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. Pre-registration is required for all activities. Signup online by following the buttons below. For assistance, email

Financial assistance is available via the Lakewood Possibilities Fund

RISE Dances

Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $5
Location: Clements Community Center
Come dance the night away the third Friday of the month.  Fee includes music, snacks, and door prizes.  Pre-registration is required.

Upcoming dances:
- January 20 New Years Masquerade
- February 17 Sweethearts
- March 17 Lucky Leprechaun
- April 21 Luau

Register for Dances

Special Olympics

Join us for Special Olympics!  The Lakewood Spring Sports include Swimming, Basketball, and Track and Field. 

Register for Special Olympics

Bowling League

Beginning, casual and avid bowlers are all welcome to join our Special Olympics Bowling League. Pre-registration is required! No drop-in.

Ages: 18 and up
Fee: $90 resident, $120 nonresident
Location: Lakewood Bowlero Bowling Alley 
Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 21-May 6, 2023, 10 a.m.-noon
Bowling Banquet:  May 13th 10 a.m.-Noon  Clements Community Center 
Fee: $10

Register for Bowling 

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.

Camp Paha

Paha staff and campers group photo.

Camp Paha 2023

Camp registration opens February 7, 2023 for residents and February 9, 2023 for nonresidents.


Register for Camp Paha



Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Session A: June 12 - June 30th (no camp June 19th)
Session B: July 10 - July 28th

Session A: 
$700 Residents $900 Nonresidents
Session B: $750 Residents $950 Nonresidents

Camper scholarships are available through the nonprofit Friends of Paha. Visit for more information.

LOCATION: Fletcher Miller School


About Camp Paha

Camp Paha is a unique summer day camp for children and young adults ages 6-25 with disabilities living in Lakewood and surrounding communities. Enjoy swimming, sports, games, nature, music, sensory, arts, crafts, and field trips in a safe, challenging, and fun environment. Camp Paha is licensed by the State of Colorado as a childcare program.

Camp Goals 

  • 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.

Paha staff and campers group photo.

Campers and staff pose for a group photo.

Get Involved

Therapeutic recreation participants at a Colorado Rockies game.

Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation utilizes volunteers, interns and 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. Learn more about how you can get involved by browsing the sections below. 


For questions, contact the therapeutic recreation team at or 303-987-4867.


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 monthly dance, which is held on the third Friday of every month at Clements Community Center.


Contact the therapeutic recreation team at or 303-987-4867.


A staff member and participant in a pool.


Lakewood Therapeutic Recreation Department offers a spring and summer internship experience focused on community-based therapeutic recreation services.

The intern assists in providing leisure and recreation programs for individuals with disabilities ranging in age from six yrs. through adult.

  • Spring interns supports our year-round program offerings and assist in camp preparations.
  • Summer interns primarily support our summer day camp, Camp Paha.

Additional opportunities include organizing Special Olympics programs, specialty classes, social engagements and community outings and events. 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: Rolling 

  • 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 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.


  • 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.


Fill out an interest form via the link below. A staff member will reach out to you to discuss the internship further. 

Complete an Interest Form


To apply, visit our Lakewood jobs listing, search for “Therapeutic Recreation Intern” and 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. 

Apply Now 


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 Camp 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.

Friends of Paha


Contact Us

Phone: 303-987-4867