Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation during a swim class.

Everyone, regardless of ability, deserves choices for health, leisure, recreation and wellness to enhance quality of life. Lakewood's Therapeutic Recreation Program is committed to providing these choices. They provide special and inclusive recreation opportunities to individuals of all abilities, age six through senior adult. 

Signup for fun outdoor activities!

Starting mid-August, we will be meeting outside for fun, and we hope to see you there! Signup online by following the buttons below. Contact Missy at with any questions.

Wednesday Walks in the Park

Happens every Wednesday from 4-5 p.m. starting August 19. Activity Code 336016. Register Now

Lawn Games

Meet us in Carmody Park to play classic and new lawn games. It happens Friday, August 21 from 4-6 p.m. Activity Code 336017. Register Now

Unified Softball Team

Register now for our unified softball team this fall! Activity Code 236404. Register Now
If you have questions or need assistance with the unified team, contact Ray at

Contact Us

The therapeutic recreation team is here to help you find the right services for your needs.
Phone: 303-987-4867 


A group of Saturday bowling participants pose at the bowling alley.

Fall 2020 Activities 

Starting mid-late August, we will be offering the following fun activities outdoor activities:

Therapeutic recreation typically provides a variety of year-round activities. Many of these activities are currently on hold due to COVID-19. 

  • Dances (not currently being offered)
  • Field trips (not currently being offered)
  • Saturday bowling league (not currently being offered)
  • Special Olympics (not currently being offered)
  • Unified sports teams (Fall softball is being offered)

As with any recreation program, an appropriate level of independence, self care and behavior is required from our participants. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide 1:1 supervision during any of our programs. Our program staff do not provide hands on personal care to participants unless otherwise noted.


If a participant requires additional assistance, a provider or parent may join the program at no cost except certain program expenses.


Ages: 18 and up
Fee at the door: $5 resident and non-resident (passes available)
Location: Clements Community Center

Come dance the night away! Fee includes DJ, snacks and door prizes. You may pay $5 at the door or purchase a Dance Punch Pass in advance. Cost for passes is $40 for 10 punches or $20 for 5 punches. Punches do not expire and can be used year-round.

Dance passes may be purchased at any Recreation Center front desk or by calling 303-987-4800


None at this time.

Saturday Bowling League

Dates: No upcoming league dates at this time.
Ages: 18 and up
Fee: $88 for a 14-week bowling pass
Location: Bowlero Bowling Alley - Green Mountain View Map
Purchase a Pass: Please contact the Charles Whitlock Recreation Center front desk at 303-987-4800 to purchase a bowling pass for the season.

Join us for Saturday morning bowling! This league is for the beginner, causal or avid bowler. You bowl two games on a team of four bowlers. It is a great chance to work on your bowling skills and hang out with friends.

Inclusion and Sign Language Interpreter Services

Lakewood welcomes individuals of all ages and abilities into our programs and activities. Individuals with disabilities are welcome to register for any recreation class or program. In order to provide a successful experience, please contact our Therapeutic Recreation team at 303-987-4867 or

Our staff can assist in discussing adequate accommodations, or adaptations that can be made to ensure the success of participants of all abilities. We ask that you help us prepare for any program adaptations, accommodations or interpreting services by contacting us at least two weeks prior to the program beginning.

Financial Assistance

Are you a Lakewood resident in need of program fee assistance? The Lakewood Possibilities Fund may be able to help.

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Camp Paha

A staff member and Camp Paha participant create a superhero costume.

Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation offers two summer day program options for individuals with disabilities: 

  • Camp Paha for youth ages 6 to 17
  • Paha Adults in Transition (PAT) for young adults ages 18 to 25. 

Camp Paha and PAT are held for seven weeks, typically, mid-June through the end of July (with half-summer options available). Both programs run 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The staff to participant ratio is 1:4.

Support Paha

Online auction happening now! Join Friends of Paha for their annual Sip, Savor and Support fundraiser. This year, the auction is completely online. Bid on a variety of wonderful items, experiences and getaways and proceeds will go to Camp Paha. The auction is open now through Saturday, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. 

Visit the Auction

About the Camps


Offering safe, challenging and fun leisure, recreational and educational opportunities for youth ages 6-17, Camp Paha provides an array of activities including swimming, sports, games, nature, music, drama, hiking, arts and crafts and field trips within the community. Camp Paha is licensed by the State of Colorado as a childcare program.


Created in 2012, PAT is a summer day program experience tailored for young adults ages 18-25. In addition to leisure and recreation opportunities, PAT focuses on skill building and independence, developing work skills, self-advocacy, safety and life skill development. PAT participants engage in daily activities, and they plan for and go on field trips within the community.


