Inclusion Do you need assistance to fully participate in activities listed throughout the Recreator? The City of Fort Collins welcomes individuals of all abilities into our classes and programs

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Adaptive Recreation Opportunities

The Adaptive Recreation Opportunities program provides quality and equal opportunities for recreation and leisure programs to community members with disabilities. The ARO program offers healthy and fun experiences through the following three basic service areas.


Do you need assistance to fully participate in activities listed throughout the Recreator? The City of Fort Collins welcomes individuals of all abilities into our classes and programs. If you are interested in participation support, please indicate any special needs you may have when you register.

Note: Requests should be made at least two weeks before the class begins. Contact Renee Lee, CTRS, 970.224.6027,


If you need more assistance in making your recreation and leisure choices, but want to be as independent as possible, the Transition program might be right for you. Explore new experiences, learn about exciting recreation opportunities and meet new people.

A therapeutic recreation professional will help you develop your personal Passport to Recreation Profile and discuss your needs, strengths, and interests. Call 970.224.6027.

Specialized Programs

These programs are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities. They can be found in the Recreator identified by the symbol. The Alternative Programs are designed for adults with intellectual disabilities and focus on community activities and social outings. Program descriptions can be found in the Recreator in the Alternative Programs section and include monthly dances, outings, cooking, bowling, crafts and more!


There is no fee for personal care attendants providing needed assistance unless otherwise noted; however, attendants need to register separately and note whom they will be assisting.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are always needed, whether assisting with a few events or being a weekly support partner. No experience is necessary; training is provided. Join us for fun and adventure! Contact Renee Lee, CTRS, 970.224.6027,

Thank You

A huge thank you to our interns and fieldwork students and the many volunteers who help make our programs and services possible. We wouldn’t be able to do it without them!

Check out our webpage,

For additional information, please feel free to contact the ARO staff.

Renee Lee, CTRS, 970.224.6027,
Brenda McDowell, 970.416.2024,
ARO Interns, 970.224.6034,

Area Recreation Opportunities

Athletes in Tandem

Athletes in Tandem, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that actively participates in relationships with athletes who have a disability to enhance the quality of their lives by competing together in triathlons, running, biking and swimming events.

Dennis Vanderheiden, 970.217.6751,

Dance Express

Modern dance training and performance opportunities for people with and without disabilities.

Mary Elizabeth Lenahan, 970.493.2113,

Special Needs Swim

The Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement (SLiCE) office at Colorado State University matches volunteers with individuals with disabilities to provide one-on-one recreational and leisure swimming opportunities.


Trips & Tours for People with Special Needs

“Just for the Fun of It”

Joan Handley, 970.532.4032

Club Bunches

This social club includes people of all abilities who participate in weekday activities.

Christine Barrett, 970.282.0695

F.R.E.E. Front Range Exceptional Equestrians

Therapeutic horseback riding program.

Sherry Butler, 970.221.0646,


Participants are responsible for their own transportation unless otherwise noted. The following resources provide transportation:

Transfort (city bus) 970.221.6620

Dial-A-Ride 970.224.6066

SAINT 970.223.8645

Larimer Lift 970.498.7541

Special Olympics

Please contact the following coordinators or coaches for season information or to volunteer:

Adult & Youth Unified Flag Football

Brenda McDowell 970.416.2024

Adult Unified Volleyball

Brenda McDowell 970.416.2024

Other ARO Activities in Recreator:

Aquatic Fitness

MS Aqua 20

Twinges Plus 20

Arts & Crafts

Artistic Abilities Art Class 29

Special Event

Giant Friends Club 84


Theatre Acting Workshop 49


Adaptive Yoga 68

MS Dryland Exercise 69

Outdoor Recreation

Adaptive Cycling 82

Adaptive Kayaking 82

Adaptive Archery 82


Wheelchair Rugby 85

Unified Flag Football 88

Alternative Programs

Classes for ages 18 years and up unless otherwise noted.

General Information

Activities listed in this section are designed for adults with intellectual disabilities but are open to individuals without disabilities as well. These programs focus on fun and community involvement and are designed to enhance confidence and social skills.

Individuals who are not independent in activities of daily living or are in need of extra supervision are encouraged to register and participate with a personal care attendant. There is no fee for personal care attendants providing assistance unless otherwise noted; however, attendants may be asked to register separately and note whom they will be assisting so that staff can appropriately provide seating, space, and assistance in the class.

Registration is required before all trips and programs take place. Some ticketed programs will have an early registration deadline due to group purchasing. When you register for any ticketed event, the sale is considered final. No refunds are allowed unless the ticket can be resold.

Please inform us of any accommodations needed at the time
of registration.


