Community Contributor Pioneer Press Editorial
The Glenview Park District has made great strides in the last six years with regard to Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act which requires the district to provide full accessibility in the delivery of programs and services. In continuing with this mindset, the park district board last night voted 7-0, to unanimously approve its Americans with Disabilities Act Plan.
ADA considerations have been a component of each major facility renovation and new construction. Since 2012, the district has been working on projects throughout our facilities and parks to make them accessible to individuals with disabilities. Our action began with a complete evaluation to assess accessibility at each building and park and to help prioritize needs. Outside firms Recreation Accessibility Consultants, LLC and ACT Services created an accessibility transition plan to identify accessibility and help to prioritize needs. Their report was noted as a "user friendly and easy to understand transition document" by Craig Culp, Northern Suburban Special Recreation Association Executive Director.
Work on this important matter has been happening in three phases at a total price tag of just over $2.5 million. This includes changes to the grading of parking lots. There are regular inspections for gaps and when necessary, filling those gaps before they expand. Both of these have a significant universal design benefit too, as more people with all types of conditions can more easily use District routes…staff pushing carts of supplies, parents with kids in strollers, and people using an assistive device such as a wheelchair, Segway, or walker.
Another item the District has been addressing is to ensure accessible parking spaces among the more than 34-hundred standard parking spaces at all facilities. The stalls are a minimum of 8 feet wide with an adjacent access aisle that is also a minimum of 8 feet wide.
Improvements to the more than 800 doors across the district's buildings and facilities is another part of the plan. The District is monitoring and adjusting door pressure so that the pounds of force (Lbf) are in compliance at 5 Lbf for interior doors and 8.5 Lbf for exterior doors.
With regard to various signs posted in district facilities and buildings. The Access Board requires treatment for two types of signs. Signs for permanent spaces, such as a bathroom, must be in both Grad 2 Braille and raised lettering. For directional or informational signage, only raised lettering is required.
Bathrooms must be accessible to all. Those include portable toilets set up to temporarily serve sporting events. These must be accessible and must have an accessible route to them.
Work has also been done to ensure compliance at children's playgrounds, athletic fields, tennis courts, field houses and picnic shelters.
The District has posted its multi-year ADA accessibility plan on its website for public review and comment at www.glenviewparks.org. The District believes that an integral part of the self-evaluation of sites and facilities is public involvement.