Specialized Programs

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department offers a variety of enriching programs tailored specifically for citizens with special needs.

Inclusion Services 

The Town of Wake Forest's Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources Department is committed to an inclusive approach to recreation and encourages individuals with and without disabilities to participate together. In order for individuals with special needs to participate as fully as possible, reasonable modifications will be provided in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you or a family member requires a reasonable modification to participate in a program, please contact Kelly Schurtz at or 919-556-7093.

What is a Reasonable Modification? 

Reasonable modifications are additional supports and resources used to help aid a person with a disability to participate in any program. These resources may include, but are not limited to, auxillary aids or services, adaptive equipment, or additional support staff. The ADA does not require the Town of Wake Forest to take any action that would fundamentally alter the nature of its programs or services, compromise the safety of participants, or impose an undue financial or administrative burden.

Upcoming Events

Abilities Choir
Every Other Thursday, 6-7 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. 

Want the opportunity to show off your talents? Come join our inclusive choir! Learn about different choral techniques and types of music. This choir includes individuals of all ability levels and provides and outlet for creative expression. Local high school students will attend practices and any performances for additional support so buddies are needed too. Ages 10 years and older. Pre-registration is required.

  • Session I: Sept. 5 - Dec. 12

  • Session II: Jan. 10 - Apr. 30

Abilities Tennis Clinics
Saturdays, 4-5 pm
Heritage High Park, 1140 Forestville Road

Abilities Tennis Clinics provide FREE specialized instruction for athletes ages 8 and up. Clinics are led by volunteer coaches and buddies that are trained to teach the fundamentals of tennis, practice drills, and fun games geared toward improving tennis skills. Beginners to those with advanced skills are welcome. Coaches are able to adapt drills for all ability levels. Parents and/or caregivers are asked to stay during the clinics. Ages 8 and up. Please note: Pre-registration is required.

  • Fall Session: Sept. 7 - Oct. 26

Club Connect
4th Thursday of Each Month
Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

Join us once a month for socialization, activities, & fun! Participants will be provided with the opportunity to socialize with peers, play games, be creative, and plan activities based on input from the group. Participants must be 15 years or older and able to perform self-care routines independently and can bring a buddy if necessary. Don't miss out on all the excitement! Connect, Empower, & Achieve! All participants must have a parent or gaurdian complete a registration form.

Club Connect will be held every fourth Thursday of the month at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., from 5:30-7:30 pm.

  • Sept. 26

  • Oct. 17

  • Nov. 21

  • Dec. 19

  • Jan. 23

  • Feb. 27

  • Mar. 26

  • Apr. 23

Preschool Sensory Gym
Mondays, 10:45-11:45 am
Thursdays, 11 am-Noon
Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N Main St.

Starting the first Thursday in September 2018, bring your little one for play time and have the chance to make new friends! We will provide a safe, accepting, and playful environment filled with fun educational and therapeutic toys to play with. No instruction or supervision is will be provided. Parents/caregivers are required to stay with their child. Sensory gyms are FREE and ongoing throughout the year on Mondays and Thursdays for ages 18 months-preschool age.

Spirit League Basketball
Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N White St.

Spirit League is a unifying, safe and inclusive place for special needs teens and young adults to play basketball, get physically active, and make new friends.  Our program stands for acceptance, teamwork, skill development and fun. Spirit League will always celebrate diversity, sportsmanship and the opportunity to be a beacon of hope for all.  Pre-registration is required and there is a $15 registration fee.

  • Fall Season: Sept. 13 - Oct. 18; Fridays, 6-7:30 pm

  • Winter Season: Jan. 10 - Feb. 21; Fridays, 5:30-7 pm

Art Experiences for Adults with Special Needs
Fridays, 10 am-Noon
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. 

Come join us for themed activities based on a book each session. We will read books, engage in art crafts, and interact through games. Ages 18+. There is a $5 registration fee. Pre-registration is required.

  • Sept. 6

  • Sept. 20

  • Oct. 11

  • Oct. 25

Special Needs Snowball Dance
Saturday, Dec. 7; 6-8 pm
Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Avenue

Join us for a night in Winter Wonderland, complete with a DJ, refreshments, dancing, and fun! Come with friends or come make new ones. Additional support will be available but participants can bring a support person if necessary. This dance is for ages 10+ and tere is a $15 registration fee.  Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in being a peer-aged volunteer for the dance, please register using the same link but under the program titled "Snowball Dance VOLUNTEERS."

Dream League Baseball & Buddy Program
Games are played April - June
Heritage High Park, 1140 Forestville Road

Dream League Baseball is designed for school-age participants with special needs. League games are played on Saturdays at 10am from late April through early June at Heritage High Park. Dream League Buddies assist players during games. This may include, but is not limited to, help guide a batter around the bases, assist in retrieving the ball, and cheering players on. Buddies are required to attend at least three games per season. Registration is held throughout the month of February each year for both players and buddies, and all registration is held online only. 


Specialized Programs
Recreation Specialist - Specialized Programs