Disability Services

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.

The purpose of the Disability Services Team is to “provide Prince George’s County residents with disabilities opportunities to participate in community recreation programs of their choice.” 

Therapeutic Recreation Programs

Therapeutic Recreation (TR) programs meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and facilitate the development of leisure and recreation skills, socialization, independence, and overall quality of life. Programs are highly structured utilizing trained staff, adapted equipment, and activities accompanied by a high staff/participant ratio with small participant groups. Therapeutic Recreation programs are for Prince George’s County residents only.

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Programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Adapted aquatics, sports, and outdoor programs
  • After School programs
  • Art programs
  • Fitness/Health and Wellness programs
  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies (Veterans)*
  • Performing Arts Club*
  • Special Events
  • Summer Day Camps
  • Teen and Adult Social Clubs*

*Membership programs

Find a therapeutic recreation class (there are a lot!!) or read more about our special programs below.

For more information email DisabilityServices@pgparks.com or call the Special Programs Division at 301-446-3400; Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

C.H.O.I.C.E.S.

Choose a Hands-on Opportunity, Integrating into Community, Empowered Self-direction.

Parks & Recreation CHOICES is a resource developed for Prince George’s County adult residents with developmental and intellectual disabilities. With a focus on weekday and daytime opportunities, learn all that Parks & Recreation CHOICES has to offer. Sign up, get involved, and give a new activity a try!

C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Calendar

visual calendar of CHOICES activities

Services

CHOICES offers free and low-cost recreational and social activities, including $5 fitness classes. “Try-It Clinics” provide the chance to learn a new sport or activity. The weekly walking group, “KiloMEETers” meets at paved trails and indoor tracks. There are recurring monthly programs including but not limited to BINGO, Art, Zumba and Movie Days.

CHOICES was developed for individuals who live in a group home, attend a day program, utilize self-directed services with an aide, or live independently, and are seeking meaningful activities and social opportunities Monday-Friday from 10am-2pm.

Participation Guidelines

  • Have an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Must be an adult, aged 18 and up.
  • Graduated High School and live in Prince George’s County
  • This is a self-directed program; no direct supervision or personal care is provided.
  • Each registrant who is not fully independent will need a companion/staff/family member to accompany them to activities. Companions do not need to register.

Additional Information

To learn more about the program, please email CountywideTRprograms@pgparks.com, or call the Special Programs Division at 301-446-3400; Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies (For Veterans)

program logo

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation recognizes the challenges faced by veterans returning home with a disability. To help meet veterans’ wellness needs, the Department established a chapter of the Healthy Minds Healthy Bodies program in 2011 for FREE to qualified veterans.

Eligibility

  • Serves all military veterans
  • 10% or more service-related disability
  • Honorable discharge

Applications

To learn more about the program, please complete an “Interest Form”
or email HealthyMindsHealthyBodies@pgparks.com, or call the Special Programs Division at 301-446-3400; Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

Services

HMHB program is designed to provide fitness, recreation, peer support, and networking opportunities for qualified veterans and their families. As a veteran accepted as a member of the HMHB Program, you will receive:

Monthly Social & Recreational Events
  • HMHB members-only recreational classes and clinics
  • Information about events and local veteran resources sent out via a monthly e-Newsletter
One-Year Promotional Pass (OYPP)
  • Fitness & Aquatics Combo Pass valid for entry into ANY of Prince George’s County, Department of Parks and Recreation’s:
    • 45+ Community Centers & Fitness Centers
    • 13 Aquatic Facilities
  • Only one (1) Promotional Pass per qualified veteran
    • Valid for one (1) year from the date of issue
    • Passes do NOT include Group Fitness or Aquatics Classes
  • Members can also designate a “Workout Partner” to receive a One-Year Promotional Pass to serve as a battle buddy in the gym for motivation and support. Workout Partners must have a Parks Direct Account.
Personal Training
  • Members receive up to fifteen (15) 1-hour Personal Training Sessions with a trainer certified in Post-Rehabilitation Exercise
  • HMHB Personal Training is currently only located at the following facilities:

Wayne K. Curry, Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
8001 Sheriff Road Landover, MD 20785

Southern Area Aquatics & Recreation Complex 
13601 Missouri Avenue Brandywine, MD 20613

Social Clubs

Designed to provide a variety of community-based recreational activities and experiences, social clubs are a great way to socialize, make friends, recreate, learn new hobbies, and stay active in the community!

