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
Ages 5-18 | June 9 -July 17 | 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
Ages 6-18 | July 9 | 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

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!

October 2022 - October 2023
October 21
November 11
December 9
January 13
February 10
March 10
April 14
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.

Sled Hockey Drop In
Every Tuesday | 5-6pm | $10

What Is Sled Hockey?
Sled hockey is an adaptation of ice hockey which uses an open frame “sled” for players to sit on and move around the ice. Players use two smaller sticks instead of one long stick. One end of the stick is used as a pusher and the other end has a more traditional blade which is used to control, pass, and shoot the puck.

Sled hockey is a sport for youth and adults with physical disabilities. Join us for this weekly drop-in, learning the basics of sled hockey. No experience is necessary and all equipment, including helmets and gloves will be provided.