SEASPAR

South East Association for Special Parks and Recreation

SEASPAR’s sole purpose is to provide dynamic programs and quality recreation services for people with disabilities residing in its twelve community service area.  This includes the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Lemont, Lisle, Westmont, Woodridge, and the Villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park, and Western Springs.  Anyone residing in those incorporated entities may participate in SEASPAR programs.

Since 1976, SEASPAR has provided year-round recreation programs for individuals with special needs. SEASPAR is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all SEASPAR residents with disabilities by providing excellence in recreation through program and services.


It is SEASPAR’s Vision to:  Discover Abilities, Achieve Potential, and Realize Dreams.  Join us as you discover your abilities, achieve your potential, and realize your dreams!


SEASPAR was founded with and continues to operate with the following core values:  Fun, Excellence, Service, Respect, and Accountability.


Come out to discover, achieve, realize, and have FUN!



Make sure to stop by the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle to pick up your copy of SEASPAR's program brochure today! For additional information, call 630-960-7600.



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SEASPAR Presents American English Concert - Annual Fundraiser

American English - THURSDAY, MAY 5
SEASPAR’s Annual Concert Fundraiser!

Doors Open at 6:00pm   •   Showtime at 7:00pm
The Tivoli Theatre - 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove


The award-winning Beatles tribute band American English returns to the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove on Thursday, May 5, for SEASPAR’s annual concert fundraiser!

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or by calling SEASPAR at 630.760.9600. Tickets may also be purchased at the SEASPAR office, Anderson’s Bookshop, or BankFinancial in Downers Grove. Get your seats early for this smashing concert event supporting SEASPAR’s services!

This event is generously sponsored by BankFinancial and Classic Cinemas – Tivoli Theatre.

For further information, contact SEASPAR at 630-960-7600 or visit www.seaspar.org.

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SEASPAR 9-Hole Golf Event - Annual Fundraiser

9-Hole Golf Event - TUESDAY, MAY 17
SEASPAR’s Annual Golf Fundraiser!

Registration opens at 11:00am   •   Shotgun Start at Noon
Downers Grove Golf Course - 2420 Haddow Ave., Downers Grove


Enjoy an afternoon on the greens at the Downers Grove Golf Course to raise funds supporting SEASPAR's mission of providing top-notch recreational programs and services to people with disabilities!

Tickets are $50/person and includes lunch. Registration opens at 11:00am, with a shotgun start at noon.This annual fundraiser will take place at the Downers Grove Golf Course.

Proceeds support SEASPAR's programs and services.

For further information, contact SEASPAR at 630-960-7600 or visit www.seaspar.org.

Click Here To Register Online



 

SEASPAR Summer Program Guide

Keep an eye on your mailboxes in mid-April for our summer program guide! From golf to water parks to baseball games, we've got the best warm-weather activities planned.


And don't forget about summer camp! This year, we're going "40 Leagues Under the SEASPAR" with Kids Camp for ages 5-12, Teen & Adult Camp for ages 13-22, Camp Carefree for participants with a physical disability or visual impairment, and more! Learn more about day camp on our website, or call 630.960.7600 to request a copy of the Day Camp Guide.

Online registration for all programs and events, including day camp, begins April 11 and ends May 2. Let's make this the best summer ever!


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SEASPAR is Now Hiring Inclusion Aides!

SEASPAR is currently hiring dependable and enthusiastic individuals to work as Inclusion Aides.


Inclusion Aides are responsible for supporting and assisting one or more individuals with a disability requiring specialized intervention in order to participate in a park district program.


Opportunities are available to work before and after school programs, sports, preschool, holiday events, days off school, and more!


Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Rate of pay is based on the individual’s education and experience.


Click Here to Learn More or Apply Online



 

SEASPAR's EAGLES Monarch Butterflies

SEASPAR's EAGLES Discovered An Oasis For Monarch Butterflies

In the summer of 2015, SEASPAR's EAGLES group at the Lisle Recreation Center discovered an oasis for monarch butterflies and took the opportunity to explore the life cycle of this beautiful creature! This project has been especially meaningful for EAGLES, since it reinforces our belief that, "Until you spread your wings, you have no idea how far you can fly."

At the Lisle Recreation Center where our Lisle EAGLES meet, milkweed plants grow right outside of the building. Milkweed plants are the ONLY plants that monarch butterflies eat and use to lay their eggs.


