Programs for DiverseAbilities

We work to ensure all our residents have the ability to be active within our community. Through our Access Office, we provide adaptive recreation programs, events and discount recreation passes for people with cognitive and/or physical disabilities (DiverseAbilities). 

This includes more than 35 weekly programs each season for adults and children with DiverseAbilities including assisted, adapted and wheelchair options. We also work with parents, caregivers, agencies and support workers to ensure special needs are considered in finding the right fit for each individual.

For more information on various City initiatives and policies to respond to the evolving needs of our community, see the Community for All Action Plan.

Access Pass

The Access Pass is a discount recreation pass for persons with a permanent cognitive or physical disability. To be eligible for an Access Pass, the individual must meet the eligibility requirements. There are three types of access passes available:

Combination Pass

Cost: $142.82 for one year (January to December) or $71.41 for six months

  • Registered programs for Persons with DiverseAbilities
  • Admission to all swim times open to the public at the Parkinson Recreation Aquatics Centre
  • Access to the Parkinson Recreation Centre Fitness Centre
  • 50 per cent fee discount when registering for an aquatic fitness and some land fitness programs
Access Pass - Program

Cost: $108.19 for one year (January to December) or $54.10 for six months

  • Registered programs for Persons with DiverseAbilities
  • 50 per cent fee discount when registering for an aquatic fitness and some land fitness programs
Access Pass - Facility

Cost: $108.19 for one year from the date of purchase

  • Admission to all swim times open to the public at the Parkinson Recreation Aquatics Centre
  • Access to the Parkinson Recreation Centre and Fitness Centre
Access Pass eligibility requirements

Letter from pension provider stating name, phone number, mailing address, date of birth and disability status. Pension providers include the Federal or Provincial government, WCB, ICBC, or a private insurance company. Partial disability pensions and pension applications in process won’t be considered. 

OR 

A referral letter from an established agency, association or group home whose mandate is to support persons with a permanent disability. The referral letter must state the person’s name, phone number, mailing address, date of birth and disability status. Referral letters from physicians and other medical professionals won’t be accepted. 

AND 

The approval of the Community Recreation Coordinator.
To determine if you may qualify or to obtain an Access Pass, please call 250-469-8759.

Seasonal programs for persons with DiverseAbilities

We’re proud to offer a variety of adaptive programs each season including swimming, bowling, art, fitness, music and sports, plus a popular walking club, Friday night dance and holiday dinner. Check out the Activity & Program Guide for the latest programs for persons with DiverseAbilities.

Thank you to Canadian Tire Jumpstart for sponsoring summer Access programs through their Sport Relief Fund.

Walking Club schedule – Fall 2021

Dates: September 7 - December 7
Time: Tuesdays, 10 a.m - 11 a.m.

Classes will run, rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

Stay connected to access programs and events by checking your inbox for the access newsletter.

  • September 7 - Parkinson Rec Centre - Rails with Trails 1800 Parkinson Way.
  • September 14, 21 & 28 - Rails with Trails on McCurdy Road - Meet by the Harley Davidson on McCurdy Road.
  • October 2, 12, 19 & 26 - Mission Creek Trail - Meet at the Education Centre on Springfield Road.
  • November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 - Downtown Walk - Meet at the Dolphins on Water Street.
  • December 7 - Downtown Walk - Meet at Dolphins on Water Street.

For more information, contact Ali at 250-469-8759 or awestlund@kelowna.ca.

Hiking Club schedule – Fall 2021

Dates: September 9 - October 21
Time: Thursdays, 10:00 a.m - 11:15 a.m.

Classes will run, rain or shine, so please dress for the weather.

Stay connected to access programs and events by checking your inbox for the access newsletter.

  • September 9 & 16 - Paul's Tomb - Knox Mountain tennis courts.
  • September 23 - Munson Pond - 2855 Burtch Road.
  • October 7 - Munson Pond - 2855 Burtch Road.
  • No class September 30.
  • October 14 & 21 - Mt. Baldy - Entrance on Mt. Baldy Road (Glenmore).

For more information, contact Ali at 250-469-8759 or awestlund@kelowna.ca.

Accessible transportation and parks options

No need to miss out on the fun due to a lack of wheels! HandyDart offers door-to-door pickup and drop-off for people in wheelchairs.

Kelowna also has a number of accessible and inclusive playgrounds for children and youth with disabilities including Ben Lee ParkRowcliffe ParkRutland Centennial Park and the playground at Parkinson Recreation Centre.

We also have a great network of walking, hiking and cycling trails in Kelowna. Check out Active by Nature for various levels of accessible pathways.