  • Provide opportunity for fellowship and fun.
  • Provide an opportunity for developing awareness about self, others and the environment.
  • Give emphasis to citizenship and being a member of a group through the day program experience.



Category Session A
June 8-26
Session B
July 6-24
Extended Camp 
(limited spots available)
July 27-29
 Non-refundable registration fee (one time only) $50
Residents of Lakewood $725 $725 $100
Non-residents $930 $930 $120

Registration Instructions

Registration typically opens in January/February. Instructions will be added here before that time.

Contact Us 

To speak with someone about Camp Paha or Paha Adults in Transition, please contact Therapeutic Recreation staff.
By email:
By phone: 303-987-4867

Support Paha

Friends of Paha, a nonprofit organization (not a City of Lakewood entity), helps support our summer day programs. Without this support, tuition and fees would more than double, making these programs too expensive for some. Please consider supporting Friends of Paha in their noble mission.

Special Olympics

The special olympics swimming class takes a fun group photo at a competition.

Are you a sports fan and always wanted to be on a team or play sports? Well this is your opportunity!

The Special Olympics program offers athletes with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in leagues or in individual competitions within the Special Olympics guidelines and structure. 

The Special Olympics Colorado mission is to “provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.”

Special Olympics Programs

Several programs are offered throughout the year, including:

• Bowling League - Fall/Winter/Spring
• Swimming - Winter/Spring
• Flag Football - Fall
• Track & Field – Winter/Spring

There are opportunities to get involved as an athlete, coach, partner or volunteer.

Contact Us

Interested or have further questions? Contact the therapeutic recreation team.



Get Involved

Therapeutic recreation participants at a Colorado Rockies game.

Therapeutic recreation utilizes part time (variable) staff to support many of its programs. Our staff come from a variety of backgrounds and many have full time jobs, working or volunteering for our programs in their spare time. Without their support, many programs could not function.


Many of our programs are supported by volunteers interested in building community and learning more about working with people with disabilities. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities in our therapeutic recreation programs, including our dance the third Friday of every month. 

Contact the Therapeutic Recreation Department at or 303-987-4867 for more information.


Participants prepare to pour water on the head of a staff member. SUMMER INTERNSHIP

The City of Lakewood's Therapeutic Recreation Department offers a summer internship experience focused on community-based therapeutic recreation services.

The intern will assist in providing goal-oriented leisure programs for individuals with disabilities ranging in age from six yrs. through adult, primarily through our Summer Day Camp. Additional opportunities include organizing Special Olympics programs, specialty classes, social engagements and community outings. This internship experience will address all NCTRC Job Task Analysis areas through various areas of programming and prepare interns for both the NCTRC Certification Exam as well as entry-level therapeutic recreation positions.


Application Window: December 15-January 15

Internship Start/End: May-August


Length of Internship: 15 weeks, 40 hours per week (total 600 hours)

Internship Supervisor: Full-time CTRS (Meets all NCTRC site supervisor standards)


Note: Interns are hired with the city for minimum wage. Interns are covered by workman’s compensation for on the job injury or illness. Interns are strongly encouraged to carry their own medical and liability insurance. Interns are eligible for mileage reimbursement when using their own vehicles to transport themselves in between sites.

A staff member and participant in a pool. INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a current senior in the process of obtaining a degree from an accredited college or university in Therapeutic Recreation and working to complete NCTRC requirements.
  • Have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in Therapeutic Recreation coursework.
  • Applicants must pass a background check prior to an offer being made. 
  • Applicants must complete additional paperwork as mandated by the State of Colorado for Child Care Licensing including but not limited to passing additional background checks and providing documentation of a minimum of 460 hours supervising 4 or more children at a time.


To apply, please visit our Lakewood jobs listing during the application window, search for “Therapeutic Recreation Intern” and then click "Apply". 

The application process consists of a general application and supplemental questions and will also require the attachment of a cover letter, resume, college transcripts and two letters of recommendation. Applications will be screened and reviewed for eligibility. Successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. 


Contact the Therapeutic Recreation team at or 303-987-4867 for more information.


Therapeutic recreation utilizes part time (variable) staff to support many of its programs. Open positions are posted on the city's employment listing when available. 

Support Paha

Friends of Paha, a nonprofit organization (not a City of Lakewood entity), helps support our summer day programs. Without this support, tuition and fees would more than double, making these programs too expensive for some.

Please consider supporting Friends of Paha in their noble mission.