xFriendshipMake New FriendsThere are loads of new friends to be made, whether it is an organized sport or a fun social outing. IRVSRA programs are a great place to meet new people and socialize with your peers.
xTeam SportsSpecial Olympic AthletesWe offer a variety of organized sports sanctioned by Special Olympics of Illinois. Join a team and play for GOLD!.Read More
xSocialMonthly EventsParticipate in Monthly Social Events like Dances, Cookouts, Sporting Events, and Community Service Projects.Read More
xCampSunshine CampSunshine Camp is a summer camp located in Pekin Park. It's five days a week, 11 weeks, May
through August, 6:30am - 5:30pm. Ages 6+, sign up today!Read More
xClubsCheer & DanceWe offer 3 sessions a year with performances around the county and IRVSRA Special Olympic games.Read More
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 a idea of what
kind of activities and sports we offer
the rest of the year on our 'Programs' page.
Peer groups are invaluable. IRVSRA provides opportunities to
disabled individuals 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.
To extend the opportunities,
facilities, and program offerings of 'the
local park' to special needs individuals and
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
- President Craig Weigle Superintendent, Fondulac Park District
- Vice President Cameron Bettin Executive Director, Pekin Park District
- Secretary Terri Gambetti Superintendent of Rec., Pekin Park District
- Member Gary Gillis Commissioner, Pekin Park District
- Member Brad Smith Executive Director, Fondulac Park District
- Member Jan Swan Commissioner, Fondulac Park District
Meetings are held quarterly and are open to the public. Click
here to find out more about times and locations.