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 Therapeutic Recreation is committed to providing these choices through special and inclusive recreation opportunities to individuals of all abilities, age six through senior adult. 

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Inclusion Services

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

We ask that you contact us at least two weeks prior to the program start date.


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

Upcoming activities

Get out and join us for fun activities! All activities will have health and safety rules in place. Signup online by following the links below and contact us at with any questions. 

Financial assistance is available via the Lakewood Possibilities Fund

RISE Dances

Ages: 18 and up
Fee at the door: $5 (passes available)
Location: Clements Community Center
RISE dances are back! Dances will be a little different, but just as much fun. A face mask that covers nose and mouth will be required throughout the dance. If you are unable to wear a mask, please join us on the Zoom version of the dance. Each participant will have a designated space they must stay in during the dance. There will be no snack, participants may bring a water bottle if desired. Dances will be 1 hour. Pre-registration is required. Please contact with any questions. Register now
Upcoming dances:

Special Olympics Swimming

Special Olympics is BACK! Come refine your swimming strokes and skills, as a part of the Lakewood Lightning Special Olympics Swim Team. All participants must have basic water safety skills. Register now

Supervision of participants

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.

Activities not currently offered

These activities are currently on hold due to COVID-19:

  • Field trips
  • Saturday bowling league

Camp Paha

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

The 2021 season is now over.

See you next year! 

About Camp Paha

Offering safe, challenging and fun leisure, recreational and educational opportunities for youth ages 6-25, 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.


  • 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.


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.

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.


We will not be offering a summer internship in 2021. Check back for summer 2022 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.

Contact Us

Phone: 303-987-4867