MMSC Adaptive Sports and Recreation
1475 West Gray
Houston, TX 77019
Mon. - Fri.
Sat. - Sun.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
MMSC - Overview
The Metropolitan Multi-Service Center was built in 1982 and transferred from the City of Houston Health Department to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department in 2006. H.P.A.R.D.’s Adaptive Recreation Section was created at this time and to offer a variety of recreational, sporting and quality of life programming for people with disabilities. Opportunities include structured classes, a fitness room, a full court gym, an indoor heated pool for use by people with disabilities, a beep baseball field, a tennis court, a quarter-mile outdoor trail, and an urban garden.
The newest addition to the MMSC's facilities is the Vale-Asche Foundation Playground Without Limits. The new playground opened on April 16, 2011 during a day long Festival of Abilities. The festivities began at 9:00 a.m. and ran until 2:00 p.m. and included: Wheelchair Tennis, Beep Baseball, The River Recital, Wheelchair Basketball, Line Dancing and a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the Vale-Asche Foundation Playground Without Limits took place at 11:30 a.m. (Photo Gallery)
The Adaptive Fitness Room at the Metropolitan Multi-Service Center provides a convenient, comfortable and quiet exercise environment designed specifically for people with physical disabilities. The fully accessible center offers a complete line of strength-training equipment, free weights, and cardiovascular machines. Our equipment is selected specifically for its adaptability and use by people with a wide range of physical disabilities.
Full Court Gymnasium
Through the Paralympic Sports Club Houston, several sports and recreation programs designed for children and adults with physical disabilities offer sports training and competitions throughout the year. Activities include wheelchair basketball, power soccer, goal ball, quad rugby, swimming, wheelchair soccer, quilting, yoga, and tennis. For registration information for any of these programs call 832.395.7333.
These dates will be updated as soon as the 2013 schedule is finalized.
This adaptive yoga class modifies traditional Kundalini Yoga for persons with physical disabilities. Classes are structured by combining seated, standing, and floor postures based on participants’ capabilities. This class incorporates guided meditation and creative visualization. This is a 60-minute class led by a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor.
Adult Wheelchair Basketball
Weekly practice and play throughout the summer are scheduled for adults age 16 and up. This is a 5 on 5 recreational wheelchair basketball league for adults with independent functioning skills. No motorized chairs allowed in this game. Monday night league play begins on May 10, 2010.
Adult Wheelchair Rugby
Get ready for fast, full-court action when adults clash metal to metal in this fast-paced wheelchair sport. This will be an integrated league allowing able bodies, paraplegics, amputees, and quadriplegics to play. Participants must have independent functioning skill to participate. Motorized chairs not permitted in this game. Integrated adult league play begins Thursday, May 6, 2010.
Adult Wheelchair Soccer
Get ready for fast, full-court action when adults clash metal to metal in this fast-paced wheelchair sport. This game is for participants who have independent upper body function. Motorized chairs ARE permitted in this game.
The Greater Houston Athletic Association for the Physically Disabled (GHAAPD) has teamed up with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department to host wheelchair soccer. This league culminates in an adult invitational tournament sponsored by the GHAAPD and held on the University of Houston campus June 25 – 27, 2010.
Power Soccer is the fastest growing sport for wheelchair users. Power Soccer is the first team sport designed specifically for power wheelchair users. It combines the skill of the wheelchair user with the speed and power of the chair itself to participate in an extremely challenging game similar to soccer. All ages and abilities welcome!
Metal & Muscle Expo
This free program is designed to introduce injured military men and women to Paralympic Sports, and is open to everyone with physical and visual disabilities. The event will feature competition for Sitting Volleyball, Power Soccer, Wheelchair Rugby, Wheelchair Soccer, Wheelchair Basketball, Air Guns, Wheelchair Slalom, Boccia, and Powerlifting. Individuals can also test their skills in a come and try it style program in sports such as Judo for the Blind, Power Lifting, Boccia, Wheelchair Racing and Throws, Hand Cycling, Wheelchair Tennis, and Indoor Rowing. Local disability service organizations will have displays of services available.
Make sure your tennis rackets are tightened up and meet your friends on the court for wheelchair tennis! Play takes place on Wednesday evenings, and is open to youth and adults ages 16 and up. Participants must have independent functioning skills. Equipment is available for use, free of charge.
Indoor Heated Pool
The MMSC pool provides a great environment for people with disabilities to exercise. The 5-lane, 25-yard heated pool is fully accessible by wheelchair and is equipped with a zero depth entry ramp, hand rails, and three chair lifts. Changing and shower facilities are available adjacent to the pool area. Participants are required to have independent functioning mobility skills or bring an adult attendant to assist.
Fulltime lifeguards and trainers lead water fitness classes and FREE exercise periods for people with disabilities.
Water fitness classes are offered Monday – Friday. Swimming skills are not necessary to participate in our water programs. Year-round swim lessons are available for adults and children. Pre-registration is required and must be complete prior to getting in the pool. H.P.A.R.D. staff will conduct initial safety screening in the water.
Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
Outdoor exercise facilities include two tennis courts and a Beep Baseball Field for fresh air exercise and competition. A quarter-mile, 10-foot wide concrete trail and an urban garden area with raised beds are available for exercise and growing herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
The Vale-Asche Foundation Playground Without Limits
The Vale-Asche Foundation Playground Without Limits opened on Saturday, April 16, 2011. This playground, and 5 other similar playgrounds built by H.P.A.R.D., addresses play opportunity challenges faced by children with disabilities. The playground exceeds ADA requirements so that all children can play together in one place.
Do you work with an organization that offers sports, recreation and wellness activities for people with physical disabilities? Are you a recreation professional, coach, teacher, health care professional, or an individual interested in meeting and sharing information regarding Adaptive Sports and Recreation? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please give us a call at 832.395.7333.