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Lisle Park District gives rec center space to SEASPAR

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 12:44 p.m. CDT

LISLE – The Lisle Park District is working with its extension of SEASPAR to refurbish a 2,000-square-foot room of the Recreation Center, 1925 Ohio St., for SEASPAR programs. 

"The more dedicated space we have access to gives us a chance to develop our program further," said Susan Friend, executive director of SEASPAR.

Friend said they plan to have two rooms, a sensory room for children with autism and the other for various programs SEASPAR offers.

The sensory room will have tactical stimulation, she said, with various textures on the walls and floor and the ability to control light and sound.

"It will be an environment for them to relax and enjoy themselves," Friend said. 

With this renovated facility, SEASPAR will be able to expand its programs as well as add other programs that weren't previously offered in Lisle, she said.

Some programs will include day camps, after-school programs, weekend programs, a dance program, motor skill development and the EAGLES adult daytime program.

Programs will begin to be held in the space by next summer.

SEASPAR provides year-round recreation services for individuals with disabilities and is an extension of the park districts of Lisle, Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, LaGrange, LaGrange Park, Westmont, and Woodridge, and the villages of Brookfield, Indian Head Park and Western Springs.

Friend said the room in the Recreation Center is an ideal size with a great location because it has ground-level wheelchair access and is across from the east parking lot. 

"It is a whole new center of opportunities," Friend said. 

Dan Garvy, director of parks and recreation with the Lisle Park District, had the idea to allow SEASPAR to utilize the 2,000-square-foot space insice the rec center.

"(SEASPAR officials) were just as thrilled and enthusiastic about the opportunity to provide SEASPAR permanent space as I was," he said.

Garvy, a member of SEASPAR's board of directors, said the plans started coming together in January.

The park district is working with WIlliams Architecture to renovate the existing space by putting in bathrooms and a kitchen. 

"SEASPAR is one (organization) closest to our hearts," he said. "We couldn't be more excited and more proud." 

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