Staff Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm; excluding Holidays Due to meetings and events at other facilities, and occasionally due to frequent night and weekend events, some staff members may be out of their office during regular business hours. We recommend you call 883-3469 before visiting, or if you need additional information.
Closing, Cancellations & Changes: Our goal is to communicate any closings, cancellations or changes to the public in a timely and efficient manner. The "Closing, Cancellations & Changes" tab on our website's main page is updated regularly. You may also follow "High Point Parks & Recreation, NC" on Facebook for regular postings on this and lots of other great information.
The Special Populations section provides year round recreational and leisure opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. Programs include field trips, community integration outings, Lucky Strikes bowling league, holiday parties, Camp Ann, The Miracle League and Special Olympics.
Camp Ann is a summer day camp program for school age children and adults with developmental disabilities located at High Point City Lake Park in Jamestown. The program began as a 2-week program in 1966 with a matching grant from the Joseph P. Kennedy Foundation. The City of High Point has continued to sponsor the program with support of numerous civic sponsors.
Special Olympics Guilford/High Point is a year round sports training and competition organization for athletes 8 years of age and older with intellectual disabilities. The High Point program offers the following sports: Alpine Skiing, Aquatics, Athletics (track and field), Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Golf, Roller Skating, Soccer, Softball, and Tennis. Athletes must have a current medical/participation form on file, as well as a current Parent/Guardian Release form.
Volunteers are an essential part of the Special Populations programs. Interested persons should contact the Special Populations section at (336) 883-3481 for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
AWARD WINNING PROGRAM
The Miracle League Program was presented an award at the North Carolina Recreation & Parks Association's annual conference in Raleigh, NC on November 15, 2010. William Covington and Sherry Paul accepted the "Innovative Program Award" on behalf of our department.
There were 14 programs nominated by Parks & Recreation departments across the state and a committee selected The Miracle League Program as the statewide winner.
Charlton "Skip" Martin of High Point, a longtime Special Olympics athlete, recently participated in a three-day, 18-hole Pro Am tournament in Bethesda, Maryland. Skip was sponsored by the Guilford/High Point delegation of Special Olympics North Carolina. Skip has been playing golf for 21 years, often at Oak Hollow Golf Course in High Point, with an average score of 85. On June 23, 2014, Skip played with professional golfer Brady Watt at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, which has previously hosted 3 US Opens and a PGA tournament.
Bowling for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+
Wednesday September 9, 2015 - May 4, 2016
9-11a.m. Fee:$1.25 per game bowled A morning bowling program for individuals who are blind or visually impaired. Special bowling equipment and limited transportation is provided. Program is held at the High Point Bowling Center, 309 W. Fairfield Road, through May 4, 2016.
Breakfast Club for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+
Monday September 14, 2015
10a.m.-12p.m. Fee:Cost of Meal + Tip A program for individuals who are visually impaired to socialize and enjoy a morning breakfast out. Limited transportation is provided. We are always looking for new participants! Meet at Tom's Place.
Camp Ann - ages 6+
Monday-Friday 9a.m.-3p.m. Fee:$35/per person - resident; $50 per person - non-resident - per weekly session Deadline for enrollment: 2 weeks before session begins Registration Packet Summer day camp for those of all disabilities. There will be arts & crafts, swimming, outdoor recreation and field trips. Lunch and snack will be provided. Session dates: Elementary: July 6-10; Middle/High School: July 13-17, July 20-24; Adult: June 15-19, July 27-31, August 3-7. No camp will be held the week of June 29-July 3. Camp Ann is located at High Point City Lake Park.
Cooking Class - ages 13+
Thursday September 10, 2015
September 17, 2015
September 24, 2015
October 1, 2015
October 8, 2015
October 15, 2015
October 22, 2015
11a.m.-1p.m. Fee:$5 per person/per class This class will help people with disabilities learn basic, quick cooking and etiquette skills. We will prepare and enjoy meals during each class. Please call Stephanie Hedgecock at 883-3477 to register 1 week prior to each class. Classes will be held at Washington Terrace Park.
Cookout and Swim Party
Wednesday August 5, 2015
5:30-8p.m. For people with disabilities and their families. The cookout begins at 5:30p.m., swimming/watersliding begins at 6:30p.m. Event will be held at High Point City Lake Park.
Friendly Feud Night - ages 8+
Wednesday September 23, 2015
7-9p.m. Athletes and volunteers will participate in a "Family Feud" style competition. Participants are asked to arrive by 6:30p.m., show begins at 7p.m. Tryouts for participants will be at 5:30p.m. on Wednesday, August 12 at the High Point Parks & Recreation Administration Office located at 136 Northpoint Avenue. Event will be held at Deep River Friends Meeting, 5300 W. Wendover Avenue.
