Specialized Programs & Inclusion

SPIRIT Wake Forest

"SPIRIT Wake Forest" is our way of identifying the initiatives, activities and events offered by Specialized Programs & Inclusion. It stands for Specialized Programs and Inclusion Resources for Individuals Throughout Wake Forest. 

Our staff has a wide variety of experience working with people of all physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities.

We offer fun, adaptive and inclusive recreation opportunities in our community including adaptive sports, social and fitness programs, and after school activities - with more on the way. 

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Inclusion Services 

The Wake Forest 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, contact Monica Lileton at 919-435-9563.

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, auxiliary 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.


Inclusive PlaygroundInclusive Playground now available at Holding Park

Construction began in June 2023 on the Holding Park Inclusive Playground, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Weather permitting, the installation of the new playground was opened the public in March 2024. Upon completion, the new playground features:

  • Fully ramped playground structures that offer ease of access for people of all mobility ranges.

  • Multiple sensory experiences, including tactile, visual, auditory, spatial & vestibular – these items include play panels, rockers, swings, spinners, slides, and balance challenges.

  • Seating and shade for parent relaxation.

  • Play Ensemble Outdoor musical equipment.

  • MOVMNT – accessible interactive game piece.

  • Serenity Spot - fort-like environment with a variety of activities that can be calming and allow the expression of stimming behaviors.

  • Brava Universal Swing – a unique way to experience swinging and rocking movements.

  • Volito Swing – disc seat that allows the whole group to swing together.

  • AirVenture Glider – a stand up swing that thrills all ages.

  • Inclusive Orbit Spinner – a multi-user, zero entry merry-go round.

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Specialized Programs & Inclusion
Recreation Program Manager