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The City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department provides a variety of programs, activities and classes for all members of our community; including children with special needs. Parents wishing to enroll their child with special needs in any of the City’s programs, activities and classes should make sure to complete the space on the Registration Form (PDF) where requests for special accommodations can be made. Those parents that complete this section will be contacted by Parks and Recreation Department staff so that all reasonable requests can be made to accommodate the inclusion of their child.
Parents looking for after school or vacation activities for their child with special needs need look no further than the REC Program, REC Camp, REC Summer Camp, Teen Center Program, Teen Center Vacation Days, Teen Center Summer Camp, and the Aquatics Program. Each of these City-sponsored programs has children with special needs as regular program participants. When, due to the nature of a child's disability, the child requires an aide or caregiver provided by the family, our staff will work closely with the child's caregiver to maximize inclusion in the program.
Recently, City Council directed staff to research and develop additional ways to service the children with special needs of our community. Expanding current services, programs and activities, creating new ones and augmenting the services and programs of local organizations working with children with special needs are all options that are under consideration.
Parents interested in additional opportunities for children with special needs are encouraged to contact the following organizations:
- PEDIATRIC THERAPY NETWORK
1815 West 213th Street, Torrance, CA 90501
- CHALLENGER LITTLE LEAGUE
Manhattan Little League
- FRIENDSHIP CIRCLE
2108 Vail Avenue, Redondo Beach, CA 90278
- GOLDEN HEART RANCH
703 Pier Avenue, Ste. B 194, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
- HARBOR REGIONAL CENTER
21231 Hawthorne Boulevard, Torrance, CA 90503
- MANHATTAN BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT CHOICE PROGRAM
- SOUTH BAY SPECIAL OLYMPICS