Lucky Strikes Bowling League
Saturday August 8, 2015
August 22, 2015
September 12, 2015
September 26, 2015
October 10, 2015
October 24, 2015
12:45-3p.m. Fee:$3 per week/per person for two games A bowling league for people with and without disabilities. Bowlers are grouped according to ability level and follow regular league rules. Ramps are available if needed. Bowlers must register and pay prior to bowling each week. Event is held at the High Point Bowling Center, 309 W. Fairfield Road.
Recreation Class for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+
Friday August 14, 2015
August 21, 2015
August 28, 2015
September 4, 2015
September 11, 2015
September 18, 2015
September 25, 2015
2-4p.m. An opportunity for the visually impaired to participate in a variety of leisure recreation activities. Corn hole will be the primary activity, but others may include shuffleboard, horseshoes, bocce, and more. Program will be held at Morehead Recreation Center. Please call 883-3477 or 883-3481 for more information.
Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Bocce Practice - ages 8+
Monday August 10, 2015 - November 2, 2015
5:45-7p.m. Training for Special Olympics Athletes interested in Bocce. Must attend practices and a qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Practice will be held at Morehead Recreation Center through November 2.
Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Committee Meeting - ages 18+
Wednesday August 26, 2015
September 23, 2015
1-3p.m. We are always looking for new members to join this committee of volunteers, coaches, and athletes that helps make decisions involving the business of Special Olympics High Point. If interested, please call Brian Coward at 883-3481. Committee meets at the Parks & Recreation Administration Office located at 136 Northpoint Avenue, High Point.
Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Golf Practice - ages 8+
Sunday August 16, 2015 - November 1, 2015
5-6p.m. Training for athletes interested in Golf. Must attend practices and qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state level. Practice will be held at Oak Hollow Golf Course through November 1.
Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Roller Skating Practice - ages 8+
Wednesday September 9, 2015 - November 4, 2015
5-6p.m. Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in roller skating. Must train at least 8 weeks to be eligible for advancement to state level competition. Practice will be held at Skate South, 208 W. Fairfield Road through November 4.
Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Soccer Practice - ages 8+
Monday August 10, 2015 - November 2, 2015
5:45-7p.m. Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in Soccer. Must attend practices and a qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Practice will be held at Morehead Recreation Center through November 2.
Special Olympics Guilford/High Point Tennis Training - ages 8+
Thursday August 14, 2015 - November 5, 2015
5:45-7p.m. Training for Special Olympics athletes interested in tennis. Must attend practices and a qualifier to be eligible for consideration for advancement to state competition. Training will be held at Deep River Recreation Center through November 5.
Super Social Supper Club - ages 12+
Wednesday August 26, 2015
September 30, 2015
6-7:30p.m. Fee:Cost of Meal + Tip A program for people with disabilities and their families to go out to eat and socialize with others, and an experience to help with ordering food, paying the bill and making change for the tip. Bring your money! We will meet at the restaurant at 6p.m. Plan to be picked up at the restaurant by 7:30p.m. You must call 883-3481 or 883-3477 by 12:00pm the day of each event if you plan to attend and to find out the location.
The Miracle League of High Point - ages 5-22
Friday & Saturday September 18, 2015 - October 24, 2015
Fridays - 6p.m, 7p.m.; Saturdays - 9:30a.m., 10:30a.m., 11:30a.m. The Miracle League of High Point is a baseball program providing athletes with physical and/or intellectual disabilities the chance to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Our belief is that "Every Child Deserves a Chance to Play Baseball." We have a specially equipped "Field of Dreams" adaptive baseball field that allows players utilizing wheelchairs and walkers the opportunity to move around the field without barriers. Please visit www.hpmiracleleague.org to check the schedule, volunteer, register a player, or sign up to coach. Games will be held through May 16. For more information, please contact Wendy Brosnan at 883-3483 or email@example.com, or email Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Variety Program for the Visually Impaired - ages 21+
Tuesday August 11, 2015
August 25, 2015
September 8, 2015
September 22, 2015
6-8p.m. Fee:Cost of event varies and is on your own Deadline for enrollment: 12p.m. Thursday before each event date A program for those who are visually impaired/legally blind. Activities include exercise, guest speakers, dinners, movies, trips and fellowship. Limited transportation is provided. For more information call 883-3477. 6/23 - Trip to High Point City Lake Park, 7/14 - Dinner at China Capital, 7/28 - Trip to the movies, 8/11 - Dinner at Pizza Wing King, 8/25 - Nature outing at Piedmont Environmental Center, 9/8 - Speaker or games at Morehead Recreation Center, 9/22 - Games or speaker at Morehead Recreation Center.
Zumba Class - ages 8+
Tuesday September 8, 2015
September 22, 2015
October 13, 2015
October 27, 2015
November 10, 2015
November 24, 2015
10:30-11:30a.m. Fee:$3 per person/per class Instructor: Sheila Martinez This program is for people with disabilities to socialize while participating in a Zumba class. Class will be held at Deep River Recreation Center.