NWSRA was formed in 1974 and is a partnership of 17 park districts in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
The Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) was formed in 1974 to provide recreation services to individuals with disabilities. NWSRA is an extension of 17 member park districts located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. This type of agency is unique to Illinois. NWSRA offers public access, year round recreational programming to over 14,000 individuals with disabilities in its service area. NWSRA is the largest of all special recreation associations and is a leader among peers with over 18,000 registrations for programs in 2011. NWSRA is a two-time National Recreation and Park Association National Gold Medal Award winner and was recognized as a Distinguished Accredited Agency by the Illinois Park and Recreation Association, an honor only 10% of Illinois park and recreation agencies have received. The mission statement of NWSRA is “We exist to provide outstanding opportunities through recreation for children and adults with disabilities.”