7 Ways Public Parks Must Be Accessible
A key requirement of the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) is that public facilities must remove barriers to access.
Unfortunately, many public parks continue to discriminate against persons with disabilities.
1. Ramps should be provided. Under the ADA, places of public accommodation must generally provide a ramp or elevator whenever a step or set of steps is a barrier to access.
2. Restrooms should be accessible. At each group of restrooms, at least one stall shall be wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Additionally, the pipes under the sink should be insulated, grab bars must be provided, and an accessible route shall be available.
3. Parking lots should contain accessible parking spaces. In order to visit a public park, one must be able to park and exist their vehicle. Therefore, the ADA requires that a certain, reasonable percentage of parking spaces must be accessible. Failure to comply with this requirement may constitutes discrimination.