FNSB Parks and Recreation Adaptive Recreation Program

Organization Sponsor:  Fairbanks North Star Borough Department of Parks & Recreation


Program Description

Adaptive Recreation works within the Department of Parks and Recreation to provide recreational programs for the population of Fairbanks and North Pole who have a disability.  
Our programs change with the seasons, from biking and hiking in the summer to snow shoeing and x-c skiing in the winter with almost everything else in between.

Bowling :Bowlers keep your scores improving. This is a low impact activity that is a successful form of exercise.This activity is for all ages. Come bowl with us on Mondays 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.  

Exercise & Weight Lifting:This program allows you to utilize the exercise equipment available at Mary Siah Recreation Center.There are weight machines as well as cardio equipment to attain or maintain physical fitness  Come join us for fitness fun! Tuesdays, 2:30 -3:30 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Game Night: This program include playing board games, card games , Bingo, Pictionary, Charades, and lots of laughter.Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m

Walking: This is a low impact activity that is a successful form of exercise. Wednesdays night 4:30-5:30.

Rec Night:Have fun playing team sports, relay races, and more.Wednesday night  6:00-7:30 p.m. 

Art:Experience the many different mediums for art projects. This is for all levels of artistic abilities.Thursdays  4:30-6:00 pm.

Adaptive/ Under 18 Swim: This is a swim session for young people experiencing physical disability and younger participants. A lap lane is provided during this swim for those individuals who wish to increase their strength and endurance. Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 pm 

Over 18 Recreational Swimming:This swimming session is geared for the more active adult  swimmer. Thursdays, 7:40-8:40 pm.

Cultural Enrichment Activities:Each week there is a different activity available in the community. Fridays, 4:00 –7:00 pm Summer July and August.

Friday, July 11th Chena Lake Day Picnic Time: 10:00 am-4:30 pm A-L bring a dessert or fruit to share. M-Z bring a side dish, veggies, or chips to share Hamburgers, hotdogs, buns and beverages will be provided. Transportation from Big Dipper.

Friday, July 18th Movie @ Regal Cinema Time: 4:00 –7:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier)Cost: $25.00 ticket & snacks.

Friday, July 25th Dinner @ Denny’s Time: 4:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier)Cost: $22.00 meal, beverage & Gratuity Friday, August 1st Tanana Valley Fair Time: 12:00 –5:00 pm Cost: $10.00 admission & personal $$$$$ Must be dropped off @ 11:45 am and picked up by 5:00 pm at the BLUE Gate.

Friday, August 8th Movie @ Regal Cinemas Time 4:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier) Cost: $25.00 ticket & snacks Friday, August 15th Dinner @ Mayflower Time: 4:00-7:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier Cost: $22.00 meal, beverage, & gratuity.

Friday, August 22nd Fishing & Subway Time: 4:00 pm (pick-up starts earlier) Cost: $20.00 Subway & ice cream Current fishing license, coat , bug spay, water bottle and outer wear for current weather.

Friday, August 29th Garden Harvest & Root Beer Floats Time: 4:00-7-00pm Cost: $5.00
We will be at our garden which is behind the Dipper to harvest the vegetables from our garden, then enjoy a root beer float.


Funding Sources: 

FNSB Parks and Recreation

Strategies For Sustainability: 

  The Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for developing and maintaining the Borough’s park system, its indoor recreational facilities, and for providing year-round recreational programs to meet the diverse needs of the community.  It offers programs for all ages, from tots to seniors, and the disabled.  The department also hosts and assists in the presentation of a number of special events, as well as supervision of the Carlson CommunityActivity Center

Key Elements Towards Success: 

 Facilities and programs are developed through a comprehensive plan which relies on community input.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

People with disabilities don't have the opportunity to get out much. This program was designed to create a wide variety of exercise and cultural experiences.

Length and Stage of Project: 

Formally called the Therapeutic Program, it has grown and developed since 1994.

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