Access Audits for Mid-Sized Parks and Recreation Agencies

Date: 8/8/13
Time: 2:00pm – 3:15pm EST
Cost: $25 Members / $45 Non-Members
CEU: 0.1

Federal regulations require that existing recreation facilities and park sites be evaluated against the new 2010 Standards for Accessible Design.  This Department of Justice Standard includes, for the first time, guidance regarding recreation amenities such as playgrounds, golf courses, fitness facilities, swimming facilities, sports fields and courts, boating and fishing areas, bowling facilities, miniature golf sites, shooting ranges, and more.

For mid-sized agencies with a gross population of more than 60,000 but less than 150,000, there are several ways to approach this mandate. Upon completion of this webinar: 

  • Learners will be able to identify ways to evaluate existing sites for compliance with the 2010 Standards for Accessible Design at their existing recreation facilities.
  • Learners will identify resources available to assist mid-sized agencies in completing self-evaluations and/or access audit requirements. 
  • Learners will be able to define and explain the economic impact of conducting access audits with their agencies.



Meet the Speaker:   John McGovern, President, Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC

John writes and speaks frequently about the application of the ADA to public parks and recreation.  He has spoken at international, national, regional, and state conferences, and is a sought after trainer for local agencies large and small.  As an active member of NRPA he lead every NRPA response to US Department of Justice or US Access Board rulemaking initiatives, and he represented NRPA on every federal advisory committee regarding recreation.

His experience is unparalleled.  He has more than 30 years experience in parks and recreation, a law degree, and decades of access and inclusion implementation.  His firm, formed in 2008, has satisfied more than 160 communities and is a preferred vendor for NRPA.

Working closely with enforcement agencies, he knows what is acceptable and what is not.  He trained DOJ enforcement staff regarding parks and recreation, and was sought to advise the transition team of then President Elect Obama in 2008 regarding accessibility.