Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association

Special Olympic Sports - Dances - Social Events - Summer Camps

What is IRVSRA?

The Illinois River Valley Special Recreation Association (IRVSRA) is a cooperative extension of Pekin and Fon du Lac Park Districts to provide recreational programs and leisure services for residents with developmental disabilities. Integrated and specialized programs are available for residents and nonresidents with special needs. There are a number of ways to register for our programs found on the 'Participate' page linked above.  Download our current brochure and check our calendar to see all the activities we have going on in the near future.  You can get an idea of what kind of activities and sports we offer throughout the rest of the year on our 'Programs' page.

Peer groups are invaluable. IRVSRA provides opportunities to individuals with disabilities to surround themselves with friends and neighbors that share commonalities. It is our pleasure to provide these athletic and social settings for the special needs population in the Tazewell County area.

This website is here to help you get connected and stay up to date with news, programs, activities, and cancellations.  There are multiple ways to get involved with IRVSRA.  We hope you take the time to go over everything in the website and current program brochure and will be happy to answer any questions about IRVSRA and the programs we are offering.  Contacts can be found on the 'contacts' page linked on the top of this page.

  • Our Goal
    To extend the opportunities, facilities, and program offerings of 'the local park' to individuals with special needs by creating recreational and leisure activities tailored to their needs and to those of their peers.
  • Areas Served
    We offer residential program rates to residents of Pekin and East Peoria Park Districts. However, our programs are open to all. We offer nonresidential rates to Tazewell County area families that do not reside in Pekin Park or Fon du Lac Park Districts.
  • IRVSRA Board

    - President Cameron Bettin
      Executive Director, Pekin Park District
    - Vice President Mike Johnson
      Executive Director, Fondulac Park District
    - Secretary Craig Weigle
      Superintendent, Fondulac Park District
    - Member Shawn Powers
      Superintendent of Rec., Pekin Park District
    - Member Gary Gillis
      Commissioner, Pekin Park District 
    - Member Jan Swan
      Commissioner, Fondulac Park District

    Meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. Click here for dates, times, and locations. For past meeting minutes and upcoming meeting agendas, click here.