Pool Update

MARTINSVILLE, Ind. — On May 21, the U.S. Department of Justice, for the second time, extended the date for campgrounds and RV parks to comply with Sections 242 and 1009 of the 2010 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design. The regulations relate specifically to the provision of accessible entry and exit to existing swimming pools, wading pools, and spas. The new compliance date is Jan. 31, the American Camp Association reminded campground owners.

However, pools are not the only recreational activity being impacted by the new rules. Adoption of the revised design standards were also established for a variety of recreational facilities, including swimming pools, playgrounds, golf courses, recreational boating facilities, exercise machines and equipment, miniature golf courses, and fishing piers.

The most important step campground owners can take is to examine their facility and develop a plan to remove accessibility barriers, ACA warned.  The association has provided a plethora of tools to help campground owners assess their camp’s situation and compliance requirements. Those tools, along with more information about the upcoming changes to the law, can be found by clicking here.

SOURCE: Campground Daily Report