Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation (CUSR) was formed through a partnership of both Urbana and Champaign Park Districts in 1985. CUSR was created to serve individuals in the C-U area of all ages and abilities throughout the year with recreational programs and services. CUSR advocates and ensures that individuals with special needs have equal access to recreational options in their community. CUSR provides specialized programs specifically designed for individuals with a variety of special needs, and you can learn more about these programs in CUSR's seasonal program guides. CUSR also supports and provides inclusion assistance for both the Urbana and Champaign Park Districts in all of the programs and services they offer to their communities.
While CUSR is a partnership of the local park districts, programs are open to any and all that want to come play with us! A brief list of programs CUSR provides throughout the year include:
- Summer camp
- Special Olympic sports
- Out-of-town trips
- Adults' day-in program
- Theatre 101
- Special events
- Athletics programs
CUSR programs are held at many Urbana and Champaign Park district buildings, other community settings, and at the CUSR Center. The CUSR offices located at the CUSR Center in Champaign, IL.
CUSR staff are available to meet with families and new community members upon request to talk about available programming. Staff are also available to attend meetings of community groups, clubs, and service organizations to share what CUSR offers to the community and how we impact those we serve.
CUSR staff are First Aid, AED, and CPR trained, along with training in nonviolent Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI). Some CUSR staff have their degree in Therapeutic Recreation and are Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) through the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation.
Need to request accommodations for a non-CUSR program?
- Register and pay for the Park District program in which you are interested. Please make sure to check “Yes” under ADA Information on the registration forms and include any information. Then, contact the Coordinator at the park district that oversees the program you or your dependent has registered for to inform them of your special need as soon as possible.
- After submitting the registration form, CUSR staff will send you a Participant Information Form and Inclusion Fact Sheet for completion. At this point the appropriate Park District and CUSR staff will work with the person requesting assistance to make reasonable accommodations.
Our goal is to provide quality programs to all participants. If you are not satisfied with your program, we want to know!
Interested in learning more about Inclusion Services? Click here: https://cuspecialrecreation.com/inclusion/