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Recreation programs for people with disabilities

Supporting the mental, physical, social, cultural, and emotional growth of people with disabilities.

What we do

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation aims to provide full accessibility to all who take part in our programs. We provide a reasonable accommodation in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). People seeking accommodation should talk directly with their rec center leader.

Besides arranging accommodations at rec centers, Parks & Rec has Carousel House. This facility in West Park is dedicated to people with disabilities. Carousel House offers year-round recreational programming. Our offerings support the mental, physical, social, cultural, and emotional growth of people with disabilities.

Carousel House sponsors many activities, including:

  • ​Clubs.
  • Forums.
  • Trips to places of interest.
  • Special events.
  • Bingo parties.
  • Dances with disc jockeys.
  • Track meets.
  • Picnics.
  • Holiday celebrations.
  • Athletic tournaments.
  • Carnivals.
  • The Carousel Ball.

Carousel House has an Advisory Council made up of parents, adult participants, and volunteers. They work with the professional staff to develop activities and assist with special events and fundraising.


Carousel House
4300 Avenue of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Hours and registration information

Hours of operation

  • Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Sundays.

Summer hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Thursday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pool hours: Call (215) 685-0163

Program registration

  • Registration is ongoing for most programs depending on availability.
  • A small fee is charged for some activities, special events, and trips.
  • Some programs require a doctor’s approval.

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