Douglas County Georgia

Living. Growing. Prospering.

Departments » Parks and Recreation >> Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation

Contact: Jessica Morgan, CTRS, TRI - Therapeutic Coordinator

2105 Mack Road - Deer Lick Park
Douglasville, Georgia 30135
Phone: 770.920.7129
Fax: 770.920.7191

jmorgan@co.douglas.ga.us




COVID-19 Update:



Dear Douglas County Citizens:

The following Parks and Recreation facilities will open at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 1, 2020:

Walking Trails:
Clinton Park
Deer Lick Park
Boundary Waters trails
Dog River trails
FairPlay Park walking track

Disc Golf Courses:
Dog River Disc Golf Course
Boundary Waters Disc Golf Courses
Deer Lick Disc Golf Courses

Due to the coronavirus, all RESTROOMS and other Parks and Recreation facilities will remain closed to the public at this point. Including pavilions, gazebos, and playgrounds. All users of the walking trails and/or the disc golf courses shall need to continue practice social distancing at all times.

As re-evaluations/reassessments are made, we will update our website to keep the public informed. Thank you for your understanding during these trying and unprecedented times. Our park staff looks forward to seeing you all again soon. For any inquiries beyond this notice please feel free to contact Jessica Morgan via email at jmorgan@co.douglas.ga.us I will answer all emails as quickly as I can. Thank you.




What is Therapeutic Recreation?

As defined by the National Therapeutic Recreation Society, Therapeutic Recreation uses treatment, education, and recreation services to help people with illnesses, disabilities, and other conditions to develop and use leisure opportunities in ways that enhance their health, functional abilities, independence, and quality of life. Therapeutic Recreation includes functional intervention, leisure education, and recreation participation. These three elements enable people with limitations to improve functional abilities, enhance well-being, and increase independence; learn recreation skills and attitudes that can be used throughout life; and experience health and growth through rewarding leisure and recreation experiences. We help those with special needs improve cognitive, emotional, social, physical, leisure, and spiritual functioning through purposeful use of Recreation and intervention techniques.

All of the programs, special events and services offered through Douglas County Parks and Recreation are available to all eligible persons regardless of race, gender, age, disability or religion.

We need your help!
Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section strives to deliver the best programs, goods and services to its consumers. We are constantly seeking ways to enhance and add programs, events, classes and more! The Therapeutic Recreation Section relies on competent volunteers, proactive coaches, donations of gently used sports equipment, and community support and involvement on a variety of levels. If you would like more information on how you can help, please contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129.

Special Olympics
Special Olympics 
Special Olympics
Special Olympics Georgia, in collaboration with and facilitated through Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Our goal is to help bring persons with intellectual disabilities into the larger society under conditions whereby they are accepted, respected, and given the chance to become useful and productive citizens. When we achieve this goal through our sports programs, we demonstrate that Special Olympics has an unique value: to show the world that every person counts and that every person can be something good when we work together.

Douglas County Parks and Recreation's Therapeutic Recreation Section consistently offers opportunities for those persons who are interested in volunteering by supporting our local athletes. By becoming a volunteer, you may be eligible to receive free training by Special Olympics Certified Coaches, lodging during State competitions, as well as transportation.

We additionally offer Unified Sports in basketball, softball, bocce, tennis, equestrian, swimming, track and field, bowling, and power-lifting. Special Olympics Unified Sports is an initiative that combines approximately equal numbers of Special Olympics athletes and athletes without intellectual disabilities (called Partners) on sports teams for training and competition. Age and ability matching of athletes and Partners is defined on a sport-by-sport basis. Please contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129 for more information.

Resources
VSA Arts of Georgia
  • VSA Arts of Georgia provides access to the arts for people with disabilities and those with low income. VSA Arts of Georgia is a State-wide resource working with artists and organizations to fulfill our vision of an inclusive community that encourages everyone to enjoy and participate in the arts. These resources include, but are not limited to, Zoo Atlanta, the High Museum of Art, and Fox Theatre. Contact the Therapeutic Coordinator at 770.920.7129 for more information.


Camp and Special Events
Douglas County Parks and Recreation offers a Summer Camp during four weeks of the summer months, for ages 13 and older. camps include a T-Shirt and loads of inclusive travel opportunities to special locations, theme parks, historical sites, and other parks for days packed with fun. Call Jessica Morgan at 770-920-7129 or email jmorgan@co.douglas.ga.us for more info, registration dates, or to sign up. New campers will be required to go through an interview and assessment process for approval. Please check the website often as other special events will be added and updated accordingly.