Using the ADA and ABA Standards Series: Chapter 10: Recreation Facilities

Thursday, December 3, 2020
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


This session will review scoping and technical provisions for recreation facilities in the ADA and ABA Accessibility Standards (Chapter 10). These requirements ensure access to a diverse group of recreational facilities. This session will address the requirements for amusement rides, recreational boating facilities, exercise machines and equipment, fishing piers and platforms, golf facilities, miniature golf facilities, play areas, swimming pools, wading pools, and spas, shooting facilities with fixed firing positions, and sports facilities. Presenters will address common sources of confusion and frequently asked questions about these provisions.

Continuing Education Recognition Available

Certificate Credit hours
California Architects Board 1.5
Certificate of Attendance 1.5
ICC 1.5


Bill Botten, Training Coordinator, Senior Accessibility Specialist, Office of Technical and Information Services, U.S. Access Board

Sarah Presley, Accessibility Specialist, US Access Board

Questions for presenters:

1 Regarding embedded slides in hills for preschool playgrounds: When, if at all, are transfer platforms required or recommended? The age group would be 2-5 years old for these hill slides.
2 When might the ADA or ABA standards be updated to allow a child in a wheelchair to access a playground without having to get out of their wheelchair? Such as having a ‘ramp’ as the industry standard, instead of a transfer platform.
3 Is there anything (and I don't think there is) in the standards to prevent designers from placing all of the accessible camp sites adjacent to the Toilet and Shower facilities. This seems to be a pattern based upon the easiest accessible route to these facilities, but it makes for a poor camping experience having to hear the toilets flushing and people talking and cars parking at all hours. If not, how would such requirement be brought into the standards.
4 Does the ADA or ABA address the accessibility needs of a person with a cognitive disability? If so, please address in the training. Thank you.
5 Many of the playgrounds we manage have a wood chip type of playing surface. I think this used to meet the requirements of ADA, but heard that it now does not. Can you cover playground surfaces?
6 Do playgrounds for children 2 years and younger need to comply with ADA requirements?
7 What is best resource guide for insuring accessible hiking trails and what mobility equipment can one use on hiking trails?
8 On hiking, biking, non-motorized nature trails we have people who claim to be disabled, driving their noisy gassy machines along the trails and creating serious disturbance to others. Is there any criteria that we can use to limit their use and impact within non-motorized areas?
9 1)Are ebikes of any classification being considered as EPMDs for accessibility purposes in campgrounds, or on recreational single-track trails?
2) Lots of western Federal public lands were designated and developed before the ABA and remain primitive in nature (think USFS, BLM, boat-in-only recreation sites, public hunting access points) and are comprised mostly of vault toilets, gravel parking areas and approaches, compacted dirt impact areas, single-track hiking or biking or equestrian trails, etc. As we rehab or repair remote facilities it remains difficult to incorporate necessary changes to provide accessibility (at best it might provide an "island" of accessibility within a larger non-accessible surrounding area). How would you recommend prioritizing and identifying investments in accessibility when so few options reveal themselves?

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