Learn how to cook tasty foods while gaining positive eating habits. We will help you with the cooking and setting the table, and then we will all sit down to sample the finished products. Note: Attendants welcome at no cost. Class not discountable. Please report any food allergies to

Location: Senior Center

Healthy Treats

9/18 Th 6:30–8:00 PM $10 402401-01

Hot and Tasty

10/13 M 6:30–8:00 PM $18 402401-02

Flavorful Cooking

11/12 W 6:30–8:00 PM $10 402401-03

Crafts With A Cause

Let’s make something to give back to the community. We will

research non-profits and choose a project to donate for a good cause. Note: Attendants welcome at no cost. Class partially discountable.

Location: Senior Center

9/5-9/12 F 4:30–6:00 PM $20 402402-01

Movie Night

Travel with a group to Cinema Saver 6 to watch a movie on the

big screen. Meet new friends and see Hollywood’s finest flicks!
Note: Bring $5 cash for ticket, and money for a snack if desired. Attendants welcome at no cost but please inform

Location: Senior Center

9/29 M 6:00–9:00 PM $5 402903-01

10/27 M 6:00–9:00 PM $5 402903-02

11/17 M 6:00–9:00 PM $5 402903-03

Restaurant Night

Take a night off from cooking to dine out, explore local restaurants and enjoy an evening with friends. Note: Bring approximately $20 cash to cover your meal and a tip. Attendants welcome at no cost but please inform

Location: Senior Center

9/11 Th 5:45–8:00 PM $5 402904-01

10/6 M 5:45–8:00 PM $5 402904-02

11/5 W 5:45–8:00 PM $5 402904-03


Enjoy Saturday afternoons down at the lanes with our bowling program! Strap on your shoes, hang out, and score some strikes. Any skill level is welcome! Participants may have the opportunity to go to the Special Olympics bowling tournament. Note: Fee includes two games per person per week and shoe rental, if needed. Class not discountable. Class will not be held on 9/27.

Location: Chipper’s Lanes North

9/6-10/18 Sa 12:30–1:30 PM $58 402906-01

Special Events

Monthly Themed Dances – NW

Get out your dancing shoes and join us at our monthly dance events! Dress up in style for the theme and prepare for a fun filled night of music, dancing, and celebrating with friends! Note: No pre-registration; tickets will be sold at the door. Attendants welcome at no cost. Class not discountable.

Location: Senior Center

Gone Country

9/26 F 6:00–8:00 PM $3

Spooktacular Ball

10/31 F 6:00–8:00 PM $3

Harvest Moon Ball

11/14 F 6:00–8:00 PM $3

Holiday Ball

12/12 F 6:00–8:00 PM $3

Thanksgiving Meal & Dance

Adults with disabilities and their families, friends and/or supportive living providers are getting together prior to the ARO monthly dance to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The meal will be 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., and the dance 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Attendants must pre-register separately. Note: Registration fee for participants includes dance. No refunds or cancellations will be given. Registration deadline 11/07/14. Class not discountable.

Location: Senior Center

11/14 F 4:30–8:00 PM $12 402409-01

11/14 F 4:30–8:00 PM $8 402409-1A

Colorado Person First Festival

Join a fun group of ARO friends as we walk, push or ride bikes in the 1-mile parade. After the parade enjoy the Colorado Person First Festival for fun and entertainment. Note: Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes if you’re planning on walking. Please bring cash for souvenirs or food if desired.

Location: Northside Aztlan Center

9/13 Sa 10:00 AM–2:30 PM $10 402924-01

Trips & Outings

CSU Volleyball

Let’s cheer on the home team as the CSU women’s volleyball team plays against San Jose State at Moby Arena. Transportation home will be provided to those living within Fort Collins city limits if needed. Note: Attendants welcome but must pre-register separately. Registration deadline 11/7/14. No refunds will be given unless your ticket can be resold.

Location: Northside Aztlan Center

11/19 W 6:15–10:00 PM $20 402914-01

11/19 W 6:15–10:00 PM $10 402914-1A

Elk Bugling

It’s fall and the elk are out in Estes Park. We will enjoy a scenic drive to Rocky Mountain National Park for a fun filled day of nature appreciation. We’ll stop in the park for a picnic dinner and a leisurely walk at one of our favorite spots. Note: Please dress for the weather and bring a sack/picnic dinner. Transportation home provided for those within city limits.

Location: Northside Aztlan Center

9/7 Su 1:00–8:00 PM $25 402916-01

9/7 Su 1:00–8:00 PM $5 402916-1A

Mask Factory Tour

Let’s celebrate the fall season with a tour of Distortions Unlimited in Greeley. They make amazing Halloween masks and decorations. Afterwards, we will venture out onto the town for a delicious dining experience. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and bring at least $20 cash for dinner. Note: Attendants please pre-register separately. Class not discountable. Registration deadline 10/17/14.

