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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Adapted Deep Water Aqua Fitness 13+

This class is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities who are comfortable in water depths over 6 feet. Classes provide personalized instruction focusing on water exercise and stroke development.


Adapted Gymnastics (6-12 yrs)

This small-group, foundational/transitional class provides opportunities for children with disabilities to develop gymnastic skills. The adapted class offers additional staff supervision and support with one staff member for every three students. Skills cover basic gymnastic elements, including parallel bars, vault, floor skills, and tumble trak.


Adapted Ice Skating (13-Adult)

This foundational/transitional class offers additional staff supervision and support to help students with disabilities develop basic skating skills.


Adapted Ice Skating (6-12 yrs)

This foundational/transitional class offers additional staff supervision and support to help students with disabilities develop basic skating skills.


Adapted Kayaking (13-Adult)

This beginning kayaking class teaches flat and moving-water kayaking basics while increasing fitness. Students progress from on-land demonstrations and practice to flat-water navigation. Kayaks are recreational/touring types. Helmets and PFDs are provided and required. This adapted class offers additional staff supervision and support with one staff member for every three students.


Adapted Kayaking II-Winter (13-Adult)

This intermediate class is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities and led by Riverbend Park staff. Class takes place in the pool at Spring Hill RECenter and covers water safety in a paddling environment and continues to develop kayaking skills while preparing students for an outdoor venue. The low student-to-participant ratio ensures individual support.


Riverside Connection (11-21 yrs)

This four-week adapted recreation series introduces teens to several different types of outdoor fun: hiking, fishing, orienteering, and kayaking in our safe and accessible sit-on-top kayaks. Our experienced instructors focus on safety and fun for students who may have never enjoyed the great outdoors quite like this. Parents must be accessible during the program. Students are responsible for personal care during the length of each class.


Swim Team Training/Int Swimmers w/Disabi

Competitive swimming for individuals who may want to participate in Special Olympics. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards and do not need prior competitive experience. Students are coached in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly.