The Department of Parks and Recreation has always taken great pride in providing recreation opportunities for ALL residents and visitors. In the fall of (2017), Department staff received comprehensive training from faculty and staff at the State University of New York at Cortland’s Inclusive Recreation Resource Center (IRRC) in partnership with Rochester Accessible Adventures (RAA).
The results of this training and site assessment were outlined in an “Inclusion Action Plan” which the Department has been implementing since the initial training period. To date, the Department of Parks and Recreation has made several facility modifications at the Recreation Center and Victor Municipal Park as well as providing accessible signage to the Auburn and Lehigh Valley Trails to become a more inclusive facility. In addition, the Department possesses a “Mobile Sensory Room” and several portable sensory kits to support ALL children in our recreation programs.
More recently, the Department applied for a grant through Victor-Farmington Rotary to construct an accessible seating area at the Victor Municipal Park bandshell and amphitheater. Also, the Department has applied for a grant through Senator Rich Funke and the New York State and Municipal Facilities Program for the design and construction of an Inclusive Playground for one of its parks.
The Department of Parks and Recreation works with the recreation staff at Ontario County ARC to collaborate on recreation programs, which are both specialized and inclusive. Anita O’Brien at Rochester Accessible Adventures (RAA) assists the Department in creating adaptive equipment and programming to create and encourage participation for ALL participants.