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All families can enjoy exercise together. These parks and facilities are great options for families with children who have a disability.

Therapeutic Recreation Complex,
2728 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth, 561-966-7015:

The Club Managers Association of America Therapeutic Recreation Complex is designed for people with physical and cognitive disabilities. The facility incorporates a state-of-the-art design with sophisticated, adapted equipment that allows everyone to participate in sports and physical activity. People of all ages and abilities can train and compete in sports, participate in fitness programs and experience a wide array of visual and performing arts programs. Children and parents can play a variety of sports at the TR complex, including wheelchair basketball, boccia, goalball, wheelchair rugby and more. Gleneagles Country Club Aquatic Center is at the TR Complex in John Prince Park, 2700 Sixth Ave. S., Lake Worth, and is open from April through September. Pool lifts are available for people with physical disabilities to help them enter the water.

John Prince Park wheelchair course, 2700 Sixth Ave. S., Lake Worth, 561-966-6600:

Palm Beach County parks allow children and families a chance to exercise and live active lifestyles, regardless of age, gender or ability. At this park, families will find a nearly half-mile long wheelchair course. Participants can travel down the trail and complete a series of exercises at seven stations. Each stop displays instructions on how to do the exercises.

Barrier-free playgrounds and accessible equipment:

Three barrier-free playgrounds at John Prince Park (2700 Sixth Ave. S., Lake Worth), Lake Ida West Park (1455 Lake Ida Road, Delray Beach) and Burt Aaronson South County Regional Park (11200 Park Access Road, west of Boca Raton) provide children with and without disabilities a colorful, sensory-rich, accessible experience to run, jump, roll and slide. Call 561-966-6600 for more information. Accessible playground equipment is available at Lake Worth West Park (4150 Vermont Ave., 561-649-9600) in the central part of the county. Palm Beach County playgrounds are inspected and maintained to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for families and children.

Fitness Zone, stations and exercise courses:

Select Palm Beach County parks offer Fitness Zone exercise areas, fitness stations and exercise courses for all abilities to use. At John Prince Park, a Fitness Zone allows parents and children the opportunity to use 17 pieces of resistance exercise equipment that use one’s own body weight for strength-training purposes. Fitness stations with accessible equipment also are available at Westgate Park and Recreation Center (3691 Oswego Ave., West Palm Beach, 561-694-5455) and Lake Worth West Park (4150 Vermont Ave., 561-649-9600). Families also can spend time stretching, bending and balancing at exercise courses in various parks throughout Palm Beach County.

Visit pbcParks.com for more information on enjoying our parks with children who have a disability.

Bibi Baksh is a public relations specialist for Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department.


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