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Johns Creek enhances recreational choices for disabled

February 25, 2014

Adaptive RecJohns Creek's Adaptive Recreation Program has added a family picnic and family/youth bocce ball as activities in City parks for residents with disabilities. The two new options join the program's popular Batter-up Tee Ball program for children with autism, which starts March 15.

The purpose of the Adaptive Recreation Program is to expose participants to new experiences, enhance self-esteem, and promote community involvement through Batter-up Tee Ball, bocce ball, and social events. The programs and events are free.

"We're trying to expand our programs to include as many residents as possible," said Recreation Manager Kirk Franz. "People with disabilities typically don't have as many opportunities to play with others. Bocce ball is easy to play. You don't have to be experienced to enjoy it, it's not physically demanding, and it's fun."

The two bocce ball programs – one for families of the disabled, and one for young adults (18-40) with disabilities – will both be held in the bocce ball courts next to Park Place in Newtown Park. The City's community partner, All About Developmental Disabilities, will operate the young adults program, which starts April 15.

Batter-Up Tee Ball is a volunteer and parent-led program designed to teach boys and girls within the autism spectrum the fundamentals of tee ball in a non-competitive atmosphere. Players learn to catch, throw and hit during the one-hour sessions.

The Summer Kick-off Picnic for families who have an individual with a disability is scheduled for May 10. The picnic includes free food, music, activities and fun, but participants must pre-register. Registration for the picnic begins April 1.

Newtown Park is located at 3150 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek, GA 30022.