enrich and improve our existing programs.
The possibilities for creative partnership are endless.
Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life. We seek highly motivated, talented candidates to join our team.View Job Openings
Scholarships & Financial Assistance
Metro Parks Tacoma offers a financial assistance program due to generous support from the Greater Metro Parks Foundation. If cost is a potential barrier to participation, City of Tacoma residents may request financial assistance for most scheduled fee-based classes, camps or programs with individual charges.
More information can be found on page 2 of the Financial Assistance Form. Please allow at least two weeks in advance of any activity:
Apply for a Lane Talmadge Scholarship
Lane Talmadge Scholarship
This fund was created by Specialized Recreation in Lane Talmadge’s memory and exists thanks to continued donations from Lane’s friends and family. Lane loved theater, movies, puppet shows, music, trips and outings with best friend, Doug. And now Specialized Recreationi participants can enjoy activities as he did. The maximum award per participant is $50 per calendar year. This amount can be used all at once, or can be distributed across multiple courses.
To donate to the Lane Talmadge Scholarship please CLICK HERE
Challenged Athletes Foundation Grant
The Challenged Athletes Foundation Grant is available for active duty and veterans who are devoted to a sport and are interested in funding for equipment, training or other related expenses.
Need to Rent or Own Equipment?
We offer assistance for participants to apply for personal grants to get them their own equipment. We also rent out anything from sports chairs to handcycles. Our staff is very knowledgeable about the equipment and what may be best for you!