What is Therapeutic Recreation?

Therapeutic Recreation (or TR) is one of the fastest growing health-related professions. Certified TR specialists serve individuals with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities. They may also serve senior citizens and youth who are at risk in both the institutional and community settings. Other settings could include hospitals, nursing homes, correctional facilities, wilderness programs, community centers, and senior centers.

The TR program is an emphasis you can choose within the Recreation Management major. The program allows students the opportunity to become certified by the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification (NCTRC).

Frequently Asked Questions

Who would like TR?

Therapeutic Recreation is the path for you if you enjoy:
Serving other people in various capacities.
The outdoors, physical activities, and other forms of unconventional therapy.
Interacting with the senior citizens, people with developmental, mental, and physical disabilities, or youth.

TR would make it possible for you to serve others for a living.

Careers in TR

Recreation Therapist
Director of Therapeutic Recreation
Activity Therapy
Adjunct Therapies
Senior Citizen Programmer
Therapeutic Recreation Specialist Supervisor
Clinical Specialist
Health care Consultant
Senior Therapist

For Therapeutic Recreation Certification Standard

The academic path to become certified as a CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) requires a major in recreation or leisure with an option in therapeutic recreation.  A minimum of 18 semester hours of therapeutic recreation and general recreation content coursework with no less than a minimum of 9 semester hours in therapeutic recreation content.  Supportive courses to include a total of 18 semester hours of support coursework in the content area of anatomy and physiology, abnormal psychology and human growth and development across the lifespan. (see page 6 of certification standards)  There are other paths explained.

National Council of Therapeutic  Certification Standards  See your advisor in the Recreation Management Office for more information on a path so you can sit for the test to become a CTRS.

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Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation

Jobs Summer

Review the We Are Hiring flyer and learn more!

4/2/2020 We are taking job applications and conducting interviews (phone/video) for the summer season.  Please check out more about city jobs.

New Park Policy

The Board of Park Commissioners is considering a new park policy and would appreciate your feedback. Check out the  Parks Administrative Policy Suspension of Park Privileges and share your comments.  Check out the Talk to Us 2! link today.


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Due to the COVID-19 virus all of our facilities, programs, offices and playgrounds (you can still enjoy our 87 parks!) are closed until further notice.  We are closely working with the City of Fort Wayne, Board of Health & CDC on our response to the virus.  Our number one priority is the health & safety of our citizens.  

If you have questions, feel free to complete an on-line Contact US form and a staff member will respond to you.

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Riverfront Phase I 

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Designs Revealed for Next Phases of Riverfront Fort Wayne

The City of Fort Wayne’s riverfront consulting team revealed designs for the next phases of riverfront development, some of which could be under construction within the next 12-18 months.

Read more… 

Foster Park Road is CLOSED until spring

Access to Foster Park will be from south of the park.  Check out the Detour Map of Foster Park  for additional information. 


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Franke Park Master Plan Available for Public Viewing

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has released the final version of the Franke Park Master Plan for public view. It can be viewed now at FrankeParkMasterPlan.com

Fundraising Campaign Begins for Foster Park Pavilion Restoration

Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation and Friends of the Parks of Allen County have launched a fundraising campaign for the restoration of Foster Park Pavilion #3.  Read more…

The Memorial Park Task Force Recommendations Report 

The Memorial Park Task Force Recommendations Report is now available on-line.

The Fun Times

The Fun Times is a guide that is updated four times a year.  Read more to learn how to be added to the mailing list. 

McMillen Youth Program Registration

Click HERE to complete the On-line McMillen Youth Program Registration form.     

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New York State Recreation & Park Society

New York State Recreation and Park Society (NYSRPS) headquartered in
the beautiful Spa State Park is the leading professional membership
organization dedicated to promoting quality recreation, parks
opportunities, and engagement for all citizens of New York State through
education and training for local, county, state and federal recreation
and park providers.

1940 NYSRPS has been serving leisure service professionals, providing a
wide range of programs and services to work more effectively within the
communities they serve. Keeping our park and recreation professionals
engaged with the best practices to serve their communities is our top


Now available for view are the NYSRPS COVID-19 Recreation and Parks Surveys.

Thank you all very much who participated in the COVID-19 survey. 101 surveys were returned (thank you!) and we hope the information shared helps you see how your department is operating in relation to others in your region and state overall.

*Please note the PDF format does not show text replies (like the “other” option) so an Excel file is given, as well, to view these responses.