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ADA Accomdation or Assistance for Programming

As part of SEASPAR's continuum of recreation programs, inclusive services are provided for residents who wish to participate in general recreation programs. For many individuals with disabilities, participation alongside their peers without disabilities is a beneficial and rewarding experience. SEASPAR provides services to enhance existing programs by training staff, adapting activities, developing behavioral modifications and/or providing additional support staff.


The Lisle Park District welcomes and supports the participation of individuals with special needs in all programs, activities, and services. If any person wishing to participate in a Lisle Park District program has special needs that must be accommodated to enable participation, that person (or parent/guardian) must notify the Park District. The Lisle Park District will do what is reasonably possible to satisfy those needs.


Steps To Secure ADA Acommodations or Assistance for Lisle Park District Programming:
  • 1. It is recommended to register for program(s) at least 2 weeks prior to program start date.
  • 2. Submit a request for ADA Accommodation or Assistance in any program. This request is required at time of registration. Please fill out the assistance or accommodations section on our program registration form.
    Request includes, but is not limited to: Inclusion Aides, Sign Language Interpreters, Adaptive Equipment and Accessible Transportation.
  • 3. Parent/Guardian will be contacted within 48 hours of registration to discuss and determine level of support needed. We will do our very best, but we can’t guarantee an aide will be secured prior to the program start date.
  • 4. If we are able to secure an aide, SEASPAR (South East Association for Special Parks And Recreation) or the AIDE will contact you. For more information about SEASPAR, visit seaspar.org.
  • 5. For more information, or if you have not heard anything a day prior to the program start date, please contact Mike Toohey, Superintendent of Recreation at 630-353-4305 or mtoohey@lisleparkdistrict.org.


 

Wonders - A Multi-Sensory Room

Engage Your Senses...at Wonders! SEASPAR's NEW Lisle Facility!

SEASPAR's new facility Wonders is located in the Lisle Recreation Center (East Side, Door 8), 1925 Ohio Street in LIsle. Our multi-sensory room contains interactive equipment that pleases your senses in a variety of unique and soothing ways.

Feel the vibration of the music as it plays through the Learning Chair, follow the motion of the bubbles as they move and change colors within the bubble tubes, make music with the wave of your hand, enjoy relaxing aromas, and make water ripple as you dip your toes into the pond projected on the floor.


Benefits of the multi-sensory room include:

  • Improved mood
  • Fewer disruptive behaviors
  • Decreased anxiety
  • Decreased fear
  • Improved communication
  • Enhanced interpersonal interactions


The room primarily benefits individuals of any age with:

  • Autism/Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • ADHD
  • Dementia





Multi-Sensory Room Features

Wonders’ specially-designed equipment appeals to the auditory, tactile, olfactory, and visual senses.

The Gesturetek Cube stimulates the senses by creating an interactive projection on the floor with entertaining games and a mazing gesture-controlled special effects.

The Soundbeam 5 converts your physical movements into sound and music. Individuals are enabled to communicate and express themselves through this contact-free musical instrument.

Bubble tubes provide multi-sensory feedback and stimulate the visual system. Individuals can control color changes, color change speed, and bubble flow with the push of a button.

The Vibroacoustic Learning Chair offers beanbag styling with sink-in-the-center, mold-to-the-body comfort, while the back and armrests provide moderate support. Music is played through the chair so that the individual is surrounded by the music and can also feel its vibrations.

Essential aromatherapy oils can be diffused into the room, dispersing a calming and pleasing scent.

Several comforting items are also available, including the Jumbo Love Bug, a beanbag chair, aromatic stuffed animals, weighted blankets, squeeze balls, and more.





Program Schedule

Registration through SEASPAR is required. All programs are a half hour long. Please refer to the current SEASPAR brochure, which can be picked up at the Lisle Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio Street in Lisle for additional details on the programs listed below.


Weekly Programs

Ages Day Time
5-10 Mondays 3:00-6:00pm
11-15 Tuesdays 3:30-6:30pm
16 & Up Tuesdays 7:00-8:00pm
5-10 Wednesdays 3:30-6:30pm

Sensory Sundays
Ages Time
3-5 1:00-2:00pm
6-10 2:00-3:00pm
11-15 3:00-4:00pm
Punch cards are required for access into the room. Cards are for $25 / 5 Visits & $50 / 12 Visits.

Mobility Motivation
Ages Day Time
All Ages Thursdays 5:00-6:30pm

Music
Ages Day Time
All Ages Fridays 4:00-6:00pm

Group Availability: Interested in bringing your group to Wonders? For more information, contact SEASPAR at 630-960-7600.


Waiting Area: A waiting area is adjacent to Wonders. Complimentary Wi-Fi and coffee are provided.