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The Heart of Illinois Special Recreation Association (HISRA) is the result of a desire on the part of the Chilicothe, Morton, Peoria and Washington park districts to provide quality recreation programs and services to individuals with disabilities and special needs. HISRA and its member districts enthusiastically support the spirit and intent of the Americans With Disabilities Act. HISRA is committed to providing opportunities for each individual to enjoy recreation activities in the least restrictive environment possible.

To learn more about the Association, please visit www.hisra.org.

To browse a current program list and to register, please click here.


HISRA participates in Special Olympics Illinois offering basketball, track & field, aquatics, bowling, golf and softball to individuals with disabilities 8 years and older.  Children ranging in age 2-7 can participate in our Young Athletes program where they will learn the fundamentals of sports.  Lastly, our agency is home to the Peoria Wildcats Wheelchair Basketball team.

Center-Based Programming

These programs take place at the HISRA office located in North Peoria.  We offer center-based programs to individuals with disabilities from 2 years of age to adult, depending on the program.  Such programs include seasonal dances, respite-type programs for parents and/or caregivers as well as social events for teens and adults.

Community-Based Programming

Our community-based programming is available to adults ages 19 years and older.  We travel to venues in the Central Illinois area for events such as Peoria Chiefs games, the Festival of Lights and the Galesburg Balloon Race.  HISRA staff provides transportation from our facility to these venues.

FOCUS programs

Come FOCUS on fun with friends! This program is for adults 18 years and older looking for an active way to spend their weekday.
The group meets Monday through Thursday from 9AM to 3PM.  Throughout the week we will enjoy grocery shopping, cooking, volunteering, exercising at the RiverPlex, exploring the surrounding communities, socializing with friends, playing games and having fun! The program will meet daily at HISRA.  However, Tuesday provides a drop off and pick up option at Shore Acres in Chillicothe and Thursday has a drop off and pick up option at Morton Freedom Hall.  Some minimum eligibility requirements do exist because of the level of activity.


Is there a Chillicothe, Morton, Peoria or Washington Park District program you would like to participate in, but wonder if you might need some assistance from HISRA? Visit our website and fill out an Inclusion Request Form. We will assess the participant or athlete, contact the park district staff in regards to the program and provide assistance as appropriate! For more information about our inclusion services, please contact our office!