While these surveys are revealing, we recommend you turn to your fellow park and recreation departments locally to connect. We encourage all especially now to make use of the Professionals Engage page. Share your questions and comments on the Professional Forum and please upload important documents you might like to share with others. It was shown some departments have Continued Operations Plans in place while others do not. This would be a terrific example of a resource to share. We hope this all provides you greater connection and a net of support. We are all in this together~ NYSRPS

*Regions are described on Regional Partners /Affiliates page.

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National Forests shut down off-highway trails and recreation areas

AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — As the COVID-19 outbreak continues and more and more facilities normally used by visitors shut down across Virginia and country, a lot of closures within the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have been announced.

The national forest lands already shut down all trailhead facilities and access points to the Appalachian Trail in line with CDC and Virginia Department of Health guidance for social distancing.

Prior to that, recreation areas and campgrounds, as well as bathrooms, OHV trails, trail shelters and many day-use areas were closed.

Now, on Wednesday, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests gave breakdowns of the campgrounds and restroom facilities temporarily closing in the North River Ranger District, as well as all the off-highway trails and developed recreation areas in the Lee Ranger District closing.

The closures are meant to protect the safety of both the public and USDA Forest Service staff, according to the announcement.

National Forest trails and forest roads will remain open for public use, but the Forest Service advises that people follow all social distancing guidelines while hiking or partaking in any activities in the National Forests.

The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says the forest lands remain open for recreational fishing.

They say law enforcement and search and rescue operations may be limited by COVID-19 as well, so high risk activities like rock climbing should be avoided.

“We realize our communities and our visitors value the recreation opportunities the forest has to offer,” said Joby Timm, George Washington and Jefferson National Forest Supervisor. “A lot of consideration went into this decision. The health and safety of our employees and the public remain our top priority.”

The following facilities in the North River Ranger District are closing:

• Hone Quarry Campground and Day Use Area
• North River Campground
• Brandywine Campground and Day Use Area
• Todd Lake Campground and Day Use Area
• Shaws Fork Equestrian Campground
• Camp Run Campground
• Briery Branch Day Use Area
• Elkhorn Lake Day Use Area
• Staunton Dam Picnic Area
• Blue Hole Day Use Area
• Braley Pond Day Use Area
• Mountain House Day Use Area
• Hite Hollow Shooting Range
• West Side Shooting Range
• August Springs Wetlands Interpretive Trail Restroom
• Confederate Breastworks Restroom

The following facilities in the Lee Ranger District are closing:

• Peters Mill Run/Taskers Gap OHV Trail Complex
• Wolf Gap Campground and Picnic Area
• Little Fort Campground
• Elizabeth Furnace Family Campground, Day Use Area and Group Camp
• Camp Roosevelt Campground and Picnic Area
• Trout Pond Recreation Campground, Day Use Area, and Rockcliff Lake
• Hawk Campground and Group Camp
• Lions Tale National Recreation Trail Restroom

Campgrounds and picnic shelters are temporarily unavailable for reservation on Recreation.gov. Anyone who already had a reservation will be notified and refunds will be processed.

However, those refunds, like many refunds right now, may be delayed due to the volume of cancellations.

The national forests say

Outdoor recreation is exempt from Montana’s stay-home order, but don’t go too far | Montana Untamed

On Friday, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announced changes to allowable activities at some of its recreation areas.

“It doesn’t look like we’ll be closing sites completely – it’ll be a little more precise than that,” said FWP spokesman Greg Lemon. “It’ll be things like you might not be able to camp, but you’ll still be able to use sites for day-use.”

State parks, fishing access sites and wildlife management areas remain open with the following restrictions:

  • Overnight camping will not be allowed. Campgrounds will be systematically closed, giving current campers 72-hour notice.
  • Group use sites will be closed, including playgrounds.
  • Visitor center closures will be extended at least through April 10.
  • Bathrooms at many locations will be limited due to public and employee safety concerns, because of the current lack of personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies. Sites will be regularly patrolled by enforcement staff.
  • Specific sites may close to address groups gathering, public health and safety, FWP employee safety or resource damage.

With the governor’s new order, FWP has fielded phone calls from people asking many different questions, including whether restrictions in other states could come to Montana. For example, the state of Washington prohibited fishing to limit the spread of COVID-19, but Montana has had no such discussions, Lemon said.

