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Alsip, IL, January 2021 – South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA) rang in the new year with a generous donation from the Mayor of Alsip, John Ryan. The Mayor's office received a check for $500 from local business BP Circle K in Alsip (12230 S. Cicero Ave.) Owners Dipak Byatt and Mayur Patel wanted to give back to the community and asked the Mayor to designate the donation to a local charity in need. He chose to “pay it forward” to SWSRA. SWSRA’s first phone call of the new year came from Administrative Assistant to the Mayor, Becky Smith, who delivered the good news and stated, “SWSRA is such an amazing organization that does so much for so many individuals with disabilities and special needs and has always been there to help out with the Village functions.” Mayor John Ryan added, “We are so grateful for SWSRA’s service to our most precious residents and are blessed to have such a great business community that cares about the welfare of others especially during these hard times.”

SWSRA accepted the donation and is "Thankful beyond words" and will use this donation to continue virtual programs and help our participants have fun while safe-at-home.

Feel-Good News to Start the FUN in 2021

Want to work for SWSRA?

SWSRA is always looking for people to join our team. Whether you want a paid job or just want to volunteer, SWSRA has what you're looking for! 

Click HERE to find out what opportunities are available.


SWSRA Mission Statement:
Our mission is to serve individuals with disabilities in their need for recreation so that all persons in our member communities may experience and enjoy positive leisure opportunities.


SWSRA Vision Statement:
SWSRA will be the leading community-based provider of quality special recreation programs for individuals with disabilities and is consistently setting new standards of value to meet the changing needs of our participants and our member communities.




South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA) is a special recreation cooperative comprised of the following:


Alsip Park District

Blue Island Park District 

Hickory Hills Park District

Village of Merrionette Park

Midlothian Park District 

Palos Heights Recreation Department 

Posen Park District

Worth Park District


South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA)


SWSRA is a special recreation cooperative comprised of the following: Alsip Park District, Blue Island Park District, Hickory Hills Park District, Village of Merrionette Park, Midlothian Park District, Palos Heights Recreation Department, Posen Park District, and Worth Park District.


SWSRA was formed in 1981 to provide year-round quality recreation programs and services for individuals with disabilities or special needs. SWSRA programs are designed to increase independence and enhance the quality of life for each individual.   A wide variety of programs are available for individuals from early childhood through adulthood.  The programs are designed to meet the individual recreation needs of any person who is in special education classes, participates in a sheltered workshop, is referred to SWSRA from a local hospital or rehabilitation center, or whose special needs restrict or prohibit their participation in traditional park district or recreation department programs.  This would include individuals who have varying degrees of physical or mental disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior disorders, attention deficit disorders, and hearing or visual impairments.


“Say Cheese!”

SWSRA occasionally takes photographs or video of participants for promoting/advertising our programs, services, events, activities, and facilities in our brochures, website or agency social media, and other promotional avenues. By registering for, participating in or attending  SWSRA programs, events, or other activities, the participant (or parent/guardian of a minor participant) irrevocably agrees to the use and distribution by the  SWSRA of his or her image (or of his minor child/ward) in photographs, video recordings, and any other electronic reproductions of such programs, events and activities for any purpose without inspection or approval and without compensation, rights to royalties or any other consideration now and in the future.




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Find us: 

Apollo Recreation Center​

12521 S. Kostner Ave. Alsip, IL 60803

Phone: 708-389-9423 Fax: 708-389-6458

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