Participation Guidelines

  • Must reside in Prince George’s County
  • Have an intellectual or developmental disability
  • Meet the age requirements of the club

Membership

Registration for 2023-2024 Club is currently closed. Registration for 2024-2025 clubs begins in December 2024.

  • Clubs meet twice a month; activities are facilitated and supervised by trained, experienced staff.
  • Once registered, you will receive a newsletter each month. Sign up for the activities that interest you; events may have an additional fee of $5 and up, depending on the activity. 
  • To pay for Membership Fees by placing a credit on your account, log in to Parks Direct with your account. Under “History & Balances”, visit “Add Credit”.

In-Person Teen Social Clubs (Ages 13-21)

  • Enrollment for the Teen Scene Social Club begins in August – October of the school year.
  • Fee is $55 for the school year, September- June; meets twice a month at meetup location.
  • Various activities can include Paint & Sip, Games and Arcades, Themed Parties, Bowling, Movie Day/Nights.
  • Exclusive members-only monthly newsletters.

In-Person Adult Social Club (Ages 21+)

  • Enrollment for the Adult Social Club will begin on January 3, thru March 31, 2024.
  • Fee is $70 for the year; meets twice a month at meetup location
  • Various activities can include Paint & Sip, Games and Arcades, Trips in the DMV area such as festivals, movie theater, sport venues to name a few.
  • Exclusive members-only monthly newsletters.

Requirements

The Commission is committed to providing quality parks and recreation opportunities in a safe, healthy, and enjoyable environment. Therefore, participants are required to conduct themselves, with or without reasonable accommodations, in a rational and reasonable manner, and in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Commission.

Additional Information

For more information about these Social Clubs, email CountywideTRPrograms@pgparks.com or call 301-446-3400; Fax: 301-446-3401.

Program Access

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is dedicated to providing quality services and recreation programs that are inclusive and accessible to all patrons. The Commission will ensure compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 by taking all reasonable steps to remove barriers to participation in programs and services. The Commission is committed to maximizing program participation.

For more information email Program.Access@pgparks.com or call the Program Access Office at 301-249-7200; Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

Adaptive Equipment

Adaptive Equipment available include, but are not limited to:

  • Accessible Golf Carts
  • Adult Changing Tables
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Adaptive Archery
  • Water Walkers
  • Water Wheelchairs

Inclusion Services Provided

Services include, but are not limited to:

Reasonable Accommodations & Modifications Request

Reasonable accommodations and modifications for individuals with disabilities are offered in our general recreation programs. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

Request Forms

Learn more about the different interpretive services available.

Patrons with questions regarding program accessibility and requests for reasonable accommodations should:

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Contact the facility in which the program resides.

Requests for accommodations should be made at least 14 calendar days in advance of the program start date.

Complaints/concerns should be filed within 14 calendar days of the incident/occurrence.

Concerns and requests should be placed in writing and include information on the specific program/service, location of program, requested accommodation, and/or incident/occurrence.

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If the facility does not resolve the request / complaint within 14 calendar days.

Communicate directly to the departmental administration any concerns, which are not resolved within 14 calendar days by the program facility, and/or any compliance violations. Compliance violations should be filed within 14 calendar days of an incident/occurrence. They may be filed initially with the program facility or directly with the departmental contact.

Recreation & Leisure Services

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What to do if the request / concern is still not addresses after contacting the facility and the administering department?

If there is no satisfactory resolution of an issue within 14 calendar days of notification to the department, the patron may contact the Office of the Executive Director.

Accessibility Policy Notices