Specialized Recreation


NEWS! Thanks to a generous donation from the PARC Foundation and Combined Fund Drive, we are able to offer scholarships for Fall 2015 Quarter.

Participation Scholarships: Scholarships are limited to $35 per person, per quarter. If you would like to be considered for a scholarship, call the Recreation Office to receive an application. Scholarship Applications must be turned in with your registration form.
Scholarships must be repaid if you do not cancel three business days in advance of the activity.

Attendant Fee Waivers:
There will be no charge for attendant fees during the Fall 2015 Quarter. Attendants still must register for programs and turn in their own registration form with their clients.

Payments by Credit Card:

Beginning the second week of September, costs associated with the credit card process will be passed on to the customer. The credit card fee charged will be 2.35% of the amount due or a minimum of $2.00 (whichever is greater).

This is only for payments made by credit card. You still have the option to pay by check or cash without any additional fees.

The Thurston County Recreation Services Department provides recreation programs and activities for people of different abilities. Our primary goal is to provide opportunities for learning and growth through the experience of recreation and leisure activities. We take pride working in partnership with the Cities of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey to provide activities and programs through Specialized Recreation.

These programs are designed to give persons with developmental and/or physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in events and activities within the community and surrounding area. Most are suitable for ages 16 and older and include day trips, monthly dances, bingo, Movie & Pizza Night, Dinner Club and fitness programs.

A link to our current brochure can be found on the right side of this page. General information on how to get started is below. Please see our current brochure for more detailed information.

Registration Information          (Back to Top)

Participant Profiles - Everyone who participates in Thurston County Recreation Services programs must complete an Intake Packet annually. This packet contains important information that we must have before participating in our programs.  Packets are available in our office or by mail. Call us at (360) 786-5595.

Fees - All fees must be paid when your registration is confirmed. For your convenience we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, cash and checks.

Late Pick Up - Fees will be charged for all participants picked up after a program has ended. Fees are assessed as follows:
16 - 30 minutes = $15, over 30 minutes = $30.  Staff will not supervise participants more than one hour past the programs end time.  NOTE - Thurston County Recreation staff arrive on site 15 minutes prior to the start of each program.

Weather Cancellation -  We provide an Information Line which will be updated only when a last minute weather related  change is necessary.  Unless otherwise stated on the Information Line recording, all programs will run as scheduled.  Check the Information Line on the day of your activity by calling 360-754-4371.

DDD Clients

Thurston County Recreation Services is a registered contractor with DSHS and is able to accept DDD respite funds for payment of activities. Contact your case manager for information.

If you have registered for a program and decide that you will not be attending, it is your responsibility to contact the Recreation Office three (3) business days prior to the program. If you do not notify the office you will be responsible for 100% of the program fee even if you do not attend.

You are responsible for paying any outstanding balances before registering for and/or participating in new activities.

Participant Needs          (Back to Top)

We strive to provide reasonable accommodations for all of our programs. However, there may be some trips that are not conducive for people who have limited mobility because of location or logistics. Please call prior to registration to see if the activity will work for you.

TCRS staff do not provide one-on-one attendant care for toileting, toilet transfers, feeding, or behavior management.
If this type of assistance is needed during program hours you must provide an Attendant. Registration fees for Attendants may apply and are listed in the current brochure.
Attendants who accompany participants are required to register and  remain with their client for the duration of the program.


Transportation          (Back to Top)

Unless otherwise stated, all trips depart from the Thurston County Recreation Services Office at 412 Lilly Road NE.
 Meet in the parking lot behind the building.

NOTE - Thurston County Recreation staff arrive on site 15 minutes prior to the start of each program.

Intercity Transit provides free travel training to anyone interested in learning to use bus route services. For information contact the IT Transportation Coordinator at (360) 705-5879.