Therapeutic Recreation


The mission of Therapeutic Recreation at the Springfield Recreation Department is to provide opportunities for social interaction, skill development, and fun through programs for youth and adults who have a disability as well as promote awareness and integration.

Who is Therapeutic Recreation for?

We serve individuals with developmental delays, physical disabilities, and mental illnesses.

What is Therapeutic Recreation?

Therapeutic Recreation uses recreation and physical activity to engage or improve one’s functioning, independence, cognitive, physical and emotional well-being

How does Therapeutic Recreation help?

By strengthening basic motor functioning, building confidence, improving socialization, increasing physical activity, decreasing anxiety and depression.

Why is Therapeutic Recreation important?

Therapeutic Recreation promotes a healthy living lifestyle thereby allowing people to maintain wellness by helping themselves so they can enjoy life more every day.  


We currently offer two programs.

One is the  Therapeutic Recreation Club (TRC) which is for adults with disabilities 18 years of age and older that runs all-year.

The second is Camp STAR Angelina which is an all-inclusive program for all abilities ages 5-14 during the summer months.

Note: All checks should be made payable to: City of Springfield


My name is Krista Stott and I am the Therapeutic Recreation Specialist for the Springfield Parks & Recreation Department. I received my B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in Recreation Administration and Policy with a minor in Psychology. I furthered my education by receiving my M.S. from Texas State University in Therapeutic Recreation.

Recreation has always been a passion of mine and a way for me to express myself. A few things that I enjoy are playing sports, board games, cards, dancing, going hiking, kayaking, and much more. I have a lot of experience in the recreation field. I have been a referee, a coach, a mentor and a facilitator for many different organizations. I have worked with populations from youth to elderly. I have volunteered for AmeriCorps, Special Olympics, Paralympics, visually impaired sports, wheelchair sports, adapted aquatics and other day events.  

I love being able to provide recreational opportunities for others to come together and express themselves. I enjoy helping people reach their goals, challenging them and just being there for them. I am so happy to be part of the Therapeutic Recreation program.

Page last updated:  Wednesday, May 8, 2019 11:35 am