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

Mixed Media Art
Thursdays, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St. 

Join us in celebrating different art styles and creativity! Learn about different artists, mixed medias, and create works of art through step-by-step instruction. Each session includes three classes and holds a low staff-to-participant ratio, but additional support may attend free of charge if necessary. Ages 11 years and older. Pre-registration is required.

  • September 7-21 (6:30-7:30 pm) Ren. Ctr AA - Inspired by Monet's Water Lilies. Create a mixed media project based on Monet's water lilies!

  • October 5-15 (6:30-7:30 pm) Ren. Ctr AA - Peacocks and Ferris Wheels. Create scenes of fun and beauty, mixed media!

  • November 2-16 (6:30-7:30 pm) Flaherty Park - Autumn in Carolina. Paint colorful landscapes of local and famous sites!

  • December 7-21 (6:30-7:30 pm) Ren. Ctr AA - Days of Celebration! Create lasting memories  based on popular holiday songs from a variety of art materials.

  • January 11-25 (6:30-7:30 pm) Ren. Ctr AA - Playing with clay! Get your hands dirty by sculpting creatures and critters out of clay!

  • February 1-15 (6:30-7:30 pm) Ren. Ctr AA - All you Need is Love! Create keepsake valentines


Fun with Fitness
Saturdays, 9:15 - 10:15 am
Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St.

  • Sept. 9 - Taekwondo

  • Oct. 21 - Yoga

  • Nov. 18 - Zumba

Come join us and have fun with fitness! Experience a variety of introductory level fitness classes in a safe and inviting environment. Learn basic exercise techniques and movements. Get moving with music, dance, stories, and creativity! Wear clothing that is comfortable and easy to move in. Bring a water bottle and a buddy if necessary. Pre-registration is required.


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 4th Thursday of the month at the Alston-Massenburg Center, 416 N. Taylor St., from 5:30-7:30 pm.

  • Sept. 21

  • Oct. 26

  • Nov. 16

  • Dec. 14


Family Movie Mantinee
Sunday, Nov. 5 & Dec. 3 (Holiday Edition); 4 pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.

Movie matinee is a *free* event that allows children with special needs to enjoy a movie in a safe and accepting environment. The environment will include additional lighting and the movie volume will be lowered so everyone can enjoy it! Audience members are invited to get up and dance, walk, sing, and shout! Fun for the whole family!


Snowball Dance for those with Special Needs
Saturday, Dec. 9; 6-8 pm
Wake Forest Community House, 133 W. Owen Ave.

Join us for a night in Winter Wonderland, complete with a DJ, refreshments, dancing, and fun! Come with friends or come make new ones! Chaperones will be made available for supervision, but participants can bring additional support if necessary. The dance is for ages 10 and older and there is a $15 registration fee. Pre-registration required. For more information, contact Specialized Programs Specialist Kelly Schurtz at 919-556-7093.


Dream League Baseball
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 from late April through early June at Heritage High Park. Registration is held throughout the month of February each year, and all registration will be held online.