ADA Playgrounds-It's the Law
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits
discrimination on the basis of disability. The ADA requires that newly constructed and altered
State and local government facilities, places of public accommodation, and commercial facilities
be readily accessible to, and usable by, individuals with disabilities. Recreational facilities,
including play areas, are among the facilities required to comply with the ADA.
The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board - often referred to as the
“Access Board” - has developed accessibility guidelines for newly constructed and altered
play areas. The play area guidelines are a supplement to the Americans with Disabilities Act
Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG). Once these guidelines are adopted as enforceable standards
by the Department of Justice, all newly constructed and altered play areas covered by the ADA
will be required to comply. These guidelines also apply to play areas covered by the Architectural
Barriers Act (ABA).
-quoted from U.S. Access Board Summary of Accessibility Guidelines for Play Areas