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Changes Are Coming to ADA

New Regulation Standards Expected for Campgrounds, Parks & Beaches

Feature Article - November 2012

Access Board guidelines for swimming pools have been in the news for the past couple of years. But pools aren't the only facilities that need to pay attention to accessibility.

Inclusive Play

Design Guide Offers Methods for Outdoor Play Spaces

Before You Go - September 2012

"The Inclusive Play Design Guide (IPDG) is a practical tool that outlines specific ways landscape architects, community leaders and committed professionals in the recreation industry can create outdoor play environments that everyone can enjoy," said Ian Proud, research manager for the company. "The IPDG offers inspiration, education and solutions for the journey toward inclusive outdoor play."

Meet Accessibility Requirements in Athletic Field Structures

Problem Solver - August 2012

In Florida, for example, the requirement is to provide vertical lifts for access to the booth, as well as meeting spatial requirements for the disabled in the floor plan of the booth itself. In most states under the International Building Code regulations, when the score booth reaches more than five individuals, vertical accessibility is required. Vertical accessibility is described as a wheelchair lift, which can be enclosed or open, internal or external. The approach and safety considerations also must adhere to code.

Ensure Your Pool Is ADA-Compliant

Problem Solver - August 2012

If you have already ordered a pool lift, you are taking the right steps. Don't cancel your order. As the new deadline approaches, it is likely that demand will outstrip supply.

Provide an Accessible, Low-Maintenance Surface

Problem Solver - August 2012

On a monthly basis, check the depth of the wood fiber and be prepared to add more material if necessary. You can lessen the need to redistribute and add more material by installing surface-level wear mats in all wear areas. Having such mats, including custom-sized mats where necessary, can save your maintenance staff countless hours of raking.

Portable Aquatic Lifts and the ADA

Problem Solver - August 2012



Accessing Play

Guest Column - May 2012

It can be difficult to stay on top of all the requirements for accessible play. This handy guide from IPEMA covers all the ADA bases to be sure you get it done right.

Parks Reach Out to Disabled Vets & Soldiers

Web Exclusive - March 2012

U.S. Paralympics selected the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to receive grant funding in support of Paralympic sport and physical activity programs for disabled veterans and members of the armed forces. Find out how these programs are making a difference.

Roll With the Changes

What Aquatic Facility Managers Need to Know About ADA, VGB and More

Supplement Feature - February 2012

Even the most experienced aquatic facility owners and pool operators sometimes find it hard to stay on top of new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) guidelines, confusing VGB (Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act) mandates and the ongoing requirements to certify and properly train lifeguards.


ADA & Aquatics
Unlocking the Fountain of Youth

Guest Column - October 2011

Outfitting your pool to comply with ADA requirements is not only the law, it's also smart business. With therapeutic aquatics on the rise, your traffic will increase if you provide amenities and programs specifically for this audience.