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How the governor’s stay-at-home order applies to outdoor recreation

A cyclist make her way up Lookout Mountain on March 25. (Andy Cross, The Denver Post)

Gov. Jared Polis last week imposed a stay-at-home order for Coloradans due to the coronavirus, but added that outdoor exercise is still allowed as an “essential” activity. He also urged Coloradans to recreate in communities close to where they live.

“Our mountains and our canyons have been here for hundreds of thousands of years, and they’re going to be here for hundreds of thousands of years,” Polis said. “So wait until this blows over to enjoy them.”

Here are answers to some of the questions that have arisen since the order was issued:

Is outdoor exercise allowed under the stay-at-home order?

Not only is it allowed, it is encouraged. The governor has been consistent about that since the beginning of the crisis because of the physical and mental health benefits associated with exercise. He has, however, suggested people cut back on their outdoor exercise and mix in indoor exercise alternatives on occasion. “Stop putting yourself and others at risk,” Polis said. “Of course, maintain your physical fitness, and engage as you need in physical activity. But please, be careful and judicious.”

RELATED: Where to go online for free home workouts, from cardio to yoga

If I live in Denver, may I go to the mountains to recreate?

“If you live in a city, you certainly shouldn’t be leaving your city to recreate,” Polis said. “You should use your municipal parks at off-hours. I’ve encouraged municipalities to expand the hours of operation of those parks to further spread it out. It also generally will mean recreating less during this crisis.”

If I live outside of Denver, may I leave my town or county to recreate?

People should recreate near where they live, Polis insisted. While acknowledging that means different things to different people depending on where they live, he strongly discouraged people living in the Front Range from visiting the mountains. “Just because you’re not working, this doesn’t mean it’s vacation,” Polis said. “It’s not the time to drive two or three hours from Denver to mountain communities, many of which are reeling from the crisis. Let me add, that is really dumb, because those communities have a higher rate of infection than where you live. So the last thing you should want to do is drive to your second residence, or a hotel, or a cabin in the mountains.”

Which types of outdoor recreation are allowed?

Individual exercise is OK but participating in group activities is not. Denver Parks have closed basketball and tennis courts. Playgrounds are closed.

Maintaining social distancing and avoiding groups is mandatory. “People shouldn’t be playing in groups,” Polis said. “Basketball, as an example. You can play one on one with a housemate, but not full-team basketball. Frisbee, again, with a housemate, but not Frisbee tag or ultimate (Frisbee). It’s about using common sense to try to engage in the necessary recreation you need, as close to home as possible.”

Adventure Recreation Center (ARC) : Recreational Sports

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Adventure Recreation Center (ARC)

855 Woody Hayes Drive, Columbus, OH 43210 • Phone: 614-247-8686 • 
Driving Directions

Guest Passes are available for these and all Rec Sports facilities. The ARC only accepts credit card for payment.    


In compliance with the recent order from Governor DeWine and Public Health Director Dr. Amy Acton, Student Life’s Recreational Sports facilities are closed until further notice. 

Spring Semester 2020

Sunday, January 5, 2020 — Monday, April 20, 2020

Monday – Thursday: 6 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.  – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Family Hours

Saturday: 8 a.m. – Noon
Sunday: 8 a.m. – Noon


A map of the ARC’s inside layout is attached to the right.

This state-of-the-art West Campus recreation facility boasts four hardwood basketball courts (converts to five volleyball courts), two indoor turf fields, free weights, strength training machines and cardio equipment. There are also day-use locker and individual shower facilities, and the building is fully accessible and air-conditioned. The ARC also houses the Outdoor Adventure Center (OAC).

Family hours are available to current members (including students paying the semester fee) and their registered family members. To register your family members, please stop at the front desk of the ARC or the RPAC Welcome Center.

Guest passes are available for this and all Rec Sports facilities.

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Recreation Department

Welcome to Satellite Beach Recreation!
I hope you find the information on our web pages helpful as you navigate through and learn about the department and the many interesting and exciting things happening  within our community.   

Whether you live here or are just visiting, we invite you to take advantage of the programs, facilities, and special events  available to you. Our dedicated staff assumes  the honor, privilege, and responsibilities of the service and confidence our citizens  have entrusted to us. We will continue to work hard and strive to give our patrons the very best we have to offer.


Cassie Warthen
Recreation Director

At the recommendation of the Florida Department of Health and the Governor of Florida, our City is taking protective measures to minimize exposure and slow the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), all City recreation programs, activities and classes are cancelled or postponed until further notice. 

