ADA Guidance and Information for Park Planning

It is vital to develop new parks and have a plan to bring existing parks in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, but keeping up with current ADA and ABA standards can be a challenge. Recreation Resources Service has invited representatives from the United States Access Board and North Carolina Department of Insurance to share their expertise on accessible design, accessibility guidelines, requirements and standards.

November 4, 2015 RRS Videoconference –

Live Conference Recording
NC Recreation Facilities Access Requirements
U.S. Access Board Current ADA Standards 11_2015

National Resources

United States Access Board – Guides on Recreational Facilities

National Center on Accessibility (NCA)

Collaborative program between Indiana University and the National Park Service to promote access to recreation for people with disabilities.  Provides reseach, technical assistance and educational resources.

The ADA Home Page (U.S. Department of Justice)

Additional Resources on Specific Activities / Facilities

  • National Alliance on Accessible Golf: Through an on-going grant from the USGA, the Alliance will continue to expand its efforts to provide financial assistance and resources to help make the game of golf more accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Wilderness Inquiry: A non-profit organization focused on bringing people together, including persons with disabilities, in the wilderness
  • Accessible Arts Programs

North Carolina Resources

NC Department of Insurance

North Carolina State Building Code; making buildings and facilities accessible and usable by the physically handicapped-available online. Contact your local building / code inspector for assistance.

Community For All – A Guide to Inclusion for Out-Of-School Time  Publication produced in collaboration with the North Carolina School-Age Solutions Committee, with support from NC Division of Child Development

Other Online Resources:

The Center for Universal Design

Environments and Products for All People: located in the NC State University College of Design

Job Accommodation Network

ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers

National Rehabilitation Information Center