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WINTER 2022 Brochure is Coming Soon!

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SWSRA and the Board of Directors extend a warm welcome to Nicolette Lahman as the new Executive Director for SWSRA. Nicolette most recently worked as the Executive Director for Covenant Ability Network of Illinois and has held previous leadership positions at Clearbrook. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Deafness Rehabilitation from Northern Illinois University. We are excited and proud to introduce Nicolette to our communities.   

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.