West Suburban Special Recreation Association

Enriching lives through recreation.

2915 Maple St.

Franklin Park IL, 60131

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Click here to learn more about Lekotek, a play library and resource  center for young children with special needs and their families.










What is West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA)? 

It is a cooperative program between nine park districts and one village in near West Cook County that provides community based recreation and leisure programs for children, teens and adults with any kind of special education need or disability.


Who is eligible for WSSRA services? 

Children who live in Berwyn, Cicero, Forest Park, Harwood Heights, Oak Park, River Forest, Elmwood Park, Norridge Park District and the Park District of Franklin Park and who receive: special education services, for a physical, mental, sensory, psychiatric or learning disabilities. Children with behavior disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders also can benefit from WSSRA services. Adults with any impairment are also welcome.


What programs are offered? 

After school and evening programs include athletic, swimming, Special Olympics, art, scouting, fitness and outdoor activities. Summer day camps, away camping experiences and Saturday events are also offered. Family activities and school holiday programs are available. WSSRA also has a toy lending library and play intervention program called Lekotek. Accessible transportation can be arranged for many programs.

Participants can also receive assistance from WSSRA staff when enrolled in a typical park district program in their home community, such as day camps, sports, swim lessons, etc. This service is to assist with successful "inclusion".


Who leads WSSRA programs? 

Therapeutic Recreation Specialists plan and supervise the activities. Additional support staff and trained volunteers provide a minimum of 4:1 supervision. Individual needs are met through a 1:1 staffing when needed.

Fees - Programs run in seasons from six to nine weeks at a time. A typical seven-week program without transportation is generally priced around $35.00. Transportation is available at $6.05 per round trip. Some WSSRA scholarship money is available but youth township money and donations have been used to cover fees for families. Payment plans are accepted.


Where are programs held? 

Programs are conducted in community settings at local park district facilities, schools and community centers.


What are the benefits of recreation? 


  • Skill Development
  • Behavior Management
  • Decreased Isolation
  • Growth of Self-Esteem
  • Family Support/Respite
  • Opportunities for Success
  • Friendships


Call WSSRA at 847-455-2100 to register for a program or visit