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Communities Nation Wide Focus on ADA Accessible Parks

Southbend ADA Accessible Playground

Improving parks and recreation accessibility to all is a hot topic right now. We’ve highlighted the great work done in communities such as the Town of Sudbury, Massachusetts and City of Moscow, Idaho in the past, and now we spotlight South Bend, Indiana. Construction is already underway at Howard Park that will feature playground equipment that is 75% ADA accessible. South Bend Venues, Parks & Arts Executive Director Aaron Perri says, “We don’t think that there’s going to be anything like this playground anywhere nearby.”  The design is inspired by beauty of the St. Joseph River that flows through northern Indiana on its way to Lake Michigan. The design recently won the parks department a $30,000 grant from National Recreation Park Association and Disney. ADA initiatives for parks and recreation programs are rapidly moving to the forefront of public efforts to create accessible spaces for all. Proactive municipal leaders are using this momentum to ensure ADA compliance is integrated into future community enhancement planning.

Source:
New ADA accessible South Bend playground expected to be largest in the area
Michiana WSBT News 22
Jun 13, 2019
https://wsbt.com/news/local/new-ada-accessible-south-bend-playground-expected-to-be-largest-in-the-area

ADA 101 – Title II Service Animals

Title II 35.136 - Service Animals (a) General. Generally, a public entity shall modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability. (b) Exceptions. A public entity may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if — (1) The animal is out of control and the animal's handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.

ADA Title II 35.136 – Service Animals
(a) General. Generally, a public entity shall modify its policies, practices, or procedures to permit the use of a service animal by an individual with a disability.
(b) Exceptions. A public entity may ask an individual with a disability to remove a service animal from the premises if —
(1) The animal is out of control and the animal’s handler does not take effective action to control it; or (2) The animal is not housebroken.

* Regulation according to 28 CFR 35.136. Only a portion of the law was included in this media. Check additional sections and your state’s accessibility laws for further details.

O’Hare Adds Changing Places Restroom to Serve Travelers with Disabilities

O’Hare International Airport in Chicago now offers expanded service for travelers with disabilities and their caregivers. O’Hare’s new “Changing Places” restroom features an adult changing table, motorized lift system, and an accessible shower, in addition to its ADA compliant toilet and sink.

Read the full story at https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/01/06/changing-places-restroom-increases-accessibility-for-ohare-passengers-with-disabilities/

Town of Hudson Uses Park Funding for ADA Improvements

Town of Hudson Centennial Beach (Daily News and Wicked Local Photo)

Finding ways to fund ADA renovations at public parks isn’t always easy. The Town of Hudson, Massachusetts, made it a priority and is using community preservation funding to restore its beachfront park. In addition to retrofitting its 50-year-old bathhouse, it’s also adding accessible walkways that will act as an erosion barrier.

Read the full story at

https://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20190102/hudson-is-seeking-to-renovate-centennial-beach

ADA 101 – Accessible Site Arrival Points

ADA 206.2.1 - Accessible Site Arrival Points At least one accessible route shall be provided within the site from accessible parking spaces and loading zones.

ADA 206.2.1 – Accessible Site Arrival Points
At least one accessible route shall be provided within the site from accessible parking spaces and accessible passenger loading zones; public streets and sidewalks; and public transportation stops to the accessible building or facility entrance they serve.

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