Parks and Recreation

To preserve, protect, maintain and enhance the city's parklands and recreational facilities and engage people in leisure activities that contribute to their quality of life.

Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic Recreation Main Office

Azalea Recreation Center
1600 72nd St. N. • St. Petersburg, Florida • 33710
(727) 893-7899

About Therapeutic Recreation

Education and recreation services help people with illnesses, disabilities and other conditions to develop and use their leisure in ways that will enhance their health, functional abilities, independence and quality of life. The Therapeutic Recreation Office coordinates programs at various and are supervised by Nationally Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS).

Americans With Disabilities Act (A.D.A.)

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This Month's Classes & Activities

Class Schedule

Through our programs we strive to:

  • Provide education on the constructive use of leisure
  • Reduce boredom
  • Alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Introduce new recreation and cultural opportunities
  • Develop self esteem through recreation participation
  • Provide emotional and social support to participants
  • Adapt activities, as necessary, to ensure the success of the participant

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Educational program at Boyd Hill

St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation provides accessible programming and reasonable accommodations for people of all abilities. Participation in classes at your neighborhood recreation center is encouraged. Assistance is available for individuals interested in participating in classes offered at any St. Petersburg recreation center.

The Arts

Arts & Crafts

Provides the opportunity for fine motor skill development and offers the participant the opportunity for social interaction with peers while working on a simple, weekly craft project.

Theater Arts

Offers the participant the opportunity to learn about all aspects of putting on a theatrical production: acting, singing, auditioning, rehearsals, costumes, make-up, sets, and publicity! Class culminates in a fantastic theatrical production presented to family and friends. No experience necessary. Let the STAR in you shine!


Focuses on the participant acquiring the basic knowledge required for the development of independent cooking skills. The class theme varies and may include the preparation of appetizers, main and side dishes, desserts, holiday treats and using the B-B-Q grill. Discussion of nutritional information is included.

Creative Movement

Participants will learn to express, explore and further develop their creativity through a variety of dynamic dances and movement activities.


Provides the opportunity for self-expression and peer group interaction. Let your inner entertainer loose.

Sports & Fitness

Team Sports

Team sports develop gross motor skills, coordination and enhances physical fitness through participation in team sports such as basketball, kickball and floor hockey. Social skills development is encouraged by staff through the participant's appropriate interaction with their peers.

Twilight Exercise Club

Join us weekly for this class. Focus is on increasing flexibility, strength and endurance.


Shuffleboard is a low impact activity that enhances large motor skills and blends in cognitive skills growth through strategy development and appropriate competition. Offered in the fun, social setting of the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club.

Bowling League

Bowling League provides an opportunity for motor skill development and enhancement of social skills in a fun community setting. An end of the season awards party is included.

Social Groups and Opportunities

Community Education Trips

Provides an opportunity for participants to learn the rules and social interaction involved in playing games. Board and Wii games will be featured. Leisure trip information is announced on a postcard mailed monthly. Call (727) 893-7899 to be placed on the mailing list. Two groups are offered, based on the age of the participant:

  • TRekkers targets elementary through high school age youth. Leisure and adventure activities encourage social and recreation skills development.
  • Out on the Town is a recreational and social group for adults. Knowledge of the community is developed and appropriate age group interaction is supported.

Gladden Park Dances

Dances provide a safe, fun and social environment for individuals with disabilities for age 13 and up. 7:00 9:00 pm the 1st and 3rd Fridays monthly, September through May. Group home staff and paid companions are required to be within eye contact of their client at all times and to maintain a maximum of a 1 to 4 ratio. Recreation Center staff are not directly responsible for close supervision of participants. Adequate and appropriate supervision is a shared responsibility.

Camp Redbird Reunion and Therapeutic Recreation Family Picnic

Join us for a fun afternoon and fundraiser for the Tyler Schweinle Scholarship Fund for Camp Redbird. We provide grilled meat. Bring a sidedish to share. $3 per person to cover costs. Additional donations fund the scholarship fund.
For more information, please contact (727) 893-7899.

Camp Redbird
Camp Redbird

Therapeutic Recreation's Camp Redbird summer playcamp consists of three separate programs for youth, teen and adult participants. Reasonable accommodations are assessed and made on an individual and case by case basis.


Special Events

Balloon Volleyball League features competitive games and social opportunities for residents of nursing homes and ACLFs. Residents hone their skills in balance, range of motion, visual tracking and more!

Adaptive Kayaking Clinics provide equipment specially designed for people with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments. Clinics include basic education, skill development and fun out on the water. All ages and abilities are welcome. Family and friends are welcome to join in the fun!

Kayak Demo

Sail Clinic with the St. Petersburg Sailing Center. Join us for another great day of water-based activities at this beautiful downtown location.  From the classrooms to the docks adaptive equipment and trained instruction are provided for the person seeking recreational or competitive sailing opportunities. Family and friends are welcome to join in the fun!

U can ski 2

U CAN SKI 2: Water Ski Clinic for People with Physical Disabilities  We are joining up with the U Can Ski 2 team to offer this unique opportunity. The U Can Ski 2 staff and volunteers will offer a day of instruction and skiing for people with mobility impairments. Whether you are a person who uses a wheelchair, has impaired vision or poor motor coordination due to CP or another disability, this group will have adaptive equipment to meet your needs and get you out on the water.


Beach Wheelchairs
Chairs are available for use at St. Petersburg's Treasure Island Municipal Beach and at North Shore Aquatic Complex.


This field placement experience is designed for the college or university student majoring in therapeutic recreation who is seeking practical experience in the development and implementation of therapeutic recreation services in a municipal, community based recreation setting. Internships are supervised by Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists and may qualify for certification eligibility through the National Council on Therapeutic Recreation Certification.