Columbus Parks & Recreation Department Inclusive Programming

As a department, we believe in the value and importance of ensuring that individuals of all abilities have the opportunity to participate in the programs that we provide! We are always looking for new and exciting ways of providing specialized programming for individuals with disabilities, so check back as programs continue to be added. We are also always available to speak to you about how we can potentially modify our existing programs so that they meet the specific needs of your child or family member and their disability. Please contact us for more information about any of these programs or for information about out other parks department programs!

Donner Aquatic Center Inclusive Activities

Special Swim – CANCELLED
Ages 5-18 | June 9 -July 23 | Donner Aquatic Center | $40
We offer adapted aquatic instruction for children and teens, ages 5-18 with special needs. Pre-registration is required and class size is limited. In case of inclement weather lessons will be cancelled and re-scheduled at a later date.
Tuesday & Thursdays
9:15-10:15 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Registration: April 6 – May 29, 5:00 p.m.

Columbus Youth Triathlon & Unified Triathlon – CANCELLED
Ages 6-18 | June 13, August 15 | 7:00 p.m. | Donner Aquatic Center | $35

Ages 6-10: 100 Meter Swim, 2 Mile Bike & 1/2 Mile Run.
Ages 11-14: 200 Meter Swim, 4 Mile Bike & 1 Mile Run.
Ages 6-18 (unified triathlon): 50 Meter Swim, 2 Mike Bike & 1/2 Mile Run.

June 13 Registration: April 6 – June 12, 5:00 p.m.
August 15 Registration: April 6 – August 14, 5:00 p.m.

Recreation Inclusive Activities

All Ages | April 11 | 11:00 a.m. | Donner Park | FREE
Sensory friendly/quiet egg hunt for individuals with sensory and special needs. Lots of eggs and prize to win! See cars and trucks from local law enforcement and fire department.
2021: April 3

Columbus Gymnastics Center Inclusive Activities

Sensory Open Gym
Ages 2-14 | Fridays | 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Sensory Open Gym is a parent participation open gym experience. During this time, our gym is specifically dedicated to providing a fun and safe space for children ages 2 to 14 who experience Autistic Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, or who have special sensory needs. Our entire facility is set aside so that attendees can run, jump, swing, and climb on our equipment in a calm and comfortable setting. Typically developing siblings are more than welcome to also attend Sensory Open Gym. Come Join us!

2021 Dates:2022 Dates:
August 13January 14
September 10February 11
October 8March 11
November 12April 8
December 10
Age/ Visits Fee
Single Visit$4
5 Visit Pass $17
10 Visit Pass$32
15 Visit Pass$45

Gym Buddies*
Ages 3-7 | Fridays | 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Special needs gymnastics class. These classes are designed to allow our athletes that have sensory and special needs time in the gym. Our instructors are trained to help athletes develop in many areas including muscle development, creative moments and social development. Parent/co-adult required. This class is 1:1 ratio.

Session NameDatesFee
Summer 1
Summer 2
Winter 1
Winter 2

Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena Inclusive Activities

Skate Therapy
We offer one-on-one dedicated skating lessons for individuals with disabilities. For more information about this opportunity contact Hamilton Community Center & Ice Arena, (812) 376-2686.