Location: Senior Center

10/24 F 3:15–6:45 PM $15 402917-01

10/24 F 3:15–6:45 PM $8 402917-1A

Aqua Fitness


Classes are for ages 18 years and up unless otherwise noted.

Classes with fewer than five (5) patrons registered by the end of the first day of class will be canceled for that session. Drop-in participants do not count in registration numbers. Patrons may attend only the class for which they are registered. There are no make-up classes for missed aqua fitness classes. If the class enrollment is not met, the class will be canceled and there will be no drop-in.


Drop-in participants do not count in registration numbers. Reduced rates do not apply to daily drop-in fee. Participants may drop-in to aqua fitness classes if space is available using either:

$5.50/class visit

1 admission from a 10 admission drop-in fitness pass ($50)

Aqua Personal Training

See page 65 for details.

Low Intensity

Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program

People with arthritis can exercise! Certified instructors lead the class through gentle, no-impact movements. The warm water may help relieve pain and stiffness. The water’s buoyancy and resistance provides support and help to maintain joint flexibility. Note: Class will not be held on 10/24.

Location: Edora Pool Ice Center

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 7:30–8:30 AM $52.50 400314-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 7:30–8:30 AM $49 400314-02

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 9:30–10:30 AM $52.50 400314-03

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 9:30–10:30 AM $49 400314-04

Stretch & Tone

Designed to develop strength and flexibility in people who want to tone without an aerobic workout. The equipment provides different levels of difficulty. Sculpt your body without pounding your joints!

Location: Senior Center

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 8:30–9:30 AM $52.50 400410-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 8:30–9:30 AM $52.50 400410-02

Basic H2O Workout

Get started in water exercise! This class is designed for people new to water exercise, recovering from an injury or with physical limitations. Range-of-motion, stretching and cardiovascular elements are emphasized.

Location: Senior Center

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 6:15–7:15 PM $52.50 400412-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 6:15–7:15 PM $52.50 400412-02
Twinges Plus

This class takes range-of-motion exercises from Twinges and

adds low impact cardiovascular work. Twinges Plus is excellent
for people who have recently been diagnosed with arthritis
or other joint-related conditions.

Location: Senior Center

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 12:15–1:15 PM $52.50 400416-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 12:15–1:15 PM $52.50 400416-02

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 1:30–2:30 PM $52.50 400416-03

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 1:30–2:30 PM $52.50 400416-04

MS Aqua – NW

This class is designed for people with multiple sclerosis or other neuromuscular disorders. Trained staff give exercise modifications and assistance, and class members share a supportive social atmosphere. Exercises focus on maximizing or maintaining physical well-being, endurance, strength, and flexibility. Note: To join or volunteer assist, contact Renee Lee, CTRS, at or 970.224.6027. Fee is for a 16 visit punch pass. Class partially discountable. Class will not be held on 11/25, 11/27.

Location: Mulberry Pool

9/9–12/18 Tu,Th 9:30–10:30 AM $43 402228-01

Medium Intensity


Enjoy the classic blend of aerobics, toning and stretching. This is the right place to begin an exercise program, maintain your fitness level or add a challenging workout!

Location: Mulberry Pool

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 7:30–8:30 AM $52.50 400222-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 7:30–8:30 AM $52.50 400222-02

Location: Edora Pool Ice Center

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 7:30–8:30 AM $52.50 400322-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 7:30–8:30 AM $49 400322-02

Location: Senior Center

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 6:30–7:30 AM $52.50 400422-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 6:30–7:30 AM $52.50 400422-02

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 9:30–10:30 AM $52.50 400422-03

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 9:30–10:30 AM $52.50 400422-04

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 5:15–6:15 PM $52.50 400422-05

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 5:15–6:15 PM $52.50 400422-06

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 8:00–9:00 AM $35 400422-07

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 8:00–9:00 AM $35 400422-08

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 9:00–10:00 AM $35 400422-09

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 9:00–10:00 AM $35 400422-10

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 10:00–11:00 AM $35 400422-11

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 10:00–11:00 AM $35 400422–12

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 4:00–5:00 PM $35 400422-13

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 4:00–5:00 PM $35 400422-14

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 7:00–8:00 PM $35 400422-15

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 7:00–8:00 PM $35 400422-16


For women during or after pregnancy! Low and medium impact exercises will maintain muscle tone and cardiovascular fitness. The water may also ease the pressure of the pregnancy or build muscle to help you support your newborn’s weight. Take off that excess weight after delivery!