Outdoor recreation facilities are now CLOSED until further notice, including all athletic fields, the dog park, skate park, tennis courts, playgrounds and any exercise equipment. At this time the walking paths through Desoto Storm Water Park and the Sports and Recreation Park are accessible to foot traffic only, parking at these facilities will be closed to vehicles. Social distancing guidelines still apply to these outdoor areas. Please exercise common sense, by creating and maintaining space for individual health and the health of other residents. All park restrooms are closed until further notice. 
The City recreation administrative offices will remain open to staff only at this time, please call (building closed to the public) with any questions, 773-6458. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) City Updates

Thank you, stay safe & healthy!
-SB Rec Staff 

Click below to view our

Recreation Facebook page!


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Catskill Recreation Center: State-of-the-Art Swimming and Exercise Facility

The Catskill Recreation Center (CRC) is a not-for-profit organization with a state-of-the-art swimming pool and exercise facility located in Arkville, NY (on County Highway 38 between State Routes 28 and 30).
CRC provides affordable recreational opportunities to the community and is the “go-to place” for fitness, friendships, and fun. We offer a diverse array of swimming and fitness classes, family and youth programs, personal training, and American Red Cross instruction.

While membership has grown steadily, membership fees cover less than half of the operating expenses; therefore, the Catskill Recreation Center relies on generous individual donations and grant awards to keep the doors open.

Given the resounding and immeasurable benefits that the Catskill Recreation Center has had in the greater community, we ask you to make a donation to the CRC to help us sustain and expand our programming, so we can continue to serve the well-being and recreational interests of both youth and adults in this area.

In order to maintain a safe environment in our staff, members, the community at large and to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19, the Catskill Recreation Center will be closed starting Saturday March 14, 2020 and will reopen when it is deemed safe.  We will keep you updated via email and social media.  We wish you all wellness and health.

If you have questions please do not hesitate to email me.  becky@catskillrecreationcenter.org




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Outdoor recreation in Oregon is effectively closed, here’s how the decisions were made

The first day of spring was beautiful in Oregon. Blue skies and warm sun greeted the state on March 19, tempting people out to beaches and hiking trails, snowy mountains and waterfall viewpoints.

A week later, virtually all outdoor recreation in Oregon had closed, including every national forest, all state parks, most national parks and a growing number of local parks across the state as officials responded to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and a population that just couldn’t stay away from nature.

The closures coincided with Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order banning all nonessential travel outside the home until further notice. The order also shut down playgrounds and closed all public and private campgrounds in the state.

The sudden wave of closures left many Oregonians reeling, wondering if there was some way to keep our cherished outdoor spaces open while maintaining public health. How and why were these severe decisions made?

READ MORE: Oregon trails and parks that have closed to the public

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A hiker rests at the top of Cape Falcon, part of Oswald West State Park on the northern Oregon coast.Jamie Hale/The Oregonian


As the coronavirus began to spread across the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department had a plan in place: advise all park visitors to maintain social distance, while beginning an orderly two-week shutdown of state park campgrounds.

At the time, public health officials were still recommending people go out hiking as a way to relax and maintain physical health. As long as people maintained the recommended six feet of social distance, there wouldn’t be a problem, they said.

But as the spring equinox sun carried into the first weekend of Oregon schools’ spring break, it quickly became clear that social distancing in parks was going to be a tall order.

“You always hold out hope that people will listen when you say, ‘don’t clump up,’” state parks spokesman Chris Havel said. “That didn’t happen.”

Instead people flooded state parks. Day-use areas and campgrounds were crowded. It was true in the Willamette Valley and way out in the high desert, but especially on the Oregon coast.

Throngs of visitors at beaches and in small towns alarmed local residents. Officials in towns up and down the coast told visitors to leave, closing local campgrounds, shutting down hotels and short-term lodging, and giving tourists 24 hours to go home.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is not just an opportunity for a traveling vacation,” Tillamook Mayor Suzanne Weber said in a video message. “It’s a threat to our very lives.”

That development shook up the state parks department’s plans, Havel said. Officials suddenly saw the urgency of the moment. On Sunday afternoon, March 22, the department closed all campgrounds and day-use sites immediately, shutting down the entire state park system.

“This is not going the way we expected, and the local communities made a very good point,” Havel said of the department’s thinking that weekend. “The timelines here aren’t being dictated by our plans.”