Inclusion Program

The Oregon Park District is proud of our Inclusion Program that officially kicked off in February 2018.  Inclusion within the Oregon Park District means individuals with special needs are blended into the same recreation programs and activities as their peers. The Oregon Park District will work with you to provide reasonable accommodations to enable the participant’s successful involvement in a program.

The Oregon Park District provides year-round programs for patrons with and without disabilities that focus on skill development, independence, socialization, sense of enjoyment and self-awareness. Inclusion services are offered to create an opportunity for people with special needs to participate in the least restrictive environment and be included in all Park District programs. Inclusion allows the participant to participate in any Park District program with the support of an inclusion companion or other accommodations.  

Through a comprehensive approach, the Oregon Park District is confident that we can better serve individuals with special needs in any of our Park District programs. At the time of registration, the participant or guardian simply checks the box indicating a need for a special accommodation. An employee will then contact the participant or guardian to discuss further details to provide the best choice to allow the individual to be successful. For more information or questions contact Amanda Zimmermann at 815-732-3101.


Special Events for Special Needs

Angelfish Program

Please see our Swimming Lessons page for more information on our Angelfish Program.


Sensory Egg Hunt

We are EGGcited to have you participate in the Oregon Park District’s first sensory friendly Easter Egg Hunt April 20th.

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2019
Time:  9:30 a.m.
Location:  Oregon Park West
Details:  Participants will be inside fenced in diamond #2 for the actual hunt giving parents the comfort of knowing that the activity will be in a confined space.  Participants will collect empty eggs and redeem them for a prize after the hunt.  Prizes will include toys, coupons and PEANUT FREE candy/food.

Your entire Family is welcome to attend. If you could share a little information with us to help our staff be more prepared for our participants, it would be appreciated.


Inclusion Halloween Carnival ~ In cooperation with VOP & OCEC

Do you DARE to attend our SPOOKY carnival?

It is our pleasure to partner with the Village of Progress and Ogle County Educational Cooperative to offer a carnival for individuals with special needs.  Participants enjoy playing games, earning “creepy cash,” posing at the photo booth, getting their face painted or a temporary tattoo, and picking out a Halloween prize.

Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Time:  12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Location:  Nash Recreation Center Gym

Questions?  Please contact Debbie Leffelman.