One of the gems here in Lake County, Ohio, is our Lake Metroparks system. Great places to hike, play and swim are minutes away from our homes. Each season they publish Parks Plus!, a big book of programs and activities for all ages, from children to seniors.
Among the many programs offered are those for children and adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Andy signs up for a few each season and he always has fun. He has made many friends through participating in Lake Metroparks programs. Each program is run by knowledgeable staff with plenty of volunteers to help out. Indoor and outdoor sports, music, nature lore, crafts, hiking, animal fun – they do it all!
Following are just a few of the upcoming adapted programs. See a complete list of programs at Lakemetroparks.com. You may register on-line or call 440-378-7275. You can pick up a copy of the Parks Plus! guide at your local library. I recommend you register early, some programs fill up fast! Even if a program you would like to go to is full, put your name on the waiting list. The program co-ordinator, Jim Meadows, his staff and volunteers do all they can to make sure anyone who wants to participate will be able to.
The Environmental Learning Center is the perfect place for an easy going nature walk. Watch birds, collect leaves, look for animal tracks. Search for newly blooming spring flowers and trees. Preserve your memories in your very own nature journal. You may make rubbings of leaves and tree bark, draw pictures, and/or collect items to put in your journal. The only limit is your imagination. No reading or writing required. For ages 8 through adults.
This annual dance is held at the elegant Pine Ridge Country Club. Girls, put on a pretty spring outfit! Guys, shine up your dancing shoes! Enjoy dinner, dancing and music provided by C. R. Entertainment. For teens ages 14 and up and adults of all ages.
Head to the beautiful Helen Hazen Wyman Park in Concord Township for a game of soccer followed by a tailgate dinner party. This will be an easy instructional game, fun for all ability levels. Appropriate for ages 10 and over.
Dust off your bike and take a ride on the flat, crushed gravel trail at Chagrin River Park then enjoy a snack when done. What will you see as you roll along? I know for a fact that a large variety of birds, deer and many raccoons make this park their home. Maybe you’ll see one peeking out as you ride by. Don’t let the raccoons steal your snack though! Bring your own bike. You must be able to ride at any level and the ride will be at your own pace. For ages 12 through adults.
Do you like to fish? Would you like to learn? This program is held in a very special place – Hidden Lake in Leroy Township. This lake has limited public access so the fish will be hungry! I took Andy to this program last year and everybody was pulling out fish left and right. Fishing poles and bait are provided or you may bring your own. You will especially appreciate the helpful volunteers who will bait your hook for you!
If you have any questions about Lake Metroparks adapted programs call program co-ordinator Jim Meadows at 440-585-3041 or email Jim, firstname.lastname@example.org. These programs are designed to accomodate a variety of ages and abilities. Feel free to contact Jim if you have questions about participation. All Lake Metropark activities are open to persons with disabilities. If you need accommodations for any activity just let them know.