Adapted Recreation and Sports, Baltimore (BARS)

Address: P.O. Box 878
Sparks,, MD 21152
Phone: (410) 771-4606 Email: Website:

Baltimore Adapted Recreation and Sports (BARS) is a community based, non-profit organization dedicated to providing year round recreational opportunities to both children and adults with disabilities. Family and friends are welcome to join us for all outings. BARS is a membership organization with minimal annual dues. However members are not turned away due to their inability to pay. 




Camping – Come out for tent camping, sit around the campfire, relax with friends, enjoy the outdoors and roast a marshmallow.  Everyone chips in to create the fun.  We even have tents to borrow, all you need are your own
personal supplies, snacks and drinks.


Contact: Toni

Phone: (410) 771-4606 X 3



Water Skiing – Bring yourself and a bathing suit.  We supply the sit ski, life jacket and boat.  Skiing is fun and easy.  You can sit back and relax or go for it all and learn how to jump the wake.  Instruction is provided and no prior experience is necessary.

Contact:  Pamela Lehnert

Phone: (410) 771-4606 X 1

Best time to call is in June


Canoeing – We canoe on flat water through wetlands of Maryland. No prior experience is necessary and assistance with paddling can be provided. Seats are available for those with limited trunk balance.


Cycling– It's fun and easy.  Everyone goes at there own pace and volunteers are available to ride along.  Friends and family are encouraged to join in.  We ride on different scenic trails throughout the season. A variety of cycles are available for rent if you don't have your own.  Helmets are a must. 


Contact: Amy Bankard

Phone: (410) 771-4606 x 4



Wheelchair Tennis – Tennis is a great sport for everyone!  Anyone interested in learning how to play wheelchair tennis is welcome to join us to learn the ins and outs.  Beginning instruction through competitive play will be provided by our wonderful tennis pro Ron Scott.  Racquets and sports wheelchairs are available for use with advance notice.

Contact:  Pamela Lehnert

Phone: (410) 771-4606 X 1


Sea Kayaking– This program is hosted on flat water, not white water.  As with any water there is a current but no rapids.  The kayaks are sit on tops (not with your legs inside) and can accommodate 1-2 people.  The kayaks have lower back support and more can be added.  The ability to paddle is not required, a paddler can be provided for you and you can focus on balance and the beautiful outdoors.  Adaptations for weak hand strength can also be provided so that you can paddle if interested.  Assistance is provided with transfers and positioning; kayaks and paddles provided.  This program is being run along with our water ski program.


Contact:  Pamela Lehnert

Phone: (410) 771-4606 X 1


Ski Roundtop – BARS operates the adapted skiing program out of Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA.  Dates of operation are typically after the Christmas/New Year Holiday through the end of the season-when the snow is gone.  A formalized schedule of lesson availability is posted prior to the season.

We own an array of sit down and stand up adapted skiing equipment and all adapted skiing equipment is provided during your lesson free of charge.  If you require standard skis with the equipment there is a rental fee from the mountain for those.


Rafting – Come out and join us for a day on the water or a weekend away.  The ability to paddle is not required; you can focus on staying in the raft and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.


Bowling – No experience necessary, bring a friend and just come for the fun.  This can be a great afternoon or evening out.  


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