Skip to main content

Adaptive programming and inclusion services

There is still time to register for adaptive softball! Registration deadline extended to May 25!
Looking for an ARLE participant profile? PDF icon Click here to download the form!

Bloomington Parks and Recreation believes:

  • Every program is open to inclusion. No exceptions!
  • Every child and every adult with a disability is entitled to choose to participate in any program.
  • Every registrant is entitled to an assessment to determine the best inclusion supports.
  • The family of the participant is the most valuable resource in planning.
  • Talking with teachers, therapists and friends is critical to enhancing the assessment and planning.
  • Every issue related to disability can be accommodated with good training, observations and supports.
  • The benefits to inclusion are endless!

Inclusion Services

Bloomington Parks and Recreation Inclusion Services are provided to program participants with disabilities who request some kind of support that will allow them to fully participate the programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Division.

  1. When registering for a program, check the box on the registration form that indicates you or your child may need support while participating in the program. These registrations will be passed along to the Youth and Family Recreation Supervisor and someone from our division will contact you for more information.
  2. It would be helpful if you would also call or email the Recreation Supervisor at 952-563-8877 or jmsmith@bloomingtonmn.gov and indicate that you or your child has registered for a program and would like to have some support while participating.
  3. The benefits to this process become much more efficient as we get to know you or your child.

Helpful hints to find the right programs

  1. Review the current program offerings from Bloomington Parks and Recreation.
  2. Pick out some programs that look like fun.
  3. Set up a meeting with us (in person or telephone) by calling 952-563-8877 or email jmsmith@bloomingtonmn.gov
  4. During that meeting, tell us your goals for participation or those of your child (for example: fun, socialization, physical fitness, learning new skills, meeting a friend)
  5. Together we will determine if the goals match with the programs offered.
  6. Get the program details from us
    • When do the programs meet?
    • What will they do in the program?
    • What is the staffing level?
  7. Present your needs or those of your child.
    Suggestion: Prepare a personal description before coming to meet with us. State your strengths, interests, areas where you may need support, medical concerns and other important information. Then make a list of people who know your child and their contact information (teachers, case managers, therapists, other recreation professionals, etc.). Keep a copy of this for yourself so the next time you want to register for a program, just update the details.
  8. Ask how your concerns will be addressed and how your child will be supported in the program.
  9. Register your child for the programs. On the registration form, check the box that indicates your child may need some support while participating in the program.
  10. From here we will continue to gather information about your child and develop an inclusion plan that meets his or her needs and sets up everyone for success!

Participant profile

To fulfill the needs of the participant and create a successful environment, we are asking for the following participant profile to be completed (see link below). The more information you share with us, the better we will be able to support the participant.

Please return the participant profile to:

City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation
Attention: Inclusion Services
1800 W. Old Shakopee Road
Bloomington, MN 55431-3027

Medical Forms

You may need to complete certain medical forms before your child is able to participate within our Parks and Recreation programs, regardless if they need inclusion support or not.

Forms may be needed if any of the following are true:

  • Your child may need to be administered any medication during programming (including overnight programming with Camp Kota). Examples: inhaler, medication, insulin, antibiotics, EpiPen®.
  • Your child has a severe allergy, food or non-food, and could encounter a reaction. Example: nut allergies. (No form is required for seasonal allergies.)
  • Your child might need a medicine to combat an allergic reaction. Examples: Benedryl, EpiPen®.
  • Your child has asthma and will be carrying an inhaler.
  • Your child is diabetic.

Forms that were completed for your child’s current school year may also be submitted in place of the above medical forms.

Any prescription medication will require a physician's signature. If you child will be taking any prescription medication during the program (including inhalers), you will need a physician's signature on the medication form before your child can participate within the program.

ARLE Programming

AR&LE adaptive recreation programs

The cities of Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Edina and Richfield offer specialized recreation programs and services specifically designed for people with disabilities. Adaptive Recreation works cooperatively with the Learning Exchange and the Community Education Adults with Disabilities programs in the school districts of the four cities.

  • PDF icon Participant Profile
    Each participant must complete this profile to enroll in AR&LE programs and to be placed on our mailing list.
  • Professional profile
    For professionals to be placed on our mailing list, we need information about the people that you serve.

AR&LE catalog

Adult Competitive Adaptive Softball

Want to play some softball? Do you have experience playing on a team? Then this program is for you. This program is designed for men and women who want to play competitively. Teams will be developed after the player skill evaluations are completed the first night.

Season highlights may include special events such as playing under the lights (program times may vary for this event), end of the season picnic, team pictures and more!

Staff to participant ratio is 1:20.

  • Who: Ages 19+
  • When: Tuesdays, June 19 - August 6, 2018 (No softball July 3)
    6:30 to 8:15 p.m.
  • Where: Tarnhill Park, 9650 Little Road, Bloomington
  • Cost: $67. Includes team shirt. Please indicate shirt size on registration form.
  • Register by: May 25, 2018 or until filled

Weather/Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather, the following procedures will take place:

  • The league director will determine if the games are to be played on that evening and update the weather line by 4 p.m.
  • The decision will be recorded on the weather line at 952-563-8878 option 5.
  • If inclement weather occurs after 4 p.m. staff will update the weather line as timely as possible but games could also be called at the fields.

Adult Recreational Adaptive Softball

Join us for a fun summer of softball with your friends from AR&LE. This program is designed for men and women who want to play for fun - no experience is necessary. Teams will be developed after the player skill evaluations are completed the first night.

Season highlights may include special events such as playing under the lights (program times may vary for this event), end of the season picnic, team pictures, and more!

Staff to participant ratio is 1:20.

  • Who: Ages 19+
  • When: Tuesdays, June 19 - August 6, 2018 (No softball July 3)
    6:30 to 8:15 p.m.
  • Where: Tarnhill Park, 9650 Little Road, Bloomington
  • Cost: $67. Includes team shirt. Please indicate shirt size on registration form.
  • Register by: May 25, 2018 or until filled

Weather/Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather, the following procedures will take place:

  • The league director will determine if the games are to be played on that evening and update the weather line by 4 p.m.
  • The decision will be recorded on the weather line at 952-563-8878 option 5.
  • If inclement weather occurs after 4 p.m. staff will update the weather line as timely as possible but games could also be called at the fields.

Youth Adaptive Softball

BATTER UP! Want to learn to play softball? Increase your softball skills? Learn more about softball? Have fun and meet new friends? This is the program for you!

Youth softball teaches basic rules and good sportsmanship in a non-threatening environment. Our staff is well experienced in the game and will give the youth a softball experience of a lifetime! Siblings and parents are invited to volunteer.

Season highlights may include special events such as playing under the lights (program times may vary for this event), end of the season picnic, team pictures, and more!

Staff to participant ratio is 1:10.

  • Who: Youth, ages 10 to 18
  • When: Mondays, June 18 - August 6, 2017 (No softball July 2)
    6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Tarnhill Park, 9650 Little Road, Bloomington
  • Cost: $67. Includes team shirt. Please indicate shirt size on registration form.
  • Register by: May 25, 2018 or until filled

Weather/Cancellations

In the event of inclement weather, the following procedures will take place:

  • The league director will determine if the games are to be played on that evening and update the weather line by 4 p.m.
  • The decision will be recorded on the weather line at 952-563-8878 option 5.
  • If inclement weather occurs after 4 p.m. staff will update the weather line as timely as possible but games could also be called at the fields.

Dance Your Socks Off

Come join your friends or meet new people at "Dance Your Socks Off." These dances are for people with disabilities in the AR&LE Cities (Bloomington, Richfield, Edina and Eden Prairie) and beyond.

You don't need to register. Just download and complete a  PDF icon Participant Profile  or fill one out at the dances. Or if you prefer to register online, use our Online Registration. Don't miss out on these fun events.

  • Who: Adults with disabilities age 18+
  • When: Monthly (see flyer for additional information)
  • Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
  • Where: Valley View Middle School, 8900 Portland Ave South, Bloomington (excludes the September and January Dance)
  • Cost: $6 at the door. Support staff free. (See Fall Formal listing for price)
  • Featuring DJ Generations A to Z!

​Want to pre-register for dances and TRAIL? Now you can!

Other Important Information

  1. Doors open 10 minutes before the dance is scheduled to begin. Anyone arriving prior to this time will not be permitted to enter the dance location.
  2. Dances will end at the published time and the doors will close 10 minutes after the dance is finished. Dance staff cannot be responsible for participants waiting for transportation.
  3. Participants must arrange for their own transportation.
  4. Individuals requiring support during the dances (for personal care needs, assistance dancing or any other needs) must bring their own support person who will actively provide the needed supports. Support people will be admitted to the dances free of charge.
  5. Beverages will be served to participants during the dance. Snacks or vending machines may be available on site. Dance staff are not responsible for diet restrictions or food allergies for participants. Dance staff are not responsible for monitoring the amount or type of refreshments consumed by participants. If an individual needs assistance to monitor this, a support person is required to attend.
  6. Individuals participating in the dances must remain in the dance room. If individuals are found wandering the buildings, they will be asked to leave the location immediately.
  7. All locations are smoke free during the "Dance Your Socks Off" dances.
  8. Individuals are encouraged not to consume alcoholic beverages before the dances. No alcohol will be served or allowed at the "Dance Your Socks Off" dances.
  9. Participants may dress up to match the particular theme for the dance. Anyone wearing an outfit that is questionable or offensive (at the discretion of the dance staff) may be asked to leave.
  10. Door prizes will be handed out toward the end of the dance. Participants MUST be present to win! No exceptions.

You must have Javascript enabled to use this form.