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NYC Parks Department

NYC Parks strives to help all New Yorkers discover how New York City's about 29,000 acres of parks can enrich their lives, promoting physical and emotional well-being, and providing venues for fitness and peaceful respite for the widest possible audience.

For an annual fee of only $25 for people with disabilities, NYC parks offers accessible facilities, adaptive hubs, adaptive events and programs and events in accessible locations.

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New York Individual Access Pass

The Individual Access Pass permits a resident of New York State with a disability, as defined in the attached application, free or discounted use of parks, historic sites, and recreational facilities operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

NYC Individual Access Pass Application

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City Parks Foundation (CPF)

CPF is the only nonprofit organization to create programs in parks throughout all five boroughs of New York City. We enrich and connect New Yorkers through free and accessible arts, sports, education and community-building initiatives.

City Parks Foundation Website

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Achilles International

The mission of Achilles international is to enable people with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream running events in order to promote personal achievement.

Specialized programs include the Achilles Freedom Team which serves wounded military personnel and veterans; Achilles Kids which provides training, race opportunities, and an in-school program for children with disabilities; the Achilles Para-triathlon Team which expands our running program into biking and swimming; Achilles Chapter workouts, plus our signature race Hope & Possibility which takes place in several cities worldwide.

Phone: 212-354-0300

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In Tandem Cycling Club

In Tandem provides cycling opportunities for people with visual disabilities. The blind/low-vision rider is in the back and a captain riding in front while both riders pedal. They meet at Central Park on Saturday mornings.

  • Phone: 347-974-3321
  • Email: info@intandembike.org

In Tandem Website

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Adaptability

AdaptAbility is a program created to customize adaptive bicycles for children with disabilities, allowing them to exercise and to improve mobility, while giving opportunity to experience the pleasure of riding a bicycle. Each bicycle is tailored to the child's challenges and goals.  AdaptAbility bicycles are donated to families free of charge, allowing them to increase their quality of life.

  • Phone: 718-715-4111

Adaptability Contact Form
Adaptability Website

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Adaptive Climbing Group

Adaptive Climbing Group is a community for people with disabilities to have opportunities to inclusively participate in the sport of climbing. Adaptive Climbing is taking the already existing abilities of a person and helping them participate in the sport.

There are sessions on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights EVERY week. Tuesday nights are in Queens, Thursday nights are in Manhattan and Sunday Nights are in Brooklyn. Sessions take place 365 days a year at Brooklyn Boulders climbing facilities Except Major U.S. Holidays when facilities are closed. Cost for participants are $11 for each session.

Participation Form for Adaptive Climbing NYC

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Adaptive Skating USA

Adaptive Skating USA is a non-profit whose mission is to make for a more inclusive society by empowering individuals with disabilities to transcend barriers and accomplish feats through the exhilarating and wellness-promoting activity of ice skating.  Participants are paired with volunteer coaches and develop skills at their own pace.

Adaptive Skating USA Website

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Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)

A national, nonprofit volunteer-led organization that provides one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with developmental and physical disabilities at no cost to their families and caregivers. KEEN's mission is to foster the self-esteem, confidence, skills and talents of its athletes through non-competitive activities, allowing young people facing even the most significant challenges to meet their individual goals.

KEEN Website

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Rising New York Road Runners

Rising New York Road Runners, the flagship youth fitness program from NYRR - the organizers of the TCS New York City Marathon, offers a number of free resources for children of all ages and abilities, including the Wheelchair Training Program. The free, year-round program offers weekly training sessions, in-school resources, and competitive events on the road and track for kids who utilize wheelchairs to run, ages 6 to 21. 

Email: risingnyrr@nyrr.org
Check out this page on NYRR.org

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Row New York

Row New York's adaptive rowing program provides land-based and on-water workouts for adaptive athletes of all abilities. The program offers all levels of involvement: adaptive athletes can row for recreation, rehabilitation, and competition. Athletes begin the program learning the basics of rowing on ergometers, then move to on-water rowing on stable barges, and for competitive athletes, to rowing shells fitted with pontoons. Our adaptive programming takes place with our experienced coaches on the calm and safe waters of Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.

Row New York's Adaptive Program Website

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Wheelchair Sports Federation

Wheelchair Sports Federation is a national non-profit that provides opportunities for the disabled and wheelchair-bound adults and youth to play sports recreationally and competitively. Adaptive sports include Archery, Billiards, Bowling, Boxing, Fencing, Fishing, Flying, Handcycling, Hunting, Motor Sports, Mountain Biking, Powerlifting, Power Wheelchair Soccer, Quad Rugby, Sled Hockey, Swimming, Table Tennis, Team Handball, Track & Field, Water Skiing, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Football, Wheelchair Tennis and Winter Skiing.

Wheelchair Sports Federation Contact Page
Wheelchair Sports Federation Website

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Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project provides Physical Health and Wellness (PH&W) programs for veterans that are designed to reduce stress, combat depression, and promote an overall healthy and active lifestyle by encouraging participation in fun, educational activities. Their health and wellness programs have something to offer warriors in every stage of recovery.

Phone: 904-296-7350

Wounded Warrior Project Health & Wellness Program Website

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