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The City of Fort Collins Recreation Department provides equal and quality recreation for community members with disabiities. Adaptive Recreation Opportunities (ARO) strives to ensure that people with disabilities have the necessary Accommodations or support to participate in any recreation program at their highest level of independence. Specialized programming is also offered to increase opportunities and meet unique needs of individuals. A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) oversees the creation of support for each person and the specialized program offerings made available. So what do you like to do? YOU CAN DO IT and ARO is here to help.

ARO provides unique services and classes to individuals of all ages and abilities. Exciting learning opportunities are available through interships and volunteering.


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2015 Father's Day 5k Results

The Father’s Day 5K is ARO's biggest fundraiser! This year's race was a success with 530 racers, and a total of $15,761.10 raised!  This fundraiser allows ARO to provide quality recreation programs for those of all ages and all abilities in the community.  THANK YOU for supporting a good cause! 

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ARO 20th Anniversary

ARO's 20th Anniversary Celebration was a success and we are looking forward to a great 20th year! 

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Meet ARO's Summer interns (PDF)

From Left to Right:  Karlin Levine-Smith, Sharon Maas, Michelle Sutherland

Programs for individuals with Visual Impairments (PDF)

If you have trouble viewing this document contact Becca Heinze at

July (PDF)

Event Calendar

August (PDF)

Event Calendar


The Adaptive Recreation Opportunities program provides quality and equal opportunities for recreation and leisure programs to community members with disabilities. The ARO program offers healthy and fun experiences through the following three basic service areas:

  • Inclusion: The City of Fort Collins welcomes individuals of all abilities into its classes and activities. A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will help to determine the most effective means of support for people to participate in any program offering. Accommodations may include adaptive equipment, program modification, staff or trained volunteer support. Inclusion is also a great way to enhance public awareness of the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Inquiries about what type of assistance is available should be directed to Renee Lee at 970-224-6027. NOTE: Requests should be made two weeks before the class begins.
  • Transition: If you need more assistance in making your recreation and leisure choices, but want to be as independent as possible, the Transistion program might be right for you. Explore new experiences, learn about exciting recreation opportunities and meet new people.
    A Therapeutic Recreation Specialist will help you develop you personal Passport to Recreation Profile and discuss your needs, strengths and interests. Call 970-224-6027 for more information.
  • Specialized Program: These programs are open to everyone but are designed to meet the unique needs of individuals with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities. They can also be found in the Recreator and identified by the ARO symbol. The Alternative Programs are designed for adults with intellectual disabilities and focus on community activities and social outings. See the ARO section of the Recreator for a list of current program offerings.


The Recreator is a comprehensive community resource that includes information on City of Fort Collins Recreation facilities, programs, events and activities. It features a diverse collection of community-wide opportunities for all ages and abilities.

The Recreator is published quarterly and is available at in multiple formats on