PARDS is currently constructing a new and expanded therapeutic riding centre on a 55 acre parcel of Crown Land located directly NE of Evergreen Park Agricultural Centre. The new PARDS Therapeutic Centre will be a multi use facility, designed to accommodate people of all ages and abilities as well as offer a wide spectrum of new programs, both mission based and social enterprise (revenue generation) based, to meet community need and increase organizational capacity. PARDS' business model for the new facility triples our current capacity and allows us to generate added revenue, which will eliminate our current wait-list and provide a stable financial future for the organization to grow, plan and respond to emerging needs and opportunities. The design of the new PARDS centre is state-of-the-art in equine facilities and thus has the potential to draw a number of events, users and spectators. PARDS will also expand programming for both therapeutic and public user groups. Growing PARDS in this way promotes and embraces positive change, innovation, transparency and structural soundness, strengthening our entire community and giving our riders the confidence that we will be here for their benefit for many, many years to come.
PARDS serves children and adults from the age of 3 and up. Currently, our oldest rider is 65 and our youngest rider is 3 years old. Our therapeutic client base encompasses a wide spectrum of disabilities classified under the scope of Physical (includes riders with limited mobility, delayed fine and gross motor skills, low trunk control/core strength, undeveloped balance, etc.), Developmental (includes riders with limited cognitive capacity, autism spectrum disorders, traumatic brain injury, etc.), Sensory (includes riders with visual, auditory or speech impairment) and Nonvisible (includes riders with learning disability, epilepsy/seizure disorder, ADD/ADHD, anxiety, a variety of psychological disorders, etc.).