Location: Senior Center

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 4:15–5:15 PM $52.50 400418-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 4:15–5:15 PM $52.50 400418-02

Fitness & Fun

This class combines the traditional water workout with water volleyball and other fun games. If you are looking for a break from

the norm, this is the class for you.

Location: Senior Center

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 7:30–8:30 AM $52.50 400420-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 7:30–8:30 AM $52.50 400420-02

High Intensity

Deep H2O

Take an aggressive approach to fitness with a vigorous, no-impact workout held in the deep water. Excellent for people with back,

hip and knee injuries. Water confidence and some swimming skills

are recommended.

Location: Mulberry Pool

9/15–10/17 M,W,F 12:15–1:00 PM $41.25 400230-01

10/20–11/21 M,W,F 12:15–1:00 PM $41.25 400230-02

Location: Edora Pool Ice Center

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 5:30–6:30 PM $35 400330-01

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 5:30–6:30 PM $35 400330-02

Aqua Box

Punch and kick your way to fitness. Blast your muscles with this power trend in fitness. Mix kickboxing moves with aerobics for a fast, effective workout.

Location: Senior Center

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 5:30–6:30 PM $35 400428-01

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 5:30–6:30 PM $35 400428-02

Class for age 50 years and up unless otherwise noted.



Activate your aqua urge for variety! SilverSplash offers lots of fun shallow-water moves to improve agility, flexibility and cardiovascular endurance. No swimming ability is required, and a special SilverSneakers kickboard is used to develop strength, balance and coordination.

Location: Senior Center

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 12:15–1:00 PM $22.50 409447-01

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 12:15–1:00 PM $22.50 409447-02

9/16–10/16 Tu,Th 1:15–2:00 PM $22.50 409447-03

10/21–11/20 Tu,Th 1:15–2:00 PM $22.50 409447-04


Aquatics Policies

Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult. The adult must pay admission, be wearing a swimsuit, and be actively participating in the water with the child.

Clothing appropriate for swimming is required. No cutoffs or thongs will be allowed in any pool. T-shirts are allowed, but they must be white.

All patrons are required to shower before entering any pool.

Diapers or plastic pants with elastic around the legs are required to be worn by all individuals who do not have bowel and/or bladder control.

Patrons recreationally swimming before or after a class or private lesson must pay the drop-in fee.

Locker rooms will close 15 minutes after the pool closes. Parents must have children picked up when locker rooms are closed.

Children 6 and older are required to use the appropriate locker room, or they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the family locker room.

Please bring a lock; the City of Fort Collins is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Lockers are for use while utilizing the facility. Anything left overnight in the locker room will be removed and locks left on will be cut.

To teach private lessons, coach or provide pool therapy in any aquatic facility, an application form must be completed and approved, and the requirements for teaching/therapy/coaching must be met.

Group Rates for Swimming

Reduced swim admissions are available for groups. A group must schedule at least 48 hours in advance by calling the appropriate facility. It is preferable that payment be made by one individual check/credit card. In an effort to provide a safe pool experience, we require adult supervision for children under 8* according to the following ratios:

# of children # of in-water adult supervisors

1–6 1
7–12 2

13–18 3
19–24 4

*Children ages 8 and older that cannot swim or touch the bottom

of the pool should be included in count for ages under 8. Groups not complying with above ratio will not be allowed to swim.

Birthday Party Packages

Space for birthday parties will NOT be allowed in the lobbies

or spectator areas at EPIC or Mulberry Pool. Space is available
for a fee for refreshments and present opening. Please contact the facility where you wish to hold your party for more information.

Private Swim Instruction

Private swim instruction is available for all ability levels. Interested persons can fill out a request form with a cashier at either EPIC or Mulberry Pool facilities. Fee is $20/half-hour for one student each additional student within that half-hour is an additional $2/half-hour charge. These private lessons are not discountable and are scheduled based on instructor availability. Note: Patrons swimming recreationally before or after a private swim lesson must pay the drop-in fee.

Learn-To-Swim Policies

The Learn-to-Swim program is based on the guidelines set up by the American Red Cross. We have grouped the ages for the classes based upon our knowledge of abilities of young swimmers. Although your child may have passed all of the preschool classes, they will not be allowed into the higher Level classes until age 6. One of the many differences in skills between Preschool and Level classes is distance/endurance and stroke development. Most preschoolers are not able to swim the required distances in the Level classes. We suggest that even though your child has completed the Preschool classes, he/she should continue to take the highest Level class or work on your own with them to increase endurance/distance in the various strokes.

Edora Pool Ice Center (EPIC), 1801 Riverside
Mulberry Pool (MP), 424 West Mulberry

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