Specialized Recreation Programs


Our Goal

The Burlington Recreation & Parks Department offers several programs for persons with developmental disabilities. Our goal is to try to incorporate and mainstream individuals in our programs in order to prepare them socially for their future in the work force and other leisure activities. All of our facilities and existing programs are open to all of those with special needs.

Special Populations Dance

Cancelled until further notice 

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
All Ages (Recommended for ages 16 and older)
Admission: Free
Thataways Youth Center

Dances are designed to offer a dance night for persons with developmental disabilities in Alamance County. Come out and enjoy music from the 70s, 80s, and 90s, including all time dance favorites, from the Cha-Cha Slide to the Mississippi Mudslide. This is a great time to meet new people, as well as to get an awesome work out! Please call (336) 222-5134 for more information.

Bingo Night for Special Populations

Cancelled until further notice

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
All Ages
Admission: Free
Thataways Youth Center

We will be offering Bingo to any age person with developmental disabilities. We’ll also have billiards, foosball and video arcade games, as well as four televisions for watching pleasure. Concessions are also available, so come out for a fun time and get to know others. Please call (336) 222-5134 for more information.

Incredi-Bowls Bowling League 

Bowling League for Special Needs is a 12-week bowling league for persons with special needs ages 5 and up. League play takes place on Saturdays during the months of January through March. At the conclusion of the league, we will host an awards banquet where participants receive recognition and a trophy. Come join us for 12-weeks of fun and learn a new skill! For more information call our Administrative Office at (336) 222-5072. 

Top Soccer  

This program is designed for ages 5 and up for persons with developmental disabilities that have a desire to participate in an athletic environment. This 6-week program takes place Thursday evenings during the months of March through April. The value of this program is based on the socialization and physical benefits of participating in sports as well as increasing self-esteem and attention spans. For more information call our Administrative Office at (336) 222-5072. 

dinner club  

Dinner Club is held monthly from September through May, on Wednesday nights, for those with special needs and their parents/guardians or care givers. Once a month, we travel to different restaurants in the Burlington area to socialize with other participants and families. For more information and to see where our next dinner club is held, please call at (336) 222-5072.

Fun Fridays 

Fun Fridays are held monthly from September through May for those with special needs. One Friday a month, we take a trip to various attractions across the Piedmont and surrounding areas such as the Duke Lemur Center, Richard Childress Racing, Aloha Safari Zoo, Lazy Five Ranch and Old Salem. Come join us for a fun day out! For more information and to see where we are going next, please call (336) 222-5072.


Definition: "Several people coming together from different directions to eventually meet." One Friday a month we host a day program at various locations across the Burlington area to volunteer in the community or meet for a fun, engaging activity. Locations and costs vary. For more information and to see where we go next, please call (336)222-5072. 

Special Olympics Spring Games

Alamance / Burlington Special Olympics Spring Games will take place on the campus of Elon University at Rhodes Stadium. Elon is the original site of the first Special Olympics in Alamance County. Join in the festivities this year with over 250 athletes from Alamance County. For more information or to volunteer call (336) 570-6760. 

Camp Green Leaves

Camp Green Leaves is a summer day camp coordinated by the City of Burlington Recreation & Parks Department for children and adults with developmental disabilities. The camp schedule includes activity rotations in the outdoors, including swimming, arts and crafts, music, sports and games, and supervised free time. The camp also features daily active field trips on buses/vans to local parks and recreation facilities, as well as trips around the Piedmont area. Participants are grouped by age.  

All participants must be independent with mobility, feeding, toileting and all self-care needs. Participants should participate in group activities and must be able to stay with the group. Participants who are not self-sufficient will be required to have a one-on-one personal assistant, which the parent/guardian must provide. Participants must have manageable behaviors and healthcare needs. They must be exempt from any extreme health-care conditions or needs. Camp Green Leaves is not able to accommodate participants needing assistance with ambulation due to uneven and rugged terrain. Staff to participant ratio is 1:2.

2021 Camp Dates

CGL Day Camp (for ages 5-22): June 21 – July 9 (3 weeks)
CGL Alumni Week (for ages 23 & older): July 12 – 16 (1 week)

Operates Monday through Friday from 8:30am – 3:30pm (closed on Monday, July 5th)


This summer, camp will be located at First Baptist Church of Elon, 621 E Haggard Ave, Elon, NC 27244. Due to social distancing limitations and bus sanitizing protocols, transportation to and from camp will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. BRPD will not provide any transportation..

For more information, please call (336) 222-5072 or email bhargrave@burlingtonnc.gov.
 Camp Greenleaves

Additional Information  

Main Office
1333 Overbrook Road
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 222-5030

Thataways Youth Center
1331 Overbrook Road
Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 222-5134

Upcoming Seasonal Programs
For a listing of upcoming trips & events for Special Populations, please visit the City's calendar or click the program below.