SPIRIT (Special Populations and Inclusive Recreation In Tampa)


Offering community-based recreation activities and leisure services specially designed for children, teens, and adults who have a disability and/or special needs. Our services are designed to assist people in developing and using their leisure time in ways that enhance their health, well-being, and independence.

Adaptive and Inclusive Staff

Our staff has a wide variety of experience working with people who have special needs. Direct service staff have experience in community recreation, education, clinical settings and includes a Recreation Therapist.

Inclusive Services

If you are in need of our inclusive services, please first register for your desired class, then contact Casey Tolar, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator for accommodation request. Accommodation request should be completed at least ten (10) days prior to the start of the class or activity. All swim-inclusion requests are taken care of at the pool where you are registered. Visit our pool facilities page for a complete listing of our pool schedules and programs.

Growing Our Program

This is a new and exciting program for our city, which we hope to grow. Our vision is a city that welcomes people of all abilities, with continued support and participation, we look forward to offering new, fun adaptive and inclusive recreation opportunities in our community. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions that may help us achieve our goal.

Current Programs

Park Experience Stories

In an effort to offer accessibility to all residents of Tampa, C.A.R.D. will produce Autism Friendly Experience Stories to help parents, teachers and other caregivers prepare guest with autism for their visit to our park or facility. It is suggested that you review the site's Experience Story prior to your visit.

Autism Friendly Tampa

Freedom Playground at MacFarlane Park

1700 N MacDill Ave, 33607

Freedom Playground is an ADA accessible playground located on the east side of MacFarlane Park. Parking spaces are located next to the playground. We have two picnic shelters located next to the playground, that can be reserved for private functions.