Parks & Recreation

MTC helps park and recreation organizations make their programs and facilities accessible for people with disabilities.

While the ADA has always required recreation facilities and programs to be accessible, there were no clear standards of accessibility until 2010 and no enforcement until 2012. Today, there are no exceptions. Park and recreation organizations must have accessible facilities and programs, or a plan to reach ADA compliance.

MTC park and recreation consultants help communities modify, reorganize, and redesign recreation programs and facilities to meet accessibility standards. MTC consultants:

  • Perform comprehensive facility compliance audits, using proprietary data collection and analysis software
  • Create a detailed, prioritized report of audited findings and recommendations
  • Help develop implementation plans to reach compliance
  • Provide cost-effective recommendations for resolving specific accessibility issues
  • Evaluate department policies and provide compliance recommendations
  • Facilitate trainings for design standards and program access

Case Studies

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

In order to provide appropriate access for the citizens of Georgia, MTC is providing professional services to assist the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in updating its Transition Plan. MTC is completing a comprehensive plan for the renovation, alteration, and/or repair of existing State of Georgia facilities and access routes. The Transition Plan includes the identification of barriers to accessibility in State facilities and State parks, detailed priorities and recommendations for removing barriers, and a schedule for achieving compliance.

City of Louisville, Colorado

Louisville Parks & Recreation awarded MTC the contract to complete a Transition Plan for its park system. MTC audited 96 parks and opens spaces, swimming pools, an arboretum, Coal Creek Golf Course, and the Louisville Recreation and Senior Center. The Louisville Transition Plan contained reports on all facilities, along with a functioning Transition Plan, which provided detailed documentation of all barriers to accessibility.

City of Brighton, CO

MTC was contracted by the city of Brighton, Colorado, to develop a Self-evaluation and Transition Plan for the city. The Self-evaluation covered physical accessibility, access to programs and services offered by the city, and employment policies. In addition to providing information regarding accessibility of city facilities, the Transition Plan also included the audit of the extensive parks and trails, which existed throughout the city.

South Suburban Parks and Recreation District

South Suburban awarded MTC a contract to complete a Transition Plan for its park system. MTC audited 101 parks, 20 trails and open spaces, 6 community swimming pools, 6 tennis clubs, 5 recreation centers, 5 golf courses, 2 miniature golf courses, and the South Suburban Ice Arena. The Transition Plan provided detailed documentation of all barriers to accessibility, within the South Suburban system.

City of Cheyenne, WY

MTC was contracted to perform an accessibility audit for Cheyenne’s Parks & Recreation Division. This project involved the survey of Cheyenne’s athletic facilities, recreation centers, community parks, neighborhood parks, swimming pools, and golf courses. MTC prepared a Transition Plan which will be used as a ‘punch list’ for monitoring their progress made towards ADA accessibility requirements.

Do you need a self-evaluation and transition plan? Meeting the Challenge can help